Grow, grow, grow.
Grow, grow, grow.
Let’s get you squared away for what to wear this summer. My favorite items that I know and love are featured below and are yours for the aping.
1st look) Why isn’t there a new Brand New album? Dude, I have no clue. Let the sadness continue with all black, just trim your toe nails and don’t cut them like talons. That’s gross.
2nd look) Are those old pennies in your pocket or are you just a toddler? Take a note from your nephew. Sneakers, striped tee and grey shorts. Get on it. You’ve got all of these things REMEMBER!
3rd look) What are these WASPy friends for anyway? White denim club. You’ve got a pair. And your chambray shirt is always on tune year round!
Whenever I pack for a weekend trip 20 minutes before I leave the house, I throw in a denim or chambray shirt, white denim, a stripe tee, black tee, black denim, and a pair of Soludos (still got my pair from last year!). Take a look at what I wore two springs ago (right here) or see what I was playing around late last summer (not much has changed, tbh.)
Got Wang taste but a Hanes budget?
Dude, I understand. I got you. No sweat. These tees won’t show it either.
Different cuts, fits, necklines and fabrications give the old Hanes a break. I personally dig the Viscose one from American Apparel right now. It’s very lightweight and has a good hang to it. Plus, it’s on sale. And while you’re at it, pick up two.
–Do you have any favorite tees that aren’t under shirts?
Shopping out of season has it perks. Sure, you can’t buy it now and wear it now. But good things come to those who wait and such, or at least that’s what I chose to follow when I was in Los Angeles last year. I made my annual stop at Opening Ceremony to snatch up all the discarded and left for the dead items that denizens of Los Angeles decided weren’t good for them that winter. I mean, you live in L.A. why would you own anything but bikinis, crop-tops and jellies, right?
I’d like to introduce you to what I’ve been working on for the past year of my life: The Collective Quarterly. Simply put, it’s a lifestyle print magazine that journeys to one city per issue and reveals how art and goods are made there. We meet characters on the ground and tell their stories, but we also take our own team and watch them create unique products. In our first issue, we went to Marfa, Texas, where we slept in teepees in the desert, met a saloon keeper with an eyepatch, and almost got stuck overnight in Mexico. Every page is also fully scannable with your smartphone. So, if you see something you like, we’ve made it very easy to obtain. But it’s more than a magazine; it’s an attempt to connect with cities and people who are living well. One thing I carry with me throughout my projects is the worry that the real message will be missed—that people will be distracted by the clothes, or the booze, or the food—and miss the larger point: that all of these things, while delightful, are mediums for human connection. In Marfa, we found the inspiration to make some products you may be interested in. Pre-orders are now available, so if you like what you see, be the first to snag these while they last.
One last thing I should say: I wouldn’t have found myself involved in this project if it weren’t for the Midwestyle. Through some stroke of good luck, my partners Jesse Lenz and Jay Gullion came across this site and liked it. Eventually we began talking via Instagram, they decided that I’d be a bearable fit for the magazine. And for that, I’m forever grateful.
Made with in U.S.A.