On today's installment of ESM Icons, we are proud to feature Chris Findley from SimplyDapper.com.  Photography by Bryan Alano (http://www.bryanalano.com).

On today’s installment of ESM Icons, we are proud to feature Chris Findley from SimplyDapper.com. Photography by Bryan Alano (http://www.bryanalano.com).

So what defines an ESM Icon?

We’ve had our share of characteristics and candidates – from the imaginary, to ones found in movies, to artists, to designers, to businessmen, to photographers turned entrepreneurs.

The main defining characteristic? An incredible sense of personal style.

Lately however, we’ve been aligning ourselves with real icons beyond those who are simply taste makers and trendsetters.

Chris Findley from SimplyDapper.com is an ESM Icon who is beyond a taste maker and trend setter.  Photography by Bryan Alano (http://www.bryanalano.com).

Chris Findley from SimplyDapper.com is an ESM Icon who is beyond a taste maker and trend setter. Photography by Bryan Alano (http://www.bryanalano.com).

We’ve been drawn to those individuals who are driven, passionate about what they do, give back to their community and are defined not by where they started, but where they are going.

All done, of course, with style.

When we originally stumbled upon today’s ESM Icon, we appreciated the work he and his team had done on SimplyDapper.com and his massive following on all of his social media channels.

Chris Findley is always looking towards the future for himself and his brand.  Photography by Bryan Alano (http://www.bryanalano.com).

Chris Findley is always looking towards the future for himself and his brand. Photography by Bryan Alano (http://www.bryanalano.com).

As we got to know him, we learned that Chris Findley was much more than the founder of the Simply Dapper brand.

He was a young man who is a penultimate marketer, dedicated to his craft, has an intense curiosity for travel and is devoted to improving the world around him.

And as you can tell from our photo shoot with Chris, his style is pretty dope too.

Chris Findley from SimplyDapper.com.  Photography by Bryan Alano (http://www.bryanalano.com).

Chris Findley from SimplyDapper.com. Photography by Bryan Alano (http://www.bryanalano.com).

Check out our video interview with Chris Findley from Simply Dapper below:

A big thanks to Chris and his entire team from Simply Dapper – we here at ESM hope to see you guys on the West Coast more often!

Much like the news, Chris Findley from Simply Dapper is both current and relevant.  Photography by Bryan Alano (http://www.bryanalano.com/).

Much like the news, Chris Findley from Simply Dapper is both current and relevant. Photography by Bryan Alano (http://www.bryanalano.com/).

For more information on Chris Findley and SimplyDapper.com, you can check out Simply Dapper’s official website at http://simplydapper.com, Chris’s Instagram account at https://instagram.com/chrisfindley,  his Twitter account at https://twitter.com/chrisfindley and his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChrisMFindley.

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