You know those men who present themselves as a million bucks? The tailored suit, the custom-made crisp shirt with monogrammed cuffs, adding just the right amount of color and style to draw you in and to top it all off…you look down and their shoes are on point and polished to the nines?
Well…that was my dad, John Henry Foster II. Today is his birthday and I want to celebrate his style and class with an acknowledgment of gratitude.
Born in Panama, he had gorgeous olive skin, deep brown eyes and a magnetic smile that light up any room he walked into! He was very thoughtful when it came to his appearance. Everything was fitted and styled and he wasn’t afraid to wear color, in fact…he looked strikingly handsome in purple. My father had his suits custom-made at a clothing store in Grand Rapids, MI--Fitzgerald’s Men’s Store. He even worked with a stylist over the years, who become a very good friend, Greg. Each suit was finished off with a monogramed interior pocket and each custom shirt had his monogram embroidered on the cuffs. My father even took important note of what cuff links he would wear to carefully selecting what watch and rings would look best with the style he was trying to achieve. I wonder where I get my slight obsession of accessories from? On days away from the office and meeting with clients, you would still find my dad looking dapper….from his denim, cashmere sweaters, fine leather coats and his fun patterned scarves, he was relaxed, cool and stylish always.
My dad certainly took part in creating who I am today and has impacted how I present myself day-to-day. He taught me the importance of first impressions from my accessories, the coat I wear, the bag I choose to the shoes I rock out and MOST importantly, he passed along his magnetic smile.
To all the men out there…connect with me if you want to achieve timeless style and class. I’m ready to create a polished look for you, so you are prepared to take on that next interview with confidence, rock your next client meeting or impress that special someone you’ve had your eye on.
Cheers to you dad! Your striking style, magnetic smile, and your magic ability to connect with people will never be forgotten. XO