Whether they spend their days doing leading-edge robotic surgery, conjuring audio magic from the piano or transforming PETCO park into a compelling destination, this year’s lineup of dashing gents are serious arbiters of style. And in true San Diego fashion, we catch them in action.
During the week, Jeremy Horowitz is clad in Euro-fit suits by Zara and Hugo Boss for his Petco Park exec job as VP of corporate and event revenue (translation: He’s the one to thank for luring big acts into town like Taylor Swift and The Rolling Stones). However, come the weekend, Horowitz is the poster boy for elite SoCal brands like Nixon, Raen Optics and Aloha Beach Club—his friend’s North Park-based brand. “It’s that mix of fashion with beach lifestyle,” says the California native. “His aloha shirts are insane. They’re handmade and have a great fit.” Horowitz’s dedication to local brands doesn’t end with fashion: He’s been responsible for the purist S.D. vibe of the ballpark, bringing personal faves such as Rimel’s Rotisserie, Zenbu Sushi and Seaside Market, of course. Yes, his job has its perks—like jetting off to Super Bowl 50 one weekend and to the Grammys the next—but at the end of the day, Horowitz is a low-key “beach kid” whose perfect Saturday includes spearfishing and surfing his local Windansea break on his Rusty board. Styled for work or play, the tousled post-surf locks are nonnegotiable.
During his first visit to San Diego, Thibaud Dehasque fell in love with California. On his second trip, the dashing French banker fell even harder—this time for his wife, Lauren, a longtime friend who’d been living in Paris for her master’s degree but grew up in Rancho Santa Fe. “We decided to be together,” says Dehasque, who first met his amour eight years ago and married her in Capri last August. “We moved in a week later and decided to move to California for the next step in our life.” Dehasque, who grew up reading men’s fashion magazines, has built his wardrobe around investment items from the likes of Givenchy and Paul Smith. “I tend to hold on to my belongings and cherish the special pieces,” says the financial analyst, who is especially sentimental about his formal wedding look, which included an impeccable Dries Van Noten tux from L.A.’s Mohawk General Store and a Dior shirt with an inverse collar. He and his wife—art aficionados on their way to becoming society fixtures—also gift each other heritage-quality accessories. Among his treasures? Church’s shoes and a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch. The couple—who dote on their two French bulldogs, Dandy and Xena—also shop on frequent jaunts to France. “I have my French brands that I love,” says Dehasque. “I buy all my jeans in Paris.” And while Dehasque hasn’t taken to flip-flops, he’s otherwise enamored with the SoCal life. “There’s so much opportunity here,” he says. “And that’s on top of the weather and palm trees and beaches.”
Piano virtuoso Joshua White (joshuawhitemusic.com) plays to seriously packed houses when he takes the stage. His latest coup? A sold-out show at the Chicago Symphony Hall. So when it comes to personal style, it’s no wonder the El Cajon-based musician prefers a monochromatic palette as striking to the eye as a glossy concert grand. “My go-to is wearing all black, maybe with a little splash of white,” says the rising talent, who takes his style cues from jazz icon Miles Davis, musicians Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, and Project Runway’s Tim Gunn. “A form-fitting black suit for the symphony, or Dickies and Converse. I’m a minimalist—no jewelry, and I like to keep my head bald.” The piano whiz, also a bibliophile with a deep love of science, will be teaching music at Stanford this summer. White, a former child prodigy, also has lectured at UC San Diego and other major universities. And that’s on top of a busy tour schedule, which takes him all over the world, including his hometown—he recently made his solo debut at Copley Symphony Hall. “That was a wonderful experience,” he says. He’s had quite a few of those, especially since 2011, when he took second place at the highly prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz competition in Washington, D.C. White says his parents are especially proud of their son meeting President Obama—there’s even a newspaper photo of the moment for posterity. “It’s one thing when they brief you, but then they open the doors to the Oval Office and you are just in awe.”
It’s not often that a wife can give her husband grief about his shoe collection. But June Cate has a good excuse for taking up an entire armoire in their home: He’s the men’s footwear designer for Adidas Golf in Carlsbad. “I’m a sample size, so when I go to the factories, they let me pick out a few pairs,” says June, who travels to Asia on design recon missions. “I have them all in shoeboxes and labeled what color and style.” His spikeless Adicross Gripmore kicks have fans in U.S. Open winners Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer. And talk about huge in Japan: Cate dreamed up the No. 1 shoe in the golf-obsessed country, the Pure Metal BOA. The former pro skateboarder’s own style is decidedly buttoned up: Even on the hottest days, Cate can be seen in fitted jackets, skinny jeans and shirts buttoned all the way to the top. He has the most fun, however, shopping for his two young sons, dressing them in skinny pants and tiny brown Doc Martens: “It was like, Oh my god, this guy is just killing it right now! I still have to get them in my shoes when they’re old enough.”
Talk about a true Renaissance man. Dr. Mel Kurtulus is a polo player, world traveler, photographer, musician and philanthropist—and those are just his hobbies. Kurtulus, who lives in a U-shaped glass and concrete Jonathan Segal stunner with sweeping views on Mt. Soledad, is a veritable rock star of robotic surgery. “I believe a man needs to be multifaceted,” says Kurtulus, who fancies slim-cut European suits by the likes of Giorgio Armani to flatter his tall, lean frame. For a touch of edginess, he turns to designer John Varvatos. “He’s rebellious and doesn’t follow the rules,” explains Kurtulus. The A-list surgeon—one of roughly two dozen experts in the United States who perform cutting-edge abdominal surgery from a console, controlling a tiny robot using hand and foot pedals—considers his work in the operating theater to be art. “Doing surgery is like being in the symphony,” says Kurtulus, who trains other surgeons at Scripps. “There’s never a missed note or skipped beat.” A serious animal lover, he hones his coordination on the polo field, riding his three ponies, Troy, Chaka and Daisy. At home, he enjoys hanging out with Bundles, his Yorkie—“the love of my life,” says Kurtulus. The son of an artist, he’s also an architecture aficionado; he tapped starchitect Segal, along with leading landscape architects Spurlock Poirier, for his home, which was two years in the making. Another meticulous detail? The perfect pool, still in the works, from renowned designer Skip Phillips. “Nothing but the best,” says Kurtulus, who spends a week each month exploring the globe, from Bali to Croatia, where he sails. “It was a dream team. It’s the same way I decorate myself. Everything is a reflection of you and your creativity, and how you package yourself.”