What I Wear to Work: Bar­tender Igor Hadzis­ma­jlovic has strong feel­ings about when an un­tucked shirt is suit­able

43, co-owner, Em­ploy­ees Only, New York

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What do you do? I’ve been bar­tend­ing for al­most 20 years. Twelve years ago, my part­ners and I opened a cock­tail bar, Em­ploy­ees Only, in the West Vil­lage, and next month we’re open­ing an­other lo­ca­tion in Sin­ga­pore. I’m the jack of all trades—I bar­tend, I man­age the floor, I bus tables, even kick peo­ple out.

How do you dress for the job?

Things are al­ways get­ting spilled, so you can’t be too fancy. As long as it’s com­fort­able and lets you do your job, that’s all you’re look­ing for.

And your job lets you wear a fun hat!

I found this one at Meyer’s hat shop in New Orleans, which is kind of a big deal in the hat world. It’s got the perfect-size brim, and it never loses its shape.

That’s a fun jacket, too.

It’s for­giv­ing and gives me a nice shape. You can punk it up with the right ac­ces­sories.

Like that tie.

Some­times, I like it when a tie doesn’t make sense with the rest of the out­fit—it’s a lit­tle bit of crazi­ness.

Your shoes must be com­fort­able.

Yes, def­i­nitely. I got my first pair of Flor­sheim shoes eight years ago. There’s this scene in

Chi­na­town where Jack Ni­chol­son loses a shoe, and he shouts, “God­damn Flor­sheim!” Ever since I saw it, I’ve as­so­ci­ated the shoes with that movie.

Your shirt is cus­tom?

Yes, made by one of our friends who works here, ac­tu­ally.

Did you spec­ify that you would be wear­ing it un­tucked?

I al­ways wear my shirts un­tucked. I keep it ca­sual. Peo­ple are com­ing here from of­fices, so they should be re­laxed and com­fort­able. Busi­ness hours are over— now it’s cock­tail hour.


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