It was a lesson in clean casual. Meeting up with Marko from the IanMarko team was a morning well spent in the city. We met in front of the Harry's corner shop wall and had a creative jam-sesh snapping photos for each other. Their startup is founded in Charlotte, so I was excited to get a message from Marko saying that he would be in the city for a few days. It has been a meeting we've both been looking forward to for a while. I skipped my morning classes and got my butt from Philly to New York to talk about how they are shaking up the South.
IanMarko is dedicated to their approach of creating timeless American clothing staples and introducing them in a contemporary environment. Striving to create a clean and effortless aesthetic. They recently launched another new product on their site, and Marko told me about some secrets that will be released in time. You can check out some other photos we did together here, and don't be surprised if you see some more work between the two of us!
In some ways, you see my friend Cody on here more than you see me. Cody was one of my first friends I made when getting into UPenn, and he has become one of my best friends and working partners. It also helps he has style out the wazoo. He is one of those guys that gets it, and you can't teach it. It's weird weather in Philly, and some days are trying to bring back the nostalgia of summer. Either way, Cody is ready to roll in these perfectly cut chinos and oxford button down.
"Them" is my new photography project that will feature my friends that I draw inspiration from. Founders of charities, musicians, designers, and some other really cool people that I'm fortunate enough to surround myself with. I'm really excited about this project, and for my viewers to understand my creative process on an even deeper level. Get excited to see some new style of photography and different fashion sense from everyone featured.
I'm not the tallest guy in the world. I barely pull off calling myself 5'8... shoes help. However, one advantage of being my size comes into play in the style world. I find it extremely easy to look sharp at my height, but this isn't the case for every gent. A lot of tall guys have problems finding clothes that fit them properly. A struggle I've never had to face. My friend Chaz is a great model for those guys that have the gift of height, but don't want to come off as dangly and uncomfortable in their own clothes. Everything on Chaz is cut to his body. I always make notes about how I cuff my pants to give that extra appearance of height and flash my ankles... but that isn't needed when you are already pushing 6'4. This one is for the tall guys, so give me back my lunch money.
Call me old school, but I have an obsession with products made 100% in the USA. Going to school in Philadelphia has shown me that the entire city has made an effort to keep it's Americana roots, especially in design. Philadelphia also has me running into amazing people doing really cool work. My last feature on Mettlers American opened the door to working with Louis Pollack, the head of Fairwear. Louis, like myself, is a biking aficionado... leading him to design what bikers like myself need. A performance fleece that is as style conscious as it is tech smart... creating something that I can wear on and off my bike.
Talking to Louis in a small cafe just off of Penn's campus, I can tell he puts genuine effort into making the best products he can. Biking throughout Philadelphia poses all types of physical difficulties... wind tunnels, going up long inclines, and of course crazy drivers. All of these factors makes it hard to regulate your body temperature, especially in the Fall. Sometimes you're too hot, sometimes your too cold... you get the point. Fairwear's new performance fleece (check it out here) has solved that issue. I took it on a test run today and from the weight efficiency to the moisture-wicking material; Louis nailed it. Did I forget to mention that it looks banging.
A big thank you to Cody Min Photography for handling the camera side of this feature.