September 09, 2016
Words and photography by Aundre Larrow
A while back, I started doing a portrait series called #itsagoodlook to offer a glimpse into the codes that the everyday guy lives by. We decided to bring the series back to Bevel Code each Friday to give you some inspiration for the weekend.
Whether it’s grooming, fashion or in life; these are just a few of the qualities that define our culture. That’s the goal of our features section; to shine a light on the attainability of any lifestyle through hard work and discipline. In the end, these codes are meant to inspire you to be your best self.
Every Bevel Man Has A Code.
Support local business.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
Stay tuned as we introduce you to a series of influencers from all walks of life. And as always, thanks for stopping by.
Bevel Code: What or who inspires your style?
Wayne Wilson: The development of my personal style definitely started with my parents, which I would describe as militant/collegiate-prep. My mom is super fresh and she loves Polo, so growing up, when it came time to dress up I was usually in some Ralph. My pops was a Marine, and that’s where the military influence comes from. Big heavy-duty boots, cargo pants, aviator frames, fitted thermals, dog tags, etc. My dad also lived all over the world while on active duty so he’d always get tailor made suits overseas. That’s where my appreciation for menswear comes from.
BC: What are your fashion rules?
WW: Just do you and if you have to ask yourself if it’s a good look then it isn’t a good look.
BC: Why this haircut?
WW: LOL, I couldn’t even tell you bro. I’ve been getting a drop fade for as long as I can remember and the top is really just doing it’s own thing right now. I’m open to suggestions.
BC: What does NY mean to you? How do you feel when you are there?
WW: I love New York so much. When I moved here the first time in 2013, I was overwhelmingly inspired by everyone I met. A ton of young, super talented, ambitious folks like myself really out here gettin it. Anything can happen here and it can happen fast if you come in with a plan and stick to it.
Living in New York and actually doing what I set out to do feels like I’m playing the game of life on the hardest level and beating it. I feel inspired. Inspired by the beauty of this place and inspired by the amazing people I’ve surrounded myself with.
BC: Why is self expression important?
WW: Self expression is important because only YOU can make your contribution to the world. If you don’t, the world will miss out on whatever it was you had to offer and that’s a tragedy.
BC: What gives you a sense of pride?
WW: My family and my heritage. I come from a very long lineage of hustlers and hard-workers so I take pride in being a leader and being someone who actually puts in the work.
My great-grandfather was a tenant farmer or sharecropper in the 1950s which means he had to rent land from a white farmer to grow his crops. He had dreams of owning his own land but he never could because some white farmers would raise the price of the rent consistently so that black farmers made just enough to get by but never enough to own their own land. One generation later his son and my great uncle Peter Wilson started out as a truck driver, then opened a trucking business that saw over a decade of success. He died with a subdivision in our name and several properties that he owned.
I see myself as an extension of those guys, so my job is take the family even further and to new heights.
BC: How does professionalism work with your style and cut?
WW: It doesn’t really. I feel like my style and cut are both a bit edgy. I’m running my own small business full-time right now and since I deal with my clients directly and it’s usually a 1:1 relationship I’m fortunate to not really have to be too concerned with being viewed as super professional. It’s more important to me that my clients have a really good understanding of who I am and the value I bring. I think someone’s level of professionalism in a modern sense is used to gauge how serious they are about their work/craft and while I do think there does exist a proper business etiquette, I’m not too concerned with it because my clients know that I’m serious by the quality of the work I produce.
I think a lot of my perspective has to do with me being a millennial as well. My generation wants to do great work but we want to do it comfortably. My personal and my professional style are really no different at this point in my life.
BC: What are your wardrobe must haves?
WW: I’m a simple guy, man. All I need is a fresh fade, some aviator frames, a plain tee, some comfortable pants and some kicks that I can make moves in. My cheat code for dressing is stay in shape and everything will look good on you 😉
BC: How do professionalism and fashion compliment each other?
WW: A large part of how people treat you is based on how they see you treat yourself, so for me, when I do business with someone who I see that’s well put together, I interpret that as them paying good attention to detail; that’s a skill that definitely translates to business.