Most hairstylists don’t cut and color in a suit. Lawrence Hamilton is not most stylists.
The dapper hairdresser is undaunted by his days spent wielding scissors and hair straighteners, and can usually be found by his chair at Patrice Vinci Salon in Boston in a sharp Hugo Boss or Alton Lane suit.
“People look at me like I’m crazy,” said Hamilton, known to friends and clients as Lawni. “I get that some people don’t want to wear their best while they’re doing hair, but you should still look like a pro.”
Hamilton’s love affair with tailored clothing began in the late ’90s, but his suit habit commenced in earnest only about a year ago.
Which explains why, fashionwise, he couldn’t live without Newbury Tailoring Co.
“If it’s your fit, you look like a million bucks. I don’t even need to tell them what to do any more,” Hamilton said. “I brought in a black pair of Gucci jeans from the ’90s. I said take out the pleats. They said ‘no.’ ”
Where he gets his sense of style: “My dad’s was so great. He wore lots of three-piece suits. I would wear some of them right now.”
Small screen inspiration: “Boardwalk Empire” and “Peaky Blinders” (Netflix). “I love the early 1900s. The fashion is amazing.”
His evolving accessories wardrobe comes courtesy of: “Etsy. You can find everything. I used to be gaudy with my jewelry — rings here and there — but now I can bring out an outfit so much more [with] stick pins, cuff links, pocket squares, tie tacks.”
Too bad he doesn’t have a dollar for every: Piece of leather he owns. Hamilton’s favorites include a pair of Italian-made Cole Haan brogues, a handmade bow tie (a present from his wife, Selam), and a Scotch & Soda burgundy motocross jacket.
“When I wear this,” he said, stroking the perforated material, “I feel like a badass.”
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