By Jane Humphrey By Jane Humphrey | October 27, 2021 | Feature Style
These dapper Dallas gents prove that success also comes with an eye on the art of fashion.
Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Leatherology (leatherology.com)
David Liu’s entrepreneurial trajectory is in full swing as a top purveyor of chic leather goods and accessories. After working as a top brass in the advertising and tech sector of Google in London, he opted to hop the pond and move back to Dallas to help launch Leatherology with his sister, Rae.
Three words that describe your style? Minimal, relaxed, monochromatic with a closet filled with neutral tones.
What does your perfect day look like? Jumping on a plane and exploring a new destination.
Causes near and dear? Our company’s philanthropic mission is to ‘lift up those around us and provide everyone an equal opportunity to thrive.’ We care deeply about social causes, most recently supporting Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) social justice organizations as part of the Stop Asian Hate movement. Closer to home, we continue to partner with organizations such as North Texas Food Bank and The Family Place that are actively supporting our local community.
Favorite part of your job? Working with such an amazing team of like minded entrepreneurial individuals.
If you could turn back time... I would not change a thing, just slow down and appreciate every moment more.
Craziest thing you’ve ever done? Quitting my job and moving back to Dallas.
Best advice ever received? To be patient (still working on that one…)
Most trusted possession? My passport
Greatest achievement? Still a work in progress.
What do you hope your legacy to be? Empathy and compassion
Linebacker and pass rusher, Dallas Cowboys (dallascowboys.com)
Hot off the heels of being selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft, Micah Parsons is hot on the scene as one of the newest members of the Dallas Cowboys. This rookie is already making headway and will no doubt be one to watch this season.
Have you always had athletic drive and determination to make this your career? I fell in love with football at an early age but also played several other sports including wrestling. I have always been competitive in everything I’ve done.
What is your favorite part of the job? Being able to compete and do what I love to do every single day. Especially for the Dallas Cowboys.
How do you like being in Texas versus your hometown of Harrisburg, Pa.? The city of Dallas has already embraced me so much that I for sure claim it as my home. The biggest thing I’ve noticed here is that the fans are knowledgeable and it’s about the Dallas Cowboys 12 months a year.
No stranger to fashion, I know that you are a newly appointed ambassador for Hublot. How did this partnership first come about? Have you always been a watch connoisseur? When my marketing agent told me there was an opportunity to build a relationship with Hublot around the NFL draft, wearing a piece for this momentous occasion, it was the beginning of a special relationship and there has been family chemistry ever since. With me going to the Cowboys and Hublot having such a strong Dallas presence, it feels as if it was meant to be.
What keeps you inspired every day? My son is my motivation for everything.
What is your hope for the year ahead? Just to be able to help this team as much as I can. I think we have a really good team that I want to contribute to as much as possible.
Micah… the man... the myth... the legend. Any secret talents to share? I am an exceptional bowler, and I am getting better at chess every day.
Executive Vice President, Heritage Auctions (ha.com)
Having just settled in Dallas this past year, Joe Maddalena is quickly feeling at home. The former star of SyFy Channel’s Hollywood Treasure, he has taken the helm at Heritage Auctions, where he has been since January 2021. Maddalena is leading the charge to take Hollywood collectible auctions to the next level.
Can you tell us a bit more about your background? My interest started the way it does for most kids—trading cards and commercial collectibles. But my youthful hobby grew into a serious passion for historical documents. I moved to California and attended college at Pepperdine University. My interest in collectibles never faded, but a real relationship to the entertainment industry developed. For 35 years, I owned and managed Profiles in History auction house based in L.A. I built that business into the largest dealer of historical documents and entertainment memorabilia in the world.
Favorite part of your job? Favorite parts of the job include finding new, amazing pieces to bring to auction and working with collectors from around the world. I love the hunt and find it incredibly gratifying to handle pieces of Hollywood history that summon common memories for all of us—and to put these pieces in the hands of people who love, preserve and share them.
How would you describe your style? Smart and casual… although I do love a great sports jacket and those amazing Italian designers like Brunello Cucinelli.
Best advice ever received? Be humble!
If you were granted three wishes... I would wish for another day with my mom and two more days with my mom after that. Those would be all three of my wishes. Without question.
Greatest achievement? Being a dad.
The craziest thing you have ever done? A double black diamond ski run that was closed in Snowmass with my 8-year-old son… during a white out. You can see why this didn’t end well…
Community involvement? I am a big believer in giving back, and for me it all starts with kids and helping them find their way in life.
Anything exciting coming up in your personal endeavors? In my personal life, I’m excited to explore Dallas, make new friends, settle into the community and find a great permanent home.
Photography by: BY STEVEN VISNEAU; COURTESY OF HUBLOT; BY LYNDA M. GONZÁLEZ