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MEN OF STYLE: Alpha Jackman

NATANGA SMITH, [email protected]

MEN OF STYLE: Alpha Jackman

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ALPHA JACKMAN walks into the hotel room with two pieces of luggage. He is there for his “Men Of Style” photoshoot and informs he has five outfits and five ties.

His stuff is neatly folded and already pressed and put in order. His hats and caps are stacked by colour and size and his ties are in their own brown carrying case that, coincidentally, also has its own case.

“I love ties. I have over 300 that I have collected over the years.”

Alpha has been in the hotel industry for about three decades . . . since 1986.

“My foray into the hotel business was by luck and chance. I was at Glitter Bay Hotel, May 1, 1986, for a photoshoot. I was told of a vacancy for night auditor and asked if I was interested. I applied and started in that post June 1 and never looked back.”

Alpha has since then worked at Villa Nova Hotel as general manager and Royal Pavilion Resort as assistant general manager before moving on to Sandy Lane, now in the position of guest service manager.

If Alpha looks more familiar as someone outside of the hotel industry he was a model from the 1980 to the late 1990s, back then part of Images Modelling agency.

“I was well known for television adverts, especially as the Marshall Trading man,” he said chuckling, noting the long-running ad was done in 1993.

Alpha is as fit as a fiddle and says he maintain his figure by running every morning at 5, and going to the beach to work out. He is also conscious of what he puts into his 51-year-old body, citing breadfruit, yam, eddoes and coconut water as his staples.

Alpha was always into fashion but says over the years his style has changed.

“I love being comfortable. I am into slacks more than shorts. My style now is more classic style, gravitating towards colours of orange and navy blue (“back in the days I was into black and white everything but now I love mixing and matching my colours”).

The hotelier now spends most of his days in his work uniform – a white shirt and black pants with pink tie: “Since the shirt and pants are the basic uniforms I make sure my pink ties stand out (he owns 20).

What is one thing he thinks every man should own? “A tailored, black suit . . . . I own over ten suits.”