The appearance and personalities of chief executive officers has changed immensely over the
years. We formerly knew CEOs as being super conservative, dressed to the nines much like the
characters of the drama series, Mad Men. However, nowadays CEOS are less reserved in their
style and bring more of a personal touch to what they wear, without affecting their quality of
In today’s society we are becoming more and more familiar with CEOs like Jack Dorsey of
Twitter or Elon Musk of SpaceX, where their eccentric personalities shine through their work in
a positive way. New York City-based CEO, Charlie McCoy draws inspiration from these CEOS
as well as others in his NYC neighborhood.
“I think my neighborhood here in New York is one of the coolest neighborhoods,” McCoy says.
“There are CEOs around here like Songe Laron and Dave Salvant of Squire or my mentor, Tony Coles who works
in the pharmaceutical space; they bring their unique swagger to their positions and that to me is
their example of what a CEO can bring to society.”
McCoy himself is the founder and CEO of two Manhattan barber shops and salons, Artisan
Barber and Orchard & Ludlow, as well as up and coming e-commerce brands. McCoy doesn’t
have the typical look of a CEO, he’s naturally creative and likes to express himself through his
He enjoys the options that stores in the city like Extra Butter and Round 2 offer such as band and
hip-hop tees. “I like to cut the sleeves of my t-shirts and during the summer [I] wear high top
Chuck Taylor’s and baseball caps. In the fall I switch it up with different sweaters, like my
oversized Supreme sweaters and I like to wear my Air Jordan 1’s, different boots and Vans.”
For McCoy it’s not only about expressing yourself in both your work and personal life but it also
serves as inspiration for younger men with swagger. It lets them know that it’s okay to channel
that part of themselves in all areas of their life and that they do not have to conform to old
McCoy feels that living without these limitations has only benefited him. As an entrepreneur
with locs, tattoos and more, he makes it known to his employees and team that they can live and
work just as freely as him.
The grooming industry, in which McCoy works in may be less reserved and what has allowed
him to dress according to his desires, but the shift is occurring across all professions in the world.
“CEOs are getting younger and smarter and more opportunity and knowledge is trickling down
during this information stage,” he explains. “I hope to continue to be an example like the other
CEOs I look up to.”
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