Growing up in NYC, basketball and fashion are the keys to life for young black men. Ball Is Life & Fashion Is Life. We wanted to show how dope it could be if the world were a fashion show on the basketball court. In the game of life, the world is your runway, your stage. Seize the moment and make an impression. It is possible to be refined and embrace your blackness while navigating corporate America. Mr. Refined is here to tell the stories of professional, successful, entrepreneurial black men to counter the narrative that is streamed in the media.
From black men who line schools to welcome students, to the grandfathers and uncles who showed us what cool and style was about, this is for you. From the boardroom, to the b-ball courts, to Sunday service, you keep it fresh. We see you. We applaud you.
For those new to Mr. Refined, allow us to re-introduce ourselves.
We want to be the lifestyle magazine the man of color turns to fashion, style, art, brotherhood, culture, and community. From Wall Street to Martin Luther King Drive, we want to represent the man of color – a rebirth of the Harlem Renaissance Man.
Look Better. Feel Better. Live Better.
We wanted to stress the importance of wearing tailored suits, dress shoes, and cuff links. Black culture does not have to always consist of hoodies, baggie jeans, and sneakers. –Rose Noire
Who do you think we are? Because the stories we tell create the lives we’ll live. Tell your children positive stories to inspire them to create the lives they want to live. – Trabian Shorters
I take care of myself how I take care of my clients. It’s a reflection of how I do business. If you don’t take care of yourself, how are you going to take care of me as your client? Fashion and business go hand in hand because I want my client to look good. – Nkrumah Pierre
My style inspiration is old dudes, like my grandfather. He wore jeans and a button down shirt – comfortable, but able to blend into different communities (i.e. church, Wall St., or going to the corner store). – Raheim Robinson
For a man to be stylish, he needs to be spirited. To be spirited, you have to be able to inspire. If you dress well and are considered stylish, you should inspire other people. – Alexander Sumner aka Alexander Nash
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King Jr.
Ain’t nobody dope as me I’m dressed so fresh so clean. – OutKast’s Fresh & Clean
Photos by: Eddie Soto Photography
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