The Wardrobe

The Wardrobe of Spencer Wells

By David Nash

Match Game: A piece of Aboriginal art Wells and his wife acquired several years ago while on a trip through Australia is the perfect complement to his patterned, deep-red Isaia jacket. Photo by Spencer Brown.

Originally from Alabama, Spencer Wells landed in San Francisco by way of Westport, Conn., in 2010. Since then, the Pacific Heights resident has cut a dapper swath through the City’s social set with his well-tailored sense of style and savoir faire. “I’d characterize my style as traditional with a twist,” says Wells, who can often be found zipping through The City on his electric BMW scooter. “But I’m also not afraid to take a risk with a bold color or pattern — or both!” A partner in the New York City-based fiduciary services firm Drivetrain Advisors, Wells also serves on the board of directors of six companies — both private and public.

He and his equally elegant wife, Alexandra, support a number of local organizations including the San Francisco International Film Festival (she is a board member) and The Last Mile — the first nonprofit to launch a computer-coding curriculum in a U.S. prison — at San Quentin. “We’ve always been interested in supporting educational causes, and view [this] as an unconventional and very impactful way to do this,” explains Wells.

Definitely not one for convention, Wells describes the rather original way he discovered his favorite menswear brand, Isaia, on a vacation in Capri several years ago: “I wandered into the store there, which is open until 2 a.m., late one night after dinner, had a few too many gimlets and Aperol spritzes, and loaded up on clothes,” he recalls. “I love Isaia for their fabrics, especially their bold plaids, and their tailoring.” As for Wells’ must-have pieces this and every season: a brown suede jacket, a midnight-blue peak lapel tuxedo and a great-fitting navy-blue suit with a subtle plaid print.

Man’s Best Accessory: Pictured sitting in his living room with Cricket — the couple’s beloved Sheltie —Wells wears a blue-and-purple plaid sport coat, white oxford and patterned tie, all from Isaia. His trousers are by Jacob Cohen, and handmade suede “Viva” boots are from Bettanin & Venturi. Photo By Spencer Brown.
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