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Style Q&A: Blake Sams

December 2018
Style Q&A: Blake Sams
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The fashionable founder of Gregory Blake Sams Events talks at-home entertaining, good grooming, and holiday gift lists

Last year, Blake Sams (left) and his team adorned The Dewberry in magnolia leaf garlands.

Q What are you working on right now?
A
We’re doing the holiday decor at The Dewberry; the minimal interiors give us an opportunity to do really thick garlands and massive wreaths. Then it’s on to a modern wedding at the Gibbes Museum.

Q Have-to-have grooming products?
A
Le Labo “Hinoki” shower gel, Le Labo “Santal 33” cologne—the perfect musky yet clean scent—and Natura Bissé’s hydrating “Diamond Mist”

Q Favorite way to spend free time?
A
Antiquing—the hunt never ends! Locally, I go to Fritz Porter and Antiques of South Windermere, plus Arcanum in Savannah.

Q What’s on your holiday wish list?
A
Susan Gregory’s one-of-a-kind Ceramic SCG “Waxing Moon” plates. I cannot bear to look at a standard Pottery Barn white plate anymore.

Q Top party-music picks?
A
I’m obsessed with Dixon Rye’s Spotify playlist and Pandora One’s “Bossa Nova.” And this time of year, I throw in Ella Fitzgerald holiday tunes.

Q Name a necessary indulgence.
A
Having wonderful candles in my home. Currently, I’m burning The Contents Co.’s “Salvia” and Le Labo’s “Santal 26.”

Q Menswear brands to which you’re most loyal?
A
Sid Mashburn for suiting essentials [the “Virgil No. 3 Jacket” is above], Billy Reid for outerwear, and Bonobos for work wear.

Q What are you excited to gift this season?
A
Amara’s “Milly” acrylic tumblers, because they’re great for the porch, the pool, or even a downtown golf cart ride, and J. Stark bags, which are locally made using American materials.

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Photographs courtesy of (The Dewberry) Blake Sams, (“Diamond Mist”) Le Labo, (candle) The Contents Co., (jacket) Sid Mashburn, (tumbler) Amara, & (plates) Susan Gregory