I was recently in Boston for an overnight trip that was extended to about a week due to the recent snowstorm. My old alma mater had changed in many ways (I got lost on a two block long walk from the train station to the place I was staying), but in its core, it’s remained the same. Here are some things I saw and did on my latest unplanned Boston vacation.
Sebastian Maria is a music producer, composer, and visual artist for boys, a music project he’s been developing with Sergio Aragon since 2014. Together, they do composition, live performances, DJ sets, and sound design installations. To me, Sebastian represents the new wave of creatives: young people who have experienced different cultures, and have dipped their toes in many creative pools, and produce work that is pure, honest, and studied. I’ve always thought there was something intriguing about his style that made me want to be friends with him and go through his SoundCloud. Sebastian looks at visuals while working on music–from skateboarding to wildlife footage–recently it’s been Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac looping on mute. On the topic of inspiration, he says: “I like the development of a new idea stemming from the dialogue between 2 other unrelated ideas. I like mishearing and misunderstanding things. Appropriation turns me on. Oh, I recently moved to Chinatown, thats been influencing everything!” Sebastian feels most comfortable in what is familiar. “Clothes taken from close friends and ex-girlfriends tend to be my favorites,” he says, and tends to own very few articles of clothing because he starts to have little relationships with them and just wears them for days on end. For Sebastian, love is silence.
Sebastian’s most recent mix, for boys
Creative assistance by Michael Dodd
I always enjoy visiting Spain, perhaps it’s the colonial connection to the Philippines, or the fabulously laid-back siesta culture. How I wish I could’ve spent more time in Valencia, with its sleepy streets and the most perfect oranges ever. There was a certain haze all over Andalusia—Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba; spending a few days in the three major cities of the region was like stepping into a sweaty Sunday afternoon novel where the sun glowed red, and everyone made passionate love, and nobody got anything done. Also, I’m convinced that all Spanish food is laced with melatonin.
I must confess, I didn’t think much of Switzerland before I planned a trip there last month, mostly because I didn’t really know much about the country. I thought it would be a sober, sensible start to an extended Europe trip, but one thing I’ve learned in my travels is that many times, it’s the places I’m not particularly looking forward to visiting that defy expectations. My friends who live there often describe certain things as being “very Swiss”, which I’ve come to realize denotes something wholesome, benign, and aesthetically cute, in the style of that region. Switzerland, in addition to being comfy, clean, and safe, is artistically inspiring, and is home to genuinely satisfied, happy, creative people.
Dashiel Brahmann is the first person I’ve profiled on this site twice. If you take a peek at my last post of him, you’ll see the change his style has undergone; shooting him again was like profiling a new person. I found a kindred spirit in Dash whose sense of style seems to be an ongoing conversation in his head–I change my style every so often, and from the dark, faintly glamdrogynous aesthetic we both used to be into, we now both seem to favor a look that is more honest, natural, and masculine. He just started a clothing line called Looseleaf, a line completely composed of natural fibers, focusing on essential garments with a bit of a creative flair, casual pieces you can work or lounge in. Dash grew up three blocks from the beach and has always been involved in surf culture, which apparently, is a lot about personal style. His favorite surfers—people like Craig Anderson—are known for their smooth, graceful style. He says, “I want that to be the feeling that my clothes emote, effortlessness.”
Loose Leaf is available at Pilgrim Surf + Supply.
On a whim, I booked a flight to Manila, and swung by LA for a few days. The last time I visited was about four years ago, and I thought it was the vapid city they said it was: hard to get around, with mediocre food, poorly dressed people, and generally not much to do. All of that has changed, and I’m working on finding ways to spend more time in the City of Angels. I flew home to Manila filled with wonderful food, and inspiration I never expected to find in that city. Here’s what I saw, ate, and did, in LA and Manila, on film and nothing more high-fi than an iPhone 6 camera.
Gregory Bourke is the assistant to the Director at Marlborough Chelsea Gallery in New York, a former actor and dancer, and a creative who dabbles in film photography. He grew up in a 100-year-old haunted Opera House in Georgia, and he counts Alex Da Corte, Haim, Larry Clark and Veladya Chapman as his biggest creative influences. Greg’s history in the theatre and with dance seems to very much influence his artistry, and reinforces my recent resolution to take up new hobbies and active pursuits to nourish my creative soul. In terms of style, what’s been inspiring me lately isn’t really fashion with a capital F, but rather the notion of wearing ordinary pieces in a subtly modern way to create a look that is as intriguing as it is approachable. He says he has a specific weakness for a 1950’s rebellious high schooler in Idaho vibe, and he pulls it off pretty well.
Spliced together a bunch of photographs of my travels to Singapore, Manila, New England, and my life here in New York City. And fashion week, too. They don’t all seem to make sense together, but I’d like to think everything falls into place, in the bigger picture.
I’m not going to stress about the importance of a good white shirt–the cornerstone of every great tailored outfit, or any fresh, handsome outfit for that matter. What I will tell you, though, is that the ones they make at The Tailory New York are perfect. The fabrics are of great quality, the fit is impeccable, the detailing is modern, and the ladies who run the shop are just lovely. I like to keep a good tailor in every city I spend time in, and though I’ve always had one for expert alterations, I’m thrilled to have this place for my collaborative tailoring projects.
photographs by Michael Dodd