Well, hellooo Gents (and those who love to dress them)! HAPPY NATIONAL BOW TIE DAY! WOOT WOOT! Ok, lemmie calm down! I’m beyond excited about today’s posts AND the TWO winners of my bow tie collection contest with the amazing Countess Mara! Since the start of this month, I’ve been posting features every Wed on the most dapper guys wearing bow ties from Countess Mara’s four new collections: seasonal brights, conversationals and patterns, reversibles and plaid – which is the trademark of the brand). I will announce two lucky winners later today. Thanks for liking our pages!
Meet Rick Newman. Washingtonian. Producer. Editor. Recreation actor. Follow @RickNewmanDC
RICK ON STYLE
KS: Describe your personal style…
RN: I’m Admittedly, fashion illiterate. I do, however, appreciate detail. About Once a week I’ll throw on a nice collared button down with matching tie, clip and cufflinks. Of course, I’m wearing these with my Diesel jeans and a pair of black dress sketchers. Most days I’m comfortable with a dress button down and nice jeans, but never sneakers. I’ll occasionally mix it up with a nice golf style shirt, but wear slacks to balance out the casual. Anytime I step outside, I’ve gotta have my Oakley sunglasses on. Most roles I get are law enforcement, so it works to keep a bit of a military style hair cut, but keep some length on top for a little style. I’ve come to be comfortable with keepin’ it tight.
KS: What’s something every man should have in his wardrobe?
RN: A quality tie and dress shoes. There’s nothing wrong with [trying] to look good.
ON BEING A GENTLEMAN
KS: Countess Mara’s slogan is “Be A Gentleman” – what does that mean to you?
RN: This means “respect.” If you dress like you mean it and act professional, people will respect you. It’s important to respect everyone. I mean everyone in the sense of all humans. If you choose to be a jerk, well, that’s on you, but if you don’t have a choice, whether it’s your race, sexual orientation – you’re okay with me. I’d rather get to know you before I’d attempt to judge your character. Just be a gentleman.
ON THE BOW TIE
KS: What do you like about the style of the bow tie you’re wearing?
RN: It’s clearly made of the highest quality material. The yellow is just the right pop of color to make it a tie worth wearing.
KS: Best thing about working in front and behind the camera?
RN: Behind the camera I’ve got creative control over a vision, in front I’m no longer Rick – I’m usually detective/officer somebody.
KS: What do you love most about acting in recreation shows? What’s most exciting?
RN: I enjoy recreation acting where you’re portraying a real person. For me I’m usually playing the law enforcement roles so i’m lucky to be the good guy in the crime scenarios. At least then if people can’t separate real life from what they see on TV, I won’t be mistaken for a criminal. It’s exciting to do a lot of physical action. I have the most fun when I get to drive like a bad a**, run & chase, fight and take the bad guy down.
ON THAT BADDDDD CAR
KS: Tell us about your car…
RN: I started off with a black Ford Crown Vic Police Interceptor. I’d worked for a tv station where they used the former cop cars as their crew cars, so thought it’d work just as well for me to haul camera gear around among other things. I preferred the full size sedan vs a suv. It got me my first acting gig playing a cop then a park ranger. When it was time to upgrade, the Charger Police was an obvious choice for me. It’s not as recognizable as a police vehicle, so I’m less likely to get stuck behind someone driving slower than the speed limit.
ON WHAT’S NEXT
KS: When’s the next time we’ll see you on tv?
RN: I’ll be on “Panic 9-1-1” on A&E this Thursday at 10pm (EST) and also on the encore run of last week’s show at 11. I’ll also be on “Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry” this Saturday at 8 on Investigation Discovery. Stay tuned for future episodes of Panic “9-1-1” (A&E), “Evil Kin”, “Deadly Affairs”, “Who the Bleep…”, “Addicted to The Life” (Investigation Discovery) and other stuff I’ve shot but can’t talk about [yet].