PHX's Amir’s La Voute is Fashion-Forward Option for Savvy Men
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2012 14:07
Fashion-forward Amir Saebi is transforming a city flooded with flip-flops and cut-offs into a dapper downtown with the opening of his store Amir’s La Voûte.
Amir’s La Voûte offers a curated collection of menswear for Phoenix’s increasingly vintage-savvy opposite sex. Handpicked items from around the world fill the shelves and, with a selection ranging from vintage bowties and ascots to limited edition Nikes and luxury messenger bags, there is something at a price point for every man.
“I’m really excited about making a change in the fashion sense of Phoenix and about having a spot for guys to not only shop but to hang out,” said Saebi, who celebrated the grand opening of his store on March 8.
When Misty Guerriero of Vintage by Misty noticed a pique in unique fashion pieces for men, she partnered with her friend Saebi to transform a corner of her store near Central and Roosevelt into a fashion hideaway for men.
“[Saebi] brings such a great sense of style for men, and it was really needed,” Guerriero said. “I literally would have guys walk in at least twice a day asking if I had a men’s section. It’s a great place for that dapper gentleman or even that funky guy — there is something for everyone in there.”
The store is a treasure trove of vintage and limited edition menswear and on any given day customers can find a suede vintage blazer, a Persian ring, a Burberry watch. With a focus on accessories, the store is almost always stocked with neckwear, suspenders, sunglasses, lapel pins and watches from places around the world like Rome, Paris, Iran and Japan.
Mixed in among the apparel are some rare oddities to decorate your home or office with — like a hand-painted chess set Saebi bought in Paris.
To add a dose of testosterone to the shopping extravaganza, Amir’s La Voûte has a flat screen TV fastened to the wall broadcasting the latest sports game, converting the corner into a man cave sans beer-stained t-shirts and sweatpants.
Before moving to Arizona, Saebi lived in Iran and Switzerland where he got a taste for European fashion at a young age.
“I came here wearing pink jeans and neon green shoes,” he said. “Over in Europe it’s cool colors and modern fashion, but when I moved to Glendale, Arizona, it completely shocked the kids. I learned to be myself at a young age and I embraced that through my life.”
Today he usually dons tailored suits with pops of colors and patterns in the form of ascots, bow ties or pocket squares. Most of his style inspiration comes from the ‘50s and ‘60s.
“I like the edginess of the ‘60s but put together in a clean way,” said Saebi, who mixes the two eras, wearing anything from a spiked leather jacket and sneakers to bow ties and suspenders.
“I have a lot of friends who say, ‘I love your style, but I could never pull it off,’” he said. “But it’s not true. Everyone could pull it off. It’s just learning how to put it together and finding what works for you.”
When styling an outfit, he starts with accessories, such as watches or rings, and centers his outfit on that.
“I like to have a couple of pieces that really stand out in my outfits,” he said.
For Arizona’s warmer spring and summer months, he’s brought in colored and patterned shirts made by Christian Dior and Gucci from London that he suggests pairing with an ascot or suspenders or a cool pair of sneaks.
“You put that together and you wouldn’t need to wear a blazer to look good,” Saebi said.
And if you haven’t a clue what an ascot is or how to tie one, Saebi is around to teach you his fashionable ways. With a full-time job as an operations manager at Strata International Group, Saebi tries to be in his store on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Immediate plans to expand his store include adding a customized neckwear service so you can finally get your hands on the exact bowtie, tie or ascot that you’ve been looking for. He’ll soon expand the service to t-shirts and suspenders.
“I’m always on the go, and I always have new ideas,” he said. “That’s the beauty of working with Misty; she is exactly the same way. Her store is completely one of a kind and it’s truly a blessing to be able to work with her in her shop and have a spot in there for myself.”
Next time you tag along with your lady friend to Vintage by Misty or want to look dashing for an upcoming event, stop by Phoenix’s new vintage men’s store.
“It’s a spot for guys that I’ve always dreamed of having,” Saebi said. “And now we have it, and it’s for everyone to share.”