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House of Cards

Delicate and refined. Simple and powerful.

He stands with precision and structure. As well-cut as a diamond, he steps out onto the Diamond of the field, ready to take his place in the finely tuned machine of the game. The progression from flat foundation to triumphant tower was one of time, effort and acute attention to the finest of details. Layered with Hearts, Spades, and finesse, he's risen to the skies desired by many, yet scraped by few. He strips it all away. Pulling out a Spade and watching the collapse of beauty. Reds and blacks, Clubs and Hearts-- the awe-inspiring structure of sheer skill and patience comes fluttering down. Scattered across the field. And then he starts again. He rebuilds. Rising once more with the same care and precision he had before. As much as he loves to look at his completed work, he loves the journey all the more.He's a product of his environment. A product of New York.

 

Product of New York | '86 Trophy Pack | 4.11.15

Words by Rich Etienne

Location | Studio959

Sponsored by Product Of New York  

Between the Lines

Ever since he was a child, he had a hard time fitting in. He was the reclusive introvert who spent more time mulling over the printed words scattered across the pages in the books he kept close at hand than conversing with someone he could possibly befriend. In his eyes, people were simply characters in life's novel. The individuals he observed during his daily commute were much like the men and women he cradled in his palm. With stolen glances and prolonged stares that seemingly went unnoticed, he learned to read to between the lines to develop "John," "Alissa", "Robert", and others who were now apart of his own narrative.

 

There was something amiss about this man that makes him all the more a subject of intrigue. He was poetically terrified of his own shadow; too frightened to examine the man he had become and not brave enough to think of what he could achieve with his talents. His routines were robotic. His wardrobe was littered with striped garments reminiscent of the bar codes branded on the back covers of the stacked books that stood beside him as read on. The barriers of his apartment sheltered the silence that he so adored. It was this calming quietude that relaxed his bones as his mind teleported him to the infinite landscapes of elsewhere.

 

When he had his fill of pages for the evening, it was then that sound would be reintroduced to his aphonic abode. As he made his way to the bathroom, the wooden floorboards would speak in fluent creaks. His breathing manifested itself in audibly loud yawns indicative of his fatigued state. After voiding himself of the fluids he withheld during his journeys in literature, he does something most people would deem rather peculiar. He peers at his reflection in the mirror and begins to mimic the facial expressions of the characters that he had previously observed throughout the course of his commute. It was only in this manner that he would allow the features of his face to feel emotion. His preoccupation in studying the somatic language and mannerisms of strangers reveal his desire to experience the things that cause humans to feel. This is the case of an intelligent, beautiful man, paralyzed by the fear that comes with uncertainty.   

 

Miguel wearing Braxton Jogger pants by Paige Denim in Black Gravel and Olive Drab paired with Masion Kitsune Jacket, Tomorrowland Blazers, Tan cotton woven tank by Salvatore Ferragamo. 

 

Words by Joekenneth

Model Miguel Rafael at Adam Models

Casting Gerard Pierre 

Photo Assistant Brandon Pitcher 

Sponsored by Paige Denim 

Autofocus | East Flatbush

 

The cold, it is the worst type of feeling because it goes deep to the core and holes up inside of you refusing to feel any warmth just chilling your soul and shaking it so until blue stains your skin and kisses your lips until you don’t even know if the sun still exists. Cruel winters means a time of warmth. His eyes are in "autofocus" piercing through this seasonal astonishment. His only option is to adorn himself in outer garments that will benefit. He chooses to deck himself in a sleeveless, close-fitting and waistless garment. The vest. And to compliment it in a final layer, the topcoat. Style shall overcome this seasons brutal brisk air.

Sponsored by LandsEnd featuring Jeremy Mitchell 

Pensive

Model | Joekenneth Museau

Location | Oxford, Connecticut

Sponsored by Moose Knuckles

Color Blind

Life in the city is too vivacious and vibrant to be limited to a boring routine. Too often we get caught up  in the same and forget how to explore new and refreshing changes. Why dull your senses in black and white when you can live life in color! The art decorating the landscapes around us all, can only get cooler by the clothes that we wear. Add a few more words to the thousands that we see on the street by shopping fresh, Fall choices at Eddie Bauer and #LiveYourAdventure.

 

Model Kadeem Johnson wearing the Bainbridge field jacket in Hazelnut from the pop-up shop on 100 5th Ave. The Photographs in this post were shot Bushwick, Brooklyn.  

Sponsored Content by Eddie Bauer.

 

The Scholar

The class room is a place where we fill our brains with knowledge and cultivate skills for the real world. Many are constantly and consistently in search of a real job, chasing real dreams, all to acquire a real paycheck. Some are left with never ending tuition paired with student loans. The question rises, "What makes a scholar ?" Is it the amount of degrees you've accumulated and classes you've passed with flying scores?  When you work hard, you'll surely reap the benefits. Many are familiar with the phrase," Action speaks louder than words." In this case, dedication speaks louder than a GPA. The competition is fierce and if you want to be the "crème de la crème", you'll have to give it your all.  Another school year, another reason to succeed, another reason to dropout. The world is full of surprises and we are all just students of life. While we are preparing for success, why not dress for success?

Location | Houston St at Varick St

Model | Kiefer Dixon

Content endorsed by Lands' End

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Free Sprit

A free sprit longing for a great escape finds herself longing for deep water. She needs to become one with the ocean. Her desires to take in the last days of summer can not be contained, so she explores the land to satisfy her craving.  The golden hour is upon her but only if time could stand still while she glazes over the twilight. She cools off with a night dive and forgets about the worries and anxieties of the day. But naturally her love for the deep blue is short lived. Mystery and seduction soon follows as Cool Water Night Dive by Davidoff keeps her company.  The fresh scent of shivering mint and cold watery fruits grabs her attention but woody richness keeps her fulfilled. She continues to reflects over the ocean and smells the freshness of the fragrance. Another summer comes and goes. 

Like our free sprit many of us love the ocean, but few are really conscious of the delicate balance that governs this facile environment. Davidoff Cool Water and the National Geographic Society are committed to preserving the ocean by continuing their partnership to help protect the ocean. Be apart of the movement by using the #LovetheOcean on Instagram because every post helps protect  50,000 square feet of the ocean. Long live the waters."  

 

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