As a designer, Thomas Birkman's days can range from hanging art to unloading limestone slabs, so for work "I can't wear anything too precious," he says.
A favorite brand for the owner-operator of Circa Home and Kimbrel/Birkman Interior Design on Short Street is the Britain-based All Saints.
"I like English tailoring a lot because it's snug and trim, like me," he says, laughing.
The wardrobe for Birkman — who is 37 and lives in Lexington with his daughter, Piper, 5 — is a mix of affordable pieces and luxe brands.
"Some of my favorite go-to everyday oxford cloth button-downs are from the Japanese retailer called Uniqlo," he said of the stores that in the United States are generally in large cities. "They're like $30 button-downs, but they fit well and I wear them over stuff that I've gotten that's custom tailored. I think that you wear what you're comfortable in."
We caught up with Birkman on a snowy Tuesday morning before he headed out to a design job.
What he wore
Scarf: Psycho Bunny from Stuart Mercer Gentleman's Shoppe in Lexington.
Jacket: All Saints
Sweater: Cashmere with shawl collar from Saks Fifth Avenue house label.
Pants: Cords from All Saints
Bracelet: Chan Luu wrap bracelet from Você in Lexington.
Shoes: "The shoes I got at Barneys about five years ago or so. They're a co-op of Barneys and Timberland. They're really like kind of old-school logging boots that they reimagined."
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