James Aguiar

Occupation: 
Stylist, Fashion Commentator, Television Personality
Home: 
Born in CT; lives in Brooklyn and Upstate New York

First thing he consumes in the a.m.: Water

How long it takes him to get ready each morning: 10 minutes

Wearing: Paul Smith suit, Thomas Pink shirt, vintage Pucci tie, Lambertson Truex
crocodile tote

When he knew he wanted to be in fashion: "The first time I came to NYC as a child of 5 years old."

If he weren't in fashion, he'd be: "A chef or working in advertising."

Advice he'd give to anyone entering the field: To research fashion, art and cultural history

Inspirations: Film, theatre, art and travel

Designers he admires: Alber Elbaz, Nicolas Ghesquiere, John Galliano and, of course,
Alexander McQueen, as well as the Blonds, Sally Lapointe and Ashleigh Verrier

Expert advice: Choose a uniform and have a well organized closet

Would never be caught wearing: Crocs, Uggs or a Snuggie

Worth the splurge: Vintage Pucci ties. "I love the colors and the hunt to find them."

Cheap thrill: Dollar Stores. "You would be surprised how much style you can get out of them."

Grooming must-have: Kiehl's Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer

Signature scent: L'Erbolario Te' Verde

Always in his bag: "My Tom Ford sunglasses and orange Hermes agenda."

How he stays fit: Bikram Yoga 5x a week

Among his daily reads: The Daily Beast and the E! Entertainment iPhone app

Fave online shop: eBay for everything

Top real-world shops: Bergdorf Goodman, Paul Smith and Opening Ceremony

Book that's bedside now: Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer

All-time favorite travel destination: Harbour Island, Bahamas

Charity he supports: Village Care New York. "For the last 5 years, I have hosted their biggest fundraiser called Tulips and Pansies, where fashion designers team up with floral designers. On May 19th, we'll celebrate 10 years!"