Imperial Black

Style is not just in the clothes you wear. It’s who you are as a person. It is the sum of your experiences, your travels, your interests, and the passion with which you pursue them and all knowledge. In short, style is a manifestation of everything that makes you, you. I’ve teamed up with Imperial Black to share some of my thoughts about style, travel, and living well.

Imperial Black - He Spoke Style

Travel how you will, but always arrive in style. I’ve written extensively about stylish travel and how style and comfort don’t need to be mutually exclusive. A little thought and planning when it comes to packing will go a long way no matter how you’re traveling.

The thrill of the plan. Whether traveling or in life, in general, I’m a firm believer that having a plan is essential. For me, the thrill doesn’t come so much from dreaming up or drafting that plan, but rather from its execution. That’s not to say that there can’t be variations or detours once the plan is in place—you never know what adventures you may have if you simply take a wrong turn and get a little lost (I had my fill of that in Venice)—but I think defining a starting point and destination is important. Even if that destination is years away.

Imperial Black - He Spoke Style

Imperial Black - He Spoke Style

Imperial Black - He Spoke Style

The passionate pursuit of leisure time. We’ve all heard the saying, Work Hard and Play Hard (or Harder). Personally, I’ve never been one to be able to pursue something casually. And with most things I develop an interest in, I’m really an all or nothing kind of guy. Sometimes it can feel like a curse, but mostly I love when something sparks my interest and curiosity so much that I’m taken on an intense journey deep into someplace I’ve never been.

Imperial Black - He Spoke Style

The anatomy of restlessness. What is the anatomy of restlessness? To me, it is a state of mind—and one that I’ve felt strongly my entire life. It’s the recognition that the journey is more important than the destination. And that if a destination is reached, that you haven’t reached the end, but rather arrived at the beginning of something new. It’s mentally being unable to sit still. To be compelled to explore and learn new things.

Imperial Black - He Spoke Style

This Look: Blazer by Reiss – Shirt and pocket square c/o Imperial Black – Chinos by Reiss – Watch by Timex – Belt by J.Crew – Loafers by Bass Weejuns

Do any of the four statements resonate or have meaning to you? Tell me about them.

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.
Location: Brown Center, Maryland Institute College of Art

Disclosure: Compensation for this post was provided by Imperial Black. The opinions expressed herein are mine alone and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Imperial Black.


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  • Charlie Cole

    Amazing picture, and so elegant outfit, classic and fashion in the same time =)
    Have a great week, i follow you =)

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for reading, Charlie. Glad to have you.

  • Christian Gregson


    The shots came out really well. We are incredibly passionate about what we do, the workmanship that goes into each piece, and the travels that act as our inspiration.

    Safe Travels,

    Christian Gregson
    Creative Director
    Imperial Black

    • Brian Sacawa

      That’s definitely apparent, Christian. Thanks so much.

  • Igal Reysher

    Very Nice Outfit, Love the yellow pocket square


    • Brian Sacawa

      Cheers, Igal. Thanks, as always, for reading.

  • Mihir Shah

    I can relate to a lot of this. I’m also an all or nothing dude. I guess you can all it obsessiveness. But really what that is, is having a vision for yourself and pursuing it with unrelenting energy. I think this is pretty prevalent among artist types, who tend to be visionary themselves.

    But yeah, agree that it’s all about the journey. Bob Dylan even said something like artists should always be in the process of becoming, never arriving.

    Gorgeous pictures. Probably one of your best. Love the whole cool, metal, angular vibe. Cheers.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for the great comment, Mihir.

  • Millie

    Where was this taken?

    • Brian Sacawa

      Ah, forgot to include the location. Will add that. But it’s the Brown Center at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

  • AbdAllah Monir

    Nice outfit and I really loved that blazer .

    • Brian Sacawa


  • Joe

    Generally speaking, I am incessantly drooling over each post. But this one, I’m a little underwhelmed Brian. So, for starters…I completely understand that a jersey blazer is meant to have a more relaxed fit, but this blazer is not flattering. Not only is it too short, but it needs a more biased cut in the back. Also, I’m not a huge three button fan; two buttons are much more modern. Love the shirt and pocket square combo.