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How Hadleigh’s Founder Ed Shaikh Approaches His Personal Style

It's all about the details.
ed shaikh menswear designer
Jill Broussard

“I design bespoke menswear and manage business operations for our brand.”

Style Icon:
“Men from the ’50s and ’60s, from Sean Connery and Steve McQueen to Gianni Agnelli and his effortless, iconic Italian style. Also, having worked at Ralph Lauren for years, I learned so much from a brand that truly represents the American dream.”

At the Office:
“By wearing pieces we have designed, while working with clients each day, I’m able to speak not only from a designer’s perspective but from a practical perspective. From fittings to drafting new collections, I’m passionate about continuously innovating and creating classic lifestyle pieces.”

“It’s all in the signature details; every piece has a story—origin, era, materials. A double-breasted coat originally designed for the military, a wide peak lapel debuting in the 1940s as a dramatic statement, and high-waisted pants with a narrow, short break, reflecting a classic European fit with a modern length. I continue to be inspired by the classic elements of style that are timeless, and the history and passion behind those elements.”  

My Style:
“Modern sophistication with a touch of the unexpected from time to time. From my staple double-breasted suits, white shirts, and solid ties to my Western boots and velvet jackets for celebrations. I’m prepared for any occasion, whether wing shooting or a formal gala.”

Never Without:
“Definitely my glasses. With a rather large collection of eyewear (some may call it an addiction), I’m constantly rotating in new ones.”

Go-to Look:
“My unlined mohair jacket is so versatile, from fittings to flights, and I throw it over a two-button collar shirt, blue worsted tie, and dove grey trousers.”

“Oversized eyewear, my sterling silver friendship bracelet, and the lapis blue cuff links that my wife and daughters gave me a few years ago for Father’s Day.”

Weekend Look:
“Our family of five is always on the go and often in West Texas on the weekends, so my Western boots are a go-to, along with my Stetson Open Road.”

Favorite Store:
“Reinforcing the obvious, but Hadleigh’s, of course. For my more casual looks, STAG at Knox/Henderson curates an incredible selection of laid-back pieces for the outdoors, from Filson to RRL and everything in between. I also look to Gary Black and Black Optical for local eyewear.”   

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