Style Profile - Jeff Mindell
Occupation - Agent Services Director at Keller Williams Larchmont
[The Detallista] - How would you classify your style?
[Jeff Mindell] - Somebody stopped me recently to tell me that I looked like “a mid-century home that was bought by a couple in their 20s who made it their own” so I’ll just go with that. I think that I will always be drawn to more classic styles for myself, but with a definite and deliberate Jeff ‘spin’ on it all.
[TD] - Favorite accent or statement piece?
[JM] - A few years back, I went to the Brooklyn Flea with the sole intention of getting the brick oven pizza, but ending up finding this vintage YSL tweed blazer that I kid you not, fit me like a glove right off the rack. I save it for special occasions, but it’s something I’ll never get rid of.
[TD] - One rule of style you follow most?
[JM] - Fit. This one is pretty crucial as I have a really short torso and then ridiculously long arms and legs, so finding great fitting clothes are often hard for me. Luckily, I’ve found brands like Hugh & Crye that quite literally have tailored their pieces to fit my body type. Their dress shirts, for example, are the only ones I wear. I must have at least 12 of them.
[TD] - Please share a style or trend that you would never do again?
[JM] - The branded trucker hat. I remember the first time I walked into the Von Dutch store on South Beach, it took me 45 minutes to pick out the hat that would later collect dust on the shelf of my closet for 10 years. I just keep hoping that someone will throw a 90’s party so I can rock it again.
[TD] - Your pet peeve when it comes to style?
[JM] - It bothers me that no one has come up with a solution for seeing an undershirt through a button down. I’ve cut off sleeves before, I’ve tried tank top-style, but I end up looking like an idiot. I usually just give up and throw on a cardigan. (If anyone out there has a suggestion, let me know!)
[TD] - One style rule you picked up/or learned from living in London?
[JM] - The guys over there are just effortlessly cool. On a daily basis, I definitely take more risks with fashion than your average guy and I’d attribute a lot that to the whole IDGAF attitude that London exudes.
[TD] - One element of style you have picked up after moving to the west coast?
[JM] - Probably my casualness—is that even a word? I grew up in the tri-state area and went to school in Washington, D.C. where you might have seen me in a tie and blazer going to morning classes while others around me showed up in sweats. Since moving out here, I bought my first pair of Toms and never looked back. Every once in a while when the temperature drops or we see the occasional rainy day, I’ll break out something heavy and black only to realize that I’m standing in line for pressed juice.
[TD] - Favorite place/location in the world?
[JM] - New York. It’s the city I grew up across the river from and there is literally nowhere else I can compare it to. For me, it’s a city of firsts. There have been first dates, first time cutting school to stand in frigid weather for six hours to see The Strokes in concert, and even my first fake ID from a dude named Kevin in SoHo. Many of the experiences that will forever be engrained in me happened in that chaotic, wonderful city. Also, the bagels. Why is that so hard for LA to get on board with?
[TD] - Name a time or place where you were or are most visually stimulated?
[JM] - The California desert. There’s something about it that is just so peaceful and yet, motivating at the same time. I head out there as often as my bank account allows to simply relax, recharge, and take beautiful photos. (The light there is just incredible…So much so that my fiancé and I decided to get married in Palm Springs next fall—photography is very important to us both.)
[TD] - As someone who believes in branding, do you have any advice for those who are looking to reinvent themselves?
[JM] - I hate how cliché this sounds, but just be you. I think it’s so refreshing to come across someone with a distinct voice who isn’t afraid to let their true personality shine through whatever they’re putting out there, be it Instagram, Twitter account, a blog post, what have you. Do you and don’t do anyone else.
[TD] - Favorite architect or design style?
[JM] - This is a hard one. I grew up in a fairly design-oriented home with my mother an interior designer (Our family vacations included trips to places like Taliesin West and Ca’ d’Zan). Since moving to the West Coast, I’ve developed a real affinity for mid-century design with the works of guys like Pierre Koenig and Frank Lloyd Wright in my backyard. Now that I work in real estate, my favorite part of the job is getting to see these beautiful, architecturally-significant properties up close!
[TD] - List a photographer you admire – past and/or present?
[JM] - I really do look up to guys like Marat Shaya and Max Wanger. Both of them just consistently put out work that speaks to me and my aesthetic. They understand great composition, negative space, and most importantly, light.
You can follow Jeff and his adventures throughout Southern California via his photography website, Instagram and Twitter.