Name: Michael Poczkalski, 56.
Who he is: Principal designer and co-owner of room, a home store at 1400 Hertel Ave., and Michael P. Design, an interior design firm, started in 2005. The Buffalo native has a master’s degree in architecture from the University at Buffalo. He served in the Navy for six years and was a nuclear mechanic on ballistic missile submarines. He is married to David Brugh, a barber who opened his shop, Crockett & Co. on Saranac Avenue, three years ago.
“I love anything outdoors. My happy place is being in the garden,” Poczkalski said.
He and Brugh also enjoy traveling, including recent trips to London and Vienna.
“I love London. I go there to be inspired," he said.
What he’s wearing: Diesel blazer with leather trim; brown nylon and leather Ralph Lauren vest; white V-neck t-shirt; Diesel JoggJeans (they look like a pair of regular dark denim jeans but have a drawstring waist and the fabric is soft and stretchy); black socks with white dots; Cartier watch; Louis Vuitton sneakers.
“I love sneakers but I don’t like overly casual sneakers. I like wearing something like these, or Converse high tops, because I wear things that are so neutral I like my shoes to speak. My shoes are always a statement piece for me.”
Signature piece: His Cartier watch, which was a gift to him for his 50th birthday from Brugh, family and friends.
Listen to Michael Poczkalski describe his approach to fashion:
Fashion statement: “I think my approach to style is comfort but still looking great. I travel a lot so I really like to look put together when we go to the airport. With the JoggJeans, they're essentially sweatpants but they look great. So it’s all about comfort and style for me,” he said.
Last thing he bought: An oversized, gray sherpa coat he bought in London. “I look like I’m wearing a blanket,” he said.
In the market for: “I’m always in the market for cool vests, because I wear so many of them,” he said. He jokingly calls a vest a “mirdle” – or man girdle – because of its slimming effect.
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