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Hub Threads: Celebrating Boston Street Style

Meet Winston.


Photo by Diana Levine 

Critics say this city has no style. We’re here to prove them wrong. Welcome to HubThreads, where we chat with the most stylish people we find out and about in Boston. Think you or someone you know has the best street style? Let us know.

WINSTON

You said you’re a social architect and talent consultant, what do you do exactly? Most people forget the importance of a strong network. My network is made through styling, image consultation, personal shopping, photography, retail consultation and music. I use it to help individuals and businesses use their own assets to continue doing what they love, so connecting musicians with directors, getting designers pieces in fashion shows or doing collaborations with retail stores and local colleges.

Whoa. Can you give me some specific examples of work that you’ve done? One thing I did recently was, I organized and styled a shoot with a fashion blogger by the name of Laysummers. After uploading the pictures on her blog, they were posted on Pinterest and later the official Twitter account of retailer Reiss (TM). She was also directing a fashion show at Bentley University, and I was asked to assist bringing in designers and do a walk with models.

Are you from Boston? I’m from Dorchester exactly, or what some may call God’s Country. I was primarily raised on the South Shore in a little city called Brockton a.k.a The City of Champions.

Are those common nicknames for those towns? I didn’t know that! Brockton is called the City of Champions because of the undefeated record of boxer Rocky Marciano. And Dorchester is called God’s Country because the crooked politics made a lot of people seem like they had little options.  When it got rough, my mother moved me and my five siblings to Brockton.

How many brothers and how many sisters?  One brother and three sisters, I’m the youngest.

Do you have any style icons? My mom. She coordinates on another level and had me wearing Dior white shirts to private school before I even knew about their influence as a fashion house.

Tell me more about your mom. Does she work in fashion? What’s her style like? She didn’t work in fashion, but she can sew. I would just say she’s a hardworking woman that has a sophisticated style, an appreciation of accessories, demands top quality and is adventurous with colors. She moved from Alabama to Boston at seventeen and has done well for herself. I used to enjoy enjoy shopping with her, no matter how long it took.

How would you describe your personal style? Tailored and custom. I’ve recently started sewing and history has always been my favorite subject, so just learning about the demand and allure of certain fabrics is interesting to me. I’ve always made quality an important factor over a designer’s name, although that used to be synonymous at one time.

Is the suit you’re wearing custom? Where did you get it? The suit is from Hugo Boss Black, if you use their name tell them to endorse me. Next time I will make sure a custom piece is worn.

Also tell me about the one dyed dreadlock, is there a story there? I have a lot of locks that are half dyed. And call them locks please, dreadlocks sounds awful. No story behind the dye, I just wanted to try something other than my natural dark brown hair.