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Over the past several months we have been introduced to many amazing people through our Facebook fan page. With this post we continue a regular series of profiles of New School Dandies. This week we feature Shadi Jurdi of the blog Haute Campus.
Where did you grow up? Well I was born in Pasadena, and throughout the years slowly moved further and further from Los Angeles. So no one place in particular, but on the outskirts of LA.
Where do you live now? In the San Bernardino County. About 40 minutes from LA.
Where do you go to school? I am currently at Mt. San Antonio College, it’s the biggest community college here in California, but I plan to transfer to UCLA in a year.
What are you studying? I am a student studying communications, I also write for my school magazine Substance, and I intern for Katy Rodriguez on Melrose.
When did you establish your personal style? Was there a pivotal moment? How has it changed? I guess my personal style started developing when I started high school, but my style is constantly evolving. What I wear now is different from what I wore 2 years ago, and will most likely continue to change.
How would you describe your style? I’m the kid who always dressed up for everything (my mom jokes about how I would get dressed up for summer camp while all the other kids were dirty and miskept). I have this philosophy of always looking your best no matter what you’re doing or where you’re going, because you just never know who or what the day can bring. I like classic and clean shapes, a neutral pallet with a bold splash of color somewhere.
What are your sources of inspiration? I think my biggest source of inspiration would be the sixties. Although there was such a dramatic shift in culture and politics, people were still finding ways to have fun, and you can see that in the way they dressed.
Who is your style icon? I don’t really have one. There are people I admire for the contributions they’ve made like Hedi Slimane and how he changed the way we look at men’s fashion (he comes into the studio where I work every now and then…someday I’ll get introduced). I also like Ezra Koeing of Vampire Weekend; I flipped out over a pair of paisley print shorts he wore when I saw them perform once, he has the coolest style!
What are your preferred dandy reading materials? Well I subscribe to Details, and I also love Paper magazine.
Do you have a favorite website? I love Kwannam Chu’s We Could Grow Up Together, lookbook, Pink is the New Blog, and of course, The Sartorialist.
What is your favorite personal item (non-clothing/accessories)? I don’t really have any emotional attachments to things, I guess if anything I would say my collectors edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, since it’s the rarest Harry Potter book in circulation. I am a Huge HP dork, but to me I think it benchmarks my childhood, I started reading in the third grade, and the series ended right after my senior year of high school.
What is your favorite clothing article or accessory? I would say my Marc Jacobs watch I bought myself for Christmas a few years ago. It has a very simple black leather band, but the face is pretty big. I guess it kind of represents my style, classic but fun.
Where is your favorite or dream vacation spot? Favorite spot is San Diego. Dream spot would be Salamanca, Spain. I also spent a week in Lake Powell last summer, which was amazing.
Tell us the best kept secret in your city. Well its the next city over but I love going to the Claremont Village. It’s a quite little college town outside of the Claremont Colleges with amazing restaurants, and my favorite bakery Some Crust (I get my birthday cake there every year).
What would you be doing ten years from now? Hopefully either doing fashion PR, or writing and doing editorial work for a major fashion publication. I am fascinated with the magazine industry and hope to find my way in soon!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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Over the past several months we have been introduced to many amazing people through our Facebook fan page. With this post we continue a regular series of profiles of New School Dandies. This week we feature fashion designer Theodore Tinson.
Where did you grow up? Los Angeles, CA.
Where do you live now? Manhattan, New York City.
Where did you go to school? Syracuse University.
What’s your occupation? Fashion Designer.
When did you establish your personal style? Was there a pivotal moment? How has it changed? I've been choosing my outfits as long as I can remember. My mom once made me wear indigo skinnies, off-white/high-top chuck taylor converse, and an oversized knit to Kindergarten. I cried at the sandbox that day because I thought my outfit was AWFUL. Nearly 20 yrs later, that outfit is one of my go-to 'uniforms.'
How would you describe your style? Classic with a twist.
What are your sources of inspiration? L'Uomo Vogue, Vogue Paris, Numèro Homme, children's books, old films.
Who is your style icon? Carine Roitfeld.
What are your preferred dandy reading materials? Vanity Fair, Details/GQ, As A Gentleman....(series from Brooks Brothers), 19th/20th century biographies, Town and Country.
Do you have a favorite website? MSNBC, CNN, Style.com, The Daily, Facebook.
What is your favorite personal item (non-clothing/accessories)? Macbook pro, iPhone, hair clippers.
What is your favorite clothing article or accessory? Black Dior Homme stretch skinnies, Vintage tort framed 'circle' glasses, Bulgari B. Zero ring, Hermes leather bracelets, Antique black leather/gold money attachè.
Where is your favorite or dream vacation spot? Nice, Egypt, South Africa, Capri.
At which establishments would you consider yourself a regular? Waverly Inn, The Frick, Apple Store on 5th, Barneys.
What would you be doing ten years from now? Running an empire.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Insecurity.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Immaturity.
Who are your favorite writers? Baldwin, Giovanni, Wilde, Proust.
What is your most marked characteristic? Being a dreamer.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
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Over the past several months we have been introduced to many amazing people through our Facebook fan page. With this post we continue a regular series of profiles of New School Dandies. This week we feature photographer Kwannam Chu of We Could Grow Up Together.
Where did you grow up? Hong Kong.
Where do you live now? Hong Kong and New York City!
What’s your occupation? Creative Director. Photographer. I also write for magazines in China.
When did you establish your personal style? Was there a pivotal moment? How has it changed? I do not think there was a moment. My style keeps evolving; it depends on what inspires me or turns me on recently.
How would you describe your style? If you put a prepster, an East Village hipster, a little Sebastian Flyte, an asian Pee Wee Herman into a blender, the smoothie would be called Kwannam Chu.
What are your sources of inspiration? Stylish charismatic real folks on the street, antique photos, magazine spreads (old or new), fictional or fairy tales characters, Norman Rockwell's works ...
Who is your style icon? Sebastian Flyte from Brideshead Revisited, Ashely Olsen, Gene Kelly, Stephen Tennant, Antony Baekeland in the movie Savage Grace.
What are your preferred dandy reading materials? Dressing Right: A Guide for men by Charles Hix. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. The New Yorker. Serious Pleasures: The Life of Stephen Tennant by Philip Hoare. The magazine Man About Town.
What is your favorite personal item (non-clothing/accessories)? My journal and my filofax agenda.
What is your favorite clothing article or accessory? My DITA spectacles.
Where is your favorite or dream vacation spot? New York in the 50's.
At which establishments would you consider yourself a regular? I need my coffee from Abraco and Nine Street Espresso. Food shopping at the Wholefoods on Bowery. Always keep going back for the squid pasta at Max. The cakes from Babycakes are always my guilty pleasure. Mama's Food Shop is my favorite dinner!
What would you be doing ten years from now? Doing the same thing, expect I would be a hell lot better and skillful and amazing at that.
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When did you establish your personal style? Wow, this response will be quite a long one. I would say I started to first solidify my style around the 10th grade of high school. I started off as a sneaker head and continued to find my niche as I was growing up. The transition for me took some research in my likings and dis-likings, and to just simply broaden my knowledge about fashion in general. For years I was so accustomed to loose t-shirts, baggy jeans with sneakers, but soon that would change. Doing this would result in a little bit of backlash from my peers and people in general. The Bronx's location is distant from the style and influences of Manhattans as and as a result, if an individual changed their style to something more "fitted" or "tight" they would probably be labeled homosexual. Personally people wanted to see you a certain way, listen to a certain type of music, and so forth. Anything going out of the box of norms would be deemed strange. By the time I found online fashion forums my style started to turn into it's own, not trying to only replicate what I liked, but place my own spin on it to make it personal to me. My style literally went through phases of evolution on the Internet. I went into more detail with this with a post on my own blog.
How would you describe your style? People always ask me that. It's more funny that I'm totally speechless to these answers no matter how many times asked. My mind goes into a whirlwind of possible answers and I usually I just say "Street Etiquette", it may sound cliche or senseless but the term hits it right on the head. My style isn't too driven by Etiquette if you had to assume someone with suits and really dressy type outfits. My style isn't too driven by Street, it has accents of street like it contains some sort of etiquette. The term Street Etiquette perfectly describes me and Trav's style (the other half of Street Etiquette), that's what it is.
What are your sources of inspiration? I have several sources of inspirations that constantly inspire me. Music, that is like the universal language to every population in the world. It takes you on a journey through rhythm and sounds processing it what ever way you want it to be. I play several instruments so music plays a vital part in my life, I could never give it up. My main inspiration is the ordinary people on the street who are considered "fashionable", but rather see their dressing as just a lifestyle and nothing more.
Where is your favorite or dream vacation spot? My dream vacation spot would have to be in Honolulu, Hawaii a beautiful place from what I can tell. I dreamt once of having dinner on side of the water while a volcano erupted with a nice lady friend. From that day on I vowed that I must visit Hawaii and maybe fulfill that dream with everything except for the lava.(lol)
Tell us the best kept secret in your city. Aside from Manhattan, Brooklyn and all the other highly publicized places in New York City, the best kept secret is the Bronx. Yes, I said it, the Bronx, the borough that never recovered from the 1970s/1980s mis-happenings. It will be the next place to be, mark my words.