What's in your pocket? by Alexander Jaime

 

WORDS BY ARTYOM BEDNY
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BELL SOTO

The first pocket square dates back to ancient Egypt, but King Richard II of England is the gentleman credited for this debonair invention. Furthermore, they are back completing those 2 piece suits as they once did. Of course, we have our favorites at the moment. 

 
 

The Edit


 
 

How To Fold A Pocket Square


The Square Fold


A current favorite of television anchormen.

 
 
 
 

The Tips Up


Styling the pocket square this way gives you a colorful hem.

 
 
 
 

The Scallop Fold


Styling the pocket square this way emphasizes your casual suave.

 
 

Food & Influence – Michael Ternoot by Alexander Jaime

 

We have been enjoying Michael Ternoot's VEG & TABLES blog for a while now. His recepies look so good, so we had to reach out and have him curate 5 of his favorite recipes that help keep him (and you) looking perfect, here's his edit.

 
 
 
 

 

Beetroot Burger with Mango Chutney

 
 

Makes 4 burgers 

For the chutney: 1 ripe mango | 2 ripe tomatoes | 1 red onion | 1 cm fresh ginger | 1 medjool date | 1 tbsp olive oil | 2-3 tbsp apple-cider vinegar | 1/2 tsp mustard seed, grinded | 1 tbsp garam masala

For the burgers:
3 medium beetroots | 2 tbsp olive oil | 1 small onion, chopped | 1 clove garlic, crushed | a handfull walnuts, crushed | 1 tsp fennel seeds, grinded | 130g tinned chickpeas | 1 medium egg | 150g oat flakes | peper and salt

For the dressing:
3 tbsp greek yogurt | 1 tbsp tahin | peper and salt | 1 tsp lemon juice

First make the chutney in advance. Cut the mango, tomatoes and onion in equal cubes. Chop the ginger and medjool date finely. Heat the olive oil on medium heat and cook the mango, tomatoes, onion, ginger and date 1 minute. Add the grinded musterd seeds and garam masala and mix. Add the vinegar. Turn the stove on low heat and let simmer for 15 minutes with the lid on the pan. Remove from heat, put in a airtight box and refrigerate overnight. Peel and slice the beetroots to make the burgers. Roast them for 10 minutes in the oven at 180°C.

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil and sweat the onion and garlic for a minute. Add the walnuts and grinded fennelseeds and cook for another minute. Put this in a foodprocessor, with the roasted beetroots and chickpeas. Pulse, on high speed, for 20 seconds. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the egg and mix. Season with salt and pepper. Add the oat flakes and mix again.

Set away in the fridge for an hour (or a night) so the oats can soak up the liquid. Form with your hands or a metal ring 4 patties. Grill the beetroot burgers a couple of minutes on each side. Mix for the dressing all the above ingredients. To serve, take the base of a spelt burger bun. Add some beetroot salad and yogurt-tahin dressing. Put the burger on it. Brush with the chutney and top with some sprouts.

 
 
 
 

 

Carrot-Fennel Croquettes

 
 

Makes 8 croquettes:

1 big carrot, scrubbed | 1 tbsp pine nuts | 2 dried abricots, cut into small pieces | 1 small shallot, cut into wedges | 1 tbsp ground fennel seeds | pinch of peper and salt | 1 smal egg | 45g breadcrumbs | fresh parsley | flour

For the dressing:
125g ricotta | 80g white yogurt | 1 tbsp lime juice | 1 clove garlic | sesamseeds | dandelion salad | juice from blood orange | sweet apple, slices

Cut the carrot into small pieces. Steam it for 20 minutes untill tender. Transfer to a bowl, add the pine nuts and mash to a smooth purée. Add the abricots, shallot, egg, breadcrumb and spices to form a soft dough. When the dough is too sticky, add more breadcrumbs. Roll eight balls from it, lightly dusting with flour and place them on a tray lined with baking paper and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Heat olive oil (1cm deep) in a deep frying pan over medium heat. Cook the croquettes until golden (6minutes) and drain on absorbent paper. Or you can also cook them in the oven for 10 minutes at 180°C. Mix for the dressing, the ricotta, white yogurt, lime juice and garlic. Serve with sesamseeds, salad, juice from blood orange and sweet apple slices.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Michael Ternoot started his blog VEG & TABLES because although he's not a vegetarian he is a nutritionist that is curiously fascinated by vegetables.

 
 
 
 
 

 

Ricotta Gnocchi

 
 

Makes 30 gnocchi

For the tomato sauce:
450g San Marzano tomatoes | 1 precooked beetroot (optional) | 1/2 red or yellow onion, chopped | 1 large clove garlic, finely crushed | 2 tbsp cold pressend olive oil | 1 thsp cumin | 1 tbsp za’atar | 1/2 thsp chili flakes | pinch of salt | pepper

For the cheese gnocchi with spinach:
150g fresh spinach | 200g ricotta | 1 medium egg, beaten | 20g grated Parmesan cheese | salt and pepper | nutmeg | 4 tbsp bread crumbs | flour | few leaves of basil and Parmesan

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Bring water to a boil and blanch the tomatoes 10 seconds. Keep the water aside! Remove the tomato skin as also the seeds. Transfer the tomatoes to an ovenproof dish. Put the beet, red onion and crushed garlic with it. Drizzle with olive oil and season with cumin, za’atar, chili flakes, salt and peper. Cook them 20 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 °C.

Remove the cooked tomatoes from the oven. Cut the tomatoes coarsely and then add the tomato mass in an iron pan and heat on medium. Simmer for 10 minutes. Mix with a hand blender until you have a smooth tomato sauce. Whilst the tomato sauce is cooking, make the cheese gnocchi. Wash the spinach and remove the hard steals. Put the leaves with the adhering water in a saucepan and let shrink over medium heat. Drain the spinach in a colander, press as much as possible moisture (very important!) and chop the spinach leaves finely.

Mash the ricotta with a fork and mix the egg, parmesan, salt, pepper, nutmeg and breadcrumbs through it. Add the spinach and mix well. Dust a worksheet/table generously with flour and roll the cheese-spinach balls through it. At first it may seems a dirty and hopeless task but with some practice it will work.

Otherwise, use two spoons with flour in order to make balls. Bring the water from before with some salt in it to a boil and let the gnocchi’s gently glide in it. Wait until they come to the surface and remove them with a slotted spoon from the bowl. Serve the cheese-spinach gnocchi in the spicy tomatosauce and garnish with basil and some Parmesan cheese.

 
 
 
 

 

Carrot Cake

 
 

Ingrediënts for 6-8 slices

For the cake:
6 medium eggs | 6 tbsp hazelnut oil | 1 tsp honey (optional) | 5 medium carrots, thinly grated | 300g almond flour | 2 tsp baking powder | 1 tsp cinnamon | 1 tsp nutmeg | pinch of salt | 10 seedless dates, chopped | 80g raisins | 60g crushed walnuts | 50g coconut flakes | 2 pineapple (in juice) slices (optional) 

For the cream:
400g cream cheese | 3 tbsp honey | 1/2 lime (juice) | 2 tbsp coconut flakes
For Topping: 2 tbsp crushed hazelnuts | zest of orange | chocolate sauce
Cake pan (16cm ø)

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Beat the eggs and add the hazelnut oil and honey. Mix the almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add the eggs to it. Put this in a foodprocessor with the chopped dates and pulse about 10 seconds on medium stand. Add the raisins, crushed walnuts, coconut flakes, sliced pineapple slices and pulse another 10 seconds. Put this batter into an oiled an floured cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Stick a toothpick in the centre of the cake, when nothing sticks on it the cake is ready. Let it cool completely. Whisk together th cream cheese, honey, lime juice and coconut flakes. Put the half of it on top of the first layer. Put the second layer on top of it. Cover with the rest of the cream cheese. Finish with crushed hazelnuts, zest of orange and some chocolate sauce.

 
 
 
 

 

Banana Protein Smoothie

 
 

For 1 shake

BASIC: 1 banana | 250ml almondmilk* | 2 scoops whey protein (banana flavor) | 3 ice cubes | EXTRA: 15g dark chocolate | whipped coconut cream

Just blend all the basic ingredients untill smooth. The chocolate at the bottom is just melted chocolate but it firms immediately up when you pour in the cold milk. So if you want the taste of chocolate too, it’s better to chop it first and add it with the basic ingredients in the blender. If you like mocha, you can add 1 tbsp instant espresso powder. If you want to top it withwhipped coconut cream, be aware that you use full-fat coconut milk and that there is no guargum in the ingredients.

To make this, you have to put the coconut milk can in the refrigerator overnight. So you can better do this when you soak the almonds for the almondmilk. When you open it afterwards, the coconut cream will be seperated from the coconut liquid. Pour the coconut liquid in a bowl or use it instead of almondmilk in your shake and put the coconut cream in another bowl. Whip that cream and top it on your shake.

* To make the almondmilk: For 750ml
150g raw almondnuts | 750ml clean water | pinch of salt | spices (vanilla, cinnamon, clove, etc.)

Roast the nuts. Put them in a large bowl and let them soak overnight in enough water. Rinse them well. If you want a whiter milk, you can now pull off the membranes of the nuts, but it’s not necessary. Put the nuts in a blender with 750ml water and pulse for 1 minute on high speed. Sieve the mixture through a fine sieve or cheesecloth and press out all the moisture. Add the salt and flavors you want. I used one scraped vanilla bean, 1 tbsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp clove.

 
 
 

 
 

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Freedom Sky – Pilot Patrick Interview by Alexander Jaime

 

Photo: Pilot Patrick

 

On a unseasonably warm day in January we caught up with Pilot Patrick who flies private jets. During our conversation he shared with us what his perfect day looks like, what he loves about flying a plane and what it takes to be The Perfect Man.

Coffee or tea?

I prefer a tea in the morning followed by an espresso.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Are you a perfect man? In your opinion, what does it take to be the Perfect Man?

Nobody is perfect, but I give my best to be perfect. A perfect man has a good sense of humor and style, has good manners, eats wisely and has passion he lives for.

What does your perfect day look like?

A perfect day for me means I sleep in, wake up in a house at the beach, go for a swim before a long breakfast, take my own little plane with friends for a spin, after a workout a healthy dinner while observing the sunset.

What are you wearing right now?

I am wearing dark grey jeans (The Kooples) a black basic shirt (Hugo Boss) with a light grey asymmetric cardigan (Michalsky) and black winter boots (Diesel), on my wrists I am wearing a grey watch and a silver hand cuff.

 
 
 
 

How do you stay fit, when you’re always on the go?

I usually hit the hotel gym for an intense work out of 60 minutes maximum. In cases where the hotel does not have gym, I use the hotel room for a workout with my own body weight. Sometimes I use my suspension trainer, which fits easily in the suitcase and can be used anywhere.
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What is the most unexpected thing that’s ever happened to you while traveling?

During my career as private jet pilot I have experienced a lot. Once I was getting a coffee machine in the VIP Terminal when Cameron Diaz asked if I wanted one too.

What do you love about flying a plane? And what made you become a pilot?

I love the freedom in the sky and how I connect places with the plane in a minimum amount of time. Already as a kid I was fascinated about aviation and I still am today. After flying smaller propeller aircraft I decided to follow my passion and became a pilot.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What are your top international choices for men seeking (1) revelry, (2) relaxation, (3) reinvention

1. Berlin
2. Cape Town
3. Barcelona

What makes a place truly memorable for you?

The people and good food.

If you had a choice, where would you choose to spend your last day on earth?

I would spend it on board of a plane.

Where are you excited to visit this year?

I am excited to visit new destinations as a pilot of an Airbus A300 and I am also excited to spend some weeks in Barcelona after I stayed there for three months in 2016.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Is there any place you’ve traveled so far that you wouldn’t return to? Why?

Hurghada in Egypt. It is too touristy and another reason is that I got sick, because of the dirty tap water.

How do fashion and travel influence each other, in your opinion?

Traveling on an airplane should influence people to dress up. Traveling to different countries and parts of the world does not only mean to get know new cultures, but also people with a different sense of fashion.

What are your “must have” travel items?

Besides my passports and pilot license, definitely a good camera.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How do you describe your personal style?

A fashionable street style.

Boxers or briefs?

Briefs.

 
 
Nobody is perfect, but I give my best to be perfect. A perfect man has a good sense of humour and style, has good manners, eats wisely and has passion he lives for.
— Pilot Patrick
 

New Calvin Klein, a Win for American Fashion by Alexander Jaime

 
 
 
 

Photo: Calvin Klein

It's not every day an iconic American fashion brand gets a completely new creative direction from Raf Simons. After all the teaser advertising with the iconic white Calvin Klein briefs contrasted by young women in daring cuts and draped in the American flag reveling on a stone floor — we finally get to see what we have been waiting for, all we have to say is American fashion is fun again. From geometric contrasting colors, which remind us of Loewe to the camel color and flesh colored sheer shirts thin men are wearing on the runway which truly remind us of Parisian collections.  So why not wear head to toe denim. Just saying.

 

Star Man – Jamie Clarke Interview by Alexander Jaime

By Colleen Star

 

Photo: Bell Soto

On a fall day this mid November we had the pleasure of chatting with Jamie Clarke on the set of our "Come Clean" story. The deaf pro soccer player and model has been part of Kenneth Cole's "Courageous Class" campaign. So we found it fit to ask how he handles being an inspiration to so many, what characteristics he finds most attractive in people, and what it takes to be a star, man.

Coffee or tea?

Both!!! 

What defines a successful day for you?

As a model, if I booked a job and it went as well as I would have liked then it's a successful day for me! If I win my soccer games, this is also successful! If you have a long hard day but you got it all done then it's all good as long as you are happy with it.

What would you say makes a man powerful?

By being a leader, knowing what he's doing, being brave - not afraid to take risks, let his work do the talking, backs up what he says but is humble too. Being professional is also important. 

iPhone or Android?

iPhone all the way!! It's so much better! 

What makes a “perfect man,” in your opinion?

Don't need to say much... David Beckham IS THE PERFECT MAN.

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Last good book you read?

I don't read books. I'm a Netflix fan! I am currently watching 'LOST', it's sooo good! Very addictive. 

Who do you look up to? or Who are your role models?

My grandfather is my role model, I always think about him. He taught me soccer and I just loved being around him when I was so little! We did things together. My parents too, they have been unbelievable with me all my life and I owe them a lot. Obviously David Beckham as well because of who he is, a great role model to everyone on the planet, he's a great family man, looks after his kids, helps charities, he's got it all! and Cristian's Ronaldo because he works so bloody hard everyday at soccer and it shows. This is why he is the best soccer player ever.

Why do you love soccer?

My grandfather and father got me into this sport when I was around 5/6 and I never stopped since. It's the most popular sport worldwide, it's made me very competitive at a young age & not going to lie. I can be a sore loser! All my life I have always been a winner & played for the best teams in the league somehow. I'd say that's down to all of the goals I have scored! ;-) this has got me playing for my country – Great Britain Deaf Team, it's the biggest honour you can have!


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How has your journey impacted your definition of “inspiring”? or How do you handle the responsibility of being an inspiration to so many?

It is simple, I am just being myself, I always have been. I don't need to pretend or change anything. If they don't like it then tough. I am just happy to help people by sending out positive messages or making sure that they know it is okay to dream and believing that it is possible! Being fully deaf has never held me back with anything, it shouldn't. I mean, we all are humans – we are the same. Just because I have a hearing loss doesn't mean we are different, well i'd say we are more special! Haha. 

What traits or characteristics do you find the most attractive?

Being humble and caring are very attractive. Also, when you see someone making an effort for you! If someone is a little crazy/weird – it can also be good!

When do you feel the most confident?

I am always confident. 24/7, whatever comes along. I am always ready! I don't back down or become shy lol. Being confident and ego is 2 different things, confidence is sexy, ego isn't. 

What are your top 5 travel essentials?

1. My phone lol! Can't live without it! (& adaptor lol)
2. Money! Never know what you'll need! 
3. Hair product! If you look scruffy then it's not good unless chilling in bed all day (which I love) haha especially on Sundays! 
4. Toothbrush and paste!
5. Clothes! haha gotta cover yourself up ;) 

Who would you say are the hottest male and female models right now? Your personal preference…

Male model - David Gandy
Female model - either Irina Shayk or Lily Aldrige!

Don’t need to say much... David Beckham IS THE PERFECT MAN.
— Jamie Clarke
 

Photography: Bell Soto  Model: Jamie Clarke at Soul Artist Management

 

Gifts for The Perfect Man by Alexander Jaime

 

EDITORS' PICKS

From clothing to accessories to gear and underthings, here's our selection of what the perfect man wants this holiday season.

 
 

Photography: Jorge Anaya  Model: Johan Bruinsma @ The Icon Mgmt

Go Hands Free – Bags of the Season by Alexander Jaime

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This fall's bags are all about the details – from straps, zippers, fancy handles to the architectural. There is a bag for your personality, here's a selection of our favorites.

THE EDIT

 
 
 
 

Photography: Bell Soto  Model: Bart Grzybowski at Soul Artists Management

Perfect in Pink by Alexander Jaime

 

Pink is the color of man it seems, by the looks of the fall/winter 16 shows this past fashion week season. From classic Thomas Pink who is known for the color, to the hot pink retro 60's vibe of the new Gucci by Allesandro Michele, one thing is for sure Pink has arrived. 

Pink is set to become the new neutral tone. It is likely to surpass the current red carpet-favoured tone of mid blue which has been a favourite at the Baftas (Idris Elba), Grammys (Mark Ronson) and Cannes (Lucky Blue Smith).

As early as 1925, pink on a man was a joke, a sartorial no-no. “An Oxford man! Like hell he is! He wears a pink suit!” squawked Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. “I could think of nothing except the luminosity of his pink suit under the moon.” Jay Gatsby, the eloquent and charismatic charlatan, was pinned under the microscope for his sartorial choice.

No longer a threat to masculinity, the pastel has become a staple for everyone from rappers to politicians. From Coral, Salmon, Rose the on-trend man will be tickled pink.

 

10 Perfect Sunglasses To Wear Now by Alexander Jaime

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Whether you're channeling Woody Allen or donning a pair of classicly inspired Thom Brownes this Summer, get ready to filter UV rays in style with this season's most perfect shades.

GUEST EDIT by MIKE STALLINGS

 
 
 

Photography: Jesse Untratch-Oakner
Style: Mike Stallings
Models: David Miller at Soul Artists Management and Mitchell Robinson at U Models Management

Work Wanders by Alexander Jaime

By Arthurious

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Renowned furniture designer Marcel Wanders of Moooi shares his views on creativity, inspiration, and on asking the right questions.

Right now, I’m homeless.

I’m not an introvert, but I’m not an extrovert either.

Balance is always a good idea.

Look for a sense of purpose and you’ll find yourself on the right path. If there’s no path, that’s even better.

If I were you, I wouldn’t wait for inspiration to come. You can tie me up to this chair and I’d still find a way to be inspired.

The brain is a magical place: if you have a question, the answer will come. The problem is, not all questions are worth answering.

There’s no place like Tokyo.

One day, I decided that I’ll be living in five different cities for the next five years. Last year, it was San Francisco. This year, I found myself in Milan.

I travel to unroot myself.

What I love about big cities is that any design object that initially looked very rational, with time and changing context, becomes irrational.

Why do I like Tokyo so much? Try standing still there in the middle of the street for five minutes. You’ll get it right then.

It’s a common misconception to think that five years in a design school will make anyone great. No one is going to teach you marketing skills, technology or chemical procedures of microscopic structures of plastic — you have to fucking study it on your own.

People always tell us, designers, to concentrate on our talent. I think it’s a stupid idea. If you are a runner who is fast in running, you are the first one to reach a hurdle. But what if jumping is not your talent?

If one day you don’t learn, you’re in the wrong place.

Concentrate on the hurdles.

You grow when it’s most inconvenient; when it’s difficult, shitty, and irritating. There’s no other way to grow.

Can I have my coffee, please?

Moooi New York Showroom

36E 31 St., New York City

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If one day you don’t learn, you’re in the wrong place.
— Marcel Wanders, Moooi
 
 

Florals for Mankind by Alexander Jaime

A conversation with Floral Modernist, Designer Mike Hines.

 

On an unusually warm day this early May we had the pleasure of a conversation with Mike Hines. He takes a rather masculine approach to Floral Design. With the release of his new book "Uprooted" we sat down with Mr Hines and he shared with us his first thought when he wakes up, the flower every man should have in their home, and what makes the perfect man, perfect.

What's your first thought when you wake up?

Who are you?  LOL, just kidding. My very first thought: COFFEE!!

What do you wear to workout?

At the gym I wear Todd Snyder tees and sweat shorts. At Bikram I wear only a very Short pair of workout shorts. It's sweaty and if I wore anything more it would get in the way. Gotta be able to move.

What's your favorite body part? And your least favorite?

Depends on my mood...I like my head the most..it doesn't change and it's reliable. Least favorite, hmmm, my left leg. After rupturing my Achilles it's never gotten back to normal.

Boxers or briefs? Trunks or Speedos?

Briefs C-in2 and Calvin Klein 4" Trunks, Kyle King swimwear and Parke & Ronen. I used to be a swimmer in high school..I'm speedo'd out

What music is inspiring you at the moment? What’s on you phone?

I'm loving Elle King at the moment. I have her on a loop on my phone. Most of my music on my phone is mellow or pop-ish. Love Sara Bareilles and retro Meatloaf, Queen and a good dose of Adele. 

How did you get into floral design?

By accident. Was on holiday in Rome 20 years ago and stumbled upon a flower shop who took me in and showed me design. It was one of those cheesy moments when you're like "whoa, I love this". Floristry allows me the medium to dive into design and pull up my know how of interior design and spark my creativity. Everyday seems different. It also lets me express myself. 

When did you realize this was your space? and Epoch Floral needed to happen?

I knew in my gut I had something different to add to the floral design world. I try to follow my instinct on most everything I do in life. The idea of creating epoch, staying true to my style and persistently playing against "norms" made it an easy decision to open epoch and stay true to my design esthetic. I'm outspoken by nature and with florals I'm giving that platform to speak out all the time, flowers let me shout quietly.

Explain the concept for Uprooted your latest Book, your approach seems surprisingly refreshing?

UPROOTED was in my head for over a decade. Truly. I knew it would have a life one day but wasn't ready to dig into it until last year. The time was right.  I wanted to design original floral designs specifically for this book. Yet, I wanted to make sure I was creating designs that were truly expressions of my esthetic and self. After we shot the first pic, I knew the book would take on a sexy, masculine, moody feel. Contrary to what you'd expect from a flower book. I wanted to show the reader that flowers aren't always these pretty perky things. Because I revere floral design, great floral design, as art....UPROOTED is the antithesis to what you thought you knew. It seemed natural to me without trying so hard to make an irreverent statement. Rather, it's what I do, what's in me and my intention to get the reader to escape into a sexier mood. Frankly, it's heavy in masculinity. But, at the same time, it appeals to all genders because after all, it's flowers. 

Favorite artists?

Eva Hesse, Doris Salcedo, Rothko...I'm sure I have others but these are my top.

What makes a perfect man?

Humble men are f***ing sexy.

What florals complement the perfect man’s living space? and what triggers the decision?

Men and flowers, any flowers in their space(s) is SEXY. There are no rules. However, one kind of flower, en masse, in a great vessel or a giant leaf/branch in a vase is cool and stated. Something that looks and seems and often is effortless.

Where do you go to switch off?

The desert, any desert that has a spa and a great hotel/resort.

Three products you can't live without?

Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion, Baxter Face Moisturizer and Le Labo Santal 26 everything. 

If you had a choice, where would you choose to spend your last day on earth?

At the tranquility pool at the Four Seasons Hualalai... pure bliss.

The Perfect Man is a humble man, humble men are f****ing sexy.
— Mike Hines
 

 

A Conversation with Dr. Justin James by Alexander Jaime

 

We had the opportunity of interviewing Dr. Justin James, a New Yorker with a rather inspiring opinion of the self, the importance of the power nap and what makes the perfect man.

What's your first thought when you wake up?

I would like to say my FIRST thought is how excited I am for the day, but it’s actually my second. The first thought, embarrassingly enough, is “What day is it??”. I need to reorient myself to get out of my initial daze.  

How do you deal with tiredness?

I try to avoid this at all costs, especially when I work 6-7 days a week, but sometimes it happens despite my structured and routine sleeping habits. On those days I find a 20 minute power nap after work most effective.

Coffee or tea?

If Snapple counts as tea, then Diet Peach

How can we get the Dr. James physique?

Haha - thank you. I eat healthy and exercise 5 days a week. I haven’t found any shortcuts - it takes hard work and dedication.

 
 

What's your favorite sport?

Gymnastics.  I am fascinated how gymnasts can do the wildest tricks. Some look like they are defying gravity.  It’s the closest thing to having superpowers, and who doesn’t love that?!

Gym or personal trainer?

Gym out of habit, but a trainer would be great to learn new routines.  It’s difficult for me to get creative. 

What’s on your iPhone for workout music at the moment?

I like fast-beats to keep my energy up, but also something melodic so it's enjoyable. Right now I have some great remixes of Rufus Du Sol and Aquillo

What do you wear to workout?

Something light. Usually a black tank, shorts and comfortable flyknit sneakers.

How do you describe your personal style?

That’s a good question, I’ve never been asked to label my style. Outside of work, I would say I dress minimalistic and clean.  I also get shy with bright colors and patterns. 


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Boxers or briefs?

Actually both! Briefs with jeans, and boxers with scrubs.

A fragrance?

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille.

 
 

What's your favorite body part? And your least favorite?

I would say my face is both my favorite and least favorite. Not any part in particular but overall. My face is the first thing people see and it’s important to showcase and be proud of that. It’s my least favorite for the same reason. Good skin care takes time and maintaining my beard can be a chore. 

What made you become a psychiatrist, and what is the most challenging aspect of it and the most rewarding thing about it?

I applied to medical school knowing I wanted to be a psychiatrist. I had a passion for mental health and human behavior since freshman year in college. I think my curiosity stemmed from Real World Seattle when I was 12 years old, and seeing Stephen slap Irene in the car and thought “What the hell were they thinking?!”. It’s a strange memory, I know, but it got me thinking. 

I would say that the most challenging thing is that the problems I encounter each day are personal, and often relatable. It isn't about dealing with a broken foot or torn ligament (no offense to my fellow orthopedic surgeons). I am managing people's emotions, thoughts, and fears. The situations hit much closer to home. Those are all struggles we deal with as humans and they can be complicated. There is no exact science to dealing with the mind, at least not yet. 

I think one rewarding piece is the ability to give my patients tools to lead happy, stable lives. The best thing I can hope for is the point in which a patient reached optimal benefit from treatment and has best quality of life.

Where do you go to switch off?

I live in New York City, so sometimes it’s hard to find a place to completely switch off – but being alone is usually my best option. Whether it’s walking through a pretty neighborhood, visiting the park, or just closing the door to my room and reading – if I can get myself to a place where I am alone, it’s easier to switch.

What makes a perfect man?

Humility, Happiness and Confidence. It’s not impossible to transform yourself physically to become the best version. What makes a man perfect is the awareness that we are all the same and we are all in this together. Men who are happy with themselves and their lives, who are naturally confident, are attractive. Lastly, the perfect man looks out for others and does the right thing even if no one is looking.