Worn Out Wednesday – Ward Williams

first_imgToday we speak with Creative Director Ward Williams about his career and personal style. I was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta. The area is famous for producing some of the most colorful artists and generally strange people in the world. Because it was a riverbed at some point in history, farming is the prevailing industry. However, the culture is as bountiful and legendary as the crops grown there. My father was a cotton farmer and my mother a school administrator. I spent a large amount of my childhood listening to my father tell stories that I still don’t entirely believe to be true. I also spent a large amount of my childhood having my grammar corrected by my mother – who is an English teacher by trade. Perhaps it was my birthright to eventually become a writer of some sort?College kept me in Mississippi and eventually I made my way up the eastern seaboard to Virginia for graduate school. The next step was New York – a place where I never had any intention of living. That was eight years ago and I’m not sure I ever have any real intention of leaving – save for possible small stints in a handful of places.My career started in advertising as a junior copywriter at Ogilvy & Mather. Since then, I’ve worked at a variety of advertising agencies both large and small. I did my own thing for a while, took some time to write for myself, and enrolled in a couple of writing courses at NYU. Currently, I’m a creative director at Momentum Worldwide working primarily on the American Express account at my agency.I joke that my family and friends don’t really understand what I do. I’m not sure that joke is really that much of a joke. I don’t blame them though. At any time I could be doing something as simple as writing a print ad. At other times, I could be working on a livestream concert and fashion show during New York Fashion Week. Just last week, I was wearing a full body suit of green lycra Zentai on a sound stage in LA with a top ranked tennis player. I don’t try to make a lot of sense out of where my job takes me, but suffice to say, it keeps things interesting. It’s fun to find interesting and creative ways to tell a brand’s story – for now, at least.Until I eventually get around to selling that book I’ve been thinking about writing.Like any good Southerner, my style is traditional southern preppy (I think that’s a thing). However, I like to mix it up with interesting pieces. You’re not going to see me in head-to-toe Brooks Brothers and Vineyard Vines.Jeans: My absolute favorite jeans are a patched six-year-old pair from Simon Spurr; I have an equally old pair of Earnest Sewn skinny jeans that I wear at least two times a week. Oh, and slim fit jeans from UK brand, Jean Machine – they’re great. Related: I own too much denim.Shirts: I am pretty hard on shirts so I was happy to discover that the Small Slimfit Oxford at Uniqlo fits me perfectly. I also have a bunch of shirts by Michael Bastian – both his regular and Gant lines.Pants: In the winter, I live in a pair of Hickey flannels. They fit great and keep me warm. In the summer, if I’m not wearing jeans, I’m probably in a bright pair of Rugby (RIP) chinos or slim Rag & Bone five pocket khakis.Suits: The suit I wear the most is by Boglioni. I have an old Jil Sander suit that I sometimes wear as a tux when I’m not wearing my proper one.Shoes: If I could, I would live in Belgian’s. I love my suede wingtips from Massimo Dutti and cordovan tassel loafers by Hickey; for rain, my LL Bean Duckboots and for snow, Diemme Boots; the rest of the time it’s Quoddy topsiders and LL Bean Signature Bluchers.Accessories: I wear an old gold and silver Rolex Datejust, my father’s signet ring, and his monogramed gold belt buckle. I just recently discovered Steven Alan’s eyewear line and it’s fantastic. My everyday glasses are a pair of rose-colored vintage clear French frames from Fabulous Fannie’s in the East Village (that sentence annoyed me too). And I love a needlepoint belt and knit ties from Michael Bastian.Outerwear: Denim Jacket by Jean Machine and my trusty Barbour; North Face and Patagonia for skiing or freak NY snowstorms.Your favorite App: Sure, Instagram and Google Maps get a lot of use on my phone but if you have a four-legged creature in your life, MyTalkingPet is endlessly amusing.Favorite piece of technology: Even with cable, I’m pretty attached to my AppleTV.Next tech purchase: I’m toying with getting a Jawbone UP bracelet, but I’m not quite prepared to face the reality of my sleep cycle – just yet. Dirtbag Style Guide: 5 Lessons That Apply to Everyone Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits Pairing the English Premier League Soccer Teams with Craft Beers from the United States Editors’ Recommendations last_img