Rhamier wears : Patrik Ervell Hat, Kenzo Tiger sweater, Comme des Garçon Homme Plus coat, Patrik Ervell trousers, Comme des Garçon Doc Marten’s
Rhamier wears: Sibling sweater, Supreme navy MA-1, Burberry Prorsum trousers, neon Nike Air Max sneakers
Jimmy wears: WTAPs Shirt jacket, Vivienne Westwood tank-top, Cloak herringbone jeans, Vans sneakers
Jimmy wears: Junya Watanabe jacket, Supreme Liberty shirt, White Mountaineering trousers, Nike Gyakusou Lunarspider LT 2+ sneakers, South2west8 backpack
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Models : Jimmy Jimeno, Rhamier Auguste
Styling : Rocky Li, Rhamier Auguste
Photography : Rocky Li
James is one of those people you meet who has a coherent and consistent personal style. He definitely puts together outfits that are well-coordinated down to the little details and it’s for that reason that I’ve been wanting to profile his wardrobe for some time. When it comes to clothes, discipline goes a long way and I think James makes good decisions when it comes to adding valuable wardrobe pieces to his current clothing collection. I had him put together some of his favorite looks below.
What really sparked your interest in clothes?
My interest in clothes was really sparked by my initial interest in sneakers. And that probably stemmed from being into basketball. I started collecting sneakers as a teenager and eventually realized there was an imbalance. I had to step up my wardrobe too. I was also starting to study design around the same time and I found an outlet in being able to express myself through my clothing.
Briefly describe how your style has evolved over the years.
When I was younger, I pretty much just wore the New York staples — Timberland, North Face, etc. From there I got into some street wear and high fashion brands. Nowadays, I would say my wardrobe is more subtle and focused on functionality. Over the past few years I’ve made an attempt to acquire pieces that I think will stand the test of time and not look dated, no matter what the current trends are.
Film and music are some of your major interests. How do they provide inspiration for how you dress?
Music had a huge impact on how I dress — before I had real sources to keep up with apparel, I would always scope what certain artists were wearing. I’m observant of trends or styles (in both music and film) from era’s gone by and if I like a certain garment I’ll make note of it and try to figure out how I can get a modernized version in a manner that would integrate well into my wardrobe. Certain sub genres of film had an impact too, such as American Film Noir and French New Wave. The main characters in those films were always styled extremely well — I appreciated that and kind of aspired to dress as sharp as them.
Your wardrobe has a lot of color in it, how do you incorporate color into your fits without it making look over the top?
I wanted to make sure to stay away from having mostly neutral tones in my wardrobe, I think it’s an interesting challenge to put together outfits with a variety of colors. I also wanted to stay away from drawing unnecessary attention to my outfits due to loud or bright colors. I think I’ve been able to pull off that balance by adding understated but unique tones.
What would you like to see more of in terms of menswear?
I’d like to see more functionality incorporated into menswear, I feel like a lot of brands don’t necessarily consider the tasks of life. Some of the brands I wore when I was younger took more of a dedicated approach towards this — pockets designed towards certain devices, maybe an extra lining of materials to store keys. Even details designed for the mayhem of late night roaming such as stash pockets or compartments in jackets that a beer would fit perfectly into.
What spots or websites do you like to shop at?
Some of my favorite stores are Nepenthes, Unis, Epaulet, Hickoree’s, Smith & Butler, Opening Ceremony, Blue In Green, Odin, and I always stopped by Nom De Guerre when it was still around. For online shopping I check Union Made Goods, Tres Bien Shop, Anout Commune, Green Noah, and Archival.
Photos by Rocky Li
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.
Creative Direction & Styling by Rocky Li
Photography by Rebekah Seok
Model : Jimmy Jimeno
Styling Assistants : Jimmy Jimeno, Rebekah Seok
I always enjoy the editorials GRIND magazine put out and this Junya Watananbe FW12 feature is no exception. I feel GRIND magazine excels at creating a ‘streetwear’ feel using designer collections. The vintage-inspired pieces and rustic color palette shown above compliment the approaching season perfectly; setting the mood for the brisker weather to come.
Images via Acclaim Mag
It’s a real honor to style profile Izzy Tuason of The Dandy Project. In the fashion industry a strong point of view counts for a lot. Izzy has been showcasing his personal aesthetic and his fashion favorites through his blog for years. His style is eclectic and I’ve always admired his ability to mix designer brands with vintage items, while working in accessories and even DIY pieces. As I shot this with him our conversations ran the gamut from clothes to film to music. I cherish any opportunity to have well-thought out, intellectual discussions on the clothing and culture we love. I’ve shared some of the dialogue we had through interview questions below. Through Third Looks I am striving to bring more of that to the forefront in the coming days.
Comme des Garcons SHIRT chinese character-print rayon shirt
Comme des Garcons Homme Plus drop-crotch shorts
Converse Chuck Taylor shoes
3.1 Phillip Lim tuxedo shirt
3.1 Phillip Lim raw-edged wool shorts
Casio watch on Native American turquoise and coral sterling silver band
Kung-Fu shoes from Chinatown
Has blogging changed your outlook on the fashion industry and your own personal style?
Blogging has worked as a very public mirror by which I can re-examine my thoughts on fashion and my personal style, and it has connected me with people who continue to enrich me.
The DIY posts on your blog are great. How long have you been doing your own DIY projects and what made you decide to share them online?
I’ve been doing the DIY posts early into the blog, which I started in 2008. I was living in Manila then, with very little access to fashion, and the way I thought I could best express myself was by creating my clothing. I wanted to share this process of creation with my readers.
Damir Doma cotton-cashmere long t-shirt
Damir Doma drop-crotch pants
Guidi platform chelsea boots
We spoke on how a lot of your style inspiration from outside of fashion. What are some things or places you turn to for inspiration.
I get inspired by a lot of things—film, television, music, people around me, and the thoughts in my head. Right now, I’m inspired by the sleek masculinity of Wong Kar-Wai’s heroes, the dark pragmatism of Walter White’s wardrobe in Breaking Bad, the exuberance of Twin Shadow, the natives of Bushwick, and the idea of comfort.
Number (N)ine sunglasses
Yohji Yamamoto shirt
Yohji Yamamoto wool hakama pants
Converse Chuck Taylor shoes
As you continue to accumulate more pieces in your wardrobe which item would you never ever part with willingly?
The Yohji Yamamoto pants I’m wearing in one of your photographs are one of my all-time favorites. The volume and size are seemingly ridiculous, but in reality, it is quite a subdued piece. Weird never goes out of style.
Any holy grail pieces you are still searching for or regret missing out on?
Black Guidi derbies
The perfect oversize double-breasted below-the-knee Yohji Yamamoto coat
The perfect body-skimming Julius leather jacket
A Patek Philippe Nautilus in steel
What are some of your favorite places to shop both online and in-store?
The LN-CC, Assembly New York, Atelier New York, IF Boutique, Park & Bond, and eBay.
Photos by Rocky Li
I respect girls who are are about to look great AND express aspects of their personality through their personal style. Gia is a fellow Parson’s graduate and she currently works as a PR coordinator for Comme des Garcons which is doubtlessly a dream job for many. I implicitly trust her taste when it comes to womenswear and I think she has an incredible eye for aesthetics in general (not just when it comes to fashion). While she is often low-key and subtle with the way she dresses, Gia can also put together looks that break necks with ease.
How does everyday life in New York inspire the way you dress?
I pay more attention to what guys wear in this city. It just looks so much more comfortable and the silhouettes are classic. Guys in New York aren’t afraid to play around with prints and colors and I do take inspiration from that. There’s so many visuals in New York that make me take notice : it could be anything from street art to cereal packaging. I recently bought a few pairs of Happy Socks besides I liked the colors in the snack of aisle of M2M (ie my favorite, Pocky). Of course I had get red and white socks as well before going to the Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the Whitney.
When did you start buying designer clothes?
The turning point was when I started working at Assin in Melbourne which is an amazing store that stocked Ann D, Dior Homme, Margiela, Junya, Number (N)ine, Haider Ackerman.
I learned a lot about menswear there and I managed to come away with some great pieces from my time there.
Junya Watanabe SS2012 Cropped Rider Jacket
Junya Watanabe SS2012 Floral Print Dress
Junya Watanabe SS2012 Boots
You own some wilder pieces as well as some solid basics. How do you balance practicality and comfort against aesthetics in your wardrobe?
My actual clothing that I wear day to day has to be very comfortable. I walk around alot and I don’t want anything that’s too restricting. In general my style is pretty basic but I like statement pieces to mix it up. One thing I don’t compromise on is my rings. I never take them off and they feel so a part of me that I don’t even notice them there.
Comme des Garcon SHIRT SS2012 Strawberry Print
Comme des Garcon Homme Plus Cropped Jeans
Comme des Garcon Sneakers (No vis)
Junya Watanabe Shirt
J Crew Floral-Print Trousers
Junya Watanabe SS2012 Boots
What style inspirations do you go back to again and again?
The anime Nana.
Gogo from Kill Bill.
Nujabes music for the mood it creates.
Gregg Araki films.
You have some men’s pieces you wear reguarly. How do you work them into your outfits?
I’ve really gotten into just wearing plain white and/or black mens undershirts recently, like the Supreme/Hanes shirt or Bread & Boxers (worn in look 1). I like the simplicity of the cut and the casual feeling it provides. I like oversized cuts – button downs, like my new favorite is my new strawberry CdG SHIRT button down. Another favorite is my Rick Owens DRKSHW sleeveless hoodie that I’ve had since 2008 that I basically live in. I also frequently wear my Lanvin Hi-Tops and Homme Plus denim cropped pants. I just treat them like normal clothes and I appreciate they are less fussy than women’s pieces.
Photos by Rocky Li
FW2011 Knit T-shirt The Soloist by Takahiro Miyashita
Rick Owens Trainers
Supreme x WTAPS FW10 Reversible Varsity
Heschung for Comme des Garcon Spring/Summer 2009
Dae’s shoe collection
Jil Sander SS10 ‘ Foujita Print’ Shirt
As promised part two of the style profile I did of Dae. You can see Part one HERE.
Photography by Rocky Li
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
‘Happy Victims, You Are What You Buy’ by Kyoichi Tsuzuki
Seigensha, Kyoto, 2008. 178 pp., 85 color illustrations, 10½x8″.
Happy Victims is a photo book that profiles Japanese individuals who are obsessed with one particular designer. In the book collectors range from a Buddhist monk who visits his Tokyo condo filled with Comme des Garcons religiously once a month to an instructor at Bunka Fashion College who goes by the name “Maestro Margiela”. The caption underneath his portrait proclaims that he would rather eat out than risk infusing his clothes with cooking smells so he keeps only eardrops in the refrigerator and has never used the cooker.
The book is part of a large body of photojournalist work by Tsuzuki that includes his seminal work ‘Tokyo Style.’ Looking through Happy Victims sheds light on the sacrifices and eccentricities of the obessed Japanese fashion collector. Fashion often criticized for only highlighting the glitz and glamor of the runway; this book only strives to capture clothes in their most honest of settings : the home.
You can purchase a copy HERE