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My Look: James Caldwell-Acha-Ngwodo’s Red Beret

For a guy who hates winter, James Caldwell-Acha-Ngwodo does a fine job accessorizing with hats and scarves. The owner of American Armadillo, a local fashion brand and style consultancy, caught our eye with this crimson chapeau.

Why a beret?
Because it’s distinctive. Winter is my nemesis, but my red beret and tiger-print scarf have become staples. I got the beret from a wholesale client.

Do you look this sharp all the time?
Dressing down doesn’t work for me. I’m not sure I understand the concept. The way I dress is a part of my lifestyle, and I’m always working.

Bowtie size?
Bigger is better. But it should be in proportion to your body size.

A lot of people say Indy is too casual. What’s your take?
Well, I wouldn’t say too casual. We just haven’t established a style identity.

Where do the best dressers go?
Small-business events like Yelp! Totally Bazaar and the Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace. The arts, culture, and small-business communities come together there, and that’s where you see the most individualized people.

Can you share a style rule you give to clients?
Dress your personality. A positive self-image is the first step in achieving success.

What’s on your wish list?
A chauffeur.

 

Fernandez began writing for Indianapolis Monthly in 1995 while studying journalism at Indiana University. One of her freelance assignments required her to join a women's full-tackle football team for a season. She joined the staff in 2005 to edit IM's ancillary publications, including Indianapolis Monthly Home. In 2011, she became a senior editor responsible for the Circle City section as well as coverage of shopping, homes, and design-related topics. Now an executive editor, she lives downtown.
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