“I buy most of my shirts at thrift stores because they are the best place to find retro prints and oversize fits, which I love.” Morgan’s Jordache jeans are from Rags-A-Gogo and his John Ashford Sport shirt is also a thrift-store find.
“I love a good shawl for fall! It has to be big, so I can wrap it in fun ways, and the colors have to be a bit muted, so that I can wear it with a bunch of things,” he says of this style, which he bought at Beacon’s Closet.
“I always reference the late ’80s or early ’90s as a big part of my style backdrop. The silhouettes were a little exaggerated and dramatic, which I like, and the colors were very fun and vivid. Television shows like The Cosby Show and A Different World, as well as R&B groups like Bell Biv DeVoe are always in my mental mood board.”
Morgan pairs a shirt from Buffalo Exchange with a cardigan that was handed down from his father. “I’ve had many of my favorite things for many years, and love clothing with texture and history. I always love a good story.”
“I’m also almost always seen with a bag. I have a few great vintage travel bags in my collection, which I’ve found at various thrift stores.” Morgan picked up this carryall in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
“A good pair of shoes that you feel comfortable in is essential to any outfit. They’re arguably the items in one’s wardrobe that get the most use, so they definitely need to be sturdy. Well-made shoes are treasures that can be worn for years and years.” Morgan picked up this pair of Botticelli’s from a Salvation Army.
“Part of my job is to discover beautiful things, and I’m always inspired by what I come across. In style and in work, I appreciate items that have a strong, compelling story.”
Photograph: Sasha Maslov
As Etsy’s social-media coordinator, David Morgan is constantly inspired by the marketplace’s talented community of sellers. When he’s not shopping on Etsy, he prefers to buy from thrift stores, and stocks up on offbeat men’s accessories, colorful socks and well-made shoes.
Favorite part about social media: “I am fascinated with the way social stories have the power to immediately connect disparate groups of people.”
Least favorite thing about social media: “There is so much to see and so little time to see everything! It’s easy to get sucked into the vortex of celebrity drama and cat videos. I practice the art of restraint daily.”
His personal style: “My style is a true reflection of my thought process. It’s a little all over the place, very colorful yet very sincere. I try to only buy things that resonate with me in an emotionally or spiritually positive way, which often makes shopping a somewhat arduous process.”
His inspirations: “I grew up in a religious home, so I appreciate clothing distinct among religious sects, such as the Amish and Mennonite communities. I love how clothing can be used to articulate one’s spiritual beliefs. I also love blue-collar uniforms. Clothing with resiliency that’s specifically made for practical use makes me feel safe.”
Style motto: “Don’t underestimate the power of clothes. They are extremely powerful tools to communicate who we are and what we stand for. Be fearless and relentless in expressing both. Explore new ways to articulate both, too. View trends as options, not as standards. The only fashion rules are the ones you create for yourself.”
Favorite fall trends: “I’m a big fan of the colorful-sock movement. They’re such a fun, unexpected surprise that can be incorporated into a range of styles. I also am in love with fitted leather jackets this fall. They get better with age, and are perfect complements to both casual and dressy looks.”
On his fall shopping wish list: “I need a good transitional coat. Something with removable lining, perhaps?”