Suave, sharp, and timeless are three words that best describe the personal style of a gentleman. Mix these qualities with authenticity and Southern flare and you have Charley Crockett, an up-and-coming blues musician who is a modern man with classic tastes. During our interview, we had a chance to pick the brain of the well-traveled descendant of Davy Crockett to find out what style means to him.
DFW Style Daily: How would you describe your style?
Charley Crockett: “Throwback 50s and 60s retro mixed with old school country rancher and a good foundation of gentleman gypsy.”
What is the source of your inspiration?
“I really draw inspiration from classic film and old-time music artists. I’m obsessed with Spaghetti westerns — Italian versions of the American Wild West — made during the ’60s and early ’70s. Another major influence for me would be the underground art scenes I’ve been around. Visual artists are often some of the most creative people when it comes to fashion. Jean-Michel Basquiat is a great example of this.”
How has your heritage influenced your style?
“I’m from the land of Texas and Louisiana. Western wear from Texas is a huge part of who I am. In New Orleans, where I’ve spent much of my life, the musicians around me heavily influenced my sense of fashion — from traditional and classy to wild and unconventional. I’m a descendant of Davy Crockett and I think his pioneering spirit and wandering ways are deeply embedded in me. There’s more used vintage clothing floating around America than we will ever need. Why not work with what we already have?”
Have your travel experiences shaped your style choices?
“Travel is easily the main driver for my sense of style in fashion. Being around native cultures in any country has a huge impact on me. Clothing should be comfortable and functional before anything else. That’s why I love wearing utility style boots. They’re so comfortable and durable but also they look great shined up with high wasted paints, a Stetson, and a tie! The more you travel the more you pick up from others and it only helps to better express yourself through style.”
When it comes to style, do you believe the clothes make the man or the man makes the clothes?
“I think a person either makes themselves or gets made. You are what you eat. I mean…wear.”
When he wants to dress down, Charley heads for the denim on denim look of the Canadian tuxedo. He prefers shopping for vintage treasures at stores like Dolly Python in Dallas or Blue Velvet in Austin. His style icon is none other than the guitar shredding genius Jimi Hendrix. A true descendant of Davy Crockett, this soul musician pioneers authentic, and genuine personal style.
Images courtesy of Fela Raymond.