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Esquire Magazine's Best Dressed Real Man 2008: Kenyatte Nelson

Kenyatte Nelson on far left

Esquire Magazine announced the winner of its 2008 Best Dressed Real Man contest on yesterday's Today Show. Contestants submitted photos in their finest fashions and a fashion mission statement.

Fellow Florida A&M University alum, Kenyatte Nelson, was named the winner. His prize package, worth $40,000, included: an IWC watch; a round-trip flight on a Bombardier Lear Jet; a VIP trip to Switzerland; a trip to NYC for the September issue Style shoot; and a $10,000 Esquire wardrobe.

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Kenyatte Nelson, 31, brand manager, Cincinnati

Models himself after: His dad. "He said that if you're a book and your clothes are the cover, you should dress like a New York Times best seller." 

Corduroy blazer by Kenneth Cole; shirt by Calvin Klein; bow tie by Roundtree & Yorke; pocket square by Saks Fifth Avenue; jeans by H&M; hat by Batsakes Hat Shop. Sweater and boots are vintage.

Mission statement:
"My fashion philosophy is similar to my philosophy on life: Man at his best, in fashion or fatherhood, exercises unyielding passion and understands that incremental effort can yield exponential results. If life is truly every man's work of art, I choose not to paint it with broad strokes, but instead explore the details and create a masterpiece. I am Esquire's Best Dressed Real Man because I dress how I strive to live: beautifully."