Before The Things Were Wild.

Before the things were wild, they were rooted in nature, exuding grace and growth; fostering a boiling passion of potential, truth, and hope. Passion spent day by day leaking through the seams; seams woven by time, circumstance, and youth. But never fear, the seamster would soon give way. Like a pair of new shoes on feet well travelled mirrors the fate of circumstance. Because at the setting of the sun, and before the midnight bell chimes, on our side, he waits, the seamster, Father Time.

Creative Direction + Styling by Alexander-Julian / Photography by SUNK

Models: Jasmine Dottin + Venance Chiepodeu

 

There's a New Cat in Town.

 

There's a New Cat in Town.

photos by Fred Sands, IV

10:42 A.M., fresh off the heels of graduation, and waking up in a daze of freedom, boredom, and lawlessness to a message reading.. 

"you wanna shoot today?"

"Yea, let's run it." 

"I'm free at 2:30. I trust your vision."

Cool, because there was more sleep to be had, and more dreams to dream...  

I dreamt about the realm I was entering as a graduate, and what look would narrate what I wanted to stand for. I dreamt about moving out of the space of student and moving into the space of a budding black professional. I dreamt of how I wanted my status as a Howard Alumnus to effect my style. My style had already been "Howard-ified," if you may, over the past four years, but this, this was a whole new level. Finally out of bed, I stand in front of my closet meticulously building my outfit, as if I'm molding my future itself. I channeled my time as an employee at Suitsupply, drifted towards my affinity for long coat (with a more summer appropriate twist, of course), and threw on my newest white shoes. That morning I hopped off the stoop I had been sitting on for the past 16 years, ready to hit the mean streets of the real world, dressed like the man I want to be, in my new white shoes, and feeling like the new cat in town.

 

Summer coat by Topman Design, shirt + tie by Suitsupply, trousers by American Apparel, shoes + sunglasses by ASOS.