For today’s installment of Style, we interview the multifaceted model and hairstylist Tommy Tran who discusses his diverse careers, his personal sense of style and of course, any style advice he can give our readers.
It looks like you wear a lot of hats – hair stylist, business owner, model, photographer and designer. Which of these careers came first? How did you get into all of your other careers? Which one do you enjoy doing the most?
I started as a hairstylist inspired from my background as an artist/painter and have loved art and fashion from a very young age.
As I learned my craft, I grew my own sense of style encompassing the entire picture – from head to toe – which eventually paved the way for my interest in men’s grooming and wardrobe styling for my blogs.
I had a vision of what being well-dressed meant and my social media outlets became very popular.
Last year, I was given an opportunity to start modeling and signed with SMART Models who have helped my career to take off – shooting with top photographers and traveling to different cities for runway shows.
I enjoy every aspect of my different careers and they all compliment each other very well. It’s hard to say which one I love the most and I wouldn’t give up any of them.
ESM is all about style. If you could describe your personal style in one sentence, what would it be?
My sense of personal style is classic with a flash of personal flair.
What advice would you give readers who are also trying to develop their style? What about those who are developing their style on a budget?
Whether you’re on a large or small wardrobe budget, it is always important to buy quality and make your own statement in what you want your clothes to express about you.
Many times, your clothes will speak the loudest about who you are at any given moment.
Take your time in selecting what you want to say about yourself.
Since you also come for a professional hair stylist background, what style advice would you give our readers when it comes to styling their hair?
Hair is an amazing commodity because you can try new things and (for most of us, lol) it always grows back.
Try new things and feel free to experiment. You can take some chances and if they don’t work out, you can start all over again.
Like your clothes, your hairstyle says a lot about you and how you feel about yourself.
Do you think your Vietnamese and Chinese heritage has had an impact in the way you have developed your style? If so, in what way?
My Asian ancestry has taught me to appreciate quality materials and to maintain simplicity.
There is a huge statement in the understatement – you will never catch me being too trendy or rushing to follow the latest fads.
I want to depict a sense of style that is classic and will stand the test of time.
What are some of your favorite looks right now?
As you can tell I am loving the high tops! It gives men height and stature while giving a more constructed feel.
Has your style developed as your social media presence (Instagram, Facebook, etc.) has developed? If so, how has it changed?
My style has remained very consistent, actually.
Over time, my awareness of different brands has grown, but the style of how those brands are put together and what my clothes depict about classic style, has essentially remained the same.
As I model, I have had to expand my horizons to represent different tastes and styles of clothes not found in my usual wardrobe. It’s fun to get outside the box and explore other ideas. But at the end of the day, those styles are ultimately for the client or the photographer.
When I make a personal selection, I feel I have developed a good sense of who I am and feel my style has longevity…
And there is plenty of room for expression within my own aesthetic.
Do you have any style icons? Who are they and why?
Timothy Gunn is right on target.
I play with a few more youthful themes and can range more casual, but he has a good idea for classic style with a sense of flair.
I also always liked Richie Rich as a kid!
At ESM, we have a list of “Style Essentials” or pieces that every man should have in his wardrobe. Do you have your own list of style essentials? What are they?
Essentials: A range of well-fitted jackets and suits, oxfords, jeans, colorful ties and scarves, a range of hats, gloves, shoes, and watches.
Accessories are as important as the garments one wears.
What does the future hold for Tommy Tran?
I want to be known as a fashion icon for my generation; I want to travel the world seeking the finest brands and bringing the best of the best to my followers.
I also want to model for some of the top brands and be featured in the best magazines.
My manager Alahn @smartmodels is now helping me produce more fashion editorials, work on more runway shows and eventually do television and film.
As my brand grows as a stylist, I want to create my own unique style in line with the “Young Classic” style of dress.
To keep up with Tommy Tran, you can follow him on his multiple Facebook accounts at www.Facebook.com/TommyStyyle, www.facebook.com/MajesticSalonPA, www.facebook.com/STYLE4GUYS and www.facebook.com/TJPphotos or his three Instagram accounts at http://instagram.com/tommyhairstyle, http://instagram.com/tommystyyle and http://instagram.com/style4guys.