With the three-year anniversary of Everleigh, one of Toronto’s favourite clubs, coming up on May 12, we’ll be featuring Owner and CEO Ralf Madi’s top five young professionals to know in Toronto. Today we’re talking to Garrison Bespoke senior stylist and resident photographer Mike-Paul Neufville…
Describe what you do in less than 140 characters. Go.
By day I am the senior stylist and resident photographer for Garrison Bespoke, Toronto’s top rated bespoke tailor. My time outside of Garrison, I have my own creative freelance business.
What was the inspiration for your career route?
I would say that my parents are a big inspiration; my mother working in the TV business and my father serving 20 years in the U.S. Navy. They taught me hustle, and going out and getting what you want when you wanted.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career so far?
I would definitely say our fashion show was pretty cool. As a designer you always think about if you can make it to that level, and it almost seems impossible until it happens.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?
5 years: Growing my business within Garrison, as well as my freelance business. Hopefully at a point to where my freelance business is a self-operating state.
10years: I would still be at it. It makes no sense stopping when you do something you love.
20years: I still wont stop. But I would want a majority of my time and energy spent on creative projects. I’m pretty young, so I’m just getting started…
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
In the words of DJ Khaled: “Stay away from THEY,” and “Don’t ever play yourself.” Always remember why you’re doing it; knowing that you’re working with a purpose really helps with your drive and ability to get shit done. That it’s not supposed to be easy is the best advice I’ve received. It really helps on those long work days.
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is it (or they) important to you?
I have a friend who runs a non-profit called Many Feather Co-Op, a youth-led movement to promote sustainability and access to locally sourced food in Mississauga. They run a weekly market showcasing local farmers and artisans. I love supporting any and everything local.
What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
Work-life balance. You definitely have to take time for yourself. If you spend all your time working, life will pass you by pretty quickly. Take the time to appreciate the fact your hard work is actually paying off.
What does the word notable mean to you?
Being a notable person to me means that you’re trustworthy.
Where is your favourite place to wine/dine in your city and why?
I just became a member at the Soho House, which is becoming my favourite spot to get a drink or a quick bite. One of my best friends in the city owns a bar/restaurant in the St. Lawrence Market called The Corner Place, which has a modern-day Cheers vibe to it and has been my local since I moved to Canada.
What’s the most visited website on your Internet browser? The most played song on your phone?
It’s a tie between Business of Fashion, Complex, and SSense. I definitely see Views as my summertime playlist. Everything coming out of OVO Sound right now has been my go-to. I listen to a bit of everything; going to art school, and the hardcore and punk scene in Jacksonville, Florida, had a lot to with my upbringing.
Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?
@GarrisonBespoke, @MikePaulStyles of course. I love following local photographers like @Mauriciojcalero and @ryanbolton. They have a very unique vision and are good friends of mine.
What’s your favourite country to visit and why? And what’s the next one you plan on travelling to?
I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and really only popped around the south for the most part with the exception of the odd trip, so Canada would be my favourite country to visit because it’s where I decided to build a life. I really want to go to Japan; being a denim-head, that’s like my Disney World. I really want to go to Okayama and Tokyo.
What gives you the greatest FOMO?
Not going with my gut or second guessing my original idea on any project.
What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Outside of my iTunes playlist being overloaded with Taylor Swift, I would definitely say this meme culture that’s taking over social media. I’m a sucker for a crying Jordan face. It’s a great way to pick yourself up if you’re having a bad day though.
What’s something you wish you didn’t spend so much money on? What’s something you wish you spent more on?
My motorcycle (2014 Triumph Daytona 675R) purchase last summer got a little out of hand, but I love my bike. I cant really think of something I want to spend more money on.
And finally, what does success look like to you? Work, play, or otherwise…
If you would have asked me that a few years ago, I would have probably said something that included owning a crazy expensive super car, but I think success is a state of mind that you get from working your passion. Waking up every day and loving what you’re doing can’t beat that.