You might spot him at Pride or the Toy Party, delivering some kilt realness alongside gay Atlanta's more traditional fashion senses. But who is that kilted cutie? We asked to find out what's going on (and under) his dapper apparel.
With a collection that nears 30, Atlanta designer Roman Hudson picks from quite a kilt variety. We caught up with him to find out how this started, his guilty pleasures and what lucky charms lie under that kilt.
You rock the kilt. Is it purely a fashion statement, solely heritage significance, or a blend of the two?
Thank you. While I am a member of the Clan MacNeil Association of America, it’s as much about fashion as it is about comfort.
Do you remember wearing your first kilt? If so, can you describe the experience?
Wearing a kilt is very liberating; however, for my first experience, I walked out of the house with great trepidation. I was in fear of having to defend my choice of attire, but was quickly set at ease by all the compliments I received.
How many kilts do you own?
Twenty-nine, but 17 are my favorites to wear on a regular basis.
You work in design. When you’re kilted – is that even a verb? – how deliberate and designed are your outfits?
That is the correct terminology, and I am always kilted. I treat my kilts as classic menswear with a twist. I have outfits for whatever the occasion, whether business meeting with a client, construction site, the gym, hiking, a casual evening with friends around town, or formal social function. I am typically dressed deliberately, but I must confess, sometimes I pull a straight boy and grab the first thing I can find when in a hurry.
What’s going on under that kilt? Boxers, briefs or just completely a free ball situation?
Ah, the question everyone wants to know – straight guys most of all. My typical response with a big grin is, if I were wearing underwear it would be a skirt. What are you sporting underneath?
We see you out at lots of gay Atlanta events. Do you have any one event during the year that you deck it out for?
I deck it out for the Pride Kickoff party at the Georgia Aquarium. John Walker [a sales manager] has given our community a classy way to jumpstart our Pride festivities.
Is there something about yourself, along the lines of hobbies or guilty pleasures, that people would be surprised to know?
I am absolutely car crazy. I have a weakness for collecting classic Jaguars. I currently have four rare examples and I am always on the prowl for the next one to add to the litter.
Finally, what, if any, obstacles do you see LGBT Atlanta facing?
The only obstacle I see is the way the Atlanta LGBT community treats each other around town. I feel it is a hindrance to maintaining our sense of community. There is a complete lack of genuine friendliness and approachability. It should be easy to look someone in the eye, smile and extend a hand to shake. But to quote my best friend, it's amazing how many people in Atlanta are crippled by their insecurities.