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The 15 Best Dressed NBA Players (Plus Some of The Worst)

In the past 20 or so years, the NBA tunnel has become one of the most-discussed style environments outside of the fashion world. There are some players who just come to hoop and don’t engage with “tunnel fit” culture, but then there are those who have come to view their arrival to each game as a pseudo-runway, donning their very best to get flicked up. From the iconic to the jaw-droppingly heinous, here are the best dressed NBA players in the game, plus a few of the worst for good measure.

The Best Dressed NBA Players

These are the cream of the crop, the players who view the tunnel as an avenue for personal expression through what they wear. Some of these players have some misses, but that’s to be expected when they commit to experimenting and pushing boundaries with their daily fits. The best-dressed NBA players are the hoopers who have donned more hits than misses by a wide margin.

1. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
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Shai kills it every time, that’s all we have to say. He knows his proportions, and he knows how to work them. This fit has some beautiful textural contrast with the Marni mohair and the leather pants, and the Comme forces just tie it all together. What’s more, we had a hard time choosing just one outfit to judge from him.
He’s so good.

2. Jordan Clarkson
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Jordan Clarkson knows how to make oversized clothing work on an NBA player’s frame, and that’s commendable to say the least. This fit here has some nice color blocking, mixing neutral tones with the Red Wings jersey and the color hits on the Off-White 2s.

3. Frank Jackson
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Frank Jackson isn’t exactly an all-star player on an all-star team, but luckily it gives him plenty of time to think about fashion. He’s always full of surprises, rocking a nice punk look with his Raf Simons Doc Martens here. The sleeveless tee is a bold choice, but he really makes it work. Sometimes his fits can be a little basic, but they almost always look good.

4. Russell Westbrook
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Russ has probably gone through the greatest fashion transformation in the league, and for that we love him. He always had his ear to the ground when it comes to clothes, and recently it has really clicked. We can forgive the 2014-2015 era for him, because let’s be honest, it was a cringe period for all of us. Here he’s having a little oversized y2k moment, and it’s smooth as butter. He even knew to cuff the sleeves, unlike somebody in their pink Raf sweater (staring deeply into your soul, Kuz).

5. PJ Tucker
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PJ Tucker has easily the best sneaker collection in the league. He’s full of surprises like unreleased and f&f Jordans, OG Yeezy’s, and the latest in dope sneaker collaborations. The tones on this outfit are nice, cool, and collected, and really make the Patta Air Maxes pop. Also, respect the balaclava movement. I could’ve gone for some baggier pants here, but that’s a personal choice rather than an objective fashion decision.

6. Tyler Herro
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We call Tyler Herro “Mr. Cool” around these parts. Herro always has some sort of drippy look going on, which is usually accompanied by shades and a nice pair of kicks. Very Miami Vice if you ask us.

7. Jalen Green
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Jalen Green is being invited to shows. Moschino fashion shows at that. Those invites aren’t just handed out to everybody. In order to attend, you have to show that you have a great sense of style yourself. Green’s style is very eclectic, and we love it.

8. Ben Simmons
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Ben Simmons pulled up to Summer League in the Burberry y’all. We’re feeling the retro 1970s look Ben has been sporting lately.

9. Cade Cunningham
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We’ve seen Cade’s drip in person, and believe us when we say the drip is fresh to def. Cade definitely knows how to put an outfit together for sure.

10. Chris Paul
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Whether it’s an HBCU shirt or a suit, you know Chris Paul is always going to bring the on and off the court fits.

11. Jayson Tatum
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We’re choosing a shoe picture because it’s just an example of how Jayson Tatum always brings something unique to the style game. We’ll describe Tatum’s style as laid back with an epic sense of flair. That sounds about right.

12. Kyle Kuzma
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Although Kuz has had his fair share of misses, his commitment to pushing boundaries and always trying out new silhouettes has to put him somewhere on this list. Some of his misses are surely as notorious as his hits, but he’s got to get credit for trying.

13. Myles Turner
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Look at Myles go with his Enter The Matrix fit. This tunnel picture is one of the many examples of Myles Turner bringing the sick fits during the NBA season. Whether it’s casual, semi-casual, or a little more on the upscale side, Myles always delivers.

14. D’angelo Russell
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Guess who was at Milan Fashion Week? If you guessed D’angelo Russell you are correct. Once again, these fashion week invites aren’t just handed out to anybody. You have to be a “somebody” in the fashion world, and as proven by his many signature fits, D’angelo is definitely a somebody.

15. Terance Mann
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They call him “Red Carpet” Terance. Whether it’s a pre-game tunnel outfit, or it’s on the red carpet for a popular movie premiere, you known Terance is going to bring his A-game. We also must note that his shoe game is impeccable as well.

The Worst

To be considered for “the worst,” these players can’t be the pure hoopers who don’t subscribe to the tunnel fit ethos. It wouldn’t be fair to include players like Giannis Antetokounmpo, who wear Nike tech fits each and every day to allocate all of their time for focus on the game.

Like with the best, some of these guys certainly have had some decent fits in their careers, but these are the players who produce more misses than hits.

1. Serge Ibaka
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Poor Serge, who let you out the house like this? Serge is a perfect example of a player on “the worst” list who has some good fits up his sleeve, but the bad ones outweigh the good. He falls to prey to a pitfall many larger NBA players succumb to, where a lot of his clothes just don’t seem to fit right.

Honestly, this scarf fit is far from his worst, but it was so meme-ified when it happened back in 2020 that we had to include it.

2. James Harden
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I really hope that this one doesn’t need elaborating for our readers. Tights under shorts in a non-athletic setting was already an awful trend in the mid 2010s, but sweatpants? Are you serious? Not to mention the ugly matching patterns he’s got on, and another Rick Owens disgrace. People need to understand there is a set and setting for Rick Owens, and this is definitely not it.

When he opts for something more muted, Harden has certainly pulled off a fit or two, but when he tries to up his game it tends to fall flat.

3. LeBron James
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Bron consistently goes for cropped / pin-rolled looks and it never hits. The above fit is a rare instance where the clothes actually fit pretty well, but the vision is just not it. So although Bron doesn’t rock particularly terrible fits, his usual fare doesn’t fit his frame well, and when he tries to put together something cohesive, it’s pretty odd.

For your regular degular 6’9″ guy, we’d understand having trouble finding clothes that fit properly, but when you make $40 million+ a year, don’t be afraid to throw a few shekels over to a tailor. He does have some solid fits from time to time, but as one of the greatest players of all time, we think he’ll live if he takes a little heat for his tunnel fits.

Oh also, happy birthday to the King.

4. Anthony Davis
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AD—perhaps more than anyone on this list—falls victim to his size. At 6’10” with unbelievably wide shoulders, Davis’ commitment to skinny pants doesn’t do any favors to his overall silhouette. He ends up having a cartoonishly odd shape, reminiscent of some of anime’s big top / little bottom characters—see, Bartholomew Kuma.

Not even wider pants could salvage the above outfit though; it’s just a mess. If his goal was to opt for something matching (as signaled by the vest/hoodie combo), then a more coordinated pair of pants would have worked. As is, there’s just nothing cohesive about this outfit, and none of the individual pieces bring anything that interesting to the table.

5. Tim Duncan
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While Timmy’s coaching looks are definitely a step up from his playing days, he still could use a little assistance. Tim, you could have paired the varsity jacket with sneakers. Varsity jackets do not go with dress shoes. We can’t explain why, but they just don’t.

6. Steve Nash
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Poor Steve. He has never been able to get it quite right when it comes to fashion. Not as a player, and not now as a coach. Maybe one day Steve, maybe one day.


The 9 Most Iconic Airport Fashion Moments of All Time

Paparazzi are a universally hated, yet somewhat integral part of modern celebrity culture. The vast majority of their time is spent harassing Hollywood actors and musicians, and while celebrities undoubtedly deserve privacy, paparazzi photos grant us common folk a little bit of insight into the lives of the world’s elite. Most of all, we get to see their outfits when they’re really out, not dolled up by the latest trending fashion designer at a red carpet event. There’s one genre of paparazzi photo that stands out above the rest, though: airport fashion.

Airports are more or less a stressful experience for everyone, regardless of wealth, so most people opt for the most comfortable thing in their wardrobe to ease their cortisol levels. But celebrities are celebrities after all, and have found plenty of ways to fuse comfort and style over the years.

What is “Airport Fashion”?
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When air travel first became accessible, many treated it like a special occasion, donning their finest duds for their trip to the sky. As the mode of transport has become more mundane, the glitz of the nascent era was shed for a growing commitment to comfort.

In the present day, everyone has a slightly different approach to airport fashion. But we all integrate some aspect of our personal style punctuated by a commitment to remaining comfortable on a lengthy journey. The 90s were an incredible era for the development of the style, seeing celebrities begin to don notable looks while maintaining a pedestrian quality. Below, we take a look at how the evolution of the style has branched off into numerous approaches to getting dressed for travel.

The Best Airport Fashion Moments
1. Woody Harrelson
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Looking at this 90s fit from Woody now, it’s almost prophetic. Obviously style is cyclical to some degree, but combining the trucker hat, varsity jacket, and dunks, is contemporary fashion in a nutshell. Primary colors just always work, and the contrasting blue and red throughout with little hits of yellow from the Simpsons characters just tie together so nicely. I mean, he even matched his notebook. Coming from a 2022 angle, I might have ditched the scarf with this one, but like I said earlier, comfort is key.

2. Rihanna
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There’s no way Rihanna flies commercial flights anymore, considering she’s a billionaire, but we’ve been lucky to catch snapshots of her before all of Fenty’s success. She’s always dressed well for every occasion, and this outfit is the embodiment of quality airport attire. She’s gone full comfort, but never fails to take proportions into consideration. The massive denim jacket with quilted lining not only looks ridiculously comfortable, but it creates a striking silhouette that works well with the slimmer Off-White sweats and fuzzy slides she has on. Virgil’s trademark white text ties well with the glimpses of white quilting peeking from the inside of the denim jacket, and the subtle change from navy to black splits the outfit well from top to bottom. Top it off with a Dior tote and you’ve got yourself a banger.

3. Mick Jagger and Bill Wyman
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We’ve got a twofer here for you guys. Sadly the only photo I could find is in black and white, and doesn’t capture all of Mick Jagger’s outfit, but it does nab the part that matters: those insane ski goggle-esque sunglasses. This photo is from 1965, but I think those sunnies could come out in a Prada collection next year and nobody would bat an eye. His jacket has a beautiful fit that probably inspired Hedi Slimane, and even in black and white you can tell it has an incredible suede-like texture to it.

Let’s not forget Bill Wyman either, who kills it with the classic 60s turtleneck and 3-button jacket combo and some nice wool pants. Plus, his sunglasses are insane too. I need them both.

4. Matthew McConnaughey
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Man, I love this one. It’s so simple it’s almost hard to allow it in this list, but everything works so well I can’t resist. Colors and textures are on point here, with the softness of the shirt (that’s presumably linen or some other light material) pairing well with both the light wash blue jeans and the black leather bag he’s got on. Add in some sleek Oakley-style sunglasses and a pair of hiking boots and I’m sold. It’s 90s nostalgia straight to the bloodstream and I love it. Also, if you look at almost any picture of Matthew from 1997, he’s probably wearing those sunglasses. Man loved those damn things.

5. Allen Iverson
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Okay, I did say the last one was borderline too simple so this one shouldn’t really make the cut either, but Allen Iverson’s swagger is simply inimitable and it’s a textbook airport fit. They just don’t make players like this anymore. The monotone sweat suit would be relatively mundane if it weren’t for the beautiful 2000s proportions, but the fit of a piece matters more than anything else. It’s a really nice shade of gray that pairs well with the white tall tee and sneakers, and then the iconic Louis Vuitton duffle really takes this to the next level. It’s summer in New York and I want to wear a sweat suit right now, so that should tell you something.

6. Matt Damon
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This really looks like an outfit pulled right out of 2022. A pair of light wash jeans paired with boots, a ringer tee and a trucker hat is the kind of outfit you’re likely to see on the IG explore page. It perfectly encapsulates airport fashion; wear something that’s comfortable, but make sure you’re looking good.

7. Nicolas Cage
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Jeans were clearly the go-to pants for men taking to the skies throughout the 90s. The fit of this black pair coupled with Nic’s vintage bomber jacket and pointy boots is an unbelievably cohesive fit that would be just as appropriate at the airport as it would on the streets of NYFW.

8. Ralph Fiennes and Francesca Annis
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This is an absolute all-timer from Fiennes and his then-partner Francesca Annis. The jacket alone is a grail-level piece. Paired with some loosely fitting khakis and a slouchy sweater, the whole outfit just seems unbelievably comfortable. It’s also nice how the two of them are matching, and Fiennes’ beret is just the cherry on top.

9. Burt Reynolds
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No one can power-clash conflicting patterns quite like Burt Reynolds. Lesser men—who boast lesser mustaches—probably couldn’t pull off this turtleneck under patterned shirt under patterned four-button suit combo. But on Reynolds, it looks like the most comfortable and appropriate outfit he could possibly wear. Hats off to Burt for this powerhouse of an outfit.


Who is Tremaine Emory?

Tremaine Emory is without a doubt one of the most prolific designers in the fashion landscape today. Even if you don’t recognize his name, you’ve surely seen his work at some point. Emory’s brand, Denim Tears, has been cosigned by the likes of Kanye West and A$AP Nast, to name a few. His work has also been featured at the Met Museum’s “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibit. He hasn’t just worked with museums, though. Tremaine Emory’s laundry list of collaborators runs the gamut from classic American brands like New Balance and Levi’s to streetwear icons like Stüssy and Off White. And he made headlines earlier this year when he was named Creative Director of Supreme.

Early Life

Tremaine Emory was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1981, but was raised in Queens, New York. Aside from this, very little is known about Emory’s childhood and education as he has historically been a rather private person.

We do know where Tremaine Emory’s career began, however. The designer cut his teeth working for Marc Jacobs in New York, then moving to continue his work with the brand in London in 2010. Emory reportedly worked with Marc Jacobs for nine years until he eventually moved on in his career.

Current Work

By the late 2010’s Tremaine Emory had made his way to Stüssy, where for a period he served as the label’s brand director-at-large. In 2017, Frank Ocean enlisted Emory to help create the Boys Don’t Cry magazine as part of the artist’s Blonde album rollout. During this time Emory also moved to Los Angeles while he consulted for Kanye West.

Not long after, Emory launched his own brand Denim Tears in 2019. Denim Tears, and Tremaine Emory’s career at large, revolves around the black experience in the United States and highlighting the African diaspora. In an interview with The Face, Emory describes the brand in his own words, “Denim is made from cotton. America is made from cotton. The black experience started with picking cotton. So, denim tears. Metaphorically if you look at a pair of jeans or any garment that’s cotton, it traces all the way back to that.”

If you’re familiar with Denim Tears, it’s likely that you’ll recognize Emory’s signature cotton wreath adorning several of his works, notably his denim collaboration with Levi’s. After seeing painter Kara Walker post a photo of a cotton wreath on Instagram during the holidays, Emory was inspired by the tongue-in-cheek commentary on black enslavement and made the wreath a motif for the brand.

Managing the success of his own label is clearly not an easy feat, but that simply isn’t enough for Emory. Most recently, the designer was appointed to the role of creative director at none other than streetwear’s holy grail: Supreme. After Awake NY founder, Angelo Baque, departed Supreme in 2017 the brand was acquired by VF Corp, which also owns Vans and The North Face.

The billion dollar acquisition was concerning for many, and widely considered a bad omen that Supreme would lose its cool factor. It’s true, the brand has heavily relied on the brand recognition afforded by its logo to make sales in recent years. However, Supreme founder James Jebbia claimed that the brand would be staying true to its roots, and hiring a friend like Tremaine Emory rather than a corporate individual with no experience is a step in the right direction.

Since the announcement that Emory would be joining Supreme in late 2021, the brand’s weekly drops have improved immensely. We’re seeing much more work that features beautiful details and storytelling over the classic Bogo, and Emory will undoubtedly steer Supreme in a new direction which will likely see the brand collaborating more with smaller brands and artists in addition to the big name collaborations we’ve become familiar with.


5 of the Best Design Galleries in New York

When most of us think of a gallery setting, we imagine paintings and other works of art littering the walls in a spacious array of artistic expression. Unbeknownst to many, however, the past few decades have seen a distinct rise in galleries displaying the work of designers from around the globe. Now, more than ever, the world is catching on to the incredible work being produced by artisans and ingenious craftspeople who bridge the gap between what is considered furniture and artwork. New York City has become a hotbed of inventive designers and gallerists, so without further ado, here are five of the best design galleries to explore in New York.

1. R and Company

R & Company is arguably the OG of the contemporary design gallery format. The gallery has become a global leader in its industry throughout its 20-year life, and founders Zesty Myers and Evan Snyderman have become well known for identifying emerging talents. R & Company has two locations; the inaugural address is 82 Franklin Street, where they offer a rotating exhibition of the company’s extensive roster of designers. The newer location, which opened in 2018, is located on 64 White Street and features solo and thematic exhibitions, as well as R & Company’s extensive archive of design ephemera from the 1900’s and onward.

2. The Future Perfect

The Future Perfect is nearly as old as R & Company, and was founded in 2003 by David Alhadeff. Alhadeff has turned The Future Perfect into a world renowned platform for contemporary interior design, with The New York Times going so far as to call him the “foremost champion of American design.” Uniquely, The Future Perfect’s locations in New York and Los Angeles are houses, rather than typical gallery spaces. This allows them to curate a wide selection of product in a manner that naturally mimics the lived environment that would house the furniture. Each Future Perfect location offers a distinct and site-specific experience based on the locale. Find The Future Perfect at the St Lukes Townhouse in Manhattan’s West Village, but be sure to get an appointment first.

3. Friedman Benda

Friedman Benda truly embodies the unique space that a design gallery occupies. To be frank, it’s hard to even call it a design gallery. Friedman Benda wears many shoes, weaving together narratives in design, art, architecture, and craft, with a distinct attention towards cutting edge technological exploration. Friedman Benda also takes extra care to view design history through a critical lens, opting to highlight artists and designers with perspectives that have been marginalized in the past or are less established. Find their New York location at 515 W 26th Street in Chelsea, or if you’re out west look for them in Los Angeles.

4. Salon Design

Salon Design offers a highly curated assortment of artists and designers from around the globe, and takes great pride in the service they provide. Salon’s expert staff will assist with anything you could need, and will pair artisans and designers with whatever project you have in mind. They facilitate the selection and customization of pieces, all based on your needs, desires, and budget. Find Salon Design at 435 Broome Street in Manhattan.

5. Les Ateliers Courbet

Les Ateliers Courbet is a celebration of masterful craftsmen and their work. Representing both contemporary artisans and centuries-old manufacturers, Les Ateliers Courbet’s exhibitions honor the techniques required to created beautiful objets d’art. If that’s not enough, the adjoined salons offer a wide range of timeless designs from the Ateliers’ deep archives. Additionally, Les Ateliers Courbet facilitates collaboration between artisans and larger design firms, like Venini’s glass blowers and Tadao Ando, or Nepalese weavers and Frank Gehry. Check them out at 134 10th Avenue.


Rowing Blazers Roars into Summer ’22 with a New Collection

Everyone’s favorite classics brand, Rowing Blazers, is back with a healthy dose of nostalgia for Summer 2022. Known for their disruptive takes on traditional menswear staples, Rowing Blazers is dropping the first release of their summer collection today, June 16, alongside a healthy dose of beautiful look book imagery.

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The look book, which was shot partially at a location near the brand’s studio in Brooklyn and at the historic Cooper Hewitt museum on the Upper East Side, features a cast of friends of the brand, including Euphoria‘s very own Henry Eikenberry, who portrays Derek in the show.

The collection features both men’s and women’s tailoring in the familiar boating stripes that made Rowing Blazers’ name, along with variations in seersucker and navy wool. Additionally, the brand is reissuing products from its first ever collection, way back in 2017. If that wasn’t enough to get you excited, Rowing Blazers is also throwing in a premium basics collection, full of rugbies, polos, tees, and sweats inspired by American vintage clothing found at Japanese vintage shops.

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Creative director and founder of the brand, Jack Carlson, explains the slower release schedule of the brand this year, saying “I think it’s good to do that from time to time. It’s allowed us to do some really strong work. We have a lot of exciting projects coming out throughout this summer, including collaborations with K-Swiss, Murray’s Toggery, La Martina, and SEGA… and preparing to open a new flagship store in New York.” It’s no surprise, that with so many things going on, Rowing Blazers would want to take their time with this collection.

The collection seems to be somewhat of a return to form for the brand, with the look book coming together in a similar way to early releases. “This look book feels like our earliest look books, when we would shoot a bunch of our friends over two days: one at Princeton and one in Chinatown. This year, we did one day in Brooklyn and one day at the historic Cooper Hewitt,” says Carlson. In that same vein, the short hiatus for the brand has allowed the team to reflect on what’s really important, and craft each piece with intention and care.

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The first release of the collection drops today, June 16 and can be found on Rowing Blazers’ website. Stay tuned for future releases.


Dissecting the Recipe for Virality with Davide Perella

If you spend any amount of time on Instagram, which I’m sure all of us do at this point, its extremely likely you’ve come across Davide Perella’s work. Whether it’s a pair of Nike Swoosh shaped glasses gracing the bridge of J Balvin’s nose, or a pair of spliced together Nike Birkenstocks, Perella has an ingenious knack for creating viral moments. The graphic designer’s Instagram page is full of chimerical faux collaborations, born from a longing for partnerships that will never come to fruition. We were recently fortunate enough to chat with Davide about what exactly goes into his internet-breaking images.

How Davide Perella Got Started

Davide Perella discovered his passion for graphic design and communication early on, in middle school. “I was tasked with making an itinerary for the tourism commission, and my teachers told me I needed to study graphic design.” So, upon graduating, Perella moved to Florence to study graphic design and communication.

Ironically, one of Perella’s first assignments at university was to create a design with a Nike swoosh, which he says failed miserably (and likely sparked his obsession with the logo.) After finishing his schooling, Perella took his skills to the freelance market, landing a gig with Evisu creating graphics for everything from social media accounts to retail imagery.

Things really kicked into gear when Davide relocated to Milan, where high profile clients like Alberta Ferretti and Moschino sought out his work after noticing him on Instagram. Davide’s personal work has always been a part of his life, which he shares continuously to the platform as he creates. Perella preaches about the reach of social media and its increasing utility for finding work through nontraditional means, saying, “When Moschino noticed me, I realized the power of Instagram. That validation made me feel like I was on to something.”

Bootleg and Beyond

Despite all of his work for high profile clients like Moschino, which he loves, Perella’s true passion always lies with his personal work. “Instagram is so cool because there are no rules, no restrictions. You are free to work at your own pace and truly express yourself.” For Perella, who is a self-described shopaholic, this means wishing products into existence. “I’ll go to a store looking for something, like maybe a Nike jacket with a huge logo, and if I can’t find it I’ll make it myself.” Davide points out the current state of fashion and its reliance on collaboration, saying that general release products in store are typically much more stale in comparison.

It’s this longing for products that don’t exist yet that drives Perella’s passion for bootleg culture. “People love things that they can’t buy, that might be a bit taboo in some sense,” he describes, “and the Swoosh, it’s like the color black. It fits perfectly everywhere.” It only takes a short glance at Perella’s work to see exactly what he means; Nike’s iconic check mark is littered all over his page in a wide array of creative applications.

His latest viral moment, a pair of Birkenstocks emblazoned with the Swoosh across the strap, looks so natural even his audience was confused as to whether or not the shoes were going to be available. Perella’s penchant for design derives from his distinct approach, which taps into the most important aspects of consumer behavior: familiarity and originality.

What makes Davide so special is his ability to perfectly combine the two, bringing together two extremely popular brands, but possibly in an unexpected way. It’s the balance between the two that creates a successful design. In retrospect, some of his ideas might even seem obvious, which could explain why they resonate so well with his audience. “It’s possible that people have thought of these things before, but they might not have the means or ability to do it,” he tells me. So much of Perella’s work hits you with that feeling of “God, why didn’t I think of this?” which is an art in and of itself.

It should go without saying that Perella’s favorite work to date is creating custom pieces for none other than J Balvin, one of the best selling Latin artists of all time. Davide describes the experience as surreal: “I was just at the park running, and all of the sudden I see a message from J Balvin and freaked out.” Perella only had a render of the glasses at the time, so he rushed to get the glasses made, constructing the shades himself from plexiglass and frames from other glasses.

Hilariously, the success of the glasses resulted in the bootlegger becoming the bootlegged. Not even a week after Davide shipped off the prototype, his friends in Beijing sent him a photograph of all of them wearing faked versions of his very own design, available through AliExpress. “At least they’re talking about it, though,” he jokes.

What’s Next?

For now, Davide has his plate full with work for Moschino and other clients, all while building his personal brand image. He hopes to expand upon that soon, dreaming of launching something of his own one day. “I want to keep it small, though. Maybe one pair of shoes, or a bag.” It’s clear that Davide cares deeply about his work, and bides his time for the right moment.

Ultimately, the goal is to realize his collaboration mockups one day. “If I could collaborate with anybody it would probably be Nike or Prada,” he says off the top of his head. When I pry a little bit for a more niche answer, Davide tells me Saucony or Li-Ning would be fun. “I think it would be really fun to work with a brand that’s less hyped, and breathe some new life into it.” Davide’s takes are perfectly representative of his design philosophy. Either take a brand that is recognizable and do something weird with it, or bring a familiar aspect into a brand that many are unfamiliar with. In any case, it’s clear that Davide knows exactly what to do.


Who is Jony Ive?

The title is a bit of a rhetorical question considering Jony Ive’s global fame at this point. But, for those who don’t know, Jony Ive is Apple’s Chief Design Officer and has been with the company since 1992. Ive has played a vital role in dictating Apple’s visual design language, and is responsible for designing the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and many, many other products. Jony Ive also played a role in designing Apple’s large scale projects, such as Apple Park and Apple stores.

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While his work for Apple is certainly incredible, and has made Ive one of the most prolific product designers of all time, many are unaware of his exploits outside of the tech giant. In fact, Jony Ive initially became interested in design through his teenage passion for cars.

Early Life

Jonathan Paul Ive was born on February 27, 1967 in Essex, United Kingdom. His father was a silversmith, and grandfather was an engineer. While in secondary school, Ive was diagnosed with dyslexia.

In a 2014 interview with Time, Ive explains that his initial love for design came from automobiles. After completing school, Ive sought out automotive design courses in London, notably from the Royal College of Art. He quickly shifted gears, horrified by the discovery that “The classes were full of students making vroom! vroom! noises as they drew.”

Based on this, Ive decided to study at Newcastle Polytechnic instead, where he was introduced to Bauhaus design. The Bauhaus design philosophy revolved around the inclusion of only a designs most necessary parts, which can clearly be seen in Ive’s work with Apple. While in school, some of Ive’s designs were included in the Design Museum in London. In 1989, Ive graduated with a BA in industrial design.


After graduating, Ive joined the London-based design agency, Tangerine, where he designed everything from toilets to microwave ovens. However, Ive experienced many frustrations working at Tangerine. His work for Ideal Standard, which included a toilet, bidet, and sink, was rejected by his boss on the basis that it was too costly and looked too modern.

In the early 90s, Apple became a client of Tangerine, and Ive was tasked with designing the PowerBook. In 1992, Ive joined Apple as a full fledged employee and moved his family to California. Ive had a series of failures, nearly quitting the job. At the time Steve Jobs was ousted from the company, but made plans for a return in 1996, which is when things really picked up.

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Upon Jobs’ return, Ive was made the senior vice president of industrial design at Apple, and spearheaded the team in charge of designing the company’s hardware products. His first design in this position was the 1998 iMac, which was a groundbreaking computer for the time. Ive was purportedly responsible for designing the infamous translucent plastic shell, which came in several different colors.

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The design of the iMac led Ive to design the iPod, and eventually the iPhone and iPad as well. His importance to the company became paramount, with Steve Jobs claiming that Ive was the second most important person to the company aside from himself. This was emphasized by the secrecy of Ive’s office, where he only allowed a select few of the design staff and top Apple executives inside, as the office contained many of the company’s prototypes.

From there, the rest is honestly history. I’m sure that every one of you is aware of Apple’s success, especially in the United States, where over 50% of people with phones are carrying an iPhone. Hell, you might even be reading this on an iPhone or a MacBook. All of this has solidified Ive’s place as one of the greatest of all time when it comes to industrial design, and has also made him incredibly wealthy. As it stands now, he is reportedly worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

As mentioned before, however, Jony Ive’s work was not limited just to Apple, so stay tuned for our deep dive into his other products.


What is Bode? An Intro to the Designer Reinvigorating Menswear

Anyone with an inkling of interest in the menswear world has, without a doubt, heard of Bode. Arguably the most era-defining brand out right now, Bode has ignited a lust for handcrafted heirloom garments, woven with threads of impeccable storytelling and top notch quality, in the hearts of New York’s art crowd. That’s not to say that Bode’s influence is localized just to New York City. Far from it, in fact. Bode’s success is globalizing and ever expanding, as the designer opened a store in Los Angeles in February of this year. For those still left asking, “What is Bode?” we’re here to help.


Founded by Emily Adams Bode Aujla, Bode rejuvinates menswear with a distinctive eye for everything historical and antique. Much of their clothing centers around one-of-one pieces, typically made from rare textiles sourced by the Bode team themselves. Embroidery, lace, and quilting are commonplace on Bode garments, repurposed from tablecloths to wearable works of art.

Who is Emily Adams Bode Aujla?

Emily Adams Bode Aujla, the mastermind behind Bode, has lived and worked in New York City’s Lower East Side for more than a decade now. She received a dual degree from Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang in Menswear and Philosophy, respectively, and interned with Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs.

Bode is as much of an archivist as she is a designer, collecting everything from victorian era quilts to 1920’s linens throughout her lifetime, recontextualizing these aged materials and turning them into clothing. Everything available from Bode is produced in New York, but the textiles come from all over the world. Many of the quilts come from New York, but linens and wools are often from Europe, and many of the other materials come from India, Mali, or Côte d’Ivoire. Most of the raw materials come from Emily’s network of vintage dealers, though.

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Given the materials and process involved in creating garments from vintage or antique pieces, Bode often forgoes the traditional fashion cycle, adopting the increasingly popular “drop it when it’s ready” mentality. Bode does, however, show at New York Fashion Week, and was the first female designer to show at NYFW’s Men’s show. Incredibly, this is only the first of Bode’s laundry list of accomplishments over the course of her relatively nascent career.

Bode has been recognized with: 2021 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year, 2020 Woolmark Prize: Karl Lagerfeld Award, 2019 LVMH Prize Finalist, 2019 CFDA Emerging Designer of the Year, 2019 Business of Fashion 500, 2019 GQ’S Breakthrough Designer of the Year, and Forbes 30 Under 30. Any one of these awards would individually be a dream come true for any designer, but Bode collects them like trading cards. She’s appeared at the Met Gala the past two years, befitting of the American themes and dressing Lorde at 2021’s event.

About the Clothes

A key aspect of Bode’s clothing is sustainability. During her tenure working for other fashion brands, Emily Bode was confronted with the significant waste left over during the production of clothing, which has contributed to Bode’s transparency when it comes to material. People should know where their clothing comes from, without having to pry.

Vintage materials offer another added benefit outside of sustainability, allowing storytelling to be woven into the very fabric of a garment. Each item is a piece of history, dating itself with a particular color or manufacturing technique that may have been prevalent at the time of its creation. This sentimentality and stewardship for the past is the driver of the brand, whether it be through aesthetics or some intangible feeling. It’s hard to miss when you look at the clothing, though.


The cuts are typically simple, sticking to more or less of a workwear look of closet staples like short-sleeved button up shirts, straight leg pants, and flannels. These are leveled up with contextualized pieces, like vintage-inspired rugby shorts, or painted corduroy jackets and pants that harken back to an Indiana tradition from the 1950’s. Each item feels deeply personal, and buying one is almost like the garment picked you, rather than the other way around.


Other Pursuits

Amidst all the hype, Bode has capitalized on its success brilliantly. The brand has always left its mark with its Lower East Side location on 58 Hester St, but has since added Aujla’s Indian Coffee House and a Bode Tailor Shop next door. Everything has been designed by Green River Project LLC, an innovative furniture company co-owned by Bode’s husband, Aaron Aujla. Together, the pair have also recently opened a bar in Chinatown known as The River, also designed by Green River Project, creating an ever expanding empire of wood stained goodness.


A Guide to Bauhaus Interior Design

Often, design is reduced simply to its aesthetic or utilitarian components, but good design is not only functional and beautiful. Design, at large, is a field brimming with innovation and forward thinking people who continue to change how we view and interact with the world as a society. Good design has the capability to change the world, which is exactly what the Bauhaus movement—and Bauhaus interior design—aspired to do.

What is the Bauhaus?

The Bauhaus was a radical expansion of what a design school should be. Teachers and students were freely able to experiment in any freedom they pleased, from painting and sculpture to architecture and product design. While the Bauhaus was beset by its turbulent history and only lasted for a short period of time (1919-1933), the Bauhaus left an enduring mark on art and design that lives on today.

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The Bauhaus was established by an architect, Walter Gropius, to create unity through art and design in the aftermath of the First World War. Gropius himself said “Together let us desire, conceive and create the new structure of the future.” In order to create the future, Gropius looked back into the past, to examples like William Morris and John Ruskin, who upheld craftsmanship during the Industrial Revolution. Similarly, Gropius believed there needed to be a radical response through art and design to cope with the damage of the First World War. Gropius maneuvered his way into the position of director at Weimar’s School of Arts and Crafts, and persuaded the authorities to merge the school with the city’s Academy of Fine Arts. Thus, the Staatliches Bauhaus Weimar, was opened in April of 1919.

The name derives from Bauhütte, which were medieval lodges that congregated architects, craftsmen, and sculptors to come together in guilds. Gropius’s mission was obviously an extension of that into the 20th century, speaking directly to the hopes and dreams of young people with a vision of creative unity. One of the founding principles of the school was the idea of Gesamtkunstwerk, or comprehensive artwork, which would bring together all of the arts.

Gropius’s mission and manifesto for the Bauhaus struck a chord in the hearts of many, attracting international icons like Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee as some of the school’s first teachers. Later on, students like Gunta Stölzl and Marcel Breuer would become legends in their own right.

Gropius developed an innovative preliminary course for the Bauhaus known as Vorkurs, which was compulsory for all students before they joined a workshop. Traditionally, students were required to copy old masters and draw from life, with the students’ personality making very little impact on their education. The Bauhaus’s first teacher, Johannes Itten, sought to “unleash the creative powers of the learners.” Lessons catered and tended to the individual needs and talents of each student, allowing them to flourish and create work free from convention.

Over time, the nature of the Vorkurs changed under each succeeding teacher. László Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers reduced the degree of subjectivity in the curriculum, instead prioritizing technology and machinery over the handmade, and familiarizing the students’ with materials. Eventually, under Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Vorkurs was no longer compulsory, as the Bauhaus had to shift gears towards a more conventional manner of teaching due to financial and political pressure from the rising Nazi Party.

Ultimately, the trajectory of the Vorkurs happened on a macro scale to the entire Bauhaus, which changed leadership and location twice before it was closed due to the Nazi regime, who characterized the Bauhaus as a center point for communist intellectualism.

What are the main elements of Bauhaus interior design?

While the Bauhaus made significant marks on the worlds of architecture, art, and graphic design which are not to be understated, the Bauhaus is most commonly associated with its innovations in interior design. Bauhaus designers pioneered new material applications, for example, Marcel Breuer’s newfound use of steel tubing and plywood left an indelible mark on furniture design as we know it today.

Most notably, however, are the iconic blue circle, red square, and yellow triangle, which are inseparably tied to the image of the Bauhaus. The colors were assigned to each shape by Wassily Kandinsky, who argued that “internal necessity” denoted each shape’s color. The softness of the blue circle represented femininity, while the square is active, red, and masculine. Naturally, the acute angles of the triangle make it yellow. Interestingly, there have been scientific studies of correlation between these naturally biased associations between shape and color, which later found Kandinsky’s findings to be partly confirmed. Regardless, the circle, square, and triangle found themselves in classics like Peter Keler’s Bauhaus Cradle, and were common motifs in the works of many other Bauhaus designers.


Overall, the Bauhaus championed a very minimal design aesthetic, making use of the aforementioned basic shapes in various combinations to create form with very little decor and ornamentation. Bauhaus designs typically defaulted to clean lines and simple materials, like steel, wood, and natural textiles. Interestingly, many of the characteristics of Bauhaus design were a mimicry of the mass produced objects of the time, but were hand crafted to look machine made. This clash between craft and mass production is paramount to the Bauhaus ethos, and is more of a common thread throughout than any particular visual cue.

Interestingly, many Bauhaus designs lent themselves well to mass production since they were constructed in a way that looked mass produced. The clean lines and simple materials were ideal for large scale manufacture, and in the later years of the Bauhaus the school focused more on economic output as well as artistic exploration.

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It’s easy to be reductive and call Bauhaus design minimalist, but this description often implies that aesthetics and form supersede function and utility. The Bauhaus may have set the precedent for minimalism, but the “less is more” mentality promoted by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was rooted in the celebration of craftspeople and material.

To that end, material was often considered ornamentation in and of itself. Extravagant carvings, gildings, and other design elements were deemed frivolous. A change in texture, from glossy to matte, or change in material did just enough to provide an object with the character it needed. Bauhaus designers also believed in a philosophy of honesty in relating to material, choosing to highlight the material and its construction methods rather than to hide them from the user.

These core tenets of Bauhaus design are what made the school so impactful, even today. Material use was intentional and calculated, keeping designs interesting without compromising function whatsoever.

Iconic Bauhaus designs

There are no shortage of iconic designers and objects to come out of the Bauhaus, so it can be difficult to compile them concisely. However, we’ve done our best to create an assortment of “greatest hits,” which many of you will undoubtedly recognize. While browsing, it is important to note that anything that feels familiar or possibly played out now was a fresh idea that likely originated with the Bauhaus, or even a specific object.

1. Wassily Chair
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Marcel Breuer’s B3 chair, known now as the Wassily Chair, is arguably the most famous object to come out of the Bauhaus. This transformation of the club armchair is a modernist icon, and is one of the 20th century’s most recognizable designs.

The chair was later dubbed the Wassily Chair, reflecting Wassily Kandinsky’s admiration for the design. In fact, the artist loved the chair so much that Breuer built him a personal version.

Breuer was inspired by the steel tubing he saw on his bicycle’s handlebars, making use of bent steel tubing, a new technology at the time. Unlike its predecessors, the Wassily Chair is lightweight, limiting the amount of cloth to only the most necessary areas, revealing the chair’s framework beneath. The design was also reflective of the new Bauhaus buildings, which his furniture would later populate.

Despite the Wassily Chair’s mechanical look, it still needed to be constructed by hand, emblematic of the ethos of the Bauhaus. Eventually, Knoll acquired the right to the production of the chair in 1968 and continues to sell it to this day as it remains an iconic example of Bauhaus interior design.

2. Barcelona Chair
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The Barcelona Chair was designed collaboratively by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich for the International Exposition of 1929, hosted in Barcleona, Spain.

Interestingly, the Barcelona Chair is somewhat of a contradiction to the majority of Bauhaus design. Where much of the Bauhaus’s output centered around the “common man,” the Barcelona Chair was expressly designed as a luxury object for the Spanish Royalty to oversee the opening ceremonies of the exhibition.

The design is purportedly inspired by the Roman Curule Chair, which featured similar curved, intertwining legs. The design has also been acquired and produced by Knoll, who have claimed that the chair requires much hand craftsmanship despite its sleek appearance—notice a trend here?

3. Tea Infuser

Women’s roles in the Bauhaus have chronically been undermined, however some of the most striking works to come out of the school were created by women like Marianne Brandt, whose 1924 Tea Infuser sold for $361,000 in 2007.

The Tea Infuser, standing at just 3 inches high, distilled a concentrated extract which was then mixed with boiling water to create a tea of any desired strength, unlike a conventional teapot. True to Bauhaus fashion, the Tea Infuser defaults to variations of round and square abstract shapes, each sophisticatedly arranged to fit the function of the object.

The Tea Infuser was made in varying combinations of brass, bronze, and silver, but the version that became the most popular was made from silver-plated brass. While the Tea Infuser was made to look mass manufactured, it ultimately never was, which explains the astronomical prices one fetches today.

4. Chess Set
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A humble chess set may not be the first thing one thinks of when it comes to design iconography, but Josef Hartwig’s 1924 chess set embodies everything the Bauhaus stood for. Chess is an age old game of battle, but Hartwig argued that “the contemporary meaning of playing chess compels us to an abstract design of the game pieces.”

Hartwig rethought the chess set entirely. His chess set was not simply abstracted, but each piece was sized according to its importance in the game, and also given a shape determined by its movement in the game. For example, the knight is given an L-shape, and the Bishop an X. The cubic shape of the rook reflects its ability to move vertically and horizontally across the board.

The entire chess set fits snugly into a cardboard box, which was designed by student Joost Schmidt. It has been a constant favorite and has been in production by Naef since 1981.

5. Bauhaus Lamp
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Known colloquially as the Bauhaus Lamp, this Bauhaus classic was designed by Wilhelm Wagenfeld circa 1923-1924. The name can refer to either the MT8 or MT9 model, which featured a metal stem and base, or a glass stem and base, respectively.

Both designs expertly incorporate core Bauhaus principles, bringing industrial materials like glass and metal into the home, while celebrating the round and cylindrical shapes typical of the Bauhaus. Nearly every form on the lamp is spherical or round in some way, with the pull switches even ending in small spheres.

Wagenfeld wrote that the lamp represented what would become essential qualities in the foundation of Bauhaus design: “the greatest economy in its use of time and materials” and “the greatest simplicity in its form.” Ironically, the lamp was an extremely labor intensive craft object, which resulted in Wagenfeld being laughed at in Leipzig as it looked as if it could be made inexpensively by machines.

Wagenfeld’s designs coincided with the experiments of Carl Jacob Jucker, another designer. In the decades that followed the lamp’s release, Jucker created a modified version at some point before 1960, while Wagenfeld edited his design in 1931 and again in 1980. Both designers’ editions of the lamp were sold, but in 2005, the court decided that the Bauhaus lamp belonged to Wagenfeld.

Popular Culture

What is DALL-E?

If you’ve spent any amount of time on social media the past few days, you’ve undoubtedly come across strange 3×3 grids of warped images littering your feed. These always come with some sort of description written in the text box above describing the nature of the images you see. Incredibly, this is actually an artificial intelligence generating images entirely based on the text provided to it known as DALL-E.

The name is a portmanteau of our favorite Disney Pixar character, WALL-E, and surrealist painter Salvador Dali. OpenAI, the original creator of the program, has not released source code for DALL-E, but a limited version is available to use through OpenAI’s website. Currently, the version being used widely on the internet is DALL-E Mini, an open source alternative which is trained on a smaller amount of data, which was created by Boris Dayma in 2021.

Neural nets have been able to generate realistic images from the 2000s onwards, which is already insanely impressive. Unlike these earlier versions, however, DALL-E is capable of using natural language prompts as an input to generate everything from realistic images to objects that do not actually exist.

What makes DALL-E so interesting is that it doesn’t just seem to replicate the prompt given to it, but is capable of inferring random details and “filling in the blanks” so to speak. Oftentimes, the images are so well executed it seems hard to believe they were generated by a machine.

As we all know, with great power comes great responsibility. So it was only natural that Twitter’s users took it upon themselves to see just what DALL-E Mini is really capable of. The past few days have been a flood of ridiculous images coming from the AI, with people combining the weirdest, most disconnected things they can come up with to push DALL-E to its limit. Have you ever wondered what might have happened if George Constanza had an AK-47, or if Saving Private Ryan took place in the world of Little Big Planet? What would Hitler look like if he appeared in a Pixar movie? Maybe a cave painting of an alien hitting a bong? Rest assured, these are all very real.

We’ve thrown in a couple of the most viral posts involving DALL-E Mini down below for your enjoyment. Unfortunately if you’d like to try the program out yourself you’ll have to wait, as the site has been inundated with so much traffic that it will no longer run unless you’ve previously used it already. Also, it’s worth noting that DALL-E may present certain biases and limitations, as it has been trained using unfiltered data from the internet, so it may generate images that reinforce stereotypes against minority groups. Regardless, if you can get access it is most definitely worth a try.