We met Steven Santander during fashion week in NYC, at the after party of the FallClassic.
He told me he was a big fan of the site and, frankly, he looked so cool that we had to feature him. Turns out he’s an aspiring menswear designer with exceptional taste, particularly his eye for color. In fact, the title of this post was almost: A Lesson in Color Subtlety featuring Steven Santander.
“Fine art has always been a big part of my life. I was enrolled in advanced art courses from grammar school to high school, but decided to do something different in college, so I majored in architecture instead. Studying architecture was an inspiring experience that opened my mind to many other fields of design: photography, film, food…and primarily fashion.
In my final semester of senior year I stumbled upon an opportunity to apprentice with a bespoke suit maker. I set up an appointment with the master tailor and we spoke for a long period of time, mostly about art and architecture since I had no experience in bespoke clothing other than a few bow ties I made for myself. He took a chance on me, I picked up a thimble, and I’ve been studying ever since.”
Here Steven gives us a taste of his personal style: beards, braces, bowties, bespoke tailoring, and beautiful colors.
1. Rethink Your Blues, Brother
As you may already know, we’re big fans of monochromatic looks. Steven happens to be an expert in blending interesting shades of the same color.
“A man can never have too much blue in his wardrobe…”
“My menswear inspirations come from years of studying art and design. An understanding of color, composition, and history has been engrained in me… I try to carry it over into everything that I design.”
“My personal touch to an outfit often includes a custom bow tie that I’ve handmade for a specific outfit or season.
The denim on denim is a cool look that works as long as it’s not a Canadian tuxedo, sorry Dan. Here I wore a fringed denim bow tie several shades darker than my spread collar denim shirt…
The scruffy texture of this bow tie also works well with my beard, in my opinion.”
The most interesting part about Steven’s style (other than his incredible color palettes and impeccable fit) is that many of his pieces are one-of-one. He develops a very specific idea for a piece and either makes it himself, or commissions it and works very closely with the craftsman.
That way, he truly is wearing pieces that are one-of-a-kind, and true to his specific aesthetic.
- Brown Wool Hat made in Ecuador
- Denim Shirt by Truzzi
- Navy Braces by Coach
- Blue Trousers Designed and Made by Steven
- Blue Leather Double Monks designed and Made by Steven
- Denim Bow Tie Designed and Made by Steven
- Brown Leather Bag Designed and Made by Steven