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Men of the Moment 2018

Tina Borgatta | March 21, 2018 | Feature Features National

What do you get when you combine a bespoke menswear designer, a former bodybuilder, a film producer and a hospitality industry veteran? A fascinating quartet of individuals who are setting the stage for personal and professional triumph in 2018 and beyond. Here, they share their stories.

He’s designed suits for celebs like Chris Hemsworth and Will Smith, and sports stars like Kobe Bryant (he wore a David August tux at the Oscars) and Canelo Álvarez. Now he’s expanding with a cut-to-order program.

He’ll soon debut a menswear collab with fighter Conor McGregor.

“From as early as I can recall, I’ve always been passionate about clothes. As a kid, I remember noticing the fit of my clothes and realizing when something just wasn’t right. Then, as a teenager, I put a lot of attention into the outfits I was wearing to school. I even remember teaching my mother exactly how I wanted my shirts pressed. And growing up, I always worked in one of the family’s construction, development, hotel or restaurant businesses. When I graduated college, my father asked me which division I wanted to work in. I told him I wanted to open a clothing store. He told me: ‘That’s the dumbest idea; go talk to Gary, my tailor!’ I came out of that meeting working for Gary. A few years later, I took the leap at owning my own business with a couple of colleagues, and we created David Rickey & Co. I knew I wanted to focus solely on producing custom clothing, and in 2003, David August was born. Now we’re growing the business beyond bespoke suiting with our new cut-to-order spring capsule collection of limited-edition printed trousers. We’ll be expanding the categories for that program throughout the year, and we’re partnering with our client Conor McGregor on an upcoming diffusion brand.” [And keep an eye on Álvarez’s media coverage leading up to his May 5 fight against Gennady Golovkin. He’ll likely be wearing a David August custom suit.]

Photo by Robert Benson

As co-founder of CDM Fitness, Farley has amassed a clientele that includes pro sports stars and power players.

He’s now developing a program that draws on his background in bodybuilding and takes a genetic approach to assessing a client’s needs.

“I don’t do average. I don’t train average. Some people like to buy suits off the rack. I like my suits custom tailored to fit my physique. I know from personal experience what it takes to get results and be the best. I’ve trained at the highest level. As a competitive bodybuilder, I knew what it took to consistently place first. I learned what it took to sculpt my physique better than my opponents. As a trainer, I love experiencing the total transformation of my clients when they reach or exceed their fitness and weight-loss goals. And the concept that I’m currently developing is geared toward individuals who want a training program designed for their genetic makeup—one that will bring about a total body transformation that is tailored toward their specific physique, much like a bespoke suit is custom tailored.”

Photo by Becca Batista | Shot on location at Villas Fashion Island

A former child actor who played the oldest brother on Home Improvement, Bryan now runs his own film production company, Lost Lane Entertainment. He attended Sundance Film Festival earlier this year for the premiere of The Kindergarten Teacher, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, which took home a best director award and has been sold to Netflix.

He’s got several projects in the works, including the documentary Finding 52, produced in conjunction with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions, and the films Skin, starring Jamie Bell and Vera Farmiga, and Heavy, featuring Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner.

“What better way to know an industry than to grow up in it? I’ve used my network of contacts and my experience to build industry and investor relationships. As executive producer, you’re in charge of financing productions. As producer, you’re in charge of all aspects of the production. They both require a unique skill for bringing people together and getting everyone on the same page to realize the common goal of a great film or television series, all while keeping the financial targets on point. Of course, everything relies on the execution. I also put my own skin in the game, which differentiates me from most producers. And I think it shows with my belief in the success of the projects. I’m really excited about 2018.”

Photo by Becca Batista | Shot on location at Villas Fashion Island

This hospitality veteran is spearheading the repositioning of the former Island Hotel, now known as Fashion Island Hotel, in Newport Beach.

As the general manager, a position he’s held since 2014, Widder will oversee the creation and implementation of programs aimed at aligning the hotel with the landmark Fashion Island shopping destination.

“We just began hosting a series of fashion trend events that provide an exclusive peek at fashion-forward style by Sara Aplanalp, Fashion Island’s personal shopping stylist. These quarterly events will include cocktails and a runway show. I think our guests and locals will enjoy the synergy between our hotel and Fashion Island. And for Mother’s Day, we’re offering a garden-themed brunch in our ballroom with live cooking stations and a beautiful flower wall backdrop for families to take pictures. Our team is energized to bring more local influences into our presentations while still being fashionable.”

Photo by Chris George | Shot on location at Fashion Island Hotel


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