Meet Yazid Aksas, #4 in New York’s Sunday Spotlight: Founder & CEO of Sharpmen.com, the first shopping channel for men,and Aksel Paris, online store for the best European fitted men’s shirts, shares great fashion tips & gift ideas.
You name it and he has done it all. After dabbling his hands in anything that interested him – from media, finance to consulting – he forayed into the entrepreneurial world by opening a sushi restaurant in France. Few years of life as an restauranteur and some b-school education later, he is now in fashion, an industry of his passion. With Sharpmen.com and Aksel Paris, Yazid’s vision is to build a global e-commerce powerhouse dedicated to men!
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1. What is your recommended best “first date” look for guys?
“Don’t try too hard, that’s my main recommendation. A debonair, chic yet comfortable look will go a long way. It’s important to show the other person that your personality is interesting enough that you don’t need to bring your 3 pieces suit to the table. Nothing beats a nice clean shirt (iron it, please) with a fitted pair of jeans.
I like Le Mommessin from Aksel Paris for shirt because it’s comfortable yet classy, it has a nice sky blue color but brown details on the cuffs and collar, she will be impressed, guaranteed. For jeans, I recommend Diesel in darker color. I just love their cut, I usually go with their Viker style. Finish it off with a pair of espadrilles, a summer staple for the sharp-dressed men.”
2. For our ladies: what is the trendiest gift items we can buy for the guys in their lives?
“I recommend grooming products. If your man does not use any, get him some. He might be a bit resistant at the beginning, but once he tries, he will never go back. Moisturizer and face scrub are MUST. I recommend Menaji or Pacific Shaving Cream. All of their products are generally very good.”
3. What is your idea of the best Sunday date in NYC?
“ I would start at Cafe Select on Lafayette and Kenmare, their eggs benedict is perfect. Then walk around to get some brioche at Balthazar, it’s simply one of the best bakeries in New York. No need to go to the restaurant, just the small shop in it. My next stop would be the rooftop terrace of the James Hotel to enjoy some rose with a nice view of Manhattan. Can’t beat that.”