Today we catch up with Chris Siharath, another Hartford Handsome 2014 winner. Some of you might recall that Chris was our very first HH contestant! To learn the story behind Chris’s “Don Draper meets Elvis Presley” style, read on.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? Why do you choose to live in Hartford?
I’m Chris Siharath, 25 years old. I was born in Hartford and grew up in East Hartford. I attended the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford. I graduated in 2007 with a BFA in Visual Communication Design. You can say that I’m a born and bred Hartford citizen. I like Hartford because of the rich history which give us great architecture and museums like the Wadsworth. I also like the diverse cultures and ethnic neighborhoods that bring the most authentic and delicious food (my personal favorite is Pho 88 on Park Street.)
Where do you get your style inspiration from? What magazines/blogs/media sources do you look to?
I am constantly looking for style inspiration. I follow a handful of really great Menswear style blogs on instagram/tumblr. I also get a good amount of inspiration from GQ, Esquire and Detail magazine. Some blogs i read are Four-Pins, the Sartorialist and HeSpokeStyle.
What is your favorite Hartford designer or product?
Well, of course Hartford Prints! I recently purchased a print from HP!, it’s the NEW YORK, NEW HAVEN, HARTFORD print based on the railroad typography found on some of the older trains. I’m obsessed with it.
What would you like to see arrive in Hartford that isn’t currently here?
I think Hartford is slowly building itself up to become a cool, go-to destination. I really believe there should be a downtown college campus presence in Hartford. This would most definitely allow shops to stay open longer. And it would be a great opportunity to open up more small businesses and stores throughout the city.
What style advice would you like to impart to the other fashionable men of Hartford?
Be adventurous with your style. Buy/wear something crazy and fun, then pair it with with something understated and classic-it’s all about balance and keeping it it effortless. Also get a GOOD haircut.
What does winning Hartford Handsome mean to you?