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Men of Style
Gillian Flynn and Alison Miller | Photo: Bode Helm | March 25, 2013
Call it a manhunt. For this year’s feature, we scouted San Diego—and even crossed the border—for a high-caliber roster of gentlemen with serious style cred. Drum roll, please...
When Interview magazine recently featured the hottest guys in L.A. to watch, Luke Armitage was on the short list. The only thing is, he never moved. The 24-year-old represents a new wave of S.D. creatives who are opting to stay put, making commutes to casting calls. “It’s just a great place to live,” says Armitage, who has traveled the world and lived in NYC for his on-the-verge career. When he’s not surfing Del Mar or hanging at home in Rancho Peñasquitos, he’s walking Milan runways for Calvin Klein and Juicy Couture. He recently shot a fragrance commercial with a high-profile pop star. “I went from being a young surfer guy to dressing like a man... and wearing a lot of makeup,” he laughs.
“The brain is cool now,” quips neuroscientist Jacopo Annese, director of The Brain Observatory. With a penchant for Hugo Boss suits and suspenders, Annese arrived in S.D. from Italy seven years ago to join the UCSD faculty—and study the brains of dolphins in conjunction with Sea World. His own foundation, The Institute for Brain and Society, creates digital maps of the human mind. “It’s for future generations of doctors,” says Annese, who has signed up many notable San Diegans to donate their brains to science. When he’s not talking hemispheres, Annese is a passionate Italian cook, teaching classes auctioned off through local charities. His speciality? Risotto. Sign us up!
Call him the Jerry Maguire of the action sports world. From sleepy Cardiff-by-the-Sea, the pro sports agent represents a who’s who of the surfing and skateboarding elite, from Dane Reynolds and Dylan Reider to Bruce Irons. After retiring from competitive surfing himself, Marlin learned the ropes from the original action sports agent, Carlsbad’s Steve Astephen. Today, Marlin represents a new breed of professionals who travel the world—he’s just back from the X Games at A-list surf spot Foz do Iguaçu. Ever humble, Marlin works damage control (the untimely death of former client and friend Andy Irons rocked the surf world) and creates champions while wearing flip-flops, Patagonia and a boyish grin. “I’m bad with names and dates, but I’m good with colors and events,” says Marlin as he describes the aqua waves at a recent Vans Triple Crown in Hawaii. When he’s not in the water, Marlin is hitting up Zenbu Sushi or camping at San Elijo. “I’m not interested in the Hollywood scene.”
Click here to read more of "Men of Style" in the April digital edition of Riviera San Diego!