Jeffrey Ying

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For all of the SLU viewers who are passionate about the intellectual and historical context of dressing, Jeffrey is your guy. I am passionate about the past and authenticity, but I will mix that in the most random, uninformed, impulsive and torn up kind of way, which Jeffrey would never be caught dead doing. It doesn’t get chicer than Jeffrey in his custom Mao suit, that is identical to the one worn by the Chinese populous from the ’50′s through ’70′s. He says that he has “always been attracted to the notion of uniforms because it surpresses the identity of people.” Ironically, when worn not en masse, it heightens Jeffrey’s individuality, especially when the “uniform” of today is about as blandly opposite and unthoughtful as possible. Thoughtful is all about Jeffrey, he says that he has “thematic notions that guide and organize each outfit.” For example, lately, he is drawn to looking like, “a Texas oil trader, who goes to England to buy suits.” This can be seen in the very conscious combination of his custom ’70′s Hickey Freeman suit (that he proudly feels is less conservative with the wide lapel), with a ’60′s necktie from one of my favorite stores, Turnbull and Asser, his vintage “LBJ” beaver,”open road” stetson and a Navajo turquoise and silver pendant that he wears over his tie. Though, I dress completely out of context, he and I are twins when it comes to the perfection of details, like big wide cuffs on button down shirts and antique, intaglia rings. “God is in [these] details,” he says, and I agree.

If you like Jeffrey, you may also enjoy Cator Sparks and Tucson John.

  • Sasha Flynn

    I think Jeffrey is incredibly interesting. His style reminds me of my uncles who grew up in the Midwest in the 70′s.

  • Anon

    Does he have a speech impediment? Also, to be frank, the outfit is a disaster and his entire speech has no context.

  • Dylan Bumgardner

    He is chinese and if you focus on what he’s saying rather than how he’s saying it, you might have heard his rationale behind his choices and learned a little something about dressing with taste.