8 Oct 2010
Ella Marshall
I am a self-confessed foodie, I am always seeking to test my taste buds.

I think we have ascertained that quality comes in many forms. Quality travel, quality food, quality design.

But what about quality style? First off, I think style is one of the hardest things to define. What says style to me, may reek disaster to you.

And style doesn’t necessarily mean fashion. I think we can agree that certain looks sent down the catwalks of Milan, Paris and New York often represent the antithesis of what many of us assume ‘style’ to be!

For me, Quality Style, is timeless style. Classic, hard-wearing, well-made pieces arranged in a way that does not follow any predetermined trend.

I spotted Lenard on Manhattan’s LES (Lower East Side).

His style seemed to perfectly sum up what I have just described.Each component of his look and demeanor screamed quality to me. The waxed jacket, the plaid scarf, the black rimmed spectacles; all pulled off with aplomb.

I’ve noticed that since the recession hit, people have been more focused on quality than quantity when it comes to clothing and accessories. The consensus seems to be, why spend £150 on three not-so-well-made jackets from Topshop, when you can spend the same amount on a jacket from, say, Barbour that will  last you a lifetime?

However, quality does not indicate money and money does not necessarily indicate quality and what I loved about Lenard was not so much what he was wearing, but how he was wearing it.

How do you define quality? What do you think of Lenard’s look?

Check out Lenard’s photography at http://www.lenardsmith.com

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