Dads in Style
Take away the ‘old’ in “old-fashioned,” because here are two fathers who are everything but.
While more fathers are finding themselves entrenched in the daily duties of parenthood—and doing more than their chores of taking out the trash and the dog—these two fathers take it up a notch by doing a 360 career-wise, and all because their little bundles of cuteness were born. Kingsley Aarons, founder of clothing company Kingsley, inspired by his son, Zephyr, fuses art and rock-inspired designs into the ultra-comfortable clothing line for kids. He formed the brand because he found it difficult to find clothing that was cool enough for his number one guy. With a very impressive roster of celebrity clients (such as the Jolie-Pitts, Stella McCartney, Sharon Osbourne, Johnny Depp, and—surprise—Slash), Aarons is soaring, and even scored himself the, “that’s the guy who made the shirt worn by Shiloh Pitt on the cover of People Magazine” privilege. Even Steven Tyler and Tommy Lee have been seen strutting in Kingsley designs, which is carried by elite stores like Barney’s, Yoya and Calypso. And while we’re on the topic of dads ensconced in familial intricacies, Chris Pegula, a former actor who is presently based in California with his family, created Diaper Dude—a stylish and functional diaper bag which is intended for the man of the house. Because of the lack of choices when it came to toting his kids’ essentials during outings or short trips, a messenger bag-like carry-all was conceived in the Pegula household. Now, his bag is reportedly toted by the likes of Russell Crowe, Wayne Brady and Eric McCormack. But because of the success of the company (high-end stores like Kitson, Petit Tresor and Fred Segal carry the brand), it has expanded from belt bags called the Mini Dude to the Diaper Diva bags for women. But what fun is it when all we know about them are their accolades, correct? Let’s get up close and find out what these guys know about a territory once dominated by mostly women.