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by on December 7, 2011

We caught up with Steven Alan today at the FashInvest event at FIT, where he spoke of the route he took to owning his eponymous powerhouse stores first in TriBeCa, then fusing a wholesale showroom for independent designers to his business, then designing lines for men and women, and now investing in other entrepreneurial ventures. Oh, and he’s got stores all over NY and CA. He does it all with grace and success, and deserves to gift himself something special for the holidays. We were curious: What would he want from his own store for the holidays? If you know this, then you’ll know what any dapper self-starting gentleman will want.

How Steven Alan Gifts Himself for the Holidays

Highest on his wish list are a couple of his own Steven Alan designs. After all, he did create them out of wanting them in the first place.

How Steven Alan Gifts Himself for the Holidays

The Neville Jacket is a definite go. His handpicked Italian wool is made durable and super soft by weaving it with nylon Herringbone. The suede elbow patches add strength and a rugged sophistication. And FYI, the cool contrasting buttons are vintage leather.

As are a pair of sturdy workman’s Lace Up Boot for which he collaborated with Thorogood. These chukkas have the Steven Alan touch, which means careful attention to detail – padded insoles, speed laces, and Vibram soles. And that bright contrast at the top of the sole gives the shoe, well, soul.

Naturally we’d imagine he’d already have these prized items in his possession, but he laughed and pondered, “I don’t know what’ll be left after the holiday shopping madness!”

So, if you spot him around in either of these, you’ll know Steven Alan got his wish. But if you happen to get the very last boot or Neville jacket for the man in your life, Steven will likely be just as happy.

Contributed by Jessica Lapidos

I impart my daily love of light layering, thick-as-thieves platforms and undiscovered fashionable gems. I love to turn a phrase, and in truth I'm a designer at werq.