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Mr Ian Barry

Fast Facts

Biography

Mr Barry is a sculptor and designer, born in Santa Cruz, CA, and living in Los Angeles. In 2008, he began work on The Falcon Ten, a series of unique motorcycles, designed and engineered by Barry, then precision machined and shaped by hand. Barry has completed The Bullet (2008), The Kestrel (2010), and The Black (2011), inspired and powered by a 1950 Triumph Thunderbird engine, a 1970 Triumph Bonneville engine, and a 1952 Vincent Black Shadow engine, respectively. His work is represented by the Michael Kohn Gallery in Hollywood, where Mr Barry's The White exhibition was shown in summer 2013. Barry is the co-author of Impossible Collection of Motorcycles, from Assouline. He is business partners with chef Josef Centeno in the acclaimed Bäco Mercat and Bar Amá, both in downtown Los Angeles. www.ianbarry.com facebook.com/CustomMotorcycles

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Mr Barry's Recommendations

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT AND DISH

“Josef Centano’s last restaurant was so excellent that my fiancé and I leapt at the chance to partner with him in Bäco Mercat. Josef’s style is completely original without being pretentious.”

BEST BAR

“Even before opening Bäco Mercat, Josef had envisioned a bar with a full Tex Mex menu. If Bäco Mercat is an engrossing novel, Bar Amá is an endearing memoir. The menu is filled with tweaked recipes from three generations of Josef’s family, and it’s Los Angeles through and through. Until Bar Amá opened, I mostly drank mezcal from my own collection at home.”

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VACATION CHOICE

“My fiancé, Amaryllis Knight, and I both work most of the time, but vacation for us might mean turning off our phones and sitting by the ocean for a couple of days with some good books. When we travel farther afield, we like to completely immerse ourselves in the spirit of a place.”

TOP CITY

“I love Barcelona. The energy there is infectious, and everywhere you look, there is some architectural marvel. The diversity of architectural styles is off the charts, but it all comes together in this kaleidoscopic visual experience that is totally invigorating. And the food is out of this world.”

FAVOURITE HOTEL

“Big Sur is idyllic, and the Post Ranch Inn is unreal. Set on a cliff overlooking the ocean and the mountains, the inn is a collection of dramatic buildings designed by visionary architect Mickey Muennig.”

TYPE OF BAG

“I’m always working on things that inspire me, so I carry lots of odds and ends around with me. Amaryllis found the O'Hare tote from WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie for me. It’s large enough to carry all of my stuff whilst also looking smart.”

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FAVOURED BRAND

“Joe and Charlie Casely-Hayford are a father and son team who make unique and exceptional menswear. Joe was a stylist for bands like The Clash, and his past work is definitely evident in some of their designs. They are equally influenced by Joe's extensive experience with Savile Row tailoring traditions.”

ESSENTIAL WARDROBE ITEM

“I’m often going back and forth between my studio and the rest of the world, and I don’t like to bother with carrying shoes around. I love refined-looking, hard-wearing boots that I can work in and also wear out to dinner.”

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MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

“Amaryllis Knight.”

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STYLE ICON

“I have to admit that I’ve never paid enough attention to fashion and stylish people to have a style icon. I choose the things I wear based on utility and clean design and hope that they add up to something presentable.”

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STYLE TIP

“I don’t think style is about buying into trends or expensive clothes. It’s innate and personal.”

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TAILOR

“I remove labels and fix little things myself. If I need something altered I visit Mr Lee Custom Tailor Shop on Fairfax.”

BEST SHIRT BRAND

“ Carven ”

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FAVOURITE SUIT

“Currently a royal blue suit by Jil Sander .”

CUT OF TROUSERS

AMI cuts a slim leg in great fabrics.”

JEANS BRAND

Acne Studios ‘Roc’, in black.”

UNDERWEAR CHOICE

Sunspel .”

PREFERRED JACKET STYLE

“Double-breasted.”

SHOE MAKER

Mr. Hare

FAVOURITE GROOMING PRODUCT

“Santa Maria Novella's Crema da Barba.”

DREAM CAR

“Aston Martin DB9.”

WATCH BRAND

Uniform Wares

ESSENTIAL GADGET

“A pocket knife.”

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BEST BOOK

The Sunshine Years, the most recent book by Afsaneh Knight.”

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FAVOURITE ALBUM

“I love so much music, there is no such thing as a top album for me. But Josh Homme is a friend, and his band Queens of the Stone Age is one of my favourite. Their music is totally uncompromising and original.”

Brands Favoured by Mr Barry