Photography by Wendy Kelley | Suit provided by 217 Lincoln
‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness’ – these powerful words are uniquely and undeniably American. This American Dreams series features ordinary people with extraordinary stories of success and advice for making the most of your dreams. It reiterates the importance of shop local + share local, a part of our culture that makes Central Arkansas unique.
Joshua Price is the epitome of a Southern gentleman. He is generous with his time and resources – both professionally and philanthropically – improving his community and encouraging others to join the fun.
His personal style and civic leadership blend seamlessly into The Hybrid Gent – his new gentleman’s accessory line and personal consultation service that transforms men’s style from ordinary to extraordinary.
“I help my clients feel confident and comfortable while still showcasing their unique personality – creating more opportunities for success,” he says. “You are a walking billboard for your personal brand. Show people who you are and what you have to offer instead of letting them make assumptions.”
Josh credits his organic, authentic approach to the success of The Hybrid Gent. “My Instagram began with a modest following,” Josh notes. As a component of The Hybrid Gent, he serves as a brand ambassador and style influencer for several menswear companies. “Local organizations began to ask me to teach workshops on how to dress, speak and act accordingly in professional and social situations.”
He noticed an unrealized demand for affordable men’s accessories. “There was a definite lack of men’s styling services and quality accessories in Central Arkansas, especially for my target demographic: the young professional man on the go.”
The Hybrid Gent, a nickname-turned-business title, is inspired by Joshua’s heritage. His mother is from the Philippine Islands, and his father is from Southwest Arkansas; he considers himself a “cultural hybrid” and notes his grandfather was a typical Southern gentleman who “wore a suit every day.”
Beyond The Hybrid Gent, Josh is committed to the welfare of the Capital City through his devotion to various organizations that improve the lives of all Arkansans including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, Designing Hope, Preserve Arkansas, Opera in the Rock, the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant, and the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Democratic Caucus of Arkansas, of which he is President and co-founder. His philosophy transcends demographic and geographic boundaries, “Work hard. Be respectful. Dress well. You’d be surprised how far you can get just by being polite and asking with a smile.”
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