Catching Up With our January Winner: Mustafa Kacar

March 19th, 2013

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Mustafa was voted the winner of our January giveaway, so we figured we’d catch up with him and learn a little about his style.


What got you interested in style?

I have always admired the style of the actors from the James Bond and Rat Pack movies but it was actually a bad breakup with a particular female years ago that lit a fire under me. I started to immerse myself in the world of men’s fashion/style and learn as much as possible.

One of the harshest, but important, lessons I’ve learned is that you only get once chance at a first impression. It may not be fair, but it takes just a quick glance for someone to evaluate you and pass judgment. You have to make your first impression count.

How does your cultural background affect your style?

My cultural background is what allows me to take ownership of my style. It’s what I draw from my varied cultural experiences that brings my style to life. I’ve been fortunate to be born and raised in the cultural Mecca of New York City. Having traveled to 15 countries I’ve made friends all over the world. One day I might tie my scarf the way my Milanese buddy taught me. The next I can be rocking accessories purchased at a bazaar back in my parents hometown of Izmir, Turkey.

What’s your favorite piece in your wardrobe?

Right now, it’s my grey cashmere Emporio Armani sports coat that I thrifted recently. It was near perfect as it came in my size 40. It just needed some minor alterations which my tailor easily took care of. Take a look at it via Instagram @thekacar.

What’s your favorite aspect (other than the giveaway) of TSBmen?

I love the sense of community Dan and the TSB team has created here. Readers can speak their mind, their voice is heard and always appreciated. I also like the way the TSBmen team deals with criticism – they are always true gentleman.

Just checked out your blog … What’s it like writing content for a largely foreign audience?

I was Born and raised in NYC to Turkish immigrants, I’ve been speaking both English and Turkish my entire life. My blog, is a bilingual blog which includes restaurant reviews, photography, hard to find fashion discounts and of course photos of my outfits.

It’s fun writing for a mostly foreign audience because I enjoy giving them a view of New York through the eyes of a native New Yorker. I also love answering questions coming in from different places.


Thanks again to Mustafa for his participation.

Think you got what it takes to win a TSB reader giveaway?

Check out our current giveaway and enter for a chance to win!


Yours in style,


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  • Martin

    Hey Mustafa,

    Great style and great blog, fair play.

    Can I ask what product you use in your hair? I reckon I have similar hair to yours and my current water-based pomade doesn’t quite cut it in windy weather.


    • Mustafa Kacar

      Hey Martin, thanks for reading and the compliment. Sorry for the late reply (swamped with work). I use a combination of hair gel and a little bit of hair spray. Just make sure you don’t use too much. I agree, pomade and wind is not a good combination. Feel free to shoot me an email at if you want specifics.



  • Rich

    Hi Mustafa,

    Just checked out your blog – awesome. I will be visiting it frequently. You have great style my man.

  • Shad

    Nothing I hate more than the “jacket draped over your shoulers” look. It’s got sleeves, use them!

  • Mark

    Great post, TSB. Hope we get to see/hear more from Mustafa about his fashion sense on this site. Respect.

  • Joe

    Nice followup post – interesting how the back story adds so much to the story the clothes present. By the way, where’s the tie from? Is that a crest that is repeated between the stripes? It’s a very interesting pattern.

    • Mustafa

      Thanks for reading Joe. The tie is from a John Varvatos sample sale. Helps having friends that work in samples sales as they’ll give me first dibs sometimes ;) .. You can see a super up-close view of the tie on my blog, feel free to take a look and tell me what you think.



  • TO

    Great to hear there is so much going on there behind the outfit. Congrats Mustafa!

    • Mustafa

      Thank you, happy you enjoyed the article TO.

  • Tjay

    As a guy who has African parents I can really relate to his comments in the second paragraph. Cool dude.

    • Mustafa

      Thanks bro

  • Rick Lomax

    “Readers can speak their mind, their voice is heard and always appreciated.”

    Unfortunately not true. Read the comments here – strange how they are almost without exception positive…

    All comments are moderated before they appear. A couple of times I have seen styles I just thought were pretty awful. I said so – without being crude – and the comment never appeared.

    Shame. A man should be able to deal with the fact that not everybody likes what he does.

    Be interesting to see if this gets through…

    • Dan Trepanier

      Of course we moderate comments. We’ve worked hard to create a positive atmosphere for our readers and our featured guests.

      We will always allow constructive criticism, but we can’t approve comments that serve simply to bash our guests, for obvious reasons related to growing the website and bringing you new content.

      Anyway, thanks for your support and comments Rick.

      • http://undefined Jack

        I’ve stopped reading certain blogs because the owners refuse to publish anything but outrageous panegyrics. The moderation of comments here seems pretty lenient to me. Have you not noticed the beating Dan’s taken for that beard?

        • Mustafa


  • Ian

    Just discovered his blog. Complements TSB well. Seems like a Gentleman

    • Mustafa

      Thank you sir.

  • Kyle Leon Norville

    I’m happy to see this posting truthfully. Mustafa seems like a cool and humble dude. I wish him much success in all future endeavors.

    • Mustafa

      Appreciate the nice words Kyle.