By Julia Ford-Carther
PhotograPhy By Camilo rios | October 27, 2014 | People
Outfitted in this season's finest clothes at the eternally stylish Delano, these Miami fellows talk purpose, passion and, of course, fashion.
Suit, Giorgio Armani ($1,740). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-861-1515. T-shirt, Gap ($40). 673 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-531-5358. Pocket square, Salvatore Ferragamo ($140). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-866-8166. Rolex Daytona watch, Rolex, Ruckus’s own
When most teens were sneaking into Miami’s coolest clubs, DJ Ruckus was headlining them. At 15, Ruckus was manning the booth at Crobar’s popular Thursday-night party. “The deal with my mom was that as long as I went to school on Friday mornings, I could do it,” he remembers.
Now 30, Ruckus has played all over the globe and at private parties for Oprah Winfrey, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Kanye West. “I curate the outfits as much as I do the music,” explains the charismatic former model, who recently jetted off to Ibiza, St-Tropez, and Montenegro after spending 36 hours in LA. In his suitcase are formal pieces from Comme des Garçons or Givenchy; tees and tanks he scores at Allsaints; the rest of his wardrobe he finds at Atrium and the Webster.
Ruckus counts cousin Lenny Kravitz as a major fashion influence. “[Lenny’s] obviously very, very chic and fashion forward,” says the DJ, who is now on to accessories—a Hublot or Rolex Daytona—and unique Roxhouse gems from local Miami designer Alexis Geller.
This month, Ruckus will be spinning at his birthday celebrations in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, New York, and Miami, his hometown, which is still his favorite place to perform. “Growing up in Miami, it’s always going to be one of my favorites,” he says. “It’s sexy and warm, and there’s an energy that things are happening here. It feels like home.”
Tuxedo, Canali ($2,195). Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-446-1499. Shirt, Tom Ford ($635). 800-866-3673. Pocket square, Ermenegildo Zegna ($100). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-865-8652. De Ville Hour Vision watch, Omega ($10,600). Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-931-8788. Epi belt, Louis Vuitton ($400). Miami Design District, 170 NE 40th St., 305-573-1366
“You don’t want to appear like you’re trying to prove anything,” says Barry Brodsky, president of Brodson Construction, about his personal mantra of “understated elegance,” as his firm constructs projects like the Bal Harbour boutiques, world-class homes such as Robert Wennett’s penthouse at 1111 Lincoln Road, and award winning restaurants like Juvia.
He honed his approach to design during his earlier career as a model. “The boutiques and the lines I would see were always interesting to me,” he recalls. Shortly after starting his firm, Brodsky and his company were tapped by such upscale labels as Hermès, Gucci, and most recently Maje and Tiffany & Co. to create boutiques across the country. “Roberto Cavalli, for the first few stores he had here, sent us artist renderings [from which] we had to derive architect renderings to produce the boutique.”
Naturally, Brodsky shops in similarly high-end stores: Prada and Tod’s, and he’ll customize Isaia shirts from Neiman Marcus with his company logo. Besides an occasion-appropriate watch—a classic Rolex or Baume & Mercier for the everyday—his only accessory is the almost-imperceptible silver charm around his neck that reads dada. “I have twin 11-year-old boys that are very dear to me.”
Suit, Tom Ford ($4,990). 800-866-3673. Formal shirt, Louis Vuitton ($660). Miami Design District, 170 NE 40th St., 305-573-1366. Silk tie, Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane ($245). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-868-4424. Pocket square, The Tie Bar ($8). 40mm stainless-steel Datron Chronograph watch, Movado ($2,995). Goldtime, 531 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-534-8897. Shoes, Emporio Armani ($595). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-868-2113
“When I’m In [the ring], I feel like a badass,” says Ahmed Elbiali, the Egyptian born, Miami-raised pugilist who has South Florida’s boxing community in a tizzy. It’s difficult to imagine that this soft-spoken, respectful 24-year-old is a ferocious fighter: not only does he hold a 6-0 record, but every one of those wins was by a knockout. “When I climb those steps, that macho ego attitude happens, because as much as it’s a sport, the other guy is still trying to take your head off.”
Elbiali turned pro after a missed opportunity to fight for Egypt in the 2012 London Olympics. During his training, stadium riots had broken out after an Egyptian Premier League football match, and the remaining athletic events for the year were canceled. “I still have dreams about the Olympics—that’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing. But better things are to come.”
So far, these have included signing with renowned manager Al Haymon, whose client roster includes Floyd Mayweather Jr., Amir Khan, and three-time world champion Adrien Broner. It’s a move that could take the self-described “flashy” boxer onto the world stage. “Image is very important to me. I try to be humble,” says Elbiali, who sticks to his “preppy” style of Hugo Boss and John Varvatos. “The Louis, the Gucci, the Prada—these things will come.”
It’s part of the credo by which he lives and works: “If you respect boxing, boxing will respect you for a lifetime.”
Red check cotton jacket, Julien David ($1,455). The Webster Miami, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-7899. Formal shirt, Louis Vuitton ($600). Miami Design District, 170 NE 40th St., 305-573-1366. Pants, Giorgio Armani ($895). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-861-1515. Leather oxfords, Ermenegildo Zegna ($695). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-865-8652. Watch, Heidenry’s own
Reid Heidenry’s approach to luxury real estate is unconventional, but then again, so is he. As one half of HH Luxury Group at SBI Realty, Heidenry’s cheeky brand of agent is disrupting Miami’s real estate industry with a healthy dose of authentic nonchalance. “I’m not formal,” he says. “I make sure to always be professional but with a little infusion of fun.”
Heidenry’s client list tends to favor those “in creative industries,” including fashion photographers, models, NFL players, and a Grammy award-winning singer. He’s also been photographed by the paparazzi on numerous occasions with Sports Illustrated model Nina Agdal.
For all his insouciance, Heidenry is acutely self-aware. “Buying a home is very intimate,” he notes. “People want to feel like the person gets them and understands quality. one of the easiest ways to make that translate is in my style,” which he describes as a “casual but classic” collection of alexander Wang, Zara, and an enviable display of Vans.
Turn the conversation to the dog tags around his neck, and the exterior softens. “It’s my dad’s. He passed away, so i always wear it.” Everything else to Heidenry is a bit more simple. “When it’s hot out, you have to be creative,” he says. “But always wear [long] pants. you can’t show your legs when you’re showing properties. People won’t take you seriously.”
Vest ($498), shirt ($228), pants ($398), and dress shoes ($698), John Varvatos. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-501-4900. De Ville Hour Vision watch, Omega ($10,600). Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-931-8788
After 25 years of shaking, stirring, and straining, Julio Cabrera, The Regent Cocktail Club’s head bartender (and managing partner), has become world-class, nabbing this year’s Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender award and then representing the US in the Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender competition, landing in the top five.
For the global presentation, Cabrera dressed as Robin Hood, but it’s all part of his show. “I’m behind the bar, but I’m singing and dancing,” he says. “The reason I bartend is not because I like to make cocktails; my goal is making people happy and providing an experience.” Cabrera is conscious of the supporting role his style plays in that experience. “I care a lot about the outfit that I wear every night,” says Cabrera, who regularly dons a suit, tie, and the finishing touch—one of his self-designed, custom-tailored bartender jackets from Mumbai, India. “I’m trying to be classy, professional, fun, and different at the same time.”
That flair carries over into his work. In his native Cuba, Cabrera learned a cantineros style of cocktailing—a “very technical and elegant way to make drinks”—that adds to his appeal. Today, he’s dedicated to elevating Miami’s cocktail culture by hosting bartending classes at The Regent. “It’s good for Miami’s bartending community.” And, of course, the rest of the cocktail-sipping city.
Blazer ($1,298) and henley ($178), John Varvatos. 1020 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-674-7917. Chinos, J.Crew ($75). 726 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-673-9806. Chambray sneakers, Vans ($55). Nordstrom, Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 786-999-1313
His dedication to protecting lives would qualify as enough “substance” to land Brian Guadagno in any group of notable men. But the 20-year veteran lifeguard saves lives in more ways than one. As the founder of Raw Elements, a natural, chemical-free, and certified non-GMO sunscreen company, Guadagno is educating consumers about healthy and effective sun care.
Growing up on the beaches of Narragansett, Rhode Island, he was always clear on his life’s purpose. “As a young kid, I emulated the lifeguards; they were my idols,” says Guadagno, who joined the team at 16.
Fifteen years into his career, shoddy sun protection products prompted him to embark on a self-proclaimed “sunscreen obsession,” researching harmful effects of chemical ingredients and the lack of protection sunscreens actually offered.
By then, Guadagno was spending his summers in Rhode Island and winters in South Beach. “Miami afforded me that opportunity to work at night and focus on [Raw Elements] during the day,” he says. “It’s had a huge impact on my outlook on things. I’m very much into a natural lifestyle.”
For fashion, he favors T-shirts from Modern Amusement, retro thrift-store finds, and Vans if he’s forgoing his favorite OluKai flip-flops. And while in Miami, he can’t pass up a trip through Base on Lincoln Road and a bead store in downtown, Maslov Beads & Findings, where he’s taken up making his own jewelry.
Grooming by Jennifer Cruz at MC2
Location courtesy of the Delano South Beach