Paul Figlia is a plastic surgeon, but he also operates in the world of fashion. The Short Hills resident, who has practices in West Orange and Edison, is CEO of Mode, a public relations agency specializing in fashion, beauty and lifestyle marketing, with offices in West Orange, New York and Miami. "Dressing well is a natural extension of how I live and work," says Figlia, whose wardrobe fills eight closets. "It's important for a man to be consistent with his personal style. I also think that a gentleman should never be overdressed or under dressed for an occasion." Fashion has been a lifelong passion for Figlia. "I have always been conscious of how I dress and was raised by parents who were very elegant and fashion forward," says Figlia, who declines to reveal his age. In college, he worked as a merchandiser and floor designer at Macy's in Livingston, and later, he ran a specialty leather store in Short Hills. "I am an extremely creative individual, and having a public relations firm that specializes in fashion and business-to-business marketing allows me to have an outlet for the many other interests that I am passionate about." Figlia, who has another home in Miami, has more than 1,000 ties. He describes his style as "consistently elegant," whether dressing up or down. "My social life requires me to dress accordingly, but I also like wearing jeans with great accessories like Prada shoes and a Franck Muller watch. "I enjoy collecting rare fashion pieces. For example, one of my favorite pieces is a Jean Paul Gautier wool peacoat embroidered in gold bullion stitch, which is one of four in the world. The other three are owned by George Michael, Janet Jackson and Elton John." Favorite beauty fix: "Kiehl's Close-Shavers. It's got to be one of the best shaving creams." Can't live without: "Botox." Fashion philosophy: "I think men have to be really conscious of how to incorporate the clothing and accessories that they have and be creative to achieve new styles and mix and match to keep it different and bold."
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