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XXBC collection i from Chris Battaglia on Vimeo.

Video by Chris Battaglia

I first posted Collection 1 by XXBC back in August and now I’m back with an update for you guys. The good news is that you will be able to purchase select pieces from this collection at Opening Ceremony by mid-November. Each piece is a one-off and is produced using deadstock vintage fabrics.  In the meanwhile stay posted to the XXBC website for updates and also check the accompanying wirdy blog.

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Having known Alex Lee and Will Thomson of XXBC (Twenty B.C.) for some time, it’s great to see their work come to fruition in a hard-hitting debut collection. The lookbook is an amalgamation of the their personal inspirations in photo form. The two have been successful in turning their own unique personal style into a full-fledged brand. The initial collection intersperses sweatshirt material with vintage fabric cut in a relaxed slouchy fit.  They provided me with the word-association like assemblage of reference points which pretty much sums up where collection 1 is coming from.

“Almonds & braided pretzel twists. USPS winter uniforms. Hurricane Chris. Makaveli Branded Clothing. Dior Monsieur. Christopher Moltisanti. Ramen. Starter. Kacy World Colors. Mark McGwire. Dollar pizza. Regular-ass dudes. Word art. Shirts with flames or dragons on them. Scarface varsity jackets. Recess. Dapper Dan. Tommy
Hilfiger. Cash Money Records. Crosby Deli. Coogi suits. Norma Kamali 1981. Your grandmother’s living room sofa. FUBU. eBay. Jersey City. New York City. XXBC. Collection I.

Check out my previous interview with Alex and Will (founders of XXBC) HERE

Photos by James Parker
Creative Direction by Will Thompson, Alex Lee and Rhamier Auguste
Model: Erica Lusha
Hair/Make-up: Michela Wariebi

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I became friends with Alex and Will just hanging around at the same parties and seeing them at Opening Ceremony where they both work. They are really down to earth guys with unique style that is true to their interests. Shortly after meeting them they introduced me to their clothing line XXBC. XXBC (Twenty BC) is a clothing brand that pieces together concepts and materials from vintage sportswear/streetwear to create something new altogether.

The pieces are all one-offs and carefully constructed. I’ve seen a few sweatshirts by XXBC that capture a certain nostalgic feeling with an updated modern fit. I always welcome new takes on vintage that stay true to the ideals and aesthetics of past eras. XXBC seems to certainly fit that bill and I am looking forward to sharing with you the contained development of the line. Perhaps XXBC is best described by their mantra…

“Behind XXBC is a philosophy that we live by, “When in Rome, Do You.™” (w.i.r.d.y).”

You can visit XXBC online HERE. Check out the tumblr w.i.r.d.y HERE.

Lastly you can see Alex Lee’s street style photos on Four-Pins.

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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