Presenting Mr. Adeleke Sijuwade.
Confidence. Great vibe.
(In front of the Habana Outpost on Fulton Street in BK in case you wanted to know.)
I didn’t have much luck in LA. I didn’t go “out” as much as I thought I would. Second, when I did – and I mean this with utmost respect – I didn’t see anything that was striking.
I had a couple observations:
1. Weather. I used to think dry heat was “better than” the humid (and hot) weather people experience in places like NY. I’ve grown to like NY summer weather. In LA, I felt debilitated. Granted, I was in the San Fernando Valley, where it’s usually 5-7 degrees warmer than inner-city LA area. But when it’s already 95, 100 isn’t much worse. This really and seriously affects fashion. Which brings me to my related/corollary point.
2. Weather and City Affect Fashion. It’s very noticeable that people like to be comfortable in LA. I think people sacrifice less. This might be inherent to the city structure. Whereas in more condensed city spaces people have to sacrifice space, time and comfort because of population density and established public transportation, in LA most people drive everywhere. As I have described plenty of times to friends and family, in LA you leave your private home, enter your private garage, get in your private car/SUV, drive on public streets and highways that are privately subsidized, arrive at your private business… and do the same thing on the way back home. This could be comfortable, unless of course you’re stuck in traffic on the 405 or 101. I find myself experiencing the space with less spontaneity and interaction with the public. This is not to say that communities do not exist – ‘communities’ are weaved in larger more sprawling spaces. The notion of community needs to be discussed in larger detail, which I won’t do, but I will say that though LA has a ridiculously happening cultural base (and I predict that LA is going to give NY a run for its money in terms of art and culture in the next 10 years or less), it is inaccessible because of its draped design.
Really this can go on and on, but in my heart I love LA like no other.
All the Colours
20th st btwn 7th and 8th, near Cafe Grumpy
I got back to NYC from LA the morning of the 21st and I was at it. I loved what I saw here. When I saw them I was immediately reminded of Calvin Harris’s track “Colours.” New York is known for its black. When you hang your coat somewhere in NY, expect that everyone else’s coat is the same color, black — and if it’s the same style/brand, good luck trying to find yours. With the recent throwback (80s bleeding into the 90s), we have seen much more colour. Thank you gentlemen. Say hi to Maryland for me.
I met Urok and Angie outside the Apple Store. I ended up having a brief conversation with them about fashion and my project. They were visiting from Amsterdam…
I’m getting good at this “guess where they’re from game” – though I couldn’t pinpoint it this time, I knew they were from Europe!
I like Angie’s shoes with the white socks. Every time I see shoes of that style and size, I wish I were a perty lady! What’s interesting is that humans have grown in size over time. Most — if not all — women wouldn’t be able to fit in shoes from the turn of the century. Ankles were the size of a fifty-cent piece! Any way, they were both very stylish on a warm New York night outside the ridiculous glass Apple Store .
Thank you ladies.
Chase mentioned something about his brother owning a store on Orchard Street across from 88 Orchard cafe! Check it out! “The one with the neon purple sign.” I’ll get the name ASAP.
Black and White
I’m in LA for about two weeks. I’ll be updating with some new photos probably later today that I took from the last few days in NY. Check back soon.
Robert and I had an excellent conversation about food, fashion, and being-in-the-world. =)
His outfit was designed by Adeleke Sijuwade, who I met (and took photos of) that day as well. He’ll be up soon.
Thank you, gentlemen.
p.s. I especially like how the bicycle became an important part of the outfit.