From left: Marcus Cohen, Ceacy Shakoor, Ken Fulk, and Joyce Hu
THE PURIST: Marcus Anthony Shelby
46, Composer (Mission)
"I started wearing a hat 25 years ago because Ellington and Basie wore them. I also own a pair of cuff links engraved with Duke Ellington's face."
Marcus's BDF: "Marcus is an uber-metrosexual. Everything he wears looks good; he's my only male friend who can pull off open-toe sandals."
32, Musician (Mission)
"I'm a sucker for vests and cardigans--my favorite piece is a slate gray cashmere cardigan by Marc Jacobs. I wore it so much that it became holey, so I added some suede elbow patches."
Marcus's BDF: "Joyce's global style reminds me of London Town, with a hint of Asian flair."
35, Creative Director (Lower Pac Heights)
"I strive for a visual balance in color, shape, and accessories."
Joyce's BDF: "Yugala reappropriates pieces like no one else. She once turned a pair of harem pants into a blouse."
38, Fashion Designer (Daly City)
"My favorite outfit is an asymmetric cocktail dress, a brocade evening coat, and a fedora. It makes me feel like a spy in a James Bond movie."
Yugala's BDF: "Ceacy reminds me of the elegant women on the streets of Paris."
38, Visual Merchandiser (Mission)
"I'm elegantly louche. I love wool shorts worn with a Viktor & Rolf tuxedo jacket--formal but whimsical."
Ceacy's BDF: "In a sea of black, Zoe will be the one wearing refreshing whites and nudes."
40, Swimwear Designer (Mission)
"I have to be comfortable at all times; I love to layer up. My favorite look is a loose-fitting sweater, leggings, flat boots, and a scarf--always a scarf."
Zoe's BDF: "Estrella's look is 70's with a twist."
39, Fashion Designer (Mission)
"My go-to is a feminine dress and a trench. I make it mine with accessories, like an obscenely large necklace and colorful bracelets."
Estrella's BDF: "Adrian can look like a businessman without putting you to sleep. Rugged and refined, no matter what the occasion."
44, Writer (Nob Hill)
"I call it 'old Italian man elegance.' I love the look of beat-up boat shoes with a wickedly cut formal suit."
Adrian's BDF: "Thierry's look is very 'West Coast-French': intricately patterned ties, plaid shirts, and loafers."
44, Stylist (Union Square)
"I recently purchased a cobalt blue silk dinner jacket by Tom Ford. It transcends all styles."
Thierry's BDF: "Though Ken is tailored to perfection, he exudes a debonair, nonchalant attitude."
46, Interior Designer (Clarendon Heights)
"My style was shaped by my southern upbringing. I hope to someday be that little old man who still makes the effort to dress the part. My favorite piece is a Thom Browne overcoat: a bit of Dr. Zhivago on the high sea."
San Francisco’s color-splashed, layered-on sense of style famously defies categorization. So to properly assess the city’s sartorial scope, we took a crowd-sourced approach, starting with four intriguingly dressed locals—a septuagenarian couture collector, a natty web entrepreneur, a jet-setting stylist, and a Duke Ellington–worshipping jazz musician—and one loaded question: Who’s your best-dressed friend? The ensuing 40-person round-robin is a snapshot of the city’s eclectic spirit, winding through leather-clad punk rockers, peacocking urban dandies, tatted- up Tenderloin bartenders, and, of course, drag queens.