5 Minute Interview: Grant Harris
Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Grant: My name is Grant Harris. I am Owner & Chief Style Consultant at Image Granted, LLC; a Washington, DC based Image Consulting Company dedicated to solving the complex image, style & fashion issues of today’s professional man. We provide private & corporate wardrobe consultations, closet organization, personal shopping & other value-based services for men in need of practical & affordable style advice. Our goal is to dress me for the life they want! I enjoy helping men discover their personal style and helping mold them into stylish gentlemen with manners who are prepared for their next step in life.
Alvin: In your opinion what does it mean to be a man today?
Grant: Being a man today is the same as it was yesterday and the same as it will be tomorrow and it will never change. A man does the right thing when he is supposed to and makes decisions that will improve himself and those around him. Integrity, confidence, determination, sensitivity, and a sense of responsibility, among other traits are all things that make a real man. Men learn from their mistakes and apply what they’re learned to the rest of their life. They are humble when they need to be and take credit when it’s deserved.
Alvin: When it comes to men fashion and lifestyle what should all men have and why?
Grant: All men need to discover their own personal style. Too many men rely on their friends, the media, or other outside influences for the style and fashion agenda. Most men wouldn’t let someone else (let alone their girlfriend for wife) pick their tools for them, but they allow everyone else but themselves to make up their mind about what they should wear and how they should wear it. All men should have their own personal sense of style and how it makes them feel like man.
Alvin: Some say clothing makes the man and some say the man make the clothing. What are your thoughts in reference to men fashion and life style?
Grant: This is along the lines of the chicken and the egg riddle. In my opinion clothes make the man look better but they cannot change the man himself. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing the most expensive suit and shoes in the world if your attitude is less than pleasant, your manners are horrid and you take no pride in your physical well being. No man should ever allow his clothes to speak louder than he does.
Alvin: Tell a story, name something that you’ve done or experienced that became your largest step to manhood?
Grant: My most recent step towards manhood was the realization that my father is an imperfect man with faults, misgivings, regrets and most importantly feelings. When I was a boy I saw my father as an infallible being that could withstand anything that was thrown at him without flinching. Now that I’ve grown into a man myself I see that being a man is not about being impenetrable. It’s about living through the same everyday trials and tribulations as everyone else while trying to be the best man you can be.
Alvin: What advice do you have for men wanting to master the art of casual wear?
Grant: The most important thing to remember with casual wear is the fact that dressing down doesn’t mean being sloppy or disheveled. Many men think it’s OK to look like a slob just because they’re in their relaxed attire. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Stylish mean know that they must take their casual wear just as seriously as their business attire of formal wear. After all, you want to look as good in sweatpants as you do in a three piece suit.0