Grand Valley Magazine Winter 2015 - (Page 30)

Fashionisto to Lakers by Michele Coffill H „ George Davis is pictured at Fitzgeralds Men's Store in Breton Village Mall in Grand Rapids. photos by Bernadine Carey-Tucker 30 Winter '15 ere's an example of how fashion runs through George Davis' mind. Last fall he was shopping in the men's section of a department store and noticed a high school student struggling to decide between two different pieces of clothing. Davis, associate director of Admissions, walked over to the teen and began a conversation, asking questions about the occasion and his color choices. Based on those few answers, Davis picked out a suit for the young man to wear to his football banquet, and correctly guessed his shirt size (15-inch neck, 34-inch sleeve) without a tape measure. The teen's mother was so impressed, she made arrangements to hire Davis as a stylist for his senior photos. Fashion and Davis are wellconnected. He and his sister were child models for Jacobson's, the Michigan department store chain that many remember for its superior customer service. The love of trendy garments and the thrill of a shopping hunt runs deep in his family. "Saturdays with my family meant going to Hudson's," Davis said. "My youngest memories have involved fashion." That doesn't mean Davis was always sharply dressed. Like most people who shudder when they look back at their high school photos, Davis said he harbors a few fashion regrets. "I put together some weird combinations in the fourth and fifth grade," he said. "I was always the nonconforming kid who dressed differently." On campus, Davis often sports colored pants, patterned shirts and bow ties. When he's not traveling to high school recruiting fairs for Admissions, Davis enjoys working as a stylist and wardrobe consultant through his business XVII XVII Collective. He also counsels college students on their clothing choices as they transition from jeans, sweatshirts and sneakers to a business-casual or jacket-required work environment. "For students, it's working with their budget and finding things to help give them more confidence when they go to job interviews," he said. Davis serves as advisor of a new student organization for men and women who are interested in becoming models or learning more about the fashion industry. Students from Model Entertainment have been tapped for Harley Davidson photo shoots and area runway shows. As a consultant, Davis will work with male and female clients on a closet purge, advising what staples to keep and what pieces of old or outdated clothing to toss, or as a personal shopper, helping to build a wardrobe or find a special occasion outfit. "I love it, I have always known I would be doing this someday," he said. Davis describes his own style as eclectic. "I can be very classic

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Grand Valley Magazine Winter 2015

Campus News
Donor Impact
RMSC celebrates silver anniversary
Get a job
Another man's treasure
Q&A George Grant Jr.
Off the Path
Focal Point
Alumni News

Grand Valley Magazine Winter 2015