Baohaus Summer 2013
I remember the first time I ate at Baohaus. I was with a couple friends near the OG Rivington Street location and we were all starving. We ordered a variety of baos between us and enjoyed them as Tribe Called Quest played through the speakers and a tightly contested NCAA Basketball game flashed on the TV. At that point I didn’t know much about the restaurant or the staff working there.
Fast forward a couple of years and Baohaus is now in their current spot at 238 E. 14th Street. I’ve become friends with the owners Evan and Eddie Huang. Baohaus goes beyond just being an establishment that serves delicious Taiwanese food; it’s special because it’s a natural meeting place for friends to gather. It’s the type of place that you catch up with the homies at over hot food and a solid rap soundtrack. I snapped some photos of the staff at Baohaus and asked them to share some of their favorite work experiences as well as their preferences in music, baos and sneakers. Get to know some of the faces at Baohaus that make it one of the most fun places to eat in Manhattan. Click through for the feature.
Shaun Samson may not yet be a household name but the London based designer has been making a lot of noise with collections that feature everything from oversized takes on hockey jerseys to shirts made from Mexican blanket material. You can find his collections at top shops worldwide including Dover Street Market in London, and Opening Ceremony in NYC. I had a quick conversation with the MA grad from Central Saint Martins when he was in town for London Showrooms.
What foods do you like to eat in the different cities you frequent?
In London, any sort of ethnic food is fantastic. Indian, chinese and vietnamese food is all really great there. In LA of course Mexican food is the best there, and I have a few regular sushi spots as well.
What are your fashion pet peeves?
I don’t have any really. The one thing I wish was that people didn’t feel so compelled to follow the rules of fashion so much. Things like wearing sandals with socks etc. I think guys should feel free to experiment and not be so bound by strict rules of dressing. It’d be great to see more guys take risks.
What materials do you like to work with?
I like all types of materials. It just depends on what fabric best suits a certain piece. For my graduation collection I had some wool t-shirts that look great but probably weren’t the most comfortable for summer days. Since then I’ve decided that a t-shirt should be something you just throw on and I try to pick fabrics that not only feel great but are easy to wear and functional.
A look from Shaun Samson FW13
What music do you like to listen to while designing?
I like to listen to all types of music when I’m in the studio. I like to mix up rap, rock, and other genres. One thing I do play when I’m working late and everyone else is out of the office is 90’s r’n’b. R.Kelly, bump and grind type stuff. That’s something I always go back to and love hearing while I’m working late on collections.
Are you a film buff, what have you seen lately that you enjoyed?
I just watched the Marina Abrovich documentary and really enjoyed that. It was definitely a fascinating watch. Honestly I’m so really busy so I don’t often get to invest two hours in a movie but I do always enjoy watching documentaries because I feel like I can learn something from them. I am trying to keep up to date with Game of Thrones as well.
Where do you see the men’s market going?
I have no idea, but that’s what’s so good about it. You do notice that somethings happening, but you have to see where it goes. The moment you label something is when it dies.
Photos by Rocky Li
I’d like to share the story of how I met Rachel. It was actually on the street months ago when I asked to take this streetstyle pic of her. Turns out that photo was a good indicator of her personal style and how she expresses herself through her clothing. Rachel takes alot of vintage pieces and basics and works them into an outfits that are greater than the sum of their parts. Photographing this style profile was a good reminder for me that it’s not just the individual pieces you wear but how you coordinate them that makes the difference.
How has living in New York influenced your style?
New York City has given me the balls to dress genuinely. When I was a kid, I would prance around my parent’s house in get-ups I’d never dream of wearing in public. But this city is incredibly magical and filled with such brilliant, passionate people and being here makes me feel brave, in style and in life.
How did you build up your current wardrobe to where it is?
I have to say, I don’t particularly enjoy shopping. It takes forever and trying on clothes is exhausting. I prefer to take long strolls through the city, maybe do some gallery hopping and then let pieces come to me. If I don’t set out to shop, I end up browsing anyway and find great things.
You mix in alot of vintage items , what makes a vintage item worth picking up for you?
If it makes my heart race, I’ll buy it.
You told me you about your love of hats, how did that develop?
Growing up, I stalked Bill Cunningham’s photos and lived vicariously through them. Over time, I noticed how beautiful women looked when they were wearing hats and I wanted to be like them. Now, it’s part of me. If an ensemble were a cake, the hat would be the cherry. And for some reason, baseball caps make me feel extraordinarily sexy, so I like that.
See the rest of the feature with Rachel after the jump
Sunday was the final day of the 2013 Armory Art Show held at Pier 92 and 94. The Armory show is the pre-eminent art fair in New York City and a leading international art show bringing together some of the top galleries from around the world. The actual show can be quite overwhelming with thousands of works on display. I snapped some of my favorites here, you can see many more snaps from the show below.
Aloha Rag is having a sample sale tomorrow and Saturday. As one of the better shops in New York expect to find both mens and womens items marked down to 80% off. Expect to start seeing sample sale updates on the regular here.