Randal Jacobs is a recent transplant from New York City who now calls Detroit his Midwest station. When he's not conjuring up creative ideas for installations and exhibitions, he spends his time lecturing about fashion history and the social and political impact of clothing. He also travels extensively, researching and writing critical essays focused on style, art, and human rights.
Jacobs believes in blending style and substance, and attributes his eccentric taste to several years of living in Europe, as well to his mother, who would wear sequins in the daytime to pick him up from school. His style muses include Coco Chanel, Isabella Blow, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "These icons all had uniforms and they stuck to them," he says. "Our lives are one big performance — the difference with me is that I never walk off of my stage."
You can catch Jacobs in Eastern Market, where he's revamping the men's department of Savvy Chic, which will be named Savvy Gents. "Detroit is such a great city, but menswear is so hard to find in the city. Not that I even believe in gender bias in clothing," he says.
Sunglasses, Savvy Chic: $29
Necklace, C. Wonder: $125
Silk chiffon shirt: Hand-made
Comme des Garçons neoprene shorts: $325
Allen Edmonds Shoes: $365