Thursday, August 20, 2009
Over the past several months we have been introduced to many amazing people through our Facebook fan page. With this post we continue a regular series of profiles of New School Dandies. This week we feature blogger Ari Cohen of Advanced Style.
Where did you grow up? I grew in San Diego, raiding my grandfather's closet. I was much more of a dandy as a little boy.
Where do you live now? Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Where did you go to school? University of Washington, studied Art History.
What’s your occupation? I work at the New Museum bookstore, do event planning and take pictures of stylish old people for my blog, Advanced Style.
When did you establish your personal style? Was there a pivotal moment? How has it changed? I always loved hats, vests, and color as a kid. I would go antiquing with my mom and find treasures. I have adapted my style to be a mix of vintage and contemporary items, flashy and classic.
How would you describe your style? It is a mix of eccentric items, like a vest with sequined music notes, to a chambray shirt with vintage YSL pants.
What are your sources of inspiration? Walking around New York and seeing the way older people put together items they have had for years with more currents trends.
Who is your style icon? I am inspired by Quentin Crisp and Mimi Weddell.
What is your favorite personal item (non-clothing/accessories)? My collection of antique postcards 1890-1960s.
What is your favorite clothing article or accessory? A shirt that I have with the Eiffel Tower printed all over it with splashes of red, yellow and blue and my vintage wallet with Egyptian iconography.
Where is your favorite or dream vacation spot? A beach with a magical castle!
Tell us the best kept secret in your city. Old people are friendly and want to share their great stories and wisdom, most people don't know this!
What is your current obsession? Vintage wallets.