This week’s #MCM is the incredibly talented Shane Vitaly, who you know as the man behind the insanely popular jewelry company Vitaly Design. This guy is not just creating gorgeous jewelry, or even just a brand: he’s creating a lifestyle. What started as essentially as accident, when the rings he was designing for himself began to catch the attention of others, turned into a career. Now, four years later, he has created a name for himself and carved his own space as one of the only notable jewelry designers that cater to men as well as women. With that level of talent and motivation, how could he not be a man crush?
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
If we are talking aesthetically, I’d say eyes and hair for sure. If we are talking personality, they need to be able to banter with me.
Who would you want to have make the first move?
I feel like it’s situational. For example, no one really wants someone to throw themselves at you, but it is nice to have someone confidently make the move. I tend to be a little shy at first in that respect, so I guess I like when they break the ice. I’ve always worried about coming off pushy.
What is your ideal first date?
I haven’t really done a ton of the traditional ‘date’ thing, so this is a somewhat tricky question. I do like going for big walks somewhere though. I feel like if you can go for a big walk and the conversation flows easily for the whole time, that’s a great sign. If they happen to pack a mickey or flask with a mixed Old Fashioned in it though, that’s pretty sweet! Ladies, please take note.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
I guess if you ask someone what they like to do or what makes them tick and they don’t really have anything to say. I like to be around people who are passionate about at least one thing – I need that energy. It’s also a deal breaker if I get the vibe that their life revolves around their guy. That’s a painful realization, and I know they’d be brutally disappointed with me because my life absolutely wouldn’t revolve around them and I wouldn’t want them trailing along after me. That’s not to say I wouldn’t love them and want to spend time with them, but I like having a life beyond dates and cuddling – not that I have any problem with those things!
Who do you go to for dating advice?
I don’t do a lot of dating, so seeking counsel for it isn’t a common thing, but I’d say if I go anywhere it’s probably to my close friend Carson because he’s always logical and gives sound advice.
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Header Photo by: Zack Vitiello