My Style: Black Spade

Musician, Producer, Designer

 

 

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Describe your personal style. My style is a mix of streetwear with a Japanese influence, specifically Japan’s take on American classic styles. I am pretty much always wearing something that is custom made or reconstructed vintage.

What are you wearing today? A selvedge denim kimono from a clothing line I’m working on with Brandin Vaughn called Classic Culture. The bucket hat is from SwedLife, jeans are Strivers Row, and the shoes were custom-made by a local company called SneakerKyngs.

What’s your most recent fashion obsession? I love unconventional streetwear and am a huge fan of the Japanese Americana brand Visvim. They are doing these moccasin sneakers that I have my eyes on. I am also a huge fan of Valentino and how he works‰Û_the dude’s amazing.

What runway trends are you loving right now? I’m real happy with Kenzo. My good friends, music group Shabazz Palaces, did a commercial video for them and it was shot by the same person that did my first video, “Evil Love.” I’ve gotta get some Kenzo pieces!

What item from your closet can you not live without? Pre-washed Japanese selvedge denim by Strivers Row or Cult of Individuality.

What is your go-to piece? Denim! I will wear good jeans until they fall off.

Who are some of your favorite designers? I love Hiroki Nakamura and have always been a fan of Ralph Lauren and Alexander McQueen. I really loved Todd Oldham back when he was making Paper Denim. I though he was so dope back in the day.

Where do you shop in STL? I tend to piece things together from several different places. I shop SwedLife for five-panels and T-shirts, DNA for streetwear, and thrift stores like Goodwill. If I get an idea or want something specific, I look to Brandin (Vaughn, Classic Culture) to help me create it.

What is your biggest fashion pet peeve? I can’t stand flashy jeans that are doing too much with stitching and flap pockets and all that. Not everyone follows fashion, but I think it’s important to invest in proper jeans and shoes.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to find a way to express their style? Your confidence has to be there. I treat fashion like it’s art or like a history project. If I don’t know about something, I will look it up. I love to learn about fashion. It’s all about trial and error.

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Photo credit: Attilio D’Agostino

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