Man of Style: Donald J. Pliner

April 09, 2012 | Homepage


Jacket, Balmain. Shirt, Yohji Yamamoto. Jeans, AG Jeans.
Shoes, Donald J Pliner

For more than 45 years, Miami-based designer Donald J. Pliner has traveled the world and mastered the art of shoemaking. And while the style aficionado’s wardrobe reflects that of a jet-setter, comfort might just be his top priority.

What are your go-to wardrobe items?
A great pair of pants with a blazer of some sort and very fabulous shoes. I wear primarily Yohji Yamamoto jackets. My shirts are mostly Yohji, Costume National, or Balmain. That’s really my uniform.

And pants?
Adriano Goldschmied, Prada, or Neil Barrett jeans.

Whose style do you most admire?
I think Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Yohji Yamamoto are beyond. What they do is something that is very accessible in every way.

Who influences your style as a designer?
I knew Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles when I first started in the business. How they’ve all emerged—that’s where my inspiration comes from.

PHOTOGRAPH BY JIM ARBOGAST; DOG GROOMING BY GROOMING LOFT

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