Fashion

Webmaster blends classic American style with French chic

G. Jordan Johnson  on Wednesday October 14, 2014  in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
G. Jordan Johnson on Wednesday October 14, 2014 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff Herald-Leader

G. Jordan Johnson, a Lexington Web developer, has a fondness for classic American looks with a dash of chic, Parisian style.

We met Johnson, originally from Pike County, at North Lime Coffee & Donuts on Tuesday. He sported a classic blue blazer over a V-neck tee, straight-leg jeans and Converse Chuck Taylors.

He tries to visit France often, he said, and describes his style as, "one part Americana, two parts Parisian urbanites, maybe."

But his fashion influences are closer to home. "Forties and '50s Americana, James Dean, Marlon Brando, definitely." Specifically he looks to "the gritty '40s, the guys on Indian motorcycles; that's some of the most iconic bits of my influences in fashion, I think."

His hair — short on the sides, long on top — has a classic look. "I actually cut it myself," said Johnson. "I haven't paid for a haircut in eight years probably."

Shaving too, has taken a traditional turn. Count Johnson among the men who have "ditched the cartridge and gone for the blade and brush," he said. "I evangelize it to all my buddies."

Styling tools include a double-edge or safety razor, the old-fashioned kind where you drop in the blade. For lathering up the beard, he favors Synergy shaving soap.

What he wore

Blazer: Zara

T-shirt: Forever 21

Jeans: Zara

Shoes: Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers. Some of Johnson's favorite brands are American. "I really like J. Crew, especially their shoes and accessories. Allen Edmonds, their wingtips are glorious."

Watch: Fossil, a gift from a friend.

Hair: Brylcreem for styling hair, which he cuts himself.

For shampoo, Johnson uses products by Anthony. In Lexington you'll find them at Ulta and Sephora stores.

Shaving: Synergy shaving soap, available at Howtogrowamoustache.com.

Skincare: Johnson keeps it simple, "I have a lot of tattoos, which you can't see, but I use cocoa butter, that's about it."

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