The brand offers model casting, personal style consulting and mentorship.
Men of style, this one’s for you! Calvin Carey Jr. created the Gentlemen’s Den in 2018 as a way to highlight another side of Detroit fashion. “Detroit is a fashion-forward city,” Carey says. “The street fashion, we got that on lock. But what about the dapper fashion and suits?”
What started as a simple photo shoot between friends has grown into a full lifestyle brand, offering model casting and personal style consulting. “The consultation is basically a meeting where we get some information on them, find out about them, their personality and things that they like to wear,” he says.
Carey and his team of stylists then make suggestions for their clients based on their budgets. They also offer “shop for you” or “shop with you” options for men seeking to spruce up their closets. “We are local, so we do stick to local stores,” Carey says. “We have partnerships with JBROOKS Menswear and The Suit Depot.”
The Gentlemen’s Den isn’t just about the fashion. They also focus on making a difference in the lives of young men coming up behind them. Before COVID-19 struck the world, Carey and his team cultivated relationships with Detroit schools to offer mentorship to its male students. “We can provide services where we could come and talk to you. We can teach you how to tie a tie, gentleman’s etiquette, things like that.”
Carey is expanding Gentlemen’s Den services and adding a membership aspect to the brand. Beginning in 2021, men will be able to join the collective and benefit from networking and career-building services.
“We’re transitioning into becoming a culture of society and corporate platform for Black men,” he says. Members will receive an exclusive membership blazer, lapel pen and even a watch.