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Are You an Art Dad?

June 20th 2018
They say that when a man has children, he takes his eye off the ball, appearance-wise. Well in 2018, they couldn't be more wrong. The exponential growth of the menswear industry over the last 20 years means that guys have so many more options now. Looking like 'mutton dressed as lamb' can easily be avoided. And whether you favour contemporary tailoring, handmade artisan pieces or high-end essentials, the gear is available for you to be a cool dad, too. Designer Tremaine Emory and DJ Acyde have even created an avant-garde sportswear label for the more mature, but ever sartorial, gentleman – Art Dad, available in Dover Street Market.

"Art Dad is a reaction to everything being focused on 'youth youth youth'," says Tremaine Emory. "There's something to be said for being responsible, having health care, taking care of business, but still having fun." He cites super on-trend figures like model Luka Sabbat, and brand director of Supreme, Angelo Baque, as quintessential art dads. Here are a few of our favourites, in honour of all the cool dads out there, this Father's Day week.

John Legend

The singer-turned-Instagram star is the leading light of the art dad movement. He set us free from our shackles by proving that a guy could make a career out of posting snaps of his enviable outfits and family, too. But he certainly shouldn't go burning his underwear, as his wife Christy has been trading it on Twitter in return for her home-cooked banana bread. It's all part of being a contemporary male. Best dad outfit: Billboard 2018 Music Awards. John's effortless print pairings are not for amateurs, but those daring enough could imitate the white bow tie (art dads only wear real, tie-up ones) with a lightly embroidered white shirt.

David Beckham

The former England football captain is arguably far cooler in 'uncool dad' mode than he ever was thrusting his pants at you from a billboard. Indeed, fatherhood suits David Beckham. He can rock the same Belstaff jackets, classic Mackintosh-style raincoats, and Dolce & Gabbana tailored suits over and over again, with impunity. All while kissing his sons as they head for school, and rolling his eyes at Posh's enthusiasm for the fashion world. Effortless art dad action.

Best dad outfit: The short woollen coat with chunky jumper, smart indigo jeans and 'Peaky Blinders' cap.

Donald Glover

The thirty-something auteur has brains, talent and style to spare. Whether he's winning Emmys for his own TV show Atlanta, playing a young Lando Calrissian in Solo, or going straight in at number one as his rapper alter-ego Childish Gambino, Glover is an inspiration for your career and your wardrobe. Best dad outfit: Black Panthermovie premiere – Donald wore an orange shiny Dolce & Gabbana suit with a leopard print shirt, buttoned up, and dress slippers.

Luka Sabbat

The youthful male supermodel makes the list because according to Tremaine Emory, "He's an art dad and he's 19 years old, but he has his own style and viewpoint… like a 40-year-old in a 19 year-old's body." Growing up in a fashion household, young Luka claims not to be interested in style, but he still gets up every morning to cut the mustard on the catwalk. That's pretty art dad. Best dad outfit: In the slim fit (but certainly not skinny or skin tight) black jeans and the Raf Simons shiny bomber jacket, against the car in the snow.

Simon Cowell

Who was wearing a utilitarian wardrobe long before Silicon Valley made it de rigueur? This dude. Yes, he is still rocking boot-cut jeans with pointy smart shoes and a V-neck T-shirt, so is evidently not an art dad clothes-wise. But throwing away his smartphone and urging others to do the same shows he's a thought leader in an area that art dads understandably obsess over: achieving that work-life balance. Best dad outfit: Any that involves him having his shirt unbuttoned down to his solar plexus. Or even totally topless while out walking baby in pram and dog.

If you're looking for a unique, cool gift for your dad, or if you'd like some advice on how to surprise him this Father's Day, there's still time to see how our gift sourcing team can help you in the US: Jackie Brander or in the UK and Europe: gifts@quintessentially.com

Or perhaps your dad has it all but really needs to recharge his batteries on a specially tailored holiday centred around his interests? Why not see what our team of global travel specialists can devise:

info@quintessentiallytravel.com or +44 (0) 20 7022 6560

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