The former global president of Banana Republic is an authority in the world of fashion. Calhoun, who works with international retail clients as a senior advisor at McKinsey & Company, is also a virtuouso in finding the right balance between displaying his distinctive personal style, which stands out from the pack and makes him one of the best-dressed men in San Francisco, and embracing a tailored aesthetic: Great fit, quality and comfort.
“I’m always looking for something classic, but also new and creative. I’m definitely more on the preppy side. If I were to shop in one place on the planet for men’s clothes, I’d shop in London — men there are more dressed up, more sartorial.” An expertly executed mix of accessories personalizes Calhoun’s signature look: He likes to add a belt, pocket square, watch and bracelets. And for formal events, a lapel pin is a must: “To me, it’s all about being thoughtful and appropriately dressed for the occasion.”
Even though Calhoun names Prada, Etro, Gucci and Hermès among his favorites, he’s not a brand-name devotee. “I know what quality looks like,” says the vice chair of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “I can look at a garment at any price point. If you buy the right thing at the right place, it could be quite good.”