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MY LOOK: Talking personal style with dapper aspiring librarian Kevin Wollenschlager

Above left: Kevin is wearing a Hugo Boss blazer, a shirt by Charles Tyrwhitt, and a Brooks Brothers tie. His pocket square is from Polo by Ralph Lauren and the belt by Dockers Shoes. His pants are Hudson North and the shoes are Barker Black. Above right: Kevin is wearing a Hugo Boss blazer, a shirt by Tommy Hilfiger, and a Brooks Brothers bow-tie. His pocket square is from Gytha Mander MMIV. His pants are Dockers Watch, shoes are Nixon. Photography by Lindsay Ralph.

 Interview by Erica Wark

You’re the only 26-year-old aspiring librarian I’ve ever met. Why this line of work?
I have two degrees in French and history from Carleton University and have worked in libraries since I was 16 years old. It just seemed like the right fit, so I decided to get my master’s in Library and Information Studies.

What’s your dream job in the field?
I worked as a librarian with the federal government for a while and am now working as a page at the Greenboro District Library, which I love. I’d also like to work as a librarian at a university someday. I’ve always loved to learn, and I feel that would be a great environment to work in.

You truly have a dapper sense of style. Where does this creativity stem from?
My dad works for the city and wears suits every day, so I grew up knowing the importance of a well-executed suit. He says that I’m a lot like my grandmother (whom I never met). She had one arm slightly longer than the other — not in a weird, Oh my God way [laughs], but different enough that everything she owned had to be precisely tailored to her frame. My dad says I would’ve been spoiled with threads had she still been around.

Have you always favoured the eclectic, tailored, vintage look?
In high school, I was more about wearing the coolest name brands. At university, it became all about proportion and fit. First year at Carleton U. was when I really started to experiment with the style I have now. I have always had the mentality that dressing professionally works alongside acting professionally at work.

How would you describe your style?
Dishevelled elegance. I love Christopher Bailey, who designs for Burberry Prorsum. I think he has the dressy-but-off kind of style down to a science.

Favourite local shopping spots?
I love Harry Rosen and Hugo Boss at the Rideau Centre. The Bay is also great for menswear; same with Schad on Sussex. I send all of my tailoring to Raymond’s on George Street. I get custom shirts made there as well — he’s the best in the city. There’s nothing better than a shirt that’s made just for you.

This story appears in the October edition of Ottawa Magazine. Buy the magazine on newsstands or order your online edition.

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