Dallas' Men Of Style 2020: Melvin Sanders & Justin Holt

By Jane Humphrey | March 31, 2020 | People Feature

These gents have style in spades. A closer look reveals the personalities behind all that panache.

Melvin Sanders

DALLPortaitsMOSApril2020MelvinSanders0099HIGHRESPE.jpgTake one look at Melvin Sanders and you’ll find yourself saying, “I’ll have what he’s having.” Standing tall at 6-foot-5, Sanders is full of energy that shines throughout his personality. As a former NBA player for the San Antonio Spurs, Sanders now calls Dallas home, where he owns SandersFit—a performance training center that offers unparalleled experiences for his clients. Wander around his 6,500-square-foot gym and you’ll see the city’s top models and athletes getting whipped into shape by the fitness maven. If that’s not a sign he’s doing something right, I don’t know what is. Sanders’ style lends itself to whatever he might be doing that day. He can just as easily sport a Tom Ford suit as he can workout gear, but the strongest asset about him, you might wonder? He’s a true inspiration. When asked what his motto is, an enthusiastic Sanders shares, “Win the day!”

In three words I would describe my style as modern, sleek and athletic.

If I could turn back time, I would tell myself to work even harder.

The best advice I ever got was carpe diem.

My greatest achievement is playing in the NBA.

My favorite place to shop for clothes in the city is Neiman Marcus.

Givenchy is my favorite shoe designer.

My smile is my strongest asset.

My fashion splurge is sweaters, shoes and watches.

My favorite watch is an Audemars Piguet.

The greatest love of my life is my son.

Justin Holt

DALLPortaitsMOSApril2020JustinHolt0117HIGHRESPE.jpgConstantly striving to cultivate the best possible environment for his newly opened restaurant, Salaryman, Justin Holt never stops moving. This could be as his plate is always full concocting delicious and innovative programming for his Japanese eatery nestled in the heart of Bishop Arts District. “My favorite part of my job is creating experiences for our guests that make them happy,” shares Holt. Let’s just say that happy is an understatement. Take one step inside of the resto and you immediately feel at home. Better yet, take one sip of his signature ramen and you will realize it’s what dreams are made of. For him, style is all about a state of mind. “The worst is to take yourself too seriously.”

In the next year I hope to nurture a successful restaurant environment that breeds extremely talented and cared-for individuals capable of changing and influencing the restaurant culture of Dallas.

The best advice I ever got was, be better and faster every day.

I want my legacy to be kindness.

If I could turn back time, I would tell myself to keep going.

My perfect day is spent in the kitchen with my son making pizza with him. It’s his favorite.

I spend most of my time thinking about how to make things better, maybe a recipe, a procedure at the shop or building up my team.

My greatest achievement is being a father.

My most trusted possessions are my knives.

My favorite part of my job is creating experiences for our guests that make them happy.

My three grooming essentials are neglect, sleep deprivation and charcoal smoke.

My soup is my strongest asset.

Photography by: Marc Montoya