Farm & Fashion | Armidale, Australia

It's not too often that fashion takes me to Sydney, Australia. Naturally, you would expect fashion capitals cities like London, New York, Paris and Milan. So this visual voyage to the land down under was truly an eye opening experience. My role in this three day journey was to document the genesis of the suit making process which starts on a farm in New South Wales. When a little lamb is born his natural resources will produce some of the world's most prestigious fabrics. The other portion of the trip was to see the wool in action with a special Zegna Fall 2013 fashion show and 50th anniversary of the Wool award at the Royal Hall of Industries. In a nutshell, we saw the farm's way and the runway. The Zegna teams and the wool industry gave us a behind the scene look at the unbreakable bond of marriage between farm and fashion.

The media team and I woke up at the crack of dawn to visit the farm in Airdale, located one hour south of Sydney. Voyaging on an imitate aircraft overseeing the landscape views from Sydney to farms of New South Wales . Clearly, the words astonishing and breathtaking made a visual collaboration to say the least. Fresh air, cool waters, and a bright bold sun was what my eyes could see from my seat in the sky. The moment we landed we were on the road driving to Wilson Creek Farm. Motorcycle and truck drives sped through the rural area. No traffic,no need to slow down. While snapping away, I started noticing sheeps appear through my lens, a clear indication that we've arrived. Our greeting was no other then "baa." Then the wool breeders and shearers gave us a detailed tour of their role in the wool industry. Honestly, the wool production was a lot of information to process but visually everything made sense. Watching sheep shearing alongside styling gents in plaid wool suits was surreal. Something out of a menswear movie. Fashion and Farm walking side by side in a codependent relationship. Seeing the Zegna family and Farm family unite made me realize this experience was beyond clothes. This is a way of life, I mean one family happens to be an über luxe fashion brand but you get the point. Seeing the whole family participate in the wool production strengthen my appreciation for the fiber. The material has to be sent from the land down below to America, which explains the cost of a Zegna suit. So supporting the wool industry essentially means not using alternative fabrics so wool breeders don't have to use their property for alternative use. We wouldn't want to hinder this unique partnership.

The shots of me are by Filippo Fiora.

Reflections | Shot by Benjamin Rosser

To celebrate African American History month, I would like to reflect on encouraging quotes from leaders and influencers that have inspired us. These individuals have paved a way so that people like me can inspire others and have the opportunity to create in this world. So regardless of your nationality and background, let's take a moment to ponder on their greatness and appreciate their words. If any of the quotes listed below particularly stand out to you, please share your favorite. And don't hesitate to add some. 

Have a great superbowl weekend. 

-Dapper 

1. Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

2. I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.-- Muhammad Ali The Greatest 

3. Have a vision. Be demanding. -- Colin Powell

4. I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear. -- Rosa Parks

5. Just like you can buy grades of silk, you can buy grades of justice.-- Ray Charles

6. Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. -- Booker T. Washington

7. Yes we can. -- Barack Obama

8. Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power. -- Barbara Jordan

9. The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself—the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us—that's where it's at.  -- Jesse Owens 

10. Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.-- Arthur Ashe quoted in Sports Illustrated

11. Be black, shine, aim high.  -- Leontyne Price

12. Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind. -- Quincy Jones

13. Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise. "Still I rise," And Still I Rise  - Maya Angelou

14. The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now. -- Bill Cosby

Shot by Benjamin Rooser

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