No detail is overlooked by Veesh Swamy. Not when it comes to his fascination with menswear and impeccable tailoring. Not in his work as an internationally published fashion photographer. And definitely not in his studies at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where he’s a couple of years shy of obtaining his doctor of medicine.
How do fashion, photography, and science intersect? The 25-year-old Flint native says all three mediums can be used as vehicles to tell and receive stories. And he’s done just that through various projects and experiences: studying fashion design in France; photographing the Cynthia Rowley and Alessandro Trincone shows at New York Fashion Week and Pitti Uomo, a prestigious menswear trade show, in Italy; and documenting Detroit residents’ relationship to health care and medicine via a photo story he created shortly after completing his undergraduate studies.
Swamy is aiming for a career in reconstructive surgery, a field, he says, that will allow him to restore the physical and emotional well-being of others — just like the arts can do. Here, the Grand Rapids resident tells us about what goes into his dapper looks and more.
My personal style is … Refined, with a distinctive attention to detail.
My go-to look: It often involves a pair of very well-tailored trousers (mostly high-waisted trousers), a pair of very good loafers (usually black), and most likely a sports jacket or a blazer that specifically has wider lapels. Whether that’s with a shirt, without a shirt, a T-shirt, a tank top.
My favorite shops and brands: Suitsupply, COS, and Reiss for everyday essentials. When I look towards finding interesting, unique items, I like to find smaller brands that have a strong sense of heritage and precision. Although I don’t have items from all of these places, they are designers/brands with whom I’ve spoken [with and] learned from their work; they include G. Inglese by Angelo Inglese, Abasi Rosborough, and Zanella. And for the best lapel pins: My Boutonnière by Antoinette Petruccelli.
I can’t leave the house without … A little spritz of cologne. I like to mix it up. Usually, if it’s [nighttime], I wear Green Irish Tweed from the brand Creed. And then I recently started wearing a kind of daytime cologne, which is Montblanc Explorer from Montblanc. Colognes and perfumes are extremely important [to me], and it’s probably due to my mother and grandfather being quite particular about their scents.
The most important thing I’ve ever photographed: A personal project that I did called “Documenting the Health Care Inequities in Detroit.” … It was very much so a photo documentary project, to see what is people’s relationship with their health care that they receive and what is people’s relationship to medicine. Just talking to random people that I ran into in different parts of Detroit, … I learned so much on what needs to be done for our community. And as someone who is planning to go into medicine, it was very important for me to see those things through my art medium.
My style philosophy: 100 percent attention to detail. And those details have to matter to you. Because you can do whatever you want, but as long as they mean something to you — that is the important part.
Check out Swamy’s work at veeshswamy.com.