FR Style Inventory: Chris Cosentino
Wolverine boots, Japanese denim, never Crocs
With New York Fashion Week upon us, we have style on the brain and decided to reach out to some of our favorite, and best-dressed, chef friends — to hear about their favorite designers and why it’s never OK to wear chili pepper pants in the kitchen. Next up, Chris Cosentino of San Francisco restaurant Incanto and various pork-related endeavors.
Who are your style inspiratios?
I am a mix of old skateboarder and a outdoor guy, so I am not sure where that puts me. But I must say that I like John Vavartos. His beautiful marriage of music and clothing is perfect.
What are some of your favorite brands and designers?
Fjällräven for their great waxed jackets. Upper Playground is a local [San Francisco] t-shirt designer who does all local artists. Ben Sherman makes great dress shirts. Beta Brands is a local SF company that makes fun cordo-rounds — they are corduroys that go around your legs. Tsubo shoes are unique in style and very comfortable. Ted Baker for suits for sure.
You’re really known for your dark-framed glasses. What are your favorite eyewear designers?
I wear Smith Optics for both sunglasses and prescription. I have been wearing them for years, from the time I was a little kid learning to ski. I wore their goggles, so as I grew they grew and I grew up with Smith in my life. It just feels right.
Clothing item you would never wear?
Skinny jeans and the regurgitated fashions from the '80s. I was dumb enough to wear that shit once and am not doing it again.
Your last big splurge item was...
I just got a pair of Wolverine 1000 Miles boots in brown. I also have been buying a lot of high-end denim. I just got a pair of Samurai jeans from Japan they are amazing, with natural indigo dye and amazing feel of a true woven denim.
Do you collect anything fashion-related?
I am a bit of a sneaker and shoe whore. I don’t know why, likely because I heard at a young age that you are judged by your shoes. I also have a collection of food t-shirts that is a bit out of control.
Do you have any designer friends/regulars in the restaurant?
Not that I know of, and if you are coming please tell me so we can talk about a trade.
Do you read fashion magazines?
No, I don’t look at many fashion magazines. I mostly read food and travel magazines and I feel that I need to dictate my own style without the help of a magazine telling me what is cool.
What do you wear during service?
I wear jeans, a seersucker dishwasher shirt and a custom striped apron that I helped design with a local SF-based chef coat company named Cayson Designs.
Do you wear a fragrance?
No. Never. I am a cook and it interferes with the food. Well, yes, I do and it’s called kitchen — the smell of pork fat, rosemary and garlic, which is great when I am in the restaurant. But when I get home my wife feels otherwise.
Would you ever wear Crocs?
Seriously? No never. I am designing a stylish kitchen shoe with Mozo that is all about fashion and function so that I can avoid Crocs.
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