Just a few images for a shoot I did with Mr. Richard McClean, founder of the brand March FWD http://marchgarments.com/
I found the Ali exhibit at Milk Gallery in the Meatpacking District to be so inspiring. A room full of photographs of "The Greatest" was almost overwhelming. So almost overwhelming, I had to visit twice. Photographer Thomas Hoepker really captured the true essence of "The Greatest" through his photographs. What I saw in his work photographing Muhammad Ali, is what I want to see in my work when I look at it years from now.
Well versed in the hood-rich way of life, Mell Masters & Zoo Beeze of The Gourmet Family present to you "LVOE". In this video, the two lurk the New York city blocks rhyming & handing out 40oz bottles out of a Louis Vuitton duffel. They're all about a good time, creating their own party environment. The Gourmet Family album "Amuse Bouche" which this song is featured on will be released November 5th. EVERYBODY EATS!
Also if you remember my Stamp of Camaraderie line, you'll notice that Zoo Beeze is wearing the heather grey signature tee! Everybody eats for real. It's good to see the homies getting out their dreams.
The folks over at the Billy Reid store on Bond Street hosted a well-suited event that featured a room full of well-dressed men, women, whisky, & fine fabrics. The atmosphere was a bit surreal. It was as if you were amongst the cast of The Great Gatsby film, mixed in with a few hipsters. A cool vibe, it was a true gentlemen’s evening. What’s a true gentlemen’s evening without a little beard grooming, shoe shining, & whisky? That, I couldn’t tell you.
Maker’s Mark kept everyone’s glass full the entire night with Manhattan’s, Maker’s on the rocks, or they had you trying their “46” line of whisky. There wasn’t any room for the faint-hearted drinkers of the world. If there were any in attendance, a cherry was added to their drink. Maker’s Mark also had their hands on the hors d’oeuveres’ with a Maker’s cured salmon. It was quite splendid.
Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers made their presence felt in the downstairs area of the Billy Reid store. They were there with one of their barber’s, a barber’s chair, razors, hair products & ointments. The men eagerly waited their turns in line to get a shave all while sipping on Maker’s, checking out the Billy Reid garments, or getting their shoes shined. Gentlemen in their element, it was a site to see!
There was a certain type of boldness to everyone who was in attendance. It was as if they knew something that no one else knew. They were a part of a subculture that only the finest had keys to. For that night and that night only, they had the keys to 54 Bond Street.
Ni'Ma Ford is one of the more memorable faces of NYFW to me. I remember seeing her walking about NYC not knowing who she was but thinking to myself, this girl got it. The first time I saw her wasn't even around any Fashion Week events. The second time was at Street Etiquette's "SlumFlower" gallery event. The third time was at Lincoln Center where I decided that I've seen her one too many times not to speak to her. She is a lovely soul with such effortless style.
Had a chance to congratulate the fellas of Street Etiquette on their "SlumFlower" NYFW gallery event. It was a great success. To me it demonstrated the power of style, culture, the Internet, & the use of social media & how it brought the likes of different types together in one room.
The Gourmet Family, is a family where "everybody eats". I am grateful to be a part of that. My brothers have been working diligently on their craft for a while now. Each artist nurturing their own personal sound & now, they are cohesively bringing new music to the Hip-Hop world. "Amuse Bouche", a Gourmet Family compilation is on it's way. For now, sit back & enjoy this "If I Could Go Back" video.
As you may know, I'm a sucker for female vocalists. I heard Kiah Victoriah sing at SOB's and was completely blown away. She has so much power in her voice and when she sings, the crowd feels it. Her band was rocking too! The most interesting part of her band, her dad was her drummer which I admired. It was such a sight to see.
Lover's Anthem was a song that she performed that night that I thoroughly enjoyed. Of course with the ambiance of a live band, the song sounded much different. It sounds just as good recorded. Before & after her set i was granted the opportunity to speak to Kiah. She's a wonderful soul that I would love to see win.
Be on the lookout!
In Mattapan, posted in front of my dad's Subaru Outback on one of my recent trips back home. It's always good to leave the city of New York. Being a city slicker, I never thought I'd enjoy seeing trees as much as I do now. It's like the air is much more crisp and I truly appreciate it more than I ever did.