James Marriott has attracted 16.5K Instagram followers with his clean, minimal looks and natural gift for combining luxury elements with an urban aesthetic. Through social media, Marriott shares his love of sneakers, torn denim, and hoodie sweaters, combining them with timepieces, cologne and tailored suits. This is where the uniqueness of his style comes from: two distinct visions reconciled, an encounter of the designer with the streets (as popularized by Helmut Lang and Yohji Yamamoto, the latter being one of his idols). As a result, the Manchester-based blogger has acquired a mastery of “sport-chic” that you either wish you could perfect yourself or hope your boyfriend could learn a little from.
So, how does he do it?
// A STRONG URBAN INSPIRATION
Like many stylish men, Marriott loves sneakers and understand their ability to define a look. He has dozens of pairs in many different styles, but what they have in common is a certain elegance that makes them stand out. High-tops or low, printed or soberly black or beige, in leather or novelty materials, designer-made; they all have an added value that attracts the eye and makes a strong statement, making them so much more than your basic gym sneakers.
Sneakers aren’t the only street elements in Marriott’s style. He also favors hoodies, simple crew tees, and jogging pants. More often than not, his jeans are stressed and torn—but always fitted. A constant among all these pieces, however, is that he always chooses them high-quality, ensuring long-lasting and comfortable pieces with a beautiful hand and feel. If you have one thing to remember from this point, let this be it: street doesn’t have to mean cheap.