Fashion magazines and brands have incentive to push certain trends and looks. One of the persistent challenges of wardrobe building is translating the looks designers put on runways, and editors in magazines, to fit into your own personal style. I chose to profile my friend Dae because I see him as someone who is able to navigate between brands effortlessly, bringing varied pieces together to create seamless simple outfits.
In part one of this style profile I got a little help from photographer Rebekah Seok.
Pants : Nom de Guerre
Shoes : Red Wing Postman
Top : Undercover T-shirt
Pants : Nom de Geurre Trousers
Shoes : Visvim FBT
Jacket : Supreme x WTAPS Reversible Varsity
Top : Fred Perry
Trousers : Engineered Garments
Shoes : Comme des Garcon
When and how did your interest in fashion and clothes develop?
My interest for fashion really picked up when I started DJing in sophomore year of high school. A friend on djforums taught me everything about the art of mixing and the eclectic DJ scene in Japan, which introduced me to individuals such as Nigo and Hiroshi Fujiwara of Major Force. I then visited Japan for the first time in my junior year and that changed everything.
Your wardrobe has a large mix of pieces across many different brands. How did you come to own such a large and varied clothing collection?
I’m just a fan of design, whether it’s clothes, architecture, or a website even. It’s also fun to mix with different brands and try to craft your own unique look.
What are some of your style inspirations?
Literally everything. The art you see at the MET, the different type of people you see from walking around NYC or seeing your favorite DJ perform on the big stage. All that man.
How has moving from the west coast to New York changed your personal style?
Not much, but you certainly have more brands available here compared to the Bay Area.
How do you choose which pieces to buy next? Any current grails?
It really depends. My mentality when it comes to shopping during the summer is much different compared to winter. Like I won’t start looking for a t-shirt when it’s blistering cold outside. I’d rather save up and get a warm jacket. My favorite piece at the moment is my Supreme x WTAPS varsity. It’s perfect.
How do you see your style evolving over the next few years?
Look out for part 2 of this style profile with Dae coming soon. Be sure to check out Dae on tumblr HERE.
Writing by Rocky Li
Photography by Rebekah Seok