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I’ve seen Jeremy post his fits in the past in superfuture “What are you wearing today” threads and have appreciated the evolution of his style. When I heard through a mutual friend that he was going to be in New York, I linked up with him to speak a bit about the fashion in Australia and also shoot a this style profile.

Currently Jeremy manages the Sydney outpost of one of the best shops in Australia Assin. They have two locations (one in Sydney and one in Melbourne) and carry top designer labels such as Undercover, Damir Doma, Miharayasuhiro, Ann Demeulemeester. He definitely exemplifies the type of brand mixing and experimentation that I personally recommend to guy’s looking to improve their personal style.

Describe your personal aesthetic and how your style evolved to it’s current point.

I don’t really categorise the way I dress so I guess you could say it’s quite eclectic. I lead a pretty casual lifestyle so I focus on being comfortable. I don’t like to stand out too much but I do like outfits that are unexpected so I mix and match labels, streetwear with designer pieces and try to create simple but interesting silhouettes and shapes. It’s evolved quite slowly, I really was just a jeans and t-shirt guy but started falling in love with some designers and their work and would pick up pieces that really spoke to me. Not always did they tie in with what I had in my wardrobe already so I would seek out complimentary pieces and eventually it all just came together.

Look 1
New Era Fitted Cap
Damir Doma Bomber
Rick Owens DRKSHDW Hoody
Supreme T-shirt
Undercover Trousers
New Balance Sneakers

How has managing a shop and seeing new items come in constantly changed the way you shop for yourself?

At the moment I tend to focus on shopping for statement pieces or something thats really unique. I’m at a point where I’ve got the classics and basics as the foundation of my wardrobe so any amazing shapes and fabrics really draw me in. Working where I do I see incredible pieces everyday so I tend to fall in love easily – my list is huge.

You seem to be quite confident in mixing and matching different brands. What advice do you have for other guys looking to do the same?

I think the best direction is not to stray too far from your comfort zone or jump on trends too much. Find pieces you have a connection with and just work around them. It’s more about considering your lifestyle and overall silhouette then just putting a signature high fashion piece with what you already wear. You see guys with a pretty conservative look, raw denim and button up shirts, but they will throw Rick hi-tops in the mix and everything looks off. If you feel uncomfortable more then likely it’s going to look that way. Get out in the stores and give everything a try. Shopping online is a great way to find new things but nothing beats handling a garment and trying it on – you instantly know if it works for you or not.

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Undercover Leather
Undercover T-Shirt
Damir Doma Silent T-Shirt
Ann Demeulemeester Sweater
Miharayasuhiro Trousers
Ann Ann Sneakers

What are some of your style inspirations?

To be honest I think I am more inspired by the garments themselves and the hard work the designers put into them but I do draw a lot of inspiration from the Japanese. Japanese street fashion magazines like Tune show some incredible outfits – designer labels, vintage and everything in between. You see some wacky stuff but somehow it looks totally natural on these guys. Even Vogue Homme Japan, puts together some zany stuff. Then it’s about pulling out the practical from the sometimes theatrical and doing your own thing.

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Sean wears: Label Under Construction Jacket, Carol Christian Poell L/S shirt, Julius MA Jeans, Julius boots

Sean wears: Rick Owens Stooges FW 2008 Leather Jacket, DRKSHDW Cargo Pants, Damir Doma Creepers

Sean wears: Siki Im Jacket, Rick Owens T-shirt, Undercover trousers, Number (N)ine x Magical Design silver necklace and belt, Guidi Back-Zips

Model: Sean Risley
Styling by Rocky Li
Photography by Rebekah Seok

Special thanks goes out to Alex and Wei from Graymarket Brooklyn. All items worn on Sean are available in store at their location 242 Wythe Avenue #7. If you live in NYC you won’t regret visiting and checking out their selection of men’s and women’s archival designer pieces.

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My style has been under constant evolution since I first got interested in fashion almost a decade ago. It has been a challenge working in pieces from so many different brands into my wardrobe and I always appreciate others who can dress across brands and flip it their own way. Paul is a fashion student at F.I.T and he is someone who definitely owns amazing pieces but the way he wears them is all his own. For men especially I think it is key to look and feel comfortable in the clothes you own. When it comes to the Style Profiles on Third Looks, I select people who dress according to their own vision. I hope that this site helps people find their own style and empowers them to make informed fashion decisions.


Look 1
Vintage Snapback Hat
Jil Sander Floral T-Shirt
H&M Shorts
Raf Simons Derby Shoes

How’d you first get interested in fashion and how has your style evolved over time?

I liked clothes from an early age. I even went through my older sister copies of Vogue when I was younger. Then I got into skateboarding, wearing tapered baggy cords with Sal 23 or fatigue cargo pants and some Vans Old Skools. I would go through a copy of Transworld and see all those cool printed t-shirts and I was really into that, especially Hook-Ups. In early 2000 I came across Graniph T-shirts, which was a Japanese design company. I was looking into that and found an online forum called Superfuture and at the same time I was working for a high end retail store in NYC. These combined factors opened more doors to what’s out there. As I got older I transitioned to a more fitted and minimal style (slim wool trousers and dressy shoes). Despite that I always seem to go back to buying sneakers. My style changes now and then but I always reflect on my old style and mix it with my current style.

Look 2
Supreme x Champion Hooded Coach Jacket
Rick Owens T-Shirt
Ann Demeulemeester Trousers
Rick Owens Sneakers

How has your education as a designer changed your outlook on clothes and shopping?

Fashion education made me more critical. I have an idea of how clothes are sewn together so when I see something made poorly, that just raises a red flag. Sometimes it is the complete opposite, I would see something so interesting and well made that I have to figure out how it was made. It can really help you realize some people are creative geniuses.

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Our sense of style is rarely stagnant; I love that as we evolve and change as people, our wardrobes quickly follow. Since I’ve met Charly he has added many pieces that compliment his lifestyle and changing physique. While fashion is often focused on the concept of an “ideal” physique it is more inspiring for me to see people who are comfortable in their clothes. Rick Owens once said “Working out is modern couture”. Perhaps the larger lesson from that statement is that clothes shouldn’t dictate your lifestyle, your lifestyle should dictate the clothes you choose.  Some of you may be familar with Charly from his role as community manager with TOJ (purveyors of fine leather jackets)  but this feature should provide you plenty more insight into his personal style.

Look 1
Rick Owens Intarsia mid-collar leather jacket
Rick Owens sweat pants
Custom made T-Shirt
Ann Demeulemeester combat boots

When did you begin caring about clothes and how has your style evolved since then?

The first time I began caring about clothes was in middle school when I got my first pair of Jordans and then Timberlands during my high school year in Philadelphia.  This evolved into brands like Akademiks and Enyce paired with a throwback and a pair of AF1’s on my feet. Then in college, I got my first glimpse into some quality clothing by being introduced to Japanese raw denim. Since then, my style has just been whatever I feel comfortable in and silhouette that I want to achieve.

Look 2
Rick Owens Intarsia mid-collar black leather jacket
Custom made T-shirt
Rick Owens DRKSHDW combo sweat pants
Rick Owens Ankle Boots

Explain how you first got into weight lifting and how it has impacted the way you shop for clothes.

Coming into my junior year of high school, I was 5’11” and whopping 120-125 pounds of skin and bones. I didn’t like the way I looked and wanted to change my physique, so like most boys my age, I started to do a bit of lifting – nothing serious. Then as I got into college, my lifting intensified. By then it was part of my lifestyle instead of a chore, but I still had no clear path for the lifting. It did affect the way I shopped for clothing because my arms, legs, and butt would not fit into some of the skinnier pieces I wanted to wear. However, I kept that in mind and made sure I stayed a certain weight (170-175) so I could still fit into a lot of the clothing I liked. About 2 years ago, I got hooked onto powerlifting and that’s when my outlook on training and clothing changed. I realized that powerlifting made me happier than any piece of clothing would. Since then my training has took priority to fitting into clothing.

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Are you an avid watcher of AMC’s hit show Breaking Bad? Prove that drug dealing and fashion blogging go hand in hand with this costume idea. Live out the ‘what-if scenario’ where Jessie Pinkman spends his guap on designer items.

This costume begs the question, wouldn’t streetstyle so much more interesting if Jessie Pinkman was on Jak & Jil?

Items from Left to Right
1. Rick Owens balaclava
2. Givenchy Shark Tooth Print t-shirt
3. Balenciaga Hi-Top White sneakers
4. A Bathing Ape (BAPE) Blue camo hoody
5. Balmain Men’s grey moto jeans
6. Cooking gas mask (optional)
7. LL Bean Yellow Rain-Coat (optional)
8. Blue Razz poprocks candy (optional), Ziploc Double-Zipper Bags (optional).

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Alyssa wears Rick Owens DRKSHDW Poplin Jacket, Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2009 ‘Eagle’ T-shirt, Chronicles of Never Cube Necklace

The first Third Looks ‘It Girl’ was Alyssa, if you haven’t seen her feature be sure to take a look HERE. With the weather quickly transitioning to chilly autumn nights I thought this would be an appropriate time to post up these photos of Alyssa borrowing my Rick Owens DRKSHDW poplin jacket and t-shirt. Lending a girl your jacket is a classic gentleman move that is a no brainer if they can look this good in it. Chivalry might be dead but thankfully Rick Owens isn’t.

Photos by Rocky Li

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I usually recoil from any sort of list of style rules (see rule 10 below) but the format can sometimes reveal some gems. I consider Rick one of the most consistent designers showing in Paris today and he gets my utmost respect for creating a viable independent business outside the ‘fashion house system’ (LVMH, Gucci Group, et al). Despite being from a detail’s feature in 2009, Rick’s viewpoints remain relevant and insightful in the current fashion environment.

1.I’m not good at subtlety. If you’re not going to be discreet and quiet, then just go all the way and have the balls to shave off your eyebrows, bleach your hair, and put on some big bracelets.

2.Working out is modern couture. No outfit is going to make you look or feel as good as having a fit body. Buy less clothing and go to the gym instead.

3.I’ve lived in Paris for six years, and I’m sorry to say that the Ugly American syndrome still exists. Sometimes you just want to say “Stop destroying the landscape with your outfit.” Still, from a design standpoint, I’m tempted to redo the fanny pack. I look at it as a challenge—it’s something to react against.

4. When a suit gets middle-of-the-road it kind of loses me—it has to be sharp and classic and almost forties.

5. Hair and shoes say it all. Everything in between is forgivable as long as you keep it simple. Trying to talk with your clothes is passive-aggressive.

6. There’s something a little too chatterboxy about color. Right now I want black, for its sharpness and punctuation.

7. Jean-Michel Frank, the thirties interior and furniture designer, supposedly had 40 identical double-breasted gray flannel suits. He knew himself and is a wonderful example of restraint and extravagance.

8. I hate rings and bracelets on men. I’m not a fan of man bags, or girl bags either—or even sunglasses. I don’t like fussy accessories. Isn’t it more chic to be free? Every jacket I make has interior pockets big enough to store a book and a sandwich and a passport.

9. With layering, sometimes the more the better. When you layer a lot of black you’re like a walking Louise Nevelson sculpture, and that’s pretty attractive. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable is also one of the most attractive things you can do.

10. It’s funny—whenever someone talks about rules, I just want to break them. I recoil from the whole idea of rules.

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Photography by Dusan Reljin

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Above is a Rick Owens Gradient Leather Jacket from Spring/Summer 2009. This is a classic Rick Owens piece and although he has incorporated the idea of gradients into some of his later work, I haven’t seen this treatment since. While some original buyers of this jacket griped about the Tyvek gradient portion peeling away with wear I think the evolution of the gradient over adds to this item’s appeal. It’s easy to demand perfection from our purchases but it’s the personalized imperfections that endears an item of clothing to us.

Photos by Rocky Li

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Jimmy wears : Rick Owens DRKSHDW Poplin Jacket, N.Hoolywood Tank Top, Undercover SCAB knit jeans, Visvim 5-hole Boots.

Jimmy Wears : April77 Denim Jacket, Engineered Garments Floral Shirt, Opening Ceremony Camo Pants, Polo Ralph Lauren Hiking Boots

Jimmy Wears : Undercover Knit Crewneck , Helmut Lang Distressed Jeans, Dior Homme Sneakers

Jimmy Wears : Raf Simons Sleeveless Crewneck, Army Surplus Desert-Camo Cargos, Supreme Duffle Bag and Nike Lunar Chukka Woven

Jimmy wears : Supreme ‘No Limit’ 5-Panel Hat, United Arrows, Leather Varsity Jacket,  Number (N)ine ‘Shut the Fuck Up T-Shirt” , DRKSHDW cut-offs, Jordan Brand Sneakers

 Jimmy Wears : Comme des Garcon Junya Watanabe MAN reversible Hunting Jacket, XXBC Crewneck Sweater, Junya Watanabe x Levi’s Screenprint Jeans, Timberland Boots. 

As promised here is Part 2 of ‘A Study in Contrasts’ shot by Rebekah Seok.

It’s so inspiring to see how much joy Rebekah gets from shooting ; she’s one of the reasons I’ve become interested in taking up film photography. Her photography style couldn’t be more different than my own but we both share a desire to capture the people and things in our reality we find most compelling. Film and digital photography are different beasts but the most influential variable is always the person behind the lens.

Rebekah just got a twitter, you can follow her HERE and see more of her photos on her Tumblr.

Creative Direction & Styling by Rocky Li
Photography by Rebekah Seok
Model : Jimmy Jimeno
Styling Assistants : Jimmy Jimeno, Rebekah Seok

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Jimmy wears : Rick Owens DRKSHDW Poplin Jacket, N.Hoolywood Tank Top, Undercover SCAB knit jeans, Visvim 5-hole Boots. 

Jimmy Wears : April77 Denim Jacket, Engineered Garments Floral Shirt, Opening Ceremony Camo Pants, Polo Ralph Lauren Hiking Boots

Jimmy Wears : Undercover Knit Crewneck , Helmut Lang Distressed Jeans, Dior Homme Sneakers

Jimmy Wears : Raf Simons Sleeveless Crewneck, Army Surplus Desert-Camo Cargos, and Nike Lunar Chukka Woven 

Jimmy wears : Supreme ‘No Limit’ 5-Panel Hat, United Arrows, Leather Varsity Jacket,  Number (N)ine ‘Shut the Fuck Up T-Shirt” , DRKSHDW cut-offs, Jordan Brand Sneakers

 Jimmy Wears : Comme des Garcon Junya Watanabe MAN reversible Hunting Jacket, XXBC Crewneck Sweater, Junya Watanabe x Levi’s Screenprint Jeans, Timberland Boots. 

This is the first Third Looks editorial.  It’s an exploration on contrasts : Black & white vs color imagery, monochromatic outfits vs bright pops of color and eye-catching patterns, film vs digital photography.

The objective of this editorial is to show that even  simple outfit concepts  (for example a denim jacket and trousers) can be executed in wildly different ways.  Many current fashion editorials are focused on the creation of a fantastical mono-branded  aesthetic. A Study in Contrasts mimics the label-mixed reality of everyday dressing and serves as a reminder that how you wear something is just as important as what you are wearing. No matter the labels and pieces you select, I believe that your personality and personal style should shine through.

For more images and to see the B&W looks in full color please visit the official Third Looks Tumblr page.

Part 2 shot on film by Rebekah Seok coming soon.

Creative Direction & Styling by Rocky Li
Photography by Rocky Li
Model : Jimmy Jimeno
Styling Assistants : Jimmy Jimeno, Rebekah Seok

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