TS: YOU’VE BEEN IN FASHION FOR MOST OF YOUR LIFE. LET’S TALK PERSONAL STYLE. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR APPROACH TO CLOTHES?
DG: I always want to be the most dressed-down person in an overdressed environment, and the most overdressed in a really casual environment. I really gravitate towards pieces that I call “cultural annuities” — I mean, something so familiar and classic you can wear it every day.
TS: WHAT’S “CLASSIC” IN YOUR BOOK?
DG:For me, a man’s wardrobe is defined by your shoes, your watch, your sunglasses, and your coat. You can wear jeans and a tee and be a cowboy, a surfer or in fashion, it’s just a question of these defining pieces. So I think for basics you need a good pair of denim, a good pair of chinos, good navy tee, a good jacket and you’re good.
TS: IS THERE A BIT OF THE LAID-BACK CALIFORNIA INFLUENCE IN THERE?
DG:It’s the opposite of trying too hard and overdoing it. California style is basic and clean and functional. You have to be able to go from morning walk on the beach to coffee to a meeting in LA to a casual dinner at night, and wear the same uniform through all of that. In other cities you dress the part, make a definitive costume change. But in CA there’s consistency. Coffee and wine gets you through the day, all in the same uniform.
TS: SPEAKING OF WINE...YOU’RE ALSO IN THE BUSINESS OF VINO THROUGH YOUR COMPANY ROOM.
DG:In addition to being a design platform, Autotype is a full service creative firm, and being based in Santa Barbara we became the go-to agency in the wine industry. I really fell in love with it all — from farming by day to sophisticated dinners by night. But wine is intimidating for most people. With ROOM Wines, we take people on a journey in winemaking, an exploration that fuses art, analysis and adventure. We experiment, and we work with some of the industry’s best.
TS: WINE, CARS, BEACH, ART, DESIGN. YOU’RE REALLY SELLING ME ON THE CALIFORNIA LIFESTYLE.
DG:Whenever we have friends visit from New York, they say, “Why don’t we live here?” You can. You absolutely can.