FashionWhirled: What role does fashion, women’s or men’s wear, play in your everyday life?
Tom Julian: Fashion and style are a major part of my day. My location, climate, agenda and activities all will determine how I dress personally and professionally. I always try to dress first and foremost for my audience and that helps me to be more comfortable and connected throughout my day. As a brand consultant, many of my clients will seek my company’s expertise and how to market a product or idea with fashion and that could connect to men’s or women’s. What we always keep in mind is the natural connection to fashion. If we are working with a kids retailer, it’s about kids-centric trend items that mom will embrace and understand how the items have a mix of real style with price value.
FW: Who is your fashion muse (male or female) and what role do they play in your career as a fashion expert?
TJ: When it comes to men, I tend to rely upon Jon Hamm and his character Don Draper on “Mad Men.” Mr. Draper has a strong image, tailored style and lifestyle that many real men get and aspire to. Younger men connect with Adam Levine of Maroon 5. When it comes to women, I continue to hear Blake Lively…I believe that most tend to watch celebrities that are visible on the TV screen, film screen as well as iconic events.
FW: If you could have any notable person – dead or alive – walk up to you for fashion advice, who would it be and how would you advise them?
TJ:Probably Michael Jackson…there was a point where he influenced a whole generation but then as he aged, he lost his creativity as well as superstar status…I believe that clothes and a distinct look would have evolved his career in a positive way as he aged.
FW: What is your favorite piece of clothing that you own now or have owned ever?
TJ:A made-to-measure Caruso (made in Italy) navy single-breasted blazer. It has working buttons, hand-finished stitching, a ticket pocket and side vents and I never feel like I am wearing (or confined by) a jacket.
FW: What keeps Tom Julian reaching for the heights?! What would that sentiment be as a daily affirmation or inspirational quote?
TJ: Three components that affect business and marketing everyday – the changing consumer, the influence of culture and the intense marketplace competition. Words of wisdom from “The Alchemist”[by Paulo Coelho] — “Watch the signs, they will lead you…” I have always found this to be true, personally or professionally. When change happens, there is a reason…when a door opens, time to walk through it…