Charles Davis, Jr. is accustomed to every head turning when he walks into the room. It’s usually a classroom at Brushy Creek Elementary, where the 42-year-old has served as principal for the past decade. But in reality, the fashion-forward educator turns heads in every room he enters around town, due to his towering height and snappy dress. “I’ve always been able to transform a room with my personality,” he reveals with a humble smile. “My sense of fashion complements my personality very well. I’ve always had a passion for fashion.”
He’s taken that passion to a new level this year by opening A Polished Man. “It’s been a goal of mine for quite some time to open a men’s specialty store,” he shares. “Most men’s stores carry everything, and the small things are sometimes neglected. We want to focus on the small things and help men express themselves through accessories.”
Most men’s stores carry everything, and the small things are sometimes neglected. We want to focus on the small things and help men express themselves through accessories.
Carrot & Gibbs pocket squares, Edward Armah bowties, and Saphir shoe polish are just a few of the quality items A Polished Man carries. Rarely caught walking the halls without a bowtie and a pocket square, Davis has long shown young boys the art of dressing well, and now he’s teaching the masses. “When a man feels good about how he looks, he shows up in a very different way,” he instructs. “I enjoy helping people feel good about themselves and helping men walk into their personal call with confidence. What he wears can definitely add to that confidence.”
Growing up in rural Marlboro County, South Carolina, Davis admits he was shy. Over time the self-taught fashion aficionado learned to look for small things to add a little pop and color to his wardrobe. Now, as a newlywed, he also tries to complement what his wife, Tiffane, is wearing. (Never straight-up match, pull in one subtle color to hint at your outfit.) “We met on a low-key night at Breakwater,” Davis recalls. “I was wearing jeans and a button-up white shirt and summer blazer. She said my pocket square was one thing she noticed about me.”
I enjoy helping people feel good about themselves and helping men walk into their personal call with confidence. What he wears can definitely add to that confidence.
Together, they’ve created A Polished Man online, as well as pop-up shops, and this fall will open a brick-and-mortar establishment in the ONE Building in downtown Greenville. “There will always be a place for a polished man,” Davis predicts. “Men, and women who shop for men, will always need a place where they can get pocket squares, ties, underwear, a bright pair of socks, and a cool wallet. You can always transform something simple by adding a quality accessory, and we will be there to show you how to do it.” A polished man, and teacher, to the end.
To shop, get more information, or donate a Confidence Box to a first-generation college student, visitAPolishedMan.com.
POCKET SQUARE 101
The Presidential Fold
Clean and sophisticated, for an interview or formal event. Typically displayed with a white silk, linen, or cotton pocket square. An easy, go-to fold.
The Puff Fold
A casual fold that can work at formal and informal events. A good way to display different patterns, like paisley, or polka dots.
The Round Fold
Easy to wear, for guys on the go. Simply grab the square by the bottom, flip it, and it goes in the pocket.
Photograph by Will Crooks