RVOC — April 2011
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Men Of Style Man, Made!


Submitted for your approval: an eclectic collection ofO. C. men, from seasoned CEOs to cool kids just starting out, each re ecting the dizzying diversity of SoCal style.

The Body Doc

When Dr. Jason Amstutz walks into a treatment room, his patients have been known to gasp. It’s not that they’re in pain (though most of them are), it’s that he’s so damn good-looking. “He’s got a great laugh and smile,” says one female admirer. “He’s just really charismatic.” director of Stark Rehab in Irvine is a certited chiropractic sports physician (he also has several other impressive-sounding degrees, titles and professional aliations) who specializes in active release therapy at Stark’s Manual Medicine Clinic, which means that he’s really, really skilled with his hands. “Everybody benets with improved biomechanics,” Amstutz says. “Even if your goal is to just lose some body fat and look good.” And, all his degrees and medical expertise aside, looking good is de nitely something the good doctor knows about. He mixes it up with brands like Volcom and Penguin, and he’s a sucker for hats (“a night on the town isn’t complete without a stylish hat”) and Italian loafers. But when it comes to color, he sticks with the tried and true. “I gravitate toward shades of blue. I’m told it brings out my baby blues even more.”

The Dandy

“When I was 8, working in our family business, my father told me, ‘Even if you don’t like the job, do the best you can.’ Everything I did, I did to the best of my ability, and it’s always been rewarded,” says Eric Finley, 28, general manager of Oscar de la Renta, South Coast Plaza. Born in a middle-class family in La Habra that “wasn’t ever really exposed to luxury,” Finley broke into fashion working at Nordstrom Rack, cleaning pools by day. He progressed to  ne jewelry (he loves beautiful cocktail rings by Carriere by Bony Levy and Simon G.) before OdlR scooped him up two years ago. “I promised myself I’d never again work in retail... I’d only ever consider managing OdlR.  ey didn’t even have boutiques then, so be careful what you wish for!”  e casual version of Finley’s formalwith- air style is most people’s biz attire. “Everyone can wear a suit and cut links, but it’s the way you put it together,” he says.  e orchid enthusiast and watch collector (he favors David Yurman and Raymond Weil) has a closet full of red Ferragamo boxes, YSL boots, pocket linens and Oscar, natch. “You have to look at me for a minute to notice the details; it’s all in the details.”

The Rebel

Frank Delgadillo is full of ideas. His first, a T-shirt line called Ambiguous, launched out of his Chapman University dorm room. His gourmet chocolate label, Komforte Chockolates (Ramen Noodle or French Toast bars, anyone?), debuted a year ago to rave reviews. And his savory Mexican catering company, Gringo and the Bean, is a fxture at the art-driven parties for his most successful venture: the cool, Costa Mesa-based contemporary men’s brand Comune. But for all his projects, Delgadillo, 38, keeps his attire simple in a single pair of  ve-pocket Comune jeans, paired with his tried-and-true leather moto jacket and Red Wings. (He pulls on a  om Browne suit for special occasions.) “I’ve tried to stay clear of trends that come and go,” he says. “I’m attracted to items that can stay with me forever,” like the wedding ring he and his wife collaborated on. First label he ever loved (and still does) was Ralph Lauren, and he promotes local products and people, evidenced in this year’s release of theUNKNOWN, a book and domestic-made denim inspired by a SoCal motorcyclist. Next up for the tastemaker? An Americanmade men’s collection and long-awaited women’s line.

The Hotelier

Overseeing more than 8The look00 employees at the Resort at Pelican Hill, Managing Director Giuseppe Lama is always on point. “Perfection does not take a day ,” says the Italian. Growing up in the town of Faenza near Bologna, Lama learned the art of hospitality at the age of 2 in his family’s restaurant in the historic town. So it was only natural that Donald Bren, Irvine Company president, would seek out Lama, who moved westward working in prestigious hotels including Lake Como’s celeb fave Villa d’Este and the luxe Hotel del Coronado, to take on the Italianinspired, AAA Diamond Award-winning Pelican Hill.Lama, who believes the key to success comes from the “ability to go all out all the time, in a controlled manner”—an attribute he calls “stenacity” (a combo of stamina and tenacity)—has eight to nine meetings a day. “My style is understated, but sophisticated. I wear what makes me condent. It re ects how I do business.” His must-have? “Cu links, I probably own 50 pairs to  t every mood,” says Lama, who has received a pair from former President Bill Clinton, and saves his family crest cu links—a gift from his wife— for special occasions


With movie-star good looks and a marquee-worthy moniker, it’s no surprise that Colt Melby has taken O. C. society by storm since he and wife Jackie arrived on the scene.  e Pelican Hill power couple hosted some of the hottest philanthropic parties of the pre-recession golden era, and today the dynamic duo is a sought-after RSVP.  ey’re often seen in magazines like, well… this one. Melby, who once was president of Smith & Wesson, loves “fast cars, guns and beautiful women,” according to insiders.He once dated Paula Abdul (back when she was hot), but de nitely traded way up when he married Jackie. Melby’s business background includes years in the aerospace industry. He’s a founding member of Melby Brothers Performance Investments and he’s chairman of the board of Waytronix. He’s a “good ol’ boy” who looks completely at ease in a bespoke suit or tuxedo. “Colt has a rugged side, but he loves to dress well,” says David Heil, the man responsible for his suits. (Like many of O.C.’s most stylish men, Melby’s goto clothier is Heil’s David August Lifestyle Outfitters.)

The Visionary

Custom shirt by Paul Smith. Vest by Theory. Vintage jeans by Levi’s at Seed People’s Market. Scarf handmade in Estonia.Boots by Church’s.Glasses by Moscot at Eye Society.He’s best known for creating conscious consumer meccas Lab and Camp, but O.C.’s Shaheen Sadeghi isn’t done. Design visionary, a Gotcha!And Quiksilver vet, has endless forward-thinking projects in mind. He’s currently restoring Anaheim’s Sunkist packinghouse and Packard dealership into Colony Center, a dining, music and park hub. “We’re bringing back the historic buildings’ character and soul, that vintage Americana look,” he says. More than anything, Sadeghi, 56, values quality. “I’d rather have a few handmade products than lots of commodity products. I look at it as art.” He adds, “Designers are like music; it’s hard to like just one genre.” Comme des Garçons, Paul Smith and Prada are faves, and he likes Patagonia for its sustainability. But shoes are his No.1. “You can have on a great suit, but crappy shoes just ruin it. With beat-up jeans and awesome, bench-made shoes, you’ll always looks great.” His wardrobe is from extensive travels. “If I weren’t doing this I’d probably be a gypsy traveling and connecting with the dierent tribes. I want to hurry up before the whole world gets homogenized—that’s my biggest fear and my only problem with globalization.”

The Aesthete

The Man behind some of O.C.’s most original and eclectic vintage décor at Laguna Beach’s popular Macalistaire at 1850 may only be 23, but the old soul has a deep appreciation and keen talent for curating and modernizing the past. “I’ve always very much been taken by beautiful aesthetics, and I’ve always had these moments of breathlessness,” says Newport Beach native James Markel, founder of Chief Bambino, the moniker he uses for merchandising, staging and selling one-of-a-kind treasures to a discerning coterie of design-savvy locals. His look is “de nitely oddball and kind of spur-of-the-moment, but right now I very much love whitewashed, youthfully inspired design—lively, minimal and beautiful.” Markel, who adores the ’30s, says he grew up in a relatively uncreative family and owes his originality to a handful of “incredible, creative teachers.” As for his own aesthetic, he shops American Rag and pairs vintage with boots, oversized shirts and suspenders.“I’m not a label freak,” he notes. Besides his Nixon watch, Markel’s ultimate accessory is a piece of jewelry he shares with his mom: an antique relic necklace of the Virgin Mary from Barneys.

The Design Star

Most men have zero interest in the dress their partner wears, but if she looks sexy, he’s probably doing a silent shout-out to the maker. In just three whirlwind years since launching his opulent, eponymous women’s line, Laguna Beach’s Oday Shakar, 28, has undoubtedly amassed plenty of unwitting male admirers, thanks to his seductively glam take on Old Hollywood style. Having dressed sirens including Sandra Bullock, Shakar, who grew up in O.C. but started sewing with his aunt as a child in Iraq, is on the fast track, fresh from a New York presentation of his colorful, body-con spring Sahara Jewel collection.But the “classic with a modern edge” dresser started in menswear. “It’s just not exciting—there’s only so much you can do with men’s compared to women’s—although it would be great to design my own wardrobe,” says Shakar, who lives in Armani blazers, Christian Louboutin sneakers and his can’tlive- without Adam Neeley black diamond ring.Among his aspirations for annual Paris shows and agship, Shakar hopes to dress yet more Hollywood royalty. His ultimate? “It’s a toss-up between Madonna and Halle Berry.