Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, makes Esquire style list

| Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

After recently lauding Pittsburgh in its “Style Across America” blog, Esquire magazine has singled out one native son in the piece titled “22 Men Who Are Redefining Style Across America.”

Gregg Gillis, known worldwide as the electronic musician Girl Talk, was picked to represent his hometown.

It's kind of an off-the-wall choice. When Gillis performs, his defining attire is a sweaty T-shirt and headband, before stripping down to boxer shorts.

For Esquire, he was photographed strolling across the Roberto Clemente Bridge in a $1,995 suit and $295 cotton shirt from Burberry London.

“Our edit staff are fans,” explains Esquire's fashion editor Wendell Brown.

Gillis still seems incredulous at his rise as a professional musician.

“I cannot believe this thing that I experimented with 15 years ago has become my identity,” he tells Esquire. “And that it's called Girl Talk.”

Most of the men selected aren't stars outside of their particular cities — the rest of the list includes chefs, entrepreneurs, photographers, museum curators, even an astronomer. It does include ex-football player Dhani Jones (Cincinnati), Wayne Coyne of the rock band the Flaming Lips (Oklahoma City) and Phillipe Cousteau Jr., environmental activist and grandson of Jacques (Washington, D.C.).

In the “Style Across America” blog, staffers from the magazine took a 3,200-mile road trip in search of style.

Pittsburgh, according to writer James Joiner, seemed like a “hipper, organic, authentic version of the cool downtown area near you with the bricks, only they have more bars, better food and a brilliant arts scene.”

Larrimor's and sneaker culture stop Social Status were praised, in particular.

Overall, Pittsburgh left a positive impression on Esquire, although some aspects weren't exactly a surprise.

“We were not there very long, so I got a very quick glimpse, but seems sports attire is mandatory,” Brown says. “I was impressed by the city's sense of pride.”

Michael Machosky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 412-320-7901.

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