Urban Aquaponic Gardening with eco-chef/food justice activist, Bryant Terry. Harvesting innovative solutions for fresh produce.
Check out what Shinola is doing in Detroit… Creating jobs making high quality goods. The New York Times questions their motives. What do you think?
Check out these great pocket squares, designed by Armstrong & Wilson, two of Esquire Magazine’s “Best Dressed Real Men”. These pocket squares, which feature funky, eye-catching buttons, are a unique accessory for any discerning man.
Our friend, Doctor Christopher Emdin speaks to @THNKR about the important things in life (Einstein, Rhymes, and Skinny Jeans)…
New Shop Alert: Providence, Rhode Island just got a new thrift store, The Port. The only spot we know in town where you can get paid on the spot for used clothes. Come through and turn the clutter from your closet into cash. Or, if you’re rounding out your back-to-school wardrobe, stop through and browse the racks.
The Port also features a co-working space with free wifi and outdoor seating. Pets are welcome, so bring your puppy or guppy, and stop through—on Westminster Street right by Dean Street.
When we selected Nicholas and Justin Pascale to be featured in the first Onehunted look book, we knew they were all around stellar individuals. As we were preparing the look book, we asked them to write up a bit about themselves. Then we conducted an interview. We had already completed the interview, which is chock full of wisdom, when we received the following message from Justin. Basically, it’s beautiful, and we had to post it too…
Recycled bag maker, Freitag continues its expansion with their latest retail post in Harajuku. As SuperFuture notes, “Located on Meiji Dori, a main thoroughfare in the area, its interior is a collab of tokyo-based practice Torafu Architects and Spillmann Echsle Architekten from Zurich.” The two architectural heavy weights created a really stunning shop. View pics of its interior here.
Established in Melbourne in 1987, Aesop has become a standout brand in the overcrowded realm of personal care products. At the heart of their business lies a clear and simple vision, “Every Aesop product is made with the same attention to detail we believe should be applied to life at large, taking into consideration a diversity of needs as well as seasonal and environmental conditions. We advocate the use of our formulations as part of a balance life that includes a healthy diet, sensible exercise, a moderate intake of red wine, and a regular dose of stimulating literature.” Find out more about Aesop and its swarm of stores opening across the globe here.
Nicholas and Justin speak on what looking good means to them…
“Our father was very, very stylish, but because of what he did for a living he didn’t get a chance to wear the kind of clothes that he wanted. He threw bags for American Airlines and mom punched the tickets of people going on dream vacations that our folks couldn’t afford to go on. So for me, personally, every day I get dressed I’m paying homage to my father. And I know that he’s smiling down and is so excited that we have opportunities that he didn’t have like trying to decide, “Which tie am I going to wear to work? What cufflinks? How am I gonna match this shirt with this suit?” That wasn’t his reality. His reality was I have a navy blue AA jumper with “Bruce” on it and that’s what I have to wear. So the fact that I have a choice in what I wear to work is my way of paying homage to my dad for the hard work he did.”
“Having a winning wardrobe is like playing battleship, there’s much risk involved but in the end you just need to have more hits than misses.”
“Trends don’t last. Classic is always a better look. Mixing classic and trends to make it more edgy—that might work. If you only buy things that are trendy you won’t find them in your closet very long. My thing with fashion is it’s definitely about fit over price tag. It’s about quality of materials too of course. Just because it’s Versace, doesn’t mean it’s gonna look great on you.”
“If you’re going to wear a suit you should wear it better than the next guy. No one wants to be the third best at anything. You should always be shooting to be the best. I always want to be someone who’s leading the charge. With my funds, being an educator, I have certain limitations but we’re thrifty and we have a great tailor and we have friends who have a great design eye.”
“I remember mom clipping coupons, coming home from a shopping spree at the mall and the first thing she would say would be: “Guess how much I saved on this!” That gave me the message very early on that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look good. Style isn’t about what’s hot to everyone else, it’s about how you wear it. She was so happy to show off her finds and the prices she got them for. I’m happy I have all this fly gear and I didn’t break the bank to do it. A lot of dudes don’t like going shopping but for me and Nicholas, because of our mom, we love the experience. The come-up, the hunt, the find, the people you meet, all of that makes it worthwhile.”
“I’ve had moments where I’m like, “I’m a hip-hop head, so I’m gonna rock that gear,” but is that really me? We actually came up with this term called a “Hopster,” a hip-hop hipster. Really tight jeans with a urban beanie and a Wu-Tang sweater. Instead of having a preppy sweater, we’d wear a Wu-Tang sweater with a flannel under it.”
“You can always look outwardly and idolize someone else’s fashion. You need to create something that inherently reflects who you are. It’s all about something that reflects who you are. Wear something knowing that it’s the best fit for you. Your confidence and comfort in what you’re wearing is gonna make so many more people appreciate what you’re wearing.”
“You have to be authentic to what you wear. Your style. Anyone who’s had great fashion has also had moments of really bad fashion.”
“You don’t want to dumb down your dress. When you shine other people shine. People will say, ‘Oh they dress so well.’ They only focus on the outward. That’s great, but I want to remembered for my heart. You just hope and pray that people don’t overlook the heart. You’re dressing that up in something that’s fly and nice, and compliments you and your style and your figure and you want people to know that that’s just the bow on the present.”
Nicholas and Justin speak on what doing good means to them…
“Being in education and working with families touches eternity.
This transcends class, race, ethnicity, and language. For example, I rode the bus because the kids were acting up and got off at 11th and Windrum, which is a rough area, and when I got off I heard a guy say ‘Mr. Pascale!’ That transcends being white, being in a suit, there’s love everywhere. It’s a beautiful thing when you feel that. It’s a genuine respect.”
“When people talk about our dad they always say he was genuine and that he ‘had a smile that could melt an iceberg.’ It’s very important for me and Nicholas to have our names live on. Our flesh won’t live on but our names can live in peoples hearts. Education was the best way for us to do that.”
“Emotional intelligence is something that I try to teach the young men at boys latin that I work with it was amazing as a young man to see my dad cry and get emotional and say I’m sorry and hug and kiss me and ask for forgiveness.”
“To be a human being is the ultimate thing. Because my dad was sick and he knew his time was limited, he lived his life with purpose and intentionality. Even though me and Nicholas aren’t sick I wanna live each day with intentionality and purpose.”
“All of your experiences shape you. Your lifestyle is your brand.”