Style Notes: Tom Dunn
Edited by Karla Martinez and Vanessa Lawrence Tom Dunn clearly bursts the stereotype of the all black-clad fashion toiler, with his penchant for tie dying his own t-shirts and his admission to loving Birkenstocks. Chalk it up to his Berkeley, California upbringing, though years of working in PR and merchandising haven’t quashed his colorful choices.
This past spring Dunn (above), who continues to work as a fashion consultant, decided to lend his eclectic eye to his charming new interior design boutique Overbey & Dunn on Christopher Street. The store acts as a revolving vignette of meticulously curated furniture and home accessories, centered around a chosen motif, with all items for sale before the shop is changed up every eight weeks or so. Its newest theme is “Gentleman/Boudoir” by Russell Piccione.
Here, Dunn professes his love of caftans, horseback-riding and his eight year-old goddaughter’s inimitable style.
Define your style in three words: Immediate, refined bohemian, sentimental.
Daily uniform: Slim pants with a t-shirt or button down. From DIY tie-dye shirts (I tie dye vintage or used pieces and have stacks of white clothes waiting to be done) with Simon Spurr trousers to a linen madras button down with Gucci patterned pants.
Dunn in one of his tie-dye creations.
Greatest hits: My Lanvin caftan…well all of my caftans. YSL tuxedo shoes with large grosgrain bows.
Preferred footwear: Gucci, Birkenstock and Pierre Hardy.
Finishing touches: Santa Maria Novella Patchouli and my vintage Greek gold pinky rings.
Nighttime look: I never know until I get into my closet.
His work by artist Zak Prekop.
Best recent discovery: Artist Zak Prekop.
Style pet peeve: Not being comfortable with your choices.
Style icons: Jerry Garcia (for his purple crochet poncho he wears in Gimme Shelter), my eight year-old goddaughter Ladybird, she’s a mini bohemian princess and completely uninhibited in her style choices.
Last purchase: A large antique painting of an urn with flowers.
Lusting after: Time to ride my horses, I have four Icelandic ponies on my farm in Pennsylvania and dressage horses kept at my trainer’s barn.
Dunn’s vintage Greek pink rings.
Favorite haunts: Hotel Ritz Paris, Bar Mathis in Paris and my house in Pennsylvania.
Next vacation: A friend’s wedding in Lake Como.
What he’ll pack: Doyle and Mueser cranberry linen suit, crocodile and linen monk strap shoes, good music and my appetite.