It didn't occur to me how much I liked plaid until American retailer Banana Republic released their plaid shop. The brand commissioned me to document how the tartan print fits into my lifestyle, which is easier said then done. Finding all the elements that make a shoot possible is challenging yet exciting because you want to follow the theme, while securing a space and meeting deadlines. My photo team and I enjoyed creating the visuals because we got to throw around different ideas and concepts. Hope you enjoy the video and thanks again BR for the opportunity.
Born and bred Brooklynites are a rare breed in a melting pot city like New York City. Everyone is simply from somewhere else. But luxury retailer Barneys New York was on a mission to find native New Yorkers like style influencer Helena Glazer of Brooklyn Blonde and myself for the relaunch of their Atlantic Avenue Shop. In a nutshell, I styled her while she styled me and photographers snapped away. Helena did a great job of styling me but it's hard to get it wrong at Barneys New York. While editing our looks in the fitting room, Helena and I exchanged stories about going up in Brooklyn. Clearly, a morning of cool products in a cool space is the way to kick off the day.
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Wearing | Coat Victor & Rolf, Shirt - Vintage YSL, Tie - Friday TieDay, Tie Clip - Flat Fitty, Waistcoat - Hawkins Mc Grill, Belt - Vintage, Jeans - Standard Cloth, Bracelet - Adriano Goldschmied, Watch - Guess, Sunglasses Mykita, Backpack Officine Creative, Shoes - Converse
Location | Hellman-Chang Studio, Bushwich Brooklyn
Model | Eliezer Infante of North of Man
Over 400 years ago, a criss-crossed multi colored print known as plaid or tartan has had deep roots with English and Scottish heritage. In England, the print was traditionally worn by the British military so naturally plaid was associated with dignity, class, and exclusivity. By the 1960s the print became popular among outdoors men or lumber jack. By1970's plaid made it's way in the punk fashion scene becoming an expression of discontentment with authorities.
In modern times, the print can be worn elegantly with a suit, dressed down with jeans for a lumber jack look, or edgy with leather pieces. However you style, fall and winter marks the officially season to wear plaid. The American brand, Banana Republic asked me a simple yet interesting question, how do I fit plaid into my lifestyle? Well I wear the print so much that it's second nature. But dispute how much I fancy the print finding the right type of plaid could be challenging. This season Banana Republic introduced a "Plaid Shop" including black watch trousers, tailored shirts and accessories to name a few. The shirt featured in the images above was my favorite in the whole shop because it was be worn dressy or casually. I recommend stopping by the plaid shop and seeing the full range.