Worldly Possessions - Three of Three - Outerwear & Secondary Reserve
My tertiary bag (coming in hot behind a SAGxFTC backpack & a Poler duffaluffagus) is a medium-sized duffel bag from The North Face. This is another company that I am happy to support, and I’ve even gone so far as to heavily pursue design work at their corporate HQ in San Leandro, CA. Thanks to the kind folks there who helped me, even if nothing materialized of my applications & interviews.
This sub-sect of my wardrobe (again, one-half of the entirety) is basically the things I can do without, most of the time. It’s currently housed at my friend’s house in Canarsie, Brooklyn, although I’ve swapped a few items out due to wintry necessity.
That’s about it.
• Crooks & Castles jacket - from Westfield Mall, SF. a knit letterman jacket cut super-slim with a silver/black cheetah-print lining. I normally don’t get down with streetwear and this has a huge, shitty embroidery on the entire back (a la streetwear, naturally), but it fits great and I personally can’t ever see the back of the jacket so I don’t give a fuck. It’s also an homage to the pieces of shit I went to high school with in Mississippi and California, both schools had the same mascot and the same purple & gold colors. What are the chances?
• Penfield down coat - from DQM in the East Village, NYC. attaches to the Penfield hood (separate post). black-on-black tonal fern print with a ultramarine blue liner. the coat is light and warm, and down is crucial for winter.
• Banana Republic 1/4 zip sweater - one of the only Christmas sweaters I fuck with. thanks, Mom!
• Banana Republic zip hoodie - for a few years after I got it, I was disappointed because I noticed the pockets on the side, along with the ribbing at the bottom and the side-seams, wearing out prematurely - large holes formed pretty quickly. it wasn’t until I realized that the damage was from carrying a skateboard in either hand, then I started to really like the hoodie.
• knit beanie - thrift store, San Diego, CA. thanks, Mom.
• Alfani tank-tops - wifebeaters. under a t-shirt in the summer or winter (for style or heat, either/or), or by itself in public for shits & giggles.
• United Colors of Benetton shorts - from Benetton boutique, Greenwich Village, NYC. great khakis for $20, no hesitation in chopping them when I needed a pair of shorts.
• tigerstripe cargo shorts - from Army Surplus Center in Berkeley, CA. I love these. even with the built-in nylon cinch-straps I still need a belt (they slip, naturally) but whatever. I’m not trying to run to anywhere, ever.
• Polo pajama pants - steezy PJs with pockets never hurt, and they’re part of an excellent airport outfit. I like to prank my friends, either by surprising them by flying into their city and showing up at their house or by having them pick me up and I’m waiting for them wearing ridiculous clothing. I flew to San Antonio, TX to visit a friend and he saw it coming so he waited in the car. I was wearing a black shirt with green glow-in-the-dark skulls on it (see Juicy J in the “Stay Fly” video), these black & green Polo jammies, and some black & green Nike sneakers. San Antonio’s airport is located in the center of several military bases, so I got a lot of weird looks - my friend was smart enough to wait in the car, refusing to come inside to meet me because he knew I was going to embarrass him. Smart move.
• Ashbury Lil Wayne t-shirt - from Active Mailorder. it’s surprisingly hard to find t-shirts with rappers faces on them, I had to get it.
• Field Scout v-neck sweater - from Nordstrom, SF. I had designed a sweater just like this (v-neck with a thick rib and kangaroo pocket) but it never got made, project didn’t go through. I saw it in a store, though, 4 months later, so I copped it. I feel good about that.
• Banana Republic v-neck sweater - from BR boutique, Herald Square NYC. I trust good merchandising when I see it - I walked into the shop and saw this sweater paired with the (following) gingham shirt on a mannequin. I was in and out in about 5 minutes. One of my favorite shopping experiences ever.
• Banana Republic gingham l/s - see above. super slim cut, and it walks the fine line between formal & informal. I’ve worn this to interviews, on dates, holiday functions, or sometimes I wear it just to swag on em when I know everyone else is going to slack.
• Levi’s gingham l/s - from Levi’s, Union Square, SF. I bought this because I was going on a date and spilled hot-dog mustard on the other gingham shirt I was wearing (see above). The girl made fun of me a little bit for not buying a different style shirt, but I still like the shirt and I don’t talk to that girl anymore, feel me?
• UNDFTD jeans - from the UNDFTD shop, Las Vegas. good jeans although they don’t stretch whatsoever. quite a nice shop with cool employees and a small selection of their own apparel along with hundreds of sneakers. the Silverlake shop can suck my dick, though, and I mean that.
• Alfani knit boxers
• Alfani woven boxers
• assorted socks
• Vans Era sneakers - why wear anything else? standard fare in California but in NYC they’re not as functional. wear em coke white cause they look much cleaner. I like to see them transition from pristine to polluted, coffee, beer, dirt, sweat, blood… like a tapestry to see where I’ve been walking.
• Vans Old Skool sneakers - one of the best skate shoes ever. heel bruises come easily but I don’t jump down shit. the canvas upper wears out quickly but duct-tape inside keeps ‘em going strong. I also like the AVE SK8-Lo immensely (for cushioning/tech advantages & full suede upper) but the toe blows out too quickly for me due to the shape of my foot & the shoe not matching up perfectly). The Old Skools are also easier to find.
• RedWings boots - from Dave’s of America, Union Square NYC. sturdy, warm, and long-lasting. I bought these on the same day as my Penfield coat (from Dave’s Quality Meats, NYC) and they were both $150. I realized that the charges in my online billing statement were almost identical and I tried to get my money back from both of these shops under the premise that I was charged twice for a single purchase. It didn’t work.
• Vans OTW sneakers - a take on the half-cab, in maroon… I think these are fly as hell. I’m not really interested in any shoe-companies besides Vans, for skate shoes or otherwise, and it’s nice to see that they’ve expanded the OTW line. I don’t care to shop anywhere else, as most skate shoes nowadays are just variations on Vans models. “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” I would like to get a few pairs of those Nike SB Stefan Janoski’s, though - I see a lot of feet out there looking really comfortable, I hope mine are next.