When it comes to the world of relationships and dating, nothing can be more important than the first impression you make. Showing up to a date like your ready for a camping trip or a surf weekend can end any date faster than you can say "NEXT!" But when you, take a little time and dress to impress, you may find yourself at the alter faster than you think!
I recently had the opportunity to chat with San Diego native and clothing designer, Immanuel Ontiveros about what it takes for men to dress these days and what advice he had for men looking to settle down!
Here is what he had to say...
Tell us about Lord Wallington. What was your inspiration to create it?
Lord Wallington is a men's lifestyle brand that started with a bow tie in 2012. From there we expanded to long ties, pocket squares, body care, and men's vintage goods. The name Lord Wallington has a rich history, it's the nickname of our rescue pup Wally!
When did you buy your first bow tie?
It was in 2012 when I bought my first bow tie from a department store. Later, I saw someone wearing the same one I had on. That was the moment when I decided to make my own original bow ties.
What inspires your creativity?
I'm inspired by the environment. If its summer, I'm really drawn towards bright colors and in the fall/winter I like more traditional patterns. It really comes down to what I like in the moment and that can change from day to day.
How has style for men changed over the last 10 years?
Over the last 10 years men's fashion has seen a dramatic change towards a more traditional look, but with a modern twist. Today's man is focused on fit more than anything and adding their own personal touch like a pop of color in bow tie, tie, or pocket square. It's all about looking good in your own way.
"The worst mistake a man can make when dating is looking sloppy when the other person took the time to look good for you."
Why is it important for a man to care about the way he looks?
First impressions are everything and a man should care about how he looks. Today's men are not afraid of taking time to get pampered and groomed. The attention to detail makes all the difference.
What is the worst mistake a man can make in fashion while dating?
The worst mistake a man can make when dating is looking sloppy when the other person took the time to look good for YOU. Return the favor and put some effort into it. Know where you are going on your date night and dress accordingly.
Your married and recently had a baby.... Any advice to all men on "commitment" and starting a family?
Yes, married and the baby is here! Couldn't have asked for a better partner to go through this crazy life with and our son is amazing. The only advice I can give men when committing is to trust your gut, if it feels right, then it's probably right :)
What does love mean to you?
First and foremost it means trust. Without trust there can be no foundation to build a relationship from. If the feeling is right, then the trust should come naturally. Beyond that love is the greatest feeling and with each new milestone in our life we reach a new level of love we never thought possible.