As a high school student, Marcus Allen experienced a typical teenager’s plight. Torn between his passion—modern fashion—and his studies, Marcus took a job with popular clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch before moving on to work for Ralph Lauren. Along the way, he discovered that a hard-working hobby can turn into a successful future.
“My family actually asked me not to work during school so I could focus on my studies,” he said. “But I had my mind set on buying Purple Label and Ralph Lauren; I’ve always been intrigued by who you can become with clothing.”
Marcus harnessed his passion all the way through school and into his current role as a New York-based stylist and consultant. On a daily basis, he surrounds himself with “amazingly inspiring people,” from fashion photographers, to the city’s top creative minds, to client Melet Mercantile, a vintage showroom.
In early 2014, one of Marcus’ influential partners—Australian-born designer Drew Villani—introduced a men’s clothing line. Marcus served as Drew’s professional stylist, pairing clean, contemporary tops and pants with Dansko clogs. After speaking with Drew this spring
, we had to know more. So we caught up with the ever-stylish Marcus to ask a few questions about his passion for fashion—and to learn more about his enthusiasm for “minimalistic” Dansko clogs. Q:
Describe your style in five words or fewer: A:
Q: If you had to select one fashion icon, you would chose:
A: I’m always impressed with the personal style of L'uomo Vogue fashion editor Robert Rabensteiner
Q: Number one tip for those looking for a style update:
A: Comfort always looks best so I wouldn't try too hard to update—just re-evaluate your wardrobe and purge when things feel dormant
Q: If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, you would wear:
A: A black t-shirt and tux pants
Q: Favorite summer fabrics:
A: Linen and cotton blend because of their drape and flow
Q: No man should ever leave his house without:
A: His card case
Q: How does confidence influence a man’s style?
A: Confidence allows you to try new things and speaks to how you carry yourself
Q: How do Dansko shoes complement your wardrobe?
A: Dansko provides an unexpected element and makes for an interesting style combination—and most definitely a topic of conversation
To view our complete men's line, and learn more about Marcus' must-have shoes, visit Dansko.com