After emigrating to the States he continued to perform as a stilt walker, acrobat and juggler. In 1931 he made the move to Hollywood and Archibald Alexander Leach became the man we know today as Cary Grant.
With this new persona Grant began to cultivate a new way of being. He looked to style icons from the movies in which he was now surrounded and took from them the art of combining the formal and the casual.
Grant’s focus in dressing was always on fit, favouring a subdued palette and instead turning his attention to balance and proportion. This simple idea is probably why Cary Grant is still a style icon today. He understood that to dress well, style was far more important than fashion. A 21st century gent could lift any of Grant’s outfits out of their era and look just as dapper today.
Grant was a lover of three piece suits, something that from my experience in Bristol is slowly but stubbornly making a come back. There are many benefits to a three piece suit with the main being the ability to always look smart, with or without your jacket. The added bonus of wearing a waistcoat today is that, although set to return, it is still relatively unique among younger gents and so gives you the added kudos of being a trend setter.
Another Cary Grant-ism was his love of knits revealing his English origins. This is a superb way of giving a casual edge to a smart look, especially at this time of year! Other tips that can be gained from studying such a style icon are to always keep proportioned and dress for your frame. This is something that Grant knew all to well, balancing his large head with heavily padded shoulders to give the illusion of an even silhouette.
Nearly thirty years after his death Cary Grants icon statues is still going strong, a man that Bristol is all too happy to call it’s original dapper gent!