I am constantly trying to learn new things. My latest fixation has been artisan soapmaking – my favorite part has been creating fragrance blends and learning how they change as the soap batter saponifies and cures. Current goal: create a scent that evokes the feeling of the kind of old, worn-down tavern that most Dungeons and Dragons campaigns start their first session in. Looking at a cedarwood, bourbon, tobacco and vanilla combination, at the moment.
For better or for worse, legal advice regarding a divorce – always sad to see a friend going through a difficult time, but grateful to have the education and experience to provide guidance when it is needed.
Leather-jacket chic? Don’t think that’s a real style but it evokes an image that I think is pretty accurate to my daily clothing and accessory choices. I also love unusual jewelry – linked lapel pins I think are such a fantastic way to give a button-down blouse a unique spin, and a great opportunity to show a little personality.
Artisan work – part of it comes from personal bias, but I will always go to an independent creator before anyone else when making certain purchases. Art, jewelry, and especially specialty foodstuff I always try to get from local businesses and small artists. Blood Orange Balsamic vinaigrette. Raspberry whipped honey spread. A portrait of my husband and I in our Captain America and Wonder Woman garb. My engagement ring, created by my husband and a local jeweler to be perfectly tailored to my tastes and preferences. There’s nothing better.
Ironically, one of the offerings by a small independent artist that I normally advocate so strongly for. I didn’t feel like I could justify spending the money on a commissioned art piece from them and hesitated to take a commission slot when it was available. By the time I changed my mind, those reservations had been filled. I’m fortunate to be able to watch their creative journey and see them thriving though!
Stealing more time away – we were all the way out in Jackson Hole for a wedding recently and found ourselves in a beautiful little town beside the Grand Tetons. It was gorgeous and serene, and I genuinely wish we had taken a few more days to just enjoy the opportunity we had to be there. Living on the outskirts of a big city like D.C., it’s easy to forget how marvelous the world around us is, and that there’s more in life than building a career.
I am not a morning person. I wake up, suit up, and grab a protein shake on my way out the door.
Depends on the day! Several times a week getting home from work is immediately followed by a gym session, a quick dinner, and hopping into a voice chat with friends or family to play games together. Any other downtime is spent crafting and creating, keeping the gears of our small business turning while we work on expanding.
I preach about the importance of work-life balance to others all the time but very seldom follow it myself. I’m working on being kinder to myself and allowing myself to rest more.
The world we live in now has evolved into such a strange place. There isn’t enough compassion between people, and the things that get prioritized in the media and in congress all seem to focus on the dire situations between people fighting over their beliefs and personal values. There isn’t enough attention on the state of the planet, and not enough people are listening to the voices of the communities that were its stewards for so many centuries before the colonization of the land.
I think it’s different for everyone. To me, happiness is creating a circle of people and loved ones that bring joy into your life and bringing that with you every day. Even more so if you can bring that joy to your workplace and do something that you’re passionate about – I’m a strong believer in the sentiment that it isn’t work if you’re able to do what you love.
I think a lot of people tie the idea of success up in their careers, and the monetary value of the work that they do and what investments they make in their lifetime. I think that now, especially after enduring years of a global pandemic, success is a measure of how much you as a person have made connections and grown so that you can adapt to any situation and still come out on the other side just fine. Jobs can come and go, possessions can be lost in a multitude of ways, but you and the person that you’ve become is everything that you have at the end of the day.
Blacksmithing. I always tell people that if I had gone to a trade school instead of college, I would have loved to become a blacksmith.
Somewhere quiet, tucked away in the woods on a mountain somewhere. The idea of waking up in the morning to a cup of tea and a gorgeous mountain view sounds like the most amazing thing in the world.
Home cooked meal for sure, much to my husband’s chagrin. He’s a great cook and I love helping him pick the flavors and spices for a meal, we just never seem to have the time to cook together like we used to.
I’m a legal professional in Arlington, Virginia by day, but by night my husband and I have been building and creating a small creative business making and selling tabletop gaming accessories under the name Decus Dice (though we are working on more than just dice nowadays).
A really big nerd, fortunate enough to be married to another big nerd who helps make it possible to have a regular job, run a small business, and still be involved with our family, friends, and community consistently. I am never not busying myself with something, and I find a lot of joy in creating – whether it’s a new product, a new dice design, drawing up graphics to use on merchandise, or stealing away time to build the newest version of Wonder Woman armor to wear. We pack our weeknights with gaming nights with the family, tabletop games with friends, and on the weekends when there isn’t a pandemic, . we’ve been known to volunteer to show up in costume at local events to bring joy to families by surprising children in the area. On the rare occasions when I’m not keeping busy, I try to stay caught up on a couple different comic book series and catch up on the backlog of video games that I want to play but haven’t had the time.
A creative trying to make a difference for people struggling with the legal system.
“Take half now, wait an hour, THEN decide if you want to take another half…”
Posh, Edgy Bohemian
Taking the blue pill
You Can’t Trust a Big Butt and a Smile
Empowering and educating young kids about technology and entrepreneurship.
Happiness is having no fear of loss
Being peaceful always, in all ways
Home – a nice turkey bacon, spinach and mushroom omelet with a stack of blueberry pancakes
My job (CEO of a software company) is NOT the reason I wear great clothes. Dressing well speaks to my appreciation of beauty and refinement and ensures I don’t shame my Mama’s Good Name when I step out into these streets.
I am the same guy, just without pants.
I’m a powerful, energetic being manifested on this physical plane as a double-barreled, rocket propelled dynamo of good will, love, progressive vision and empowerment for all people.
Switched jobs! I wanted to try something new and learn and made a big career change to consulting.
Be yourself and be bold. Nobody else is who you are.
A combination of quirky but classic. I love bright colors, but also have an appreciation for simplicity!
Something you really like. Period. Why make money if we don’t spend it?
Nothing. I buy what I want. That’s why I work so hard
NOTHING. Do what scares you.
Letting my dogs out then, coffee and sitting in silence before the craziness begins.
With some nice alone time decompressing, breathing in, and sometimes by watching some mindless TV.
I wish I was able to follow my own advice of being bold and being yourself earlier in life.
Animal Rescue. #adoptdontshop or don’t talk to me
We have 4 dogs and 2 cats! All rescues. My sweet baby angels (most days). One day, we hope to get involved in fostering again. Shawnna (my wifey) wants a million senior chihuahuas. We will see if that happens LOL. Fostering is my personal favorite because you get to save them from a potential terrible situation and they are so grateful for you and then you get to help them find their forever home! Super rewarding.
Enjoying nature and allowing your stress to be nonexistent.
Feeling like you have accomplished what is important to you at the end of your life or even at the end of the day.
Sometimes I really want to learn a new language (sign language specifically). I lived on H street in DC and was exposed to more sign language than ever before in my life! The pandemic and the masks and inability for people to lip read made me realize I would really love to know sign language. I feel like folks sometimes forget this is a language you can learn, whether or not you have the ability to hear.
A remote island with all my animals and loved ones on the beach
Home (the less I leave my house the better) – a nice evening grillin with my wife! Grilling is always the way to go, I get to be OUTSIDE (my fave place) and it’s simple. I love simple things. Grilling some burgers (vegan and real meat), with a choice of bun (gluten free v regular) and then some veggies! Me and Shawnna both have very specific dietary restrictions and grilling is “build it on your own” which works VERY well for our special diets!
I’m a consultant by day, but who doesn’t like to show up looking sharp to any occasion? I wanted Bryn Keith clothing so I had nice duds that truly fit!
An introvert who loves their rescue animals
I’m a trans man. I’m Latino. I’m an animal rescue advocate, a dog and cat dad. A husband. A brother. An ally. I’m someone just looking to live their best life.
I placed a deposit on a new Mercedes GLE. Though the global chip shortage is causing manufacturing delays for automakers, my fingers are crossed that my SUV will be assembled and delivered on schedule – by my birthday in December! This will be my first SUV, first Mercedes and therefore, my first AMG variant! I’m really looking forward to it!
You’re running out of runway. Pull the nose up, or don’t, but hurry up and make a decision!
I wear what makes me feel good – sweats, suits, jeans, blazer, button down, polo, and occasionally something with a little unique element to it. Not sure what style that is. (shoulder-shrug)
Anything that you won’t regret later. Start with a bespoke suit!
I regret not buying more call options on MRNA (at a strike price anywhere below $350) – back in late July! Take a look at the chart, you’ll see what I mean.
I regret not taking my bachelor party to Iceland. Why didn’t I do that?!?
Oof, long answer, but here goes. Most mornings, it’s about parent duty – I awaken the toddler boss between 7:00 and 7:15am. She’s like a little bear coming out of hibernation – a grumpy lil thing. So, it’s all about setting the right energy with one of her favorite songs by The Singing Walrus (YouTube channel) or from Disney’s Frozen or Moana. With a little luck, my wife and I get the ‘mini-us’ through brushing teeth and dressed for the day without (much) resistance! Oh, the small victories! Following the morning toddler routine, I wish my wife a great day and THEN, and only then, do I turn my attention to myself and what I need to accomplish in my day. First up is a HIIT session in the home gym (guest bedroom suite in the basement) to get the body charged and the mind in the right headspace. My soundtrack? Hip hop – Rick Ross, Jeezy, Yo Gotti! Time to work the room: Station 1): dumbbells and the Helm for chest and arms, 2) the bench for abs and core, 3) the Versys – my punching bag, and finally 4) my Concept2RowErg for serious CAR-DI-O! Woo! 1x done – now a minute-thirty of rest. Alright, now go again but increase the time at each station by 30 seconds! Repeat 2 more times! 30-45 minutes later, I’m lying on the mat, trying to catch my breath! While I take that minute or two to rest the body, my mind shifts to work. What’s on the schedule – calls? presentation? demo meeting? Time to get cleaned up and dressed. I get into clothes that help elevate my confidence, energy and focus! This is how I start my day, most days. Normal stuff.
After family dinner, it’s time to clean the kitchen while my wife gets the toddler through the Four B’s – bath, brushing teeth, books and bedtime. When the first three are done, I head to her room to offer the little princess goodnight hugs and kisses. Mommy stays for the fall asleep part. I make my way down to the lab (home office), accompanied by a glass of red wine, to decompress, research stocks or to catch up on a little work. Either way, it’s about peace and quiet, while strategizing and planning my next move.
Hmm…I should have listened. No really, when I was in my twenties and thirties, I had a lot of advice I wish I had followed. Now in my late forties, the list of advice I wish I had followed, is very short or zero. Why? How? Great questions. I recognize that good advice is a dividend you’re paid by surrounding yourself with good people. (I think I just coined a phrase.) That said, the example set by the person giving the advice has to be, in a word, impressive. If you’re a respected business executive (Sir Richard Branson), or someone who has given a Ted Talk (Amy Cuddy, Simon Sinek), chances are that I’ll listen to and follow your advice. If you’re a close friend and there is congruence between your actions (you’re married) and your words (saying to someone they should get married) and your example (you have a loving and truly awesome marriage), I’ll listen to your advice. Follow? Probably. Yes, maybe.
Let’s start with an easy one – one I call ‘Vaccination Veracity.’ No political slant, just science-based facts…from Dr. Fauci, the CDC, the FDA. Let’s trust these experts, people so we can get #BacktoNormal2022!
Feeling pretty damn secure in all areas of life.
Being able to check the following three boxes, if you will:
Spycraft …and the debonair edge of one Mr. Idris Elba.
My wife would want me to say, “Italy.” So, I will. But, scroll up.
Fiola Mare (Washington, DC)– I love their grilled mixed seafood.
In a nutshell, I am a steward of my company’s reputation (and demonstrator of my company’s representations). I sell software. In meetings with legal professionals, IT experts and executives, my words detail the capabilities of our technology and expertise of our people, and they inform on my years of experience in the industry, while my appearance provides a visual complement to the voiceover. Dressing well helps me to present well – I feel prepared, confident and focused in front of my audience. Besides that, I just like it.
From the moment you walk in the doors of Bryn Keith’s studio you feel instantly comfortable and welcomed. He is warm, caring and gives his customers his undivided attention. The entire experience of getting fitted and creating my custom look made me feel special. Not to mention wearing my Bryn Keith clothing makes me feel and look like a million bucks. The quality and fit make these pieces timeless staples in my wardrobe.
I loved the entire experience!!! I know your line is worth every penny. The suit POPS! when I wear it….it fits perfectly and I love wearing it! Most importantly, you listened to what I wanted and were able to show me what I was saying better than I was able to say it!
Bryn, you make the best pants I’ve ever worn, hands down.
Bryn Keith clothing is a new found necessity – it allows me to land from a flight dressed the part and whisk away to any social atmosphere still looking good.
Great attention to detail, high quality materials and a focused and caring proprietor. I love my Bryn Keith clothes.
Bryn Keith is bar none the best customer clothier I’ve ever worked with… I always get a compliment when I wear something made by Bryn!
From the initial telephone call, I knew Bryn Keith would be something totally different. I was literally blown away during our initial consultation… In my mind, nothing compares when you combine the customer service, quality and price of Bryn Keith clothes. I am quite addicted and am floored by the amount of compliments I receive when wearing Bryn Keith… If anyone is considering custom clothes, I highly recommend Bryn Keith … just be prepared to become addicted!
From the onset, Bryn’s attention to detail and desire for customer satisfaction were impressive. His willingness to work around a transient schedule throughout the holiday season was also notable. It was a unique experience for me to witness the same styles/patterns chosen over a cup of coffee in Maryland displayed in various stores like Thomas Pink or Hugo Boss while walking the streets of downtown London, a week later. Bryn Keith clothing is a new found necessity – it allows me to land from a flight dressed the part and whisk away to any social atmosphere still looking good. Bottom line, Bryn Keith is truly a custom fit for every wear.
During the past 20 years, I’ve had the opportunity to address audiences in excess of 2,500 persons. Believing that I am the best-dressed man in the room serves to boost my confidence and performance. Bryn Keith has been my clothier, and I couldn’t be more pleased.
I’ve been a customer of Bryn Keith for a number of years. The dress shirts were tailored to my every request, they fit better than anything else in my closet. I always reach for a Bryn Keith shirt when I want to impress or go out for a night on the town. Simply put, I’m a customer for life.
When I made the decision to make my first foray into purchasing custom clothing, my main driver was to find durable shirts that fit my dimensions. After meeting with Bryn Keith representatives, they took the time to first educate me on other attributes for consideration, and then walked me through their options for various features such as the collar, cuffs, and fabric. In addition, they gathered information on both my work and play habits and made recommendations to fit my life and personal style. The result was a more polished product that was really ‘me’. Bryn Keith continues to make me feel as if I can outsource them as my personal stylist, and they were even my top choice to outfit the men in my wedding party! I am a return customer, and when it comes to my clothing needs, Bryn Keith has shown me that having a relationship with my tailor should be one of the top priorities.
The variety of options, quality and fit of a Bryn Keith custom shirt is unmatched. Wearing one provides an extra level of personal confidence you only receive when you know you look your best. I will never buy another…
I am a tall man with a slender build and for years have had great difficulty finding retail clothing that fits me the way it should. Ever since I started wearing Bryn Keith, all of my dress shirts and suits fit me perfectly, matching my unique specifications. Equally important, my wife has the luxury of selecting from a wide variety of patterns, colors, styles, and other custom tailored options. Bryn Keith has positively transformed my wardrobe!
I cannot say enough great things about the pieces I have bought from Bryn Keith. Bryn treats you with the same focus and attention if you are buying one shirt or ten. From looking at my current wardrobe (to understand my style and be able to provide suggestions) to explaining how each piece compliments one another. Every time I need to add to my collection, Bryn Keith is the only name I consider.