Dwayne Collins Is The Sartorial Servant

by Terry Watson | May 17th, 2017
Dwayne Collins (Photos by Todd Youngblood)

Dwayne Collins (Photos by Todd Youngblood)

When it comes to men’s fashion, there is one person who knows something about it. Dwayne Collins is the proprietor of The Sartorial Servant, a wardrobe consultation service for men based out of Charlotte, that offers wardrobe consultations services for men. His services include consultation in relation to wardrobe, presentations, and workshops concerning men’s dress. He also offers made to measure apparel, suits, blazers, trousers, sport coats, dress shirts, sport shirts, neckties, bow ties, pocket squares and hosiery for men.

Dwayne Collins is a native of Fayetteville, N.C., but moved to Charlotte in 1976. He attended public schools in the Queen City and after graduating from Garinger High School, he later attended Johnson C. Smith University and obtained a bachelor of arts degree in English. After college, he worked for the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system and dabbled a little in the banking industry.

Additionally, he was able to find time to work in retail at Brooks Brothers, Dillard’s, and Ralph Lauren. It was during these experiences when he noticed a void in how most men had not been properly educated on the difference of dressing fashionably, and dressing well. “Dressing fashionably changes from season to season, dressing well is timeless,” Collins says.

Soon after his experiences in retail, Collins decided to make a career change and, Sartorial Servant Wardrobe Consulting Firm was born. “We educate men on dressing well. When a man dresses well, it builds his confidence,” he says. Collins also possesses over twenty years of expertise in the area and is held in high regard amongst many in the respective field. He has been featured in The Charlotte Observer Style File, which highlights the most stylish men and women in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a former men’s style columnist for Pride Magazine online, The County News Newspaper, and Q City Metro’s online magazine.

Collins has served as Chairperson of The Black Political Caucus of Charlotte Mecklenburg, and President of The Charlotte – Mecklenburg N.A.A.C.P. In 2000, Collins was recognized as one of Charlotte, North Carolina’s most influential black men by Community Pride Magazine.

The typical client for Collins is a man who has a sincere desire to dress well, and is willing to be educated on the principles of dressing well. “I choose wardrobe consulting as a career to be of service to men. I don’t feel that my job is complete until each client feels as good as they look, and have an understanding on what happened to get them to this point,” he says. “I have failed if I only dress someone and they are unable to repeat the process after leaving my firm”.

While assisting in the transformation of men from fashion delinquents, into arbiters of men’s style, Collins is also paying homage to those who helped and inspired him. “My great uncle, Charles Williams was the first man I saw that dressed elegantly. I wanted to dress just like him. My good friend, Leonard Gresham, Jr. is an elegant dresser and style mentor to me,” he says. He also considers musician, Louis Armstrong to be one of the best dressed men in the history of the world.

Moving forward, Collins plans to continue to spread the ‘Sartorial Gospel’ to the ends of the earth. This also means creating clothing and ensembles that will move men forward in their goals, aspirations, and dreams.

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