Tattooed & Timeless feat. Grayson Knight

January 3rd, 2013

Grayson Knight was born in Nashville, lives in NYC, manages Billy Reid on Bond Street, and is one of the coolest guys you can meet.

Here he gives us a glimpse of his Monday-Friday style, which is best describe as Tattooed & Timeless.

    1. Modern Throwback

    “This navy DB chalkstripe flannel jacket was custom made at Primo Coat corp. in Long Island City, NY.

    My favorite part about this jacket is the roped shoulders which help define and balance my very sloping shoulders.  The roping gives it an elevated look that, in my opinion, adds breadth to the DB jacket.”

    “The lavender broad stripe shirt is custom made by Billy Reid.  I chose the grey wool tie to add some simplicity to an already striped outfit.”

    “The shoes are from Billy Reid as well and are from the current collection.  What really sets these black double monks apart is the curved cap toe!”

    • White pocket square Vintage
    • Gold collar pin Vintage
    • Navy double breasted chalkstripe flannel jacket custom by Primo Coat corp.
    • Grey wool tie by Billy Reid
    • Vintage paisley braces
    • Lavender broad stripe shirt by Billy Reid
    • Wool trousers (part of suit) custom made by Primo Corp.
    • Black double monk strap shoes by Billy Reid

    2. Old-School x New-School

    “This is my favorite 3 piece from Billy Reid this season, manufactured at Southwick in Haverhill Massachussets. The shirt is Billy Reid Custom as well; classic university stripe, but cut horizontally.

    All accessories (cufflinks, tie pin, braces) are vintage and reclaimed.”

    The combination of old-school fabrics and vintage accessories with new-school sleeve tats creates an awesome contrast. His look is worth a thousand words.

    And Grayson has some awesome tats, each with an unique backstory about his life.

    “The distressed brown suede loafers are from our spring 2011 collection. Timeless.”

    3. Southern Sophistication

    “This herringbone tweed suit has a gorgeous green/charcoal color to it.  The peak lapel and shorter cut of the jacket give it the exact silhouette I was looking for.

    The shirt is custom made by Billy Reid and the tie is from the current season – a wonderful silk/cashmere/wool blend.”

    Grayson wears braces everyday, with his trousers slightly higher on the waist.

    A comfortable, functional, and stylish look that shows respect to old school menswear.

    Kilted single monk captoe loafers? Hell yea!

    Even better beat-up.

    • Charcoal/green herringbone tweed suit by Billy Reid
    • Navy suspenders Vintage
    • Beige check/plaid shirt custom by Billy Reid
    • Brown stripe tie by Billy Reid
    • Brown kilted monkstrap loafers by Billy Reid


    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Articles of Style


    Photography by Alex Crawford

    • http://undefined Dick Lickerson

      “Greyson Knight” is a PIMP name first of all, and the clothes are immaculate…BUTT THE SHOES LOOK LIKE BUTT! The first pair is SOCKS AND SANDALS! Someone please shove pencils in my eyes!

    • Ty Hirtzel

      I love going back to old post and reading the comments. Everyone has an opinion lol

    • Niles

      All great looks and some interesting ideas to take from it. I still can’t get my head around scuffed shoes though. However nice (and they most certainly are…)

    • Jordan

      Great personal style, a lot of flare and personality. I do not have guts to pull off some of those fits :/

    • R. A. Sasayama

      Good eye for color and fabrics, and thank God the rise of the trousers in the second outfit is long enough for the vest to cover the waistband. It’s nice to see proportionately wide lapels in the third outfit, too. That said, there are a number of things I’d criticize. Take them for what you will.

      Outfit 1: Jacket is too short and tight. Look at how it strains over his shoulder blades in the mirror’s reflection. Trousers are too slim and short, per a trend that we should have put behind us by now. Guys, if a pair of trousers is tight enough to make your quads visible, think twice before you do something that you might regret. Pocket square is distractingly white in this context. Shirt’s shoulders are too narrow, but the collar complements his face shape and features. Collar pin makes the tie’s nonchalant knot look forced.

      Outfit 2: Ball-crushing trousers, collar spread is a little too wide for his head shape (but at least the points are long enough). Why the rounded white pocket squares on the first two outfits?

      Outfit 3: Shirt and trousers are much too tight. They suggest recent weight gain more than anything else. Belt loops should eventually be removed if he only wears braces. Digging the kilties, though. You don’t see those enough.

      • Dan Trepanier

        So much hate. Would love to see how your clothes fit.

        • R. A. Sasayama

          Sorry, I’m not in the habit of taking pictures of myself, but I was thinking about starting a blog on clothes. Until then, you’ve already got the idea as seen in that green tweed suit.

          • Grayson

            Interesting notes. With look 1, lets keep in mind that when you are photographed in the light, and you are extending your leg out for a pose, naturally the trousers will drape across your quad muscle on your leg. These pants are in no way tight at all actually, they are quite comfortable. The jacket length is that of a more modern cut, hence the length as it is. You cannot judge a jackets fit by a bass ackwards picture in a mirror, especially when a pose is struck. There will always be comments on someone’s trousers when they are short, most guys are not liberated enough to try this out or attempt it. I am 6’2 and if my trousers were longer with a break, they would look too long and too big. Trust me, I have been there and done that. The collar pin elevates the knot I have tried to achieve and keeps it there all day and night.

            In look 2, the collar spread is the exact same on all of my shirts I have custom made. Maybe those horizontal stripes were throwing you off.

            The white pocket square was chosen in both these looks because of the already multiple patterns and colors going on. Sure, maybe a silk one would photograph better, but hey, its not the end of the world.

            The suit in look 3 is actually one of the most comfortable suits I own. Don’t let the photographs fool you. And in regards to the beltloops and braces: Style is that of your own, there are no rules, only suggestions for the betterment of a gentlemen’s comfort and fit. I CHOSE to leave the beltloops on already existing pants I owned because sometimes, you just can’t remove them because of the material. There are plenty of trousers with braces buttons in them that also have beltloops.

            Let us know when you start that style blog of yours R.A., I know we would all love to check that out.

    • Lothar

      Is it just my eyes, or is there a drabness to Billy Reid clothing? The colors never seem fully realized. I want to like it more, but I can’t.

      • Robert

        Drab? Nay, simple. Its the new fancy.

    • Query

      Look #1 is fantastic. Nice (not so) subtle use of the mirror, really shows off just how perfectly fitted that DB is. Any reason/significance behind the double monk shoe choice vs. a wingtip? Personal preference?

      • Grayson

        I am naturally pulled in by the Double Monk as my go to. I actually own only one pair of wingtips and even then, hardly ever wear them. I prefer the simplicity of the leather on a double monk.

    • Lysander

      I have to say, when I looked at the first picture of look 3 I thought “He shouldn’t have worn a silk tie with a tweed suit.” But when I scrolled down I was absolutely amazed. Bravo, sir. Some excellent body art, and magnificent style!

    • Z

      Exceptional quality looks, I love the way by the cut of his suit he creates a more fitted look for himself, as he is quite a medium – heavy built guy. Great style, and I love the tats.

    • TO

      Grayson is dressed incendiarily! (Poetic license:)

      Loved the roped shoulder tidbit and still admiring how this guy gets to wear Billy Reid everyday!

      Number one is probably a “perfect” look. Pure balance, proportion, and outstanding threads.

      • Grayson

        Thanks TO! Also, a note about the roped shoulder bit.

        The factory in which my custom suits are made is primo coat corp in Long Island city, ny. They are one of the oldest and for lack of better words, the OG’s, or pioneers of this look for generations. My shoulders do have a sloping effect I cannot help because of a massive sports injury. Tough luck, thanks for the roped shoulder Primo.

        • Joe

          Thanks for the explanation TO. The roped shoulders do have a nice effect (I probably wouldn’t have noticed otherwise, but I certainly didn’t think the that shoulders looked sloped, so I guess the effect was achieved). Really great post.

    • Brooks

      Okay, first and foremost, this guy has awesome personal style. The tiny little touches of irreverence–the horizontal-striped shirt, the beat-up shoes, the cropped trousers–play really well with his observance of menswear tradition.

      Secondly, I’m happy to see someone with stretched ears on the site, even if they’re not wearing anything in them. I have them too, and I’ve been hoping that someone would come by to show that guys can pull off earrings.

    • cam

      plus one on braces everyday

    • Marc Ryan

      Three awesome looks, great job.
      Just wanted to know, how do you get your haircut at the barber Mr. Grayson? Is that an ivy-league cut? Looks raw.

      • Grayson

        Marc, I get my hair cut at Freeman’s, or FSC in lower manhattan. Joey Tasca is probably the best barber that has ever touched my hair and look.

        • Marc Ryan

          That sounds dandy.
          Only thing is I’m from Chicago. I cut my hair similarly with an ivy-league with tapered sides with a little texture on top. Looks like you go with a military cut on the sides?

    • RJ

      Great post! I loved how his styles were different in little subtle ways. It really makes you standout from the pack even by just using traditional menswear staples.

    • Jason

      Hell..he is just so many ways!

    • rismomax

      I never thought to roll up my dress shirt sleeves all the way up above the elbow. This would make my wardrobe more universal in the summer months since it can be 90+ degrees.

      Thoughts on this?

      Ps…great post…love this dude’s style!

    • Brian

      Awesome looks, but kinda young to be complaining about sloping shoulders and a chunky midsection.

      Squirrel away some clothing money and hire a good trainer to build up your upper back/rhomboids and help you ditch some baggage.

      Nothing makes good tailored clothing look better than proper posture and a trim waist.

      • TO

        Brian- a sloped shoulder may reflect a person’s skeletal structure and it therefore can not effectively be altered by training the musculature. One can maintain perfect posture and yet could be born with naturally sloped shoulders- and compensation/body building to compensate, for ex. over-emphasizing and accentuating the upper traps, can actually be counter-productive toward accepted proper posture.

      • Clarification

        Grayson mentioned in a later comment that he had a sports injury, which he referred to as “massive.” Also I didn’t see him “complaining,” anywhere in the post.

        • Brian

          Fair enough, apologies to Grayson. Had my share of sports injuries myself — mostly minor but a few massive — so I know the deal.

          TO, I never suggested anyone train upper traps, least of all someone working in a cubicle mine hunched over on a computer all day. Lower traps/ trap-3 training (prone trap raise), however, can make a big difference. Some report that its almost like getting their shirts tailored.

          Grayson’s style is still ridiculously on point, regardless.

          • TO

            Brian- I was simply using an example when referencing training upper traps. I may have been a bit over-zealous in my response as skeletal “malformation” is likely not that prevalent of a reason for a “sloped shoulder” and it has me more interested in investigating further the link between this bit of tailoring terminology and anatomy/ physical training.

            But, to be fair this hastiness was in part a response to the feeling that you were being quite unfair to Mr. Knight- for which it seems you have reprieved and retracted.

            So, on a lighter note, certainly “trap-3” (i.e. lower trap; it’s all one muscle with three distinct segments) raises along with prone Ys, Ts, Ls, Ws, etc., are an excellent exercises and ones I do almost daily.

            As well, properly executed row variations (in terms of scapular movement there within) in the weight room, all aid in helping, like you said, combat the effects of sitting at a computer all day, in terms of the implications that has for creating dormancy and lack of strength in these muscles (upper mid back muscles such as traps and also rhomboids, etc.). This in an effort to allow folks to get into a position of better posture (i.e. ‘proud’ chest, shoulders pulled back and down)- a lack of which could be described as shoulders that appear “sloped”. Either way, not to be forgotten, is posture is inevitably habitual and still must be practiced regardless of strengthening!

            Youtube video demonstrating Ys, Ts, Ls:

    • Joe

      Great post! For the less sartorially fluent – what exactly are roped shoulders? Why not light padding to accentuate the shoulder instead? Just curious about the different looks.

      • TO

        Joe- roped shoulders refers to the little bulge on the outer edge the shoulder seam on the jacket, almost as if one placed “rope” underneath the material there, so as if it continued it would loop under the armpit. This gives the appearance of the shoulder protruding a bit upwards (which on the jacket is literally happening because of it’s structure).

        Shoulder padding mostly adds more width to the shoulder, and would achieve less of this “raising” effect.

    • John

      Seriously, what is the deal with the high-waters? This guy looks great, even carries his extra weighted midsection well and his suits are cut nicely, but then there is the infamous, “scroll down,” common on this site. You guys it’s cool that you have nice socks and shoes, but your short pants make you look stumpy and silly.

      • Dan Trepanier

        First you say he looks great and carries his weight well, and then you say he looks silly and stumpy. Which one is it guy?

        Personally, I love that Grayson wears his pants (and jackets) slightly cropped. It ads a youthful, hip edge to his otherwise very traditional looks. He pulls it off so well that people hardly notice.

        John, in your opinion, do you think he would look less “stumpy” with long pants puddling around his shoes? I’m of the view that, if anything, a shorter, trimmer pant only makes him look taller and leaner.

        Nevertheless, thx for reading.

        • Gazman

          Neither high water or ‘puddling’; just with a slight break would do.

    • Miguel

      Love the Monks and the tweed suit.

    • MN

      Ball so hard…

      I like the roped shoulders tip.

    • Jerome

      One of my favorite posts ever. Three phenomenal looks.

      • Dan Trepanier


    • Ron Knight

      You are ‘The Man’ Grayson! Lookin’ good;-)

      ~uncle ron

    • Badger

      Sartorial heaven. He looks amazing.