Hello beautiful ones! How is everyone doing on this beautiful Monday afternoon? I hope you all had a great weekend. I spent my weekend working, catching up with some friends and attending church. It was great spending time with friends that I have not seen in a while. The experience reminded me that there are people who care about me and love me. The minute I stepped into their house I was welcomed so warmly and fed LOL. No lie, I ate so much I am still full right now! Amazing! Shout out to Tendai and Tapuwa, you are loved by me lol. What did you get up to over the weekend? Share with me in the comments section, don’t be shy.
Right! Are we ready for this week’s male feature? Let’s find out who he is.
Hi Male Feature …..tell us something about yourself
My name is Reginald A. Pipkin, Jr. also known as Reggie Casual. I am a resident of Tokyo, Japan via Los Angeles, California. I work as a creative consultant and stylist for brands, low and high profile clients, and all those interested in Japanese contemporary streetwear.
Ah nice! How would you describe your style?
That’s a difficult question for me. I particularly don’t like to be defined as having “one” style. I feel like life is too short to engage in one particular lifestyle, at least when it comes to fashion. What I will say is that I style myself for the occasion, with a little bit of personal flair. My style ranges from menswear to streetwear, abstract to contemporary. I like to take chances without being gaudy. I enjoy trying new styles. You’ll never hear me saying, “I don’t think I can pull that off”. Whatever I choose to wear, I wear with confidence. I mean, I think that’s half the battle really: “wearing with confidence”.
What or who inspires or influences your style?
I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t inspired by Japanese street fashion. It’s probably half the reason I decided to move to Japan. Japan has always been my muse, ever since I was a child. I love the designers, the aesthetic, and the attention to detail. Japan, in terms of fashion and creation, has this unique ability to turn something that’s tried and true into something new and special. Fabrics, stitching, materials, cuts, etc., all come into play when we’re talking about Japanese fashion. But the one thing that stands true is “bravery”. The Japanese take it a step further than just “matching”. Textures, contrast, and fit all come into play when mapping out a particular outfit. It’s these things that help me understand the value of style over fashion. Quite simply, I don’t have to wear brands to be stylish, all I have to do is choose pieces that invoke a particular lifestyle, MY lifestyle. Of course this just may just be a result of me working in the fashion industry but I digress.
The one thing every man should have…..
Per usual every man should have a well tailored suit. It’s a must. Any self respecting man would agree. But there’s a little more to it than just having a suit. It is my firm belief that whatever style/lifestyle that you choose to lead it will only allow you to engage with the people in that same lifestyle. The thing about a suit is that no matter what lifestyle you lead, as a man, you will ALWAYS look good in a suit. That is to say whether your 16 years old or 90, you will attract anybody from any group if you have a well-tailored suit. I have a saying, “Don’t miss out on opportunities because you don’t want to wear a particular style of clothing”. I say this to young people that forgo buying or investing in suits. Basically you expand your personal profile tremendously, as well as your opportunities, simply by having a “well-tailored” suit.
What are some of your closet favorites?
Closet favorites? Wow, that’s a bit difficult because of my fastidious nature. What I mean is one piece could be my favorite of the day, or just my main piece for the ensemble. I will say that I love my denim pieces. Particularly my denim jackets. I can style those things out with pretty much any outfit. Also ACCESSORIES. If more men engaged in more accessories, hats, bracelets, (natural) necklaces, watches, etc., it would be much harder for me to stand out. I would say 90% of my “unique” looks come from me playing with accessories. Also what’s great about accessories is that you can make them yourself! I know a lot of dudes would cringe at that but an accessory can really make your style stand out and add a personal touch that no one could match. I also love my hat collection, wide brims, fitted hats (I have a hug collection of LA fitted caps), they’re all pretty amazing in my mind. So while I don’t have a particular favorite, I do have certain styles that I enjoy to play with and add my own touch to it.
Reggie, thanks for taking time out to answer my questions and for agreeing to be part of this. I really appreciate it. Keep scrolling for more pics.
Another wonderful Monday Male feature, I hope you enjoyed that. If you’d like to see more of Reggie’s style check him out on Instagram :reggiecasual . Keep following to be inspired by more male features…Goodbye!