Super excited about the second edition of Sam Bates and my sustainable editorials! Check out the intro from Nylon:
"Much of our current environmental crisis can be credited to the fashion industry, the second-most polluting industry in the world. But, while there is still a ton of work to be done, the past couple years have seen a new prominence within the realm of sustainable fashion, which has kicked its once earthy-crunchy reputation to the curb and proven that eco-friendly clothing and accessories don't need to sacrifice style. This shift is even apparent in the swimwear industry, one of the toughest subcategories of fashion to make sustainable, due to the nature (and the needs) of its garments.
While sustainable swimwear brands were once few and far between, with only a handful creating pieces that actually appealed to trend-minded beachgoers, this is no longer the case. Sustainable swim brands are on the rise, and they're bolder and brighter than ever. Whether boasting textiles made from recycled fishing nets or plastic bottles, or from upcycled or deadstock material, today's sustainable swim is innovative, its reducing its carbon footprint, and it certainly doesn't skimp on style.
While, yes, a lot more goes into making the swimwear industry less harsh on our planet (for example, how you care for your swim makes a huge difference, and will affect both the life of your suit and how much microplastic waste ends up in our waterways), but beginning by shopping the brands that care and are working to make a difference is a crucial, and necessary, start.
Below, check out the wildly vivid and bold world of today's leaders in sustainable swimwear. The future is, most definitely, looking bright.”
Check out the full editorial HERE!
Six months ago I was asked to do a photoshoot for an oil company. Torn between needing to pay rent and being horrified by using my creative energies to green wash an oil company. After much discussion Sam Bates and I decided to push forward and use our voice to fight for a change. This editorial with NYLON and Jenna Rose Igneri is the result. We spent months researching brands and what #sustainablefashion means. The more we researched the wider the topic became. This is only the beginning. Clara Rae Celine Semaan Amanda H. Nguyen Rhianna Jones Nouri Hassan Maya Penn Km Ngai
“The world of sustainable fashion isn't easy to navigate. There isn't always one straight answer. But today, there is a huge movement at-hand, with activists doing all they can to raise awareness on all levels—from passing legislation to youth influencing other youth. And that can't be a bad thing.
What it comes down to is that no one brand, and no one person, is perfect. Transparency is key. Collectively, we all need to do a little better, and try a little harder, and keep evolving and innovating—and we can't be discouraged by the amount of work that needs to be done. Because if we don't take action, Mother Earth will continue to suffer, and by proxy, so will we.”
Check out the full article Here
Super cute editoral Sam Bates and I made for Blanc Magazine. Zohara Even modeled for us. Features flowers by Wife NYC and the painting in one of the frames was painted by me! This shoot happened late one night as a fluke and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Check out the full editorial on Blanc’s website Here. Clothing from some huge brands like Prabal Garung, MM6 Maison Margiela, Bevza and Chris Habana.
New Campaign and Billboard for SouthPole up on the corner of 40th Street and 7th Ave in Manhattan!! I did everything from concept to making the final file! Couldn’t be more excited!! Largest photo I’ve ever had printed at 30 feet by 31 feet!! Shout out to the models Oladele and Wyatt Cooper. The billboard is up until the end of 2018, be sure to go check it out!
“Talking with emerging model, Pan Dulce, feels like a sugar rush. Pan arrived to our shoot early, confessing it’s her trademark, and for the next six hours we were wrapped in Candyland pink and the insatiable go-go dancing energy that she constantly emanates. Talking about modeling, favorite foods, and parties, our shoot stretched deep into the night and Pan kept dancing. Pan is not your run-of-the-mill quiet model; she is unapologetically herself and that energy is contagious. A disco ball filling the room with glamorous glitter. But no one describes Pan better than Pan herself, so we’ll let her do the talking. Get acquainted with New York’s new favorite rising star below.”
Fall campaign for the turtle neck brand TR; DR NY. Simple, clean turtle necks, many color ways. Had a ton of fun on this shoot, weather was absolutely fantastic. See all the images on their website Here.
I made a full brand identity for Terps2, they provide all-natural terpenes that elevate everyday cannabis experiences and let cannabis connoisseurs savor the flavor of their favorite strains. I had a lot of fun playing with these little vials and giving life to an exciting new product. Check out their website and see all the photos Here.
Karaoke With Pop's Next Big Star: Rina Sawayama, words by Erica Russell, "Since making her debut with "Sleeping in Waking," a dreamy R&B; ballad posted to SoundCloud in 2013, the Niigata-born, London-raised singer-songwriter and model has become somewhat of a darling on the music blogs. Various publications have dubbed her "the future of pop," likely for her ability to capture the anxieties of the digital age and package them in nostalgic, yet forward-facing pop melodies." Check out the rest of the article on Paper Magazine's website.
Editorial featured on Yoko Magazine, staring Liz Harlan. This editorial was inspired by Eyes Wide Shut meets a dreamy prom night. Styling by Sam Bates. Makeup my Faye Lauren, Hair by Mirna Jose. Other Models are Jackie Alberts and Jeffery Scott. So excited to publish this shoot. Check it out on Yoko's website Here.
Froom Moose Knuckle, "As soon as the snow thawed, we hit Liquor Lab, smack dab in SoHo NYC, to get schooled on specialty sips. The space is essentially a classroom full of alcohol, bar gadgets, and fresh ingredients where up to 50 participants get hands on experience shaking and stirring it up.
We caught up with Canadian cutie Freddie, aka Liquor Lab’s ‘Chief Cocktail Officer’ for custom cocktails and the scoop. The project started in Chicago and made it’s way to NYC just before the New Year but is already garnering attention and great stories.
"After an event during one of Liquor Lab's first weeks open, we received a call from someone who had attended one of our classes. She asked if we'd found her missing item. We asked what it was, as we didn’t see that anything had been left behind. She mumbled a reply, though we couldn’t quite make out what she was saying. We asked again, and got the same response. We then asked her to spell it: T - O - O - T – H. She'd somehow lost her tooth at the event and didn't notice for few hours. That was a first!"
While we hope we don’t get that drunk, we can’t promise anything."
Check out the Post Here
"New York, New York – Glassbook Media’s premier NYFW event turned out a huge, fashion-forward crowd on the evening of February 14th, coming together to celebrate diversity and inclusivity within the fashion industry. Produced in association with fashion designer Ashton Michael, spirits brand and social justice organization Zirkova One+Together, Modern Vice Shoes by Jordan Adoni, and model and talent management Zandwagon, the event attracted fashion industry elite and notable guests – including AUTHOR Editor Oona Chanel, Olympic Champion Athlete Chelsea Werner, and Actress Malgosia Garnys – who joined Glassbook Media’s Creative Director Jaz Glassfor the celebrations. "
Check out all the Photos HERE.
New Feature out in Phosphenes Music Issue #4!! Featuring The Quin Cat! This was such a fun shoot! Styled by Sam Bates, Makeup by Duchess Natalia and Hair by J. Evanie Frausto. It's only in print so you're gonna have to find it IRL but here's a quick excerpt from the interview:
"'I finally understood everything my spirit was trying to tell me all along. It was like, ‘Hey, guess what? You have a job to do, so might wanna get over the fears you got.’” Since then, Quiñ has dropped an album (Galactica), an EP (DREAMGIRL), and sprinkled singles along the way that shed light on her most personal discoveries." Stay tuned for more shoots!
The next time you’re stuck in Midtown Manhattan and need a drink (because you’re stuck in Midtown..) sneak on over to Middle Branch.
This unmarked watering hole, one of the only craft cocktail bars in Murray Hill, just celebrated 5 years in the business and already has an impressive history. The late founder, Sasha Petraske, is credited for single-handedly launching the craft cocktail revolution. In 1999, New Yorkers were drinking apple martinis, cosmopolitans and Long Island iced teas. Channeling his love for the elegance and culture of the pre-Prohibition era, Petraske opened one of the first modern speakeasies called Milk & Honey. He later opened the sister bars Little Branch, Middle Branch, and Dutch Kills in NYC as well as the Everleigh in Melbourne, Milk & Honey Soho in London, and The Varnish in LA.
Today, Middle Branch is one of the most popular bars for a first date, namely through Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge. And bartenders have no shortage of tales of people getting stood up, the blossoming of new romances (first dates that become regulars), and couples who have come in just to swap partners and go home with dates from a table next to them.
We caught up with Dan Q. Dao for the scoop and a drink. Originally from Houston, Texas, this cutie has lived in NYC for 7 years and pays his rent as a spirits, travel, and culture writer. Currently he is the Deputy Digital Editor at SAVEUR Magazine and moonlights at Middle Branch as a bartender and consultant.
Because we trust Dan's taste so much, we’ve teamed up to present SAVEUR-approved spots so you can drink in style across the globe. More suggestions coming soon.