Interview with San Diego's most stylish men

VIXEN Productions is calling San Diego's most dapper dudes to polish off their shoes and suit up for the third annual San Diego's Most Stylish Man Runway and Trunk Show on April 24 at Float at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego.

From 6 to 10 p.m., 10 nominees will compete for the ultimate lady-killer title, which will be selected by a panel of fashion experts. Guests will also have the chance to chill amid beats from a live DJ, an art exhibit, food, drinks and more than 20 top designers and boutiques featuring their spring styles. Some of the designers featured will include Andre Soriano, Kenneth Barlis, Cecilia Aragon, Men's Mojo and VIXEN Boutique.

Contenders will work the runway in a professionally-produced fashion show dressed in the season's most suave looks. Proceeds from the event will benefit FIMRC, the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children. Tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door.

To prep for the chic soiree, we got to know some of the contenders in this year's competition.

Anthony "Tony" Montemarano

Age: 31

Occupation: Musician and graphic designer

Instagram: @shockthemonster

Q: Describe your style in three words.

A: Dark, sexy, weird.

Q: What sets you apart from the other contenders?

A: I prefer the darker side of things, and I think my hair is longer than theirs?

Q: Where do you get your fashion inspiration?

A: I guess it kind of derives from the music I write and some of my musical and fashion people I have followed for years.

Q: Favorite San Diego boutique?

A: HOME. (Editor's note: HOME: A Mercantile Company closed its doors earlier this year.)

Q: Do you have a go-to item that never fails?

A: Black pants.

Q: What fashion faux pas do you see men committing all over SD?

A: What's with the "top knot" hairdo thing?

Q: What is the perfect first date outfit?

A: For me? Black pants, black shirt, black blazer.

Q: Where can we find the most stylish people in San Diego?

A: Probably downtown or North Park .

Q: Lastly, boxers or briefs?

A: Briefs.

Eric Occhipinti

Age: 27

Occupation: Business owner

Instagram: @ideaisland

Q: Describe your style in three words.

A: Topman sales section.

Q: What sets you apart from the other contenders?

A: I don't think anything sets me apart from anyone else. Every person is unique and talented in their own ways. We all have something special to offer the world.

Q: Where do you get your fashion inspiration?

A: Dean Hall.

Q: Favorite San Diego boutique?

A: Boutique De Marcus.

Q: Do you have a go-to item that never fails?

A: My flask.

Q: What fashion faux pas do you see men committing all over SD?

A: Socks with sandals.

Q: What is the perfect first date outfit?

A: Well-fitted clothes and a phenomenal pair of shoes.

Q: Where can we find the most stylish people in San Diego?

A: Hillcrest.

Q: Lastly, boxers or briefs?

A: Boxers.

Dennis Michael O'Connor

Age: 37

Occupation: CEO and Owner of San Diego Taxman, Thorn Street Brewery and Home & Away

Instagram: @denagic

Q: Describe your style in three words.

A: Five minutes or less.

Q: What sets you apart from the other contenders?

A: I'm a pilot, comedian and I have a red beard.

Q: Where do you get your fashion inspiration?

A: My mother, who founded Fashion Careers of California in San Diego.

Q: Favorite San Diego boutique?

A: I don't really shop much, maybe two or three times a year. I've been hitting the Vans store for my shoes and pants for as long as I can remember. Right before tax season, I go to Express and pick up a couple suits and a dozen different colored collared shirts. I do like to pick up clothing while traveling and ditching my other clothes along the way. The linen shirt that I wore for the (DiscoverSD cover) photo shoot I bought in Korea a few years ago. I have a handful of shirts and jackets from around the world that I have collected from my travels.

Q: Do you have a go-to item that never fails?

A: Vans, jeans and T-shirt - usually repping one of my businesses.

Q: What fashion faux pas do you see men committing all over SD?

A: I think dress pants and tennis shoes are ridiculous. But I can't lie, I rock socks and flip-flops all the time.

Q: What is the perfect first date outfit?

A: Jeans and a T-shirt.

Q: Where can we find the most stylish people in San Diego?

A: North Park.

Q: Lastly, boxers or briefs?

A: Commando 90 percent of the time.

Alan Guzman

Age: 29

Occupation: Music producer, film director and photographer

Instagram: @alanguzman1986

Q: Describe your style in three words.

A: Independent, individualistic, timeless.

Q: What sets you apart from the other contenders?

A: Being heavily involved in the entertainment industry working as music producer, film director and photographer.

Q: Where do you get your fashion inspiration?

A: Growing up in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico has brought me culture, but most of all the understanding of diversity, which has made me a very open-minded person. So in correspondence, it has me inspired and influenced by my surroundings constantly.

Q: Favorite San Diego boutique?

A: 5&A Dime.

Q: Do you have a go-to item that never fails?

A: Watch and a ring.

Q: What fashion faux pas do you see men committing all over SD?

A: Conforming to what's trendy. Either dictated by region or the mass media.

Q: What is the perfect first date outfit?

A: Relaxed and comfy. Jeans, shirt and a sports coat.

Q: Where can we find the most stylish people in San Diego?

A: Fashion events.

Q: Lastly, boxers or briefs?

A: Boxer briefs usually.

Kirk Harrison

Age: 43

Occupation: Restaurant owner

Instagram: @misokirk

Q: Describe your style in three words.

A: Modern, funky, dashing

Q: What sets you apart from the other contenders?

A: I like to mix it up a lot. I take a post-modern aesthetic to my style.

Q: Where do you get your fashion inspiration?

A: I like to walk through stores and feel the fabrics. I'm a big fan of textures. I look at fashion blogs to look for new cuts and lines, colors and patterns.

Q: Favorite San Diego boutique?

A: I prefer most European stores for their leaner cuts. My current favorite is Scotch and Soda.

Q: Do you have a go-to item that never fails?

A: Wing tip shoes

Q: What fashion faux pas do you see men committing all over SD?

A: Untailored business attire

Q: What is the perfect first date outfit?

A: Converse , raw denim, classic button up

Q: Where can we find the most stylish people in San Diego?

A: At events like these

Q: Lastly, boxers or briefs?

A: Definitely not boxers

Walter Kenneth O'Dowd

Age: 27

Occupation: Hairstylist at The Loft Salon SD

Instagram: @w_k_o

Q: Describe your style in three words.

A: Americana, classic and classy

Q: What sets you apart from the other contenders?

A: No effort is needed in my daily get up

Q: Where do you get your fashion inspiration?

A: From my friends and the outdoor life of the northwest

Q: Favorite San Diego boutique?

A: The Loft Salon SD

Q: Do you have a go-to item that never fails?

A: A loose-fitting white shirt and a perfect pair of jeans

Q: What fashion faux pas do you see men committing all over SD?

A: In my eyes, there's no such thing as a fashion faux pas. Just be you in what makes you feel your best

Q: What is the perfect first date outfit?

A: My perfect first date includes pizza and live music. That said, I'd go with some DixonRand jeans, neutral t-shirt, some wingtip boots and the always classy Brixton Swindle hat.

Q: Lastly, boxers or briefs?

A: Briefs all day.

Source: DiscoverSD

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