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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Groovy Guy of the Month: George Hahn

This month's Groovy Guy is George Hahn, who describes himself on Twitter as a "frugal men's life and style observer, civilized bicyclist, dog lover and tenured professor at the University of I Don't Give a F%k." And since 2011, he has been a writing - "the journal for men who aren't millionaires, but who like to look good and live well." There you will find his helpful advice on menswear, grooming and entertainment as well as posts about what kind of "grown-up sofa" he recently bought (the Sullivan Loveseat from Thrive Furniture) and links to his podcast and YouTube videos. George certainly has style - as he always seems to look like a million bucks (but costing much less) - and he exudes an air of suave sophistication (but with a wonderfully dry sense of humor). And the guy definitely knows what he's talking about - especially when it comes to men's clothes and accessories.

Since moving to New York City in 1994, George has run his own graphic and web design business for many years as well as appeared on television in episodes of Sex and the City (which you can read more about below) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent and in the 2001 Meg Ryan/Hugh Jackman film, Kate & Leopold. I am delighted to have the fabulous Mr. Hahn here on the Dish to answer a few questions about his life and, of course, pop culture.

How did you end up creating your very own online magazine and podcast?
Our men's life and style market is very aspirational in terms of price tags and the prestige associated with it. The lie is that if it's expensive and comes from a hot designer, then it must be fabulous. Same with the way other aspirational stuff is pushed on us, whether it's a car, square footage, acreage, clothing, etc. I don't buy it at all. "Bigger" and "more" is not better, despite the messages with which we're bludgeoned. And assessing something like a $3,000 watch, a $2,000 suit or a $900 jacket as a "must have" is stupid. As one of the unconvinced, I refused to get caught up in it or participate in it and, instead, decided to write about it and talk about it. At the end of the day, if you can look at your life, your home, your work, your closet and yourself with real contentment, you won.

Where do you enjoy shopping for clothes?
Contrary to what many people think, I can't stand shopping. But I am very particular about what I like and what I ultimately buy and wear. I think of myself as a guy who cares about his clothes, as opposed to a guy who looks like clothes are all he cares about. My clothes aren't a career, and I don't have the time, energy or interest to turn them into one. But my criteria for inclusion on my site (and in my life) are things that are 1) handsome, 2) affordable, 3) well-made, and 4) workable. I've gravitated toward things that make it easy for me, particularly affordable online venues with good things like Indochino, The Tie Bar, Maxton Men, Owen & Fred, Levi's, Converse, Allen Edmonds, Johnston & Murphy, Florsheim and Charles Tyrwhitt. But I do like to have a tactile, in-person experience with something before pulling the trigger online. In person, I enjoy J.Crew's Ludlow Shop in TriBeCa and Fine and Dandy here in Hell's Kitchen. Church's Shoes on Madison is pretty sexy. Uniqlo isn't a total hell if it's not crowded. If I don't have the opportunity to experience something in person, I make damn sure the online shop has a good return policy.

Since you have an eye for guys who know how to look good, what men would be on your 10 Best-Dressed List? And which one would you select as the Sexiest Man Alive - or would it be someone entirely different?
Hmmm... Ryan Gosling really knows what he's doing. He has an innate effortlessness of a guy who's clearly doing this himself without the help of a stylist. He didn't need to be groomed for the red carpet by handlers. He already "had it" from go. I like that. Some guys look great, but you can somehow tell that someone else dressed them. It's in the ease and comfort (or lack thereof) with which they carry themselves. Other modern men would be George Clooney, David Beckham, Justin Theroux, Bryan Ferry... Daniel Craig has developed into something smart (with the help of Tom Ford and 007 costume designers)... and I love those guys from D-squared. Men of the past? Steve McQueen, Marcello Mastroianni, Alain Delon, Cary Grant. They look like they care, but they don't look like it's all they care about.

Sexiest Man Alive? Damn. The sexiest man alive to me is not famous and shall remain nameless (though he is on the "business" side of show business). But if I have to name a known quantity... might be a toss-up between Jon Hamm, John Slattery and Bryan Cranston. Call me odd, but then again Barbara Walters once claimed that Richard Nixon was one of the sexiest men she'd ever met.

Did you enjoy your experience as the "Great-Looking Guy" on a 1999 episode of Sex and the City?
Haha! Actually, if memory serves, the character in the breakdowns and script was "Window Guy." The "Great-Looking Guy" thing happened between filming and post-production and I'm very flattered by it. The experience couldn't have been cooler. Everyone from the casting experience all the way to the shooting experience on the day was wonderful, especially Cynthia Nixon and producers Michael Patrick King and John Melfi. The short answer is that I enjoyed it very much. It's a privilege to have been part of such a popular show with such an enduring shelf life.

If you could go back and give your 19-year-old self a wise piece of advice, what would it be?
First, I'd hit me. Really hard, across the face with a stinging, open-handed slap. Because at 19, I thought I knew everything. I would then tell myself to read for pleasure more, because there isn't nearly as much time to read for pure pleasure when life gets serious. I would also tell myself to stay true to what I love, to never lose sight of it, and to devote my life to the pursuit of it. If more people did what they truly loved, it would be a much happier world. I really loved being an actor, and I let it go because I let myself get distracted by meaningless pursuits. It was a mistake.

What are five of your favorite movies that you could watch over and over again?
This one shifts from time to time. If you asked me a month ago or a month from now, my answer would likely be different. But as I sit here now? Charade, Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner and a little known movie called Le Samourai by Jean-Pierre Melville. I'm also a freak for the Connery and Craig films of the Bond franchise.

What are your five favorite TV shows of all time? And what is your favorite current TV series?
All time: Dynasty, Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Absolutely Fabulous and Saturday Night Live. Current? Holy shit... such a golden age of television right now. Here we go: Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Killing, House of Cards, American Horror Story, Scandal, Revenge, Orange Is the New Black. And if HBO and Showtime weren't hostages to cable providers, I'd probably add Homeland, Girls, The Newsroom and Ray Donovan to the mix, but I've never seen them. And I really miss Real Time with Bill Maher.

If you could have anyone in the world - living or dead - be a guest at your dinner party, what three people would you invite?
Cary Grant, Dirk Bogarde and Paul Lynde.

What's next for George Hahn?
Almost anything that accommodates my day rate.

Thank you, George, for being such a groovy guy!

To learn more about Mr. Hahn, go to You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

1 comment:

Lance said...

Well-said, Mr. Hahn!! CONGRATULATIONS on being Marc's Groovy Guy of the Month... and welcome to this fabulous and groovy little "exclusive club" (it's a fun place to be)! =)