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Featured Brand: Schott

This week, we're excited to debut a leather jacket UO made in collaboration with Schott, sold online exclusively at Urban Outfitters. Combining the classic Schott look with an updated UO flair, the result is a timeless jacket that'll look good for years to come. (And we mean years - these bad boys are built to last.) After falling in love with the Schott x UO jacket immediately after getting our hands on it, we wanted to dig more into the history of Schott to find out exactly where our favorite leather jackets got their start.

Joey Ramone, wearing Schott

Founder Irving Schott

Various styles of Schott jackets


After reading about Schott for no more than five minutes, we discovered that, chances are, even if you’re not too deeply versed on the brand's backstory, you’ve seen one of your favorite musicians wearing a Schott Perfecto jacket at one point or another (including on an album cover – hi, Bruce). They're the quintessential American leather jacket, made popular by movie stars and musicians. People overseas know the brand Schott the way Americans know Kleenex - it's become the standard for leather jackets. The company has been around for the last 100 years (since 1913, to be exact), so they've had a long time to build their brand. That's over a century of jackets! Their most popular design, the Perfecto, named for founder Irving Schott’s favorite cigar, was one of the company’s first designs and continues to be produced to this day. An innovative company from the beginning, Schott’s legacy doesn't lie solely with their leather designs - they were also the first company ever to put a zipper on a jacket. Talk about trailblazers.

MCA of The Beastie Boys, wearing Schott

The Schott factory

While the company and their jackets are something of a commodity (and cool-guy status) in 2014, that wasn't always the case. When Schott was just starting out, the coats were positively received but were mainly used by bikers and the military in a utilitarian way up through the '40s. In 1954, though, all of that changed. Marlon Brando donned the Perfecto for The Wild One and, unsurprisingly, having a handsome, young actor wear the coat in a (soon-to-be) cult classic movie made the general public want to get their hands on one, too - even if they weren't bikers. What was surprising, though, was that even after the jacket became the coat to have, the company found that sales decreased – schools were banning the coats for their “bad boy” connotation. (Which is so badass.) As time went on, this image ideally worked in the company’s favor; in the ‘70s and ‘80s, punk rockers embraced the jacket’s outsider status and Schott soon became an important component of the punk rock movement. Look up any picture of The Ramones and you’ll likely see them decked out in Schott.

To this day, Schott is still run by the same Schott family out of the US, and each leather jacket remains tailored by hand – something of a rarity for such a widely produced company in this day and age.

Dee Dee Ramone, wearing Schott


After Marlon Brando wore the Schott Perfecto in The Wild One, the jacket became significantly more prominent in popular culture. Around the same time, James Dean was also rarely seen without his Perfecto; when he died an untimely death in 1955 due to a car accident, the coat became even more of a symbol for rebelliousness.

Fast-forward to 1974 - at The Ramones first live show, the entire band showed up wearing Schott leather jackets. This was the brand's first foray into the punk music scene and The Ramones ensured that Schott would be well-respected within that community for years to come; Blondie, The Beastie Boys, Joan Jett, Johnny Rotten and Lou Reed have all been photographed wearing their Schott leather jackets. There's even a rumor that good ol' Fonzie wore a Perfecto in the first season of Happy Days, so it's pretty much guaranteed that you become the coolest person in the world as soon as you throw on a Schott.

Recently, Schott has partnered with artists like Jeremy Scott to produce custom jackets and they show no signs of slowing down any time soon. Schott and their coats are here to stay and we'll be here to wear 'em.

The Ramones, all wearing Schott

Marlon Brando, wearing Schott

Book images originally published with permission and © Schott NYC: 100 Years of an American Original by Rin Tanaka, 2013. Image of storefront, factory and Irving Schott all provided courtesy of Schott.

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Dreamers and Doers Come Together: Mark and Daisy McNairy

Here are a few things to know about Mark McNairy:
-Even though his nickname is "McNasty" and he designs shoes with "Fuck off" stamped in gold on the soles...he's actually a pretty nice guy.
-He once owned 20,000 records but sold them all.
-He loves Popeye's fried chicken.

Here are a few things to know about Daisy McNairy:
-She simultaneously thinks she should get out of New York and that it is the greatest place on earth. And is aware of the irony.
-She is convinced something shady is going on underneath her Chinatown apartment ("There should not be a Range Rover parked outside...")
-She doesn't want to be asked what she wants to "do with her life," not because she doesn't know what she wants but because she wants to do everything.

When we met at the McNairy showroom in NYC, 20-year-old Daisy McNairy is freshly-enrolled at the New School after taking some time off college to figure out what she wants. Self-aware and articulate, Daisy grew up between New Orleans and New York City, a mash-up she's quick to identify as providing her with perspective and far-reaching interests from women's studies to writing. 

Mark McNairy is a designer who plays by his own rules. Eschewing traditional collections, McNairy's work is incepted by moments — random bursts of inspiration that originate from, say, race cars or a guy he sees on the street or, perhaps most importantly, his constant exploration of, "What would happen if…" It has resulted in a style that speaks to both hip hop artists and Southern dandies — lucky for us, this month McNairy is taking "everything [he does] and putting it in one space" with a pop-up at Brooklyn's Space Ninety 8.  

We spent a morning with Mark and Daisy to learn more about what makes them both tick. 
Photographs by Clement Pascal.

Daisy, you basically grew up in the fashion industry and must have a pretty deep understanding of what goes into it. Is it something you're drawn toward pursuing at all?

DM: Fashion has been a constant in my life. It's always just been there so I've never had to make a "decision" about it. I remember going through the "I want to be a designer" phase when I was younger, but now, I don't feel that same pull toward it. I've been thinking about, what is it that I gravitate toward? Thinking about, you know that saying: "you should do what you procrastinate with"? Or whatever you find yourself procrastinating with is probably what you love…?

MM: I've never heard that.

DM: What? You haven't?

So what do you procrastinate with?

DM: Oh, a lot of things!

MM: You like to shop.

DM: It's true.

MM: I was a shopper too. I loved clothes growing up and I spent all my money on records and clothes. I started with athletic clothes, when I was working at a sporting goods store and making T-shirts. I had access to all the tools we used back in the old day to make team uniforms with the numbers and the letters. Then, I started becoming interested in thrift stores in high school. 

Is that still something you do?

DM: We used to every weekend, any free day, any road trip! Lots of pulling over to every roadside thrift store. 

MM: Whenever I travel, that's my main goal. I rip out the thrift store page in the yellow pages. I don't have as much time to do that anymore, though. I do still go to flea markets pretty often — there's a good shitty one in Jersey on Saturday mornings. 

What are you looking for?

MM: I'm just treasure hunting. But I'm always looking for old clothes, military stuff, records.

Are you a record collector?

MM: I used to be. I got rid of them twice but I had between 10,000-20,000. I refused to get a CD player. But I finally gave in, and records became stupid. You just have to get up every 15 minutes to flip it!

You've collaborated on clothing pieces with hip hop artists, like Pharrell and Cam'ron. Do you listen to it?

MM: I never listened to hip hop until I started working with Pharrell. I hated it! It just wasn't for me. I didn't get it. Singing about me me me, and money and hoes and gold chains didn't appeal to me. But then my brother turned me on to Kanye and I started listening to that. There was just a lot of good stuff that I missed and didn't know about. 

It's cool that you've been able to collaborate with a wide range of people and kind of make your own rules in how you approach your brand. It seems like your collections are the same way — more inspired by moments. 

MM: I like that. I'm going to use that to explain myself…my "inspiration is moment-based."

Can you think of any of these specific moments?

MM: One recent thing is looking at pictures of vintage race cars, with the circles and numbers. I see that and it's striking to me in a way that can work with graphics. I do a collection with Kazuki Kuraishi from Heather Grey Wall and I remember in Paris we were scheduled to meet at the trade show. I had thought of absolutely nothing; I had no ideas whatsoever. I saw a guy walking by in a red nylon jacket and James Dean popped into my head. So my idea was, tape seam jacket in red nylon. I've also been infatuated with the Stetson Open Road hat, so that vision of James Dean with the cowboy hat down.

And then, I had to do this European presentation, and I asked my assistant to draw these trousers in gray with a navy blazer. And I got the sketch and it was reversed — he'd made the trousers navy and the blazer gray. At first I was like, "you idiot!" And then I was like, "Oh… wait a minute." And so then the idea came together about, let's just reverse everything. Let's do gray blazers with navy pants. Let's do a military shirt in blue oxford cloth. Let's do a button-down shirt in khaki poplin, let's do a jean and khaki twill. Let's do a military chino in denim. The whole thing is reversing. It's taking things I see and turning them into something else. 

Daisy, do you think in a similar way?

DM: I relate to it. I'm not producing anything. There's nothing tangible for people to see. But when I think about ideas they are sparked by random things that I have trouble explaining. 

You've taken some time off school to figure out what's next — do you think that's a product of a new generation's way of thinking about careers? That there's not as much pressure to just "make a choice" about what you want to do?

DM: The past two years for me have been about branching out and seeing what else exists — I know so many people my age who just don't really know, and I know that comes with being young. But it's confusing because when I talk to older people who have had success I feel like they say, "Well, I just kind of fell into it." 

Maybe some of that has to do with location? You talked about how you feel that opportunity more when you're in New York.

DM: Yeah, exactly, that's one of the best things about living here — you can just really let it happen that way. Traditionally, and still in a lot of places, there's a lot of pressure to make a choice. I feel like here there are so many opportunities to pull you in different ways. Whereas other places there's not as much temptation. 

MM: That's what happened to me. I didn't know what I was doing. I moved here and things just happened. 

DM: Here I feel like I can do anything. I have such a broad range of interests that I haven't been able to pin down. . . yet. 

Mark McNairy's pop-up is up 9/12-10/31 at Space Ninety 8

Behind the Scenes: Moving Day with Ali Michael and Marcel Castenmiller

We can't help but be charmed by Ali Michael and Marcel Castenmiller, modeling veterans and real-life couple who are way more than just blank slates for someone else's vision. Between Marcel's analog photography, Ali's catalogue of amazingly bizarre images and videos, and the hilarious, candid, and weird snippets of their lives they share on each of their huge social media followings, Ali and Marcel have created a new digital dialogue about themselves that makes us all want to hang out with them. And after spending the day with the pair on set of UO's new "Moving In" video, it's easy to see why. 

Behind the scenes, we talked with Ali and Marcel about digital self-awareness, how they met, and some things they will never take seriously. 
Photography by Bobby Whigham

Let's talk about the Internet: These are a bunch of obvious statements, but you both share a lot on Instagram and Twitter, and have big followings, but also share a very openly candid, transparent, and un-glamorized version of yourselves. Has this been a choice?

Ali: My relationship with the Internet and especially Instagram has been really interesting. I think typically as a model you are not seen as an individual. You are seen as a blank slate for someone else's vision. So even though you are visible in ads or magazines or whatever you are not portraying yourself so people don't get a sense of who you are.

And it's been cool because Instagram and social media has been a way for both of us to present a more accessible portrayal of ourselves as opposed to going through some third party. I don't like feeling like I can't be myself.

Do you ever think about people not responding to it?

Ali: I'm sure that some people aren't into it. That's fine though, because some people are into it and that's enough.

Marcel: I agree. I haven't changed the way I do it when I started and when no one was looking. At first I thought,'Do I want all these people to see my real life?' But then I realized, yeah of course I do. It's like when you think about actors and how you can relate them to certain roles because they are able to talk about them. Like when Bill Murray says, 'I'm playing this role and here's how it was like me and here's how it wasn't.' Whereas with modeling you want to be like, 'Hey actually I'm not that guy — I'm this guy' but that typically never happens. 

Ali: It's just nice to have control of your image. The Internet has provided a voice that we wouldn't otherwise have had.

And it comes down to you both having a self-awareness of the fact that people are forming opinions about the people they follow and especially ones they don't know.

Ali: Completely. And it's also cool because everything is so accessible. I know I've found people or things I wouldn't ever have found otherwise but you see them everyday. They are right in front of you.

Do any specific stories come to mind?

Marcel: Well, we met on Instagram. 

Ok, only kind of! I had an Instagram crush on him.

Whoa. This is modern romance.

 Yes, well so I had a fake account, the name of which I cannot reveal. My friend and I had started this fake account so we could secretly follow people, or people where it would be creepy if they knew we were following them.

 I don’t understand that.

 You should!

 I feel like everyone should know when you follow them.

 What! I definitely don't. Anyway, I was just being a creepy stalker and following him and had a crush on him.

 And I asked my friend, who posted a picture of Ali, ‘Who's this girl, what's she all about?' 

 This is such a dumb story.

: No it's not! It was great because we didn't have any expectations.

 So then there was this event at the Bowery and my friend invited me and I went because I heard his friend — and probably he — was going to be there. So of course I went.

 And I bought tickets because I thought she would be there.

YOU GUYS! This is real blog fodder right here. It’s great you’ve been able to work together so much.

 We didn't see that happening.

 No, not at all! But it's been so cool. We've done some awesome stuff together and, with working together, it’s like: we want to hang out anyway.

Ali, you are from Texas and Marcel you are from Toronto. Now you are in New York. Do you think you will stay there?

Marcel: We talk about LA and we talk about Tokyo all the time. But maybe they are pipe dreams.

Ali: I lived in LA for a year and afterward was antsy to get back to New York. I have a love - hate relationship with New York, because I grew up in Texas riding horses every day in a field…I love that kind of environment so it feels exhausting to not have nature around. At the same time, the moment I leave I want to go back immediately. I don't know, sometimes I feel like I want to get out.

Here are some more quick-fire questions for you:

What do you take seriously?

Ali: Being responsible
Marcel: Airport Security

What will you never take seriously?

Ali: Karaoke 
Marcel: Gummy bears

Please share some items in a recent Notes App draft

Ali: One note of dreams I have starts out with:


cross your arms

straight jacket

output moomvahton


"Are you a human being?"


nails outside glitter

tape cigarette"

Marcel: In my notes app: "I'm on a trip and Matt is singing a song for some of us on his road trip. He starts joking about the dead body downstairs. Somehow it appears in the room from where it was. He has to carry it back downstairs."

Offer three pieces of advice to your younger self. 

1. Not everyone is going to like you and that's fine.

2. Feeling uncomfortable is often a good thing that you'll appreciate later.

3. Mom is probably right.

1. Manage your sweet tooth. 

2. Swim once a day. 

3. Get a cat.

Walk us through a typical day for you — what's your routine like at home? 

Ali: I typically don't stay out late because I like to work out in the morning- it makes me feel like it's out of the way early. After that my schedule is kind of up in the air. As a model you're always kind of on-call for castings so sometimes those come up. Other than that I don't have too many rituals and just go wherever I find something I want or need to do. 

Marcel: I usually will spend the night before at Ali's then bike home in the morning. I'll feed the cats and do some work on the computer. Otherwise, I will go out for a walk and take some photographs.

What is something you are good at?

Ali: Watching and listening
Marcel: I'd like to think I'm good at directions.

What is something you are bad at?

Ali: Being organized
Marcel: I get stage fright very easily so anything with a crowd makes me nervous.

Please recommend something...

To wear —

Ali: PVC 
Marcel: a long black coat

To read —

Ali: Anything you can hold in your hands 
Marcel: Ender's Game

To watch —

Ali: VICE on HBO, Bruce Jenner's ponytail on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"  
Marcel: "Possession" by Andrzej Żuławski

To hear — 

Ali: The Spotify radio station for "Everything You Want" by Vertical Horizon
Marcel: Philip Glass

To drink — 

Ali: Matcha or black coffee 
Marcel: Sake masu

To eat — 

Ali: Yosenabe at Inaka in Los Angeles or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich 
Marcel: A tuna sandwich.

Ali, please tell us some things we don't know about Marcel. 

Ali: He is incredibly considerate and has a perspective unlike anyone else I've ever met and also has a pair of toe socks that he likes to wear sometimes and looks way better in my clothes than I do.

Marcel, please tell us something we do not know about Ali.

Marcel: Ali admires her own bruises.

Dreamers & Doers: Forage Haberdashery

Dreamers + Doers highlights emerging artists, entrepreneurs, and up-and-coming ones to watch. Whether it’s starting a new business, creating something beautiful, or just daring to do things differently, we stand behind those taking steps toward something new.

Forage Haberdashery is the combined project of Stephen Loidolt and Shauna Alterio, who produce handmade bow ties and handkerchiefs inspired by vintage menswear and deadstock materials. Both Loidolt and Alterio got their start at URBN, working in-store and then at the Philadelphia home office for UO and Anthropologie respectively for almost a decade before leaving to fully focus on their own projects. 

Today, their story with Urban Outfitters has come full circle: with this month's pop-up at Brooklyn's Space Ninety 8, Stephen and Shauna's careers have evolved from working on the store floor to now selling their work at Urban Outfitters. We talked with the duo about Charles and Ray Eames, establishing roles in a homegrown business, and how the modern man ought to style a bow tie. 

How did this all happen?

Shauna and I first collaborated on making handmade goods under the name “Somethings Hiding in Here.” We made things like wood rings, music boxes, and marquee signs. We opened an Etsy shop, made things, and people kept buying them. We both had full-time jobs with URBN that we loved and had no plans of starting a business. 

We had a pop-up shop in San Francisco a few years ago and thought it would be fun to make something new, so we rented a cabin in the woods, bought a sewing machine and fabric, created our own patterns, and made 150 bow ties by hand. A year later, we realized that Forage had become its own brand and it was time to either take it seriously or move on. Shauna left her day job to run the business full time and I followed a year later. Since then, we’ve grown the assortment by introducing a new item each season. 

Can you share some specific sources of inspiration? 

We both went to grad school at Cranbrook and I think the 'form follows function' legacy left there by Charles and Ray Eames has been a big influence in how we approach making things. We’re inspired by design that has stood the test of time and feels as classic and as relevant today as it was decades ago. The same goes for music: I love Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, and Memphis Minnie. 

Offer two pieces of advice to your 20-year-old self. 

1. Take more photos. 
2. All this art school debt will be worth it.  

How do you suggest the modern man ought to style a bow tie? 

Keep it casual, pair it with denim, and embrace an imperfectly-tied bow. Make it your own: experiment with the knot and let it show your personality.  

Walk us through a typical day-in-the-life. 

We wake up around 6:30am. Shauna and I make a plan for the day over coffee and hit the ground running. We bounce between hanging with our son Sawyer and working throughout the day. As soon as Sawyer goes to sleep in the evening, we both go back to the studio and keep working till around 2am. 

Some days might be focused on sourcing fabrics for future collections, photographing new product, designing the next season’s catalog, sewing patterns, or shipping out orders. Each day is a little bit different.  

Can you share more about how you've approached establishing different roles in the company? What have been challenges and what has come easier than you anticipated? 

We don’t think about it too much. We’ve been together 15 years and have naturally figured out how get things done as a joint effort. Shauna’s background is in printmaking and curating. She’s the creative force with more ideas than we could ever execute. She’s focused, organized, incredible at design, loves multiples, and knows how to get a lot of work out of me. 

My background is in sculpture. I have a broad knowledge of materials and building processes. I love figuring out how to make things, so when Shauna has an idea, I usually can make it exist. All of that history makes us work pretty well in tandem. Ideas bounce back and forth, informed and reformed by our individual creative processes. Somehow we’ve each learned how to hold our ground when it counts and give in when needed. Together we end up making things that neither of us would make on our own. It’s a true collaboration.  

Above: Forage's Space Ninety 8 pop-up

Tell us something we do not know about bow ties. 

We love that they have a utilitarian history: early tradesmen wore them because they were functional. When leaning over your job, neckties dangle and get in the way so a bow tie is a great alternative for the working man.  

Complete the thought: 
I like it when… things fall into place 
Success is… a job you like, good friends, a place to call home, and someone to share it all with 
My biggest fear is… our to-do list. 
I’d like to be… working on my '66 Chevy pick-up truck 
I’m secretly obsessed with… fly fishing 
I am looking for... a vintage wooden canoe 
I dislike… emails. 
My style icon is… Satoshi, our Japanese showroom rep. 
I dread… deadlines
I am good at… building things
I am bad at… bookkeeping 

See the past videos in our Dreamers + Doers series here: 

Featured Brand: Reebok x Garbstore

We're excited to debut a cool new shoe collaboration from Reebok and Garbstore this week that (literally) turns old-school Reeboks inside-out. The shoes in the collab take the idea of using the materials that are traditionally on the inside of classic sneakers and instead putting them front and center. We're well-versed in Reebok but wanted to dig up a bit more on Garbstore, the awesome British line they partnered with on this. 

Above: The Notting Hill home base of Garbstore

Garbstore is the brainchild of London-based designer Ian Paley, who worked for brands like Levi's, Burberry, and Paul Smith before branching out to develop his own line. Lucky for us, last fall the Brit brand moved stateside with an LA store where they stock their whole collection along with a couple US exclusives. 

Garbstore is rooted in history, taking cues from pieces produced in the 1940s and 1950s and reinterpreting them with a modern edge (or what Paley refers to as becoming "unfamiliar vintage") — garments that could have existed in the past but have been altered to become something else. The brand is also noted for its quality — looking to Japanese craftmanship and superior materials in the production of each collection. 

Above: LA meets UK in the SS14 Garbstore collection

This is the third year Reebok and Garbstore have worked together to produce shoes that riff on each of the brand's ideals: classics with a twist. This collection takes classic shapes of Reebok sneakers and alters them with unexpected details: exterior stitching, muted colorways, and heavy contrast. It's a fresh update for fall; we're into it. 

Above: watch more on the collab via Hypebeast, courtesy of Garbstore

Featured Brand: Champion x UO

For nearly 100 years, Champion has been leading the pack when it comes to comfortable, sportswear basics. The brand's influences run deep, and they even invented certain styles that are now ubiquitous in American sportswear; for example, hoodies and mesh uniforms were both born at Champion, which is a pretty incredible feat when considering what staples they've become in the American wardrobe.

Recently, the brand has been finding a following with the younger, more fashionable crowd by blending its classic basics with the more innovative designs of current streetwear labels. In the past year alone, Champion has seen collaborations with Stussy, Supreme and Herschel, just to name a few. Continuing to build its portfolio and reach, Champion's most recent collaboration with Urban Outfitters draws inspiration from archival Champion silhouettes and filters them through a modern lens (think "updated '80s"). The collection highlights classics from the late '70s and early '80s, as seen in the pictured vintage ads, and consists of fleece joggers, a Champion logo hoodie, and a transitional weight letterman jacket in a fabric mix of fleece and wool blend. The Champion x UO collection will be available in stores and online.

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Featured Brand: ourCaste

Determined to make every design count, ourCaste is setting out to change the way everyone sees menswear. Creating a brand identity that perfectly blends the laid-back California lifestyle with the more rugged design aspects of a sportswear brand, ourCaste creates clothing that makes the wearer's "life easier," no matter how that may be. We spoke to Michael Quinones, one of the co-founders of the company, to learn a little bit more about their California lifestyle.

Tell us a little bit about yourselves and how ourCaste was formed.

ourCaste is a constantly developing idea to create a brand identity and menswear collection around the lifestyle we grew up with. The core group have all been close friends for just about a decade now. At its purest form, ourCaste is a brand built of the sub-cultures and lifestyles that we grew up with. Whether it be pushing down the sidewalks and asphalt, strapping the car with more boards than it can hold to go surf some crap waves, or hopping on the bike and smashing up PCH just to get our knees in the breeze, all these things are pinnacle in developing what we’d represent at ourCaste. As we’ve gotten older, there have been new passions introduced to our lives. An obsession for design and typography, the drive to push ourselves athletically any way we can, and the desire to go farther down the trail than those before us have become extensions of those pillars we grew up with. The lifestyle portrayed is our daily interaction with the world around us, and the product developed is the uniform used to be prepared for whatever it is that we are doing.

How would you describe the brand’s aesthetic?
We’ve always had a desire for clean and timeless silhouettes with wearable patterns and functional details in product. We follow “function over form” wherever we can, and we like meshing functional fabrications and details with more contemporary styling. The dichotomy of something that looks great and performs in harsh conditions is epic. Typography, notably the French and Swiss in the '60s, is the cornerstone for everything we do graphically. The spacial relations between letters and numbers are always interesting and helps to perfect the ability to see clean lines in everything else. We spend a lot of time prepping and developing our print assets to really represent the brand aesthetic correctly every day. Photographically, we lean on a slew of friends to provide great imagery. Guys like Brooks Sterling, Drew Martin, and Mark Underwood are constantly pushing themselves in whatever conditions present themselves to provide epic content.

What makes you guys different from other surf/skate brands out there?
I think we are at a time, both age and experience-wise, where we have a life lived in the late '80s and early '90s with the strong presence of surf and skate, but we were young enough through the 2000s to really have a refined take on product and aesthetics that the era brought. It’s the harmonious balance of these two that separates us mentally. Product and ability-wise, we’ve made the decision to design with a purpose. It’s easy to develop a bunch of wovens just for the sake of needing to sell them, but we try to develop those pieces to make whoever decides to buy them’s life easier. Whether it’s by using moisture-wicking Storm Cotton or adding armpit vents and eyelets, we try to keep a purpose to the product. I think that makes a big difference.

What are some fashion/culture trends happening in the surf world that you love?
I love that surf is going small again. What I mean is that there is a massive influx of young brands that are shaking the trees. For the past decade, it’s been the big guys that control the world. We will always have a massive respect for the giants that paved the way and created an industry for us, but it’s nice to see fresh blood, fresh product, and fresh ideas on the floor. I also really like that product is getting smarter. Like we’ve been developing for over a year, and we're starting to see a lot of new brands (and old brands) adapting to this idea that we’ve been doing of hybridizing the “tech / athletic” categories with surf / skate / contemporary. 

We see that your office HQ is right across from the ocean. Is everyone always running out to surf?
If there is swell or warm weather you can guarantee it! A large reason we choose the space is for its location (obviously). We weren’t going to be able to afford a really big or new space up the hill with the rest of the industry, so we said why not be the first one to open shop down the hill in Newport? It’s been great. We get a lot of friends stopping in and it’s just a ripping environment to be in day after day…plus, the surf is consistent!

What are you guys currently really into (movies/music/clothes/etc.)?
 Our office seems quite confused musically. We’ve been full bore on Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, El Michels Affair, and the older Horrors albums this week. Every now and then you’ll hear Maya Jane Cole or Odessa find its way in. Wu Tang is always in weekly rotation. ASAP, Trap Lord, Flatbush…lastly, our friends at Youth Machine have been pushing Cashmere Cat hard and it’s growing on us. Clothes-wise…a little looser everything. I think that just comes with wanting a little function out of life. A tech shell with some chinos or black denim is always a good look. Some of us in the office run all that with some Nike Frees, while others still prefer to wear our friend's boot brand, Broken Homme. Just all depends! We mix and match a lot. It’s a genre blurring environment, which we dig.  

What are some of your favorite spots to hit up in Newport?
Ooooooo, I’m gonna get crucified for bringing the underground above on this first one, but I couldn’t care less. The morning banger is AL CAP! Almost every morning someone in the office is at Al Cap for an Almond Power, bagel special, or Acai bowl and some coffee. Lunch is spread amongst a ton of spots. Trader Joe’s is a good call, so is Mother’s. There was a pretty bangin’ BBQ spot on 17th but it went out of business. Malarky’s has a good burger, too. Bear Flag is pricey, but always worth it. For nighttime stuff, I guess the Goose is back on the deck of fun stuff, and so is Mesa. Pitfire has a “speak-easy” if you can imagine that, but they actually make super good drinks there.

What’s next for ourCaste?
Head down and keep plowing. We got a ton of work to do…ain’t no time for slowing down anywhere in the near future.

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Featured Brand: Publish

Looking for the next great streetwear brand to flesh out your Fall wardrobe? Look no further than California-based brand Publish. Started in 2010, Publish focuses on creating refined, wearble streetwear for men. Michael Hyunh, the brand's founder, wanted to make a line that was "casual, with an air of sophistication," but soon discovered that people didn't fully understand the concept of his brand. Customers were thrown off by the joggers he was producing in sleek, utilitarian fabric, far different from the cotton joggers everyone was familiar with at the time.

By pairing his elasticized dress pants with classic sneakers that his customers were able to put into context, Hyunh painted a picture of the aesthetic he had in his mind, and helped people realize that the dressier pants were, in fact, just as accessible as the standard cotton joggers they were used to. Hyunh feels that his clothing is still extremely accessible for any man out there, and we can't say that we disagree. See below for our favorite shots from our Publish lookbook shoot.

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Featured Brand: Focused Space

Focused Space, a San Diego-based accessories brand, focuses on providing good-lookin' yet functional backpacks and other goodies to help organize your chaotic, electronics-filled life. We spoke to founder Bryan Grismer to find out a little bit more about how the brand got started and what his favorite and most-used Focused Space products are.

What makes your brand different from other accessory companies?

Focused Space is an exploration into the fine products of efficiency. We create a fashionable look with functional compartments to store your laptop, iPad, iPhone and electronic accessories.

What are your goals with each bag you design/make?
The goal with each design is to elevate the travel experience and how we transport and organize our technology.

Which bag of yours is the most popular?
Each style serves a different purpose depending on the length of commute. The Curriculum and The FS Commander are very popular. The brand's heritage was developed around the Silo collection, which was made of a reinterpreted woven upholstery elk fabric and fashioned to resemble a livestock feed bag. The Silo reveals unexpected constructions that stand as a salutation to America’s pastoral traditions. The Silo backpack is also the favorite backpack style of Brandon Flowers, frontman of The Killers!

Which bag is your personal favorite? What kinds of things do you find yourself putting in there daily?
The Framework convertible backpack is a personal favorite of mine. I wanted to incorporate the timeless aesthetics and convenience of a fan-opening frame combined with a multipurpose shape that solved fast pace street travel. The straps can be tucked away to carry like a tote or attached to carry like a backpack. The bag has several organizational compartments to house everything needed in a daily commute.

Can you tell us a little bit more about the sound stage you guys have set up in your home office? How did that come about?
Although our brand emphasis is focused on travel efficiency, our family grew up playing music and rehearsing in our surf/skate shop in Southern California. We wanted to create a sound stage for bands to come in and express themselves.

What kind of bands have performed there? Do you record the performances?
Up and coming indie rock, underground hip-hop and EDM type performers.

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About a Space: Beachside Bungalow

"I always knew I'd end up living at the shore…but figured that I would know when the time was right." 

In the spirit of the lazy, beach-filled days of summer, we took a quick trip to the tiny, nautical-inspired beach bungalow of Steve Olszewski. Steve is a stylist at Urban Outfitters, and commutes 80 miles each way from his home in Villas, New Jersey to UO's Philadelphia home office—a schlep, but one he considers well worth it to live in the history-filled, 550-square-foot beach house he's completely restored in the last two years. We talked with Steve about beach life, DIY renovations and tips for making the most of a small space. 
Photography by Michael A. Muller.

More than just an escape from the city, Steve's beach house is the realization of a childhood dream: the house originally belonged to his grandparents, and Steve grew up spending every childhood summer in the house he now lives in. "I always wanted to live at the shore," he explains. "I remember fantasizing about living in my grandparents' beach house as early as when I was nine or ten years old."

Two years ago, he started making steps toward leaving the city and retreating back to his roots. He sold the house he owned in Philadelphia and bought the beach house from his cousin. "It was really a surreal moment of all the right things happening at just the right time," he says.

He started renovating last January. Within two months, he and a friend had completely redone the interior. "I had originally intended to just spruce things up," Olszewski explains: "Embrace the 1970s wood paneling…[but]these things do tend to snowball. And just because you get nostalgic over a memory of playing Chinese checkers on the front porch addition of your grandparents' house—complete with shag carpeting, dropped ceilings and dark wood panelling—doesn't mean that it's something that warrants preserving." Above, coats hang on a wall made from reclaimed cedar fencing.  

Throughout the renovation, he also kept in mind that he was converting a summer home into a full-time home, and made steps to have it be "comfortable for summer visitors but also functional as my home when they were not." 

Above, a nautical mirror in the living room that Steve can trace back to a provenance inside his grandmother's shed. ("I always loved it!") When his mom tried to sell it in a yard sale, "I made sure it didn't get sold," Steve explains. "It sat in [storage] for years as one of my 'I'll have a house at the shore one day' belongings and just recently saw the light of day for the first time in over 20 years when I hung it on my wall." To continue the nautical influence, the mirror hangs over a displayed U.S. Navy blanket from WW2.

To make the most of the small space's limitations, Olszewski installed these paneled doors so the heat can get through. 

On living with less, he says, "I accumulated so much stuff while I was living in Philly and had to let go of a lot of in a small space forces you to have less. The bedrooms in my spot are pretty tiny—this place was built for someone to drop his things and go fishing and then stumble home to sleep…space and comfort were the least of the worries of the people building these houses." 

Steve makes up for quantity with the quality of objects he keeps around: The house is packed with relics from the home's history that Steve has preserved and re-realized to fit into his own aesthetic. Above, vintage fabric used for bedroom pillowcases. 

Steve gutted and rebuilt the entirety of the tiny bathroom after discovering a leak buried beneath three layers of tile and concrete. "There were days this winter where there literally was no floor," he explains. "All you saw was the dirt in the crawlspace underneath the house; I referred to it as my litter box."

Details on a cedar wood shelf, constructed from the same reclaimed cedar as the wall in the front room.  

"This is my Great Aunt Mary passed out in a hammock." On his collection of vintage photos, Olszewski says he eventually wants to create "an installation of photos of people relaxing and having summer fun."

Steve's future plans for the beach house extend outside: painting, building an outdoor shower and planting a garden. 

"It always drove me crazy when I saw people ditching their beach chair in the trash because their butt ripped through the seat," Olszewski says. "I always thought, 'It's a perfectly good chair! It just needs new fabric!' Over the past few years, I've been grabbing beach chairs with good solid salvageable frames and refurbishing them with new fabric."

Steve's tips for small-space living:

1. Figure out what you will need space for, and plan accordingly
"You really need to consider how you are going to use a particular space, how often you plan on using it and form your plan around that. For example, I knew that I would only eat at my table when I had friends over, and also that when I have friends over, we pretty much spend most of our time out on the closed-in porch. So, moving the table out there in order to have a more open space in the kitchen was a no-brainer. Same goes for the second bedroom…I'll not have guests way more than I will have guests…so it only made sense to utilize the room as an extension of my bedroom (but leave enough space for a really comfy air mattress)."

2. Be inventive with storage
"You have to utilize every nook and cranny for storing things. Don't just have a coffee table…have a coffee table that’s actually a giant old trunk with all of your extra sheets blankets and pillow cases in it."

3. Keep things clean and bright
"As for keeping a space seem open and larger, I always stick with light, bright colors and avoid too much clutter—put your stuff away! I also painted the entire house one color so that things didn't feel separated at all. I wanted it to feel like every room was an extension of the next."

A nearby escape — Steve's two-block walk to a quiet stretch of beach. 

About A Guy: Thomas McDonell

Recognize this face in The Getaway Plan lookbook? It's actor Thomas McDonell, who currently appears on the CW's The 100, but whose multidisciplinary approach to work and diverse film role choices have us nodding in approval. 

The 28-year-old native New Yorker started acting in 2009, but before that worked as visual artist, showing work internationally after studying art in school. McDonell calls his initial foray into acting one big experiment—a small part in the Jackie Chan movie The Forbidden Kingdom, a role he landed after randomly going to a casting call while studying art in Shanghai. Today, his side project has taken center stage, with McDonnell appearing in big film roles ranging from an elevated bad boy Disney's Prom to portraying a young Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows. It's a clever antidote to typecasting that leaves us curious about what multitasking McDonell will do—or rather, what can't he do—next? 

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Lookbook: Native Youth

The latest collection from Manchester's Native Youth is here, and just in time for summer. Founded in 2012 with a focus on modern menswear, the brand continues to expand on that brand ethos to this day. Striped tanks paired with breezy button-downs and washed denim shorts ensure that the collection will be easy to wear in the warmer months (and keep everyone out of the tragic fashion rut that's so easy to fall into when the weather is boiling hot), but will also transition well into fall. Check out some of our favorite lookbook shots below.

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Brands We Love: ZANEROBE

What's it like running a fashion label with your BFF for ten years? We spoke with Leith Testoni and Jonathon Yeo, founders of menswear brand Zanerobe, to find out.
Interview by Katie Gregory

Tell us a little bit about yourselves.
Jonathon: Born in New Zealand, reside in Sydney, turning 40 this year, love the challenges of running an international brand, and hugely proud of our ZANEROBE team and design direction. I’m in my dream job and addicted to staying fit. My guilty pleasure is drinking Jamesons after a big ski day.
Leith: ZANEROBE has been around for almost 12 years now. It started from a general lack of interest in the menswear market and quest to do something different. Lots of people, particularly in the US, believe that we have only been around for a few years but this is more due to the recent popularity of the jogger silhouette. Our mantra still holds true and we are trying to do things new and interesting in the menswear market. We are very much entrenched in the Australia/New Zealand street surf scene, which drives many global trends.

How did you form ZANEROBE?
J: Very casually – I was having a beer with my old mate Leith Testoni (aka The Big Bear) and we decided to start a small project on the side of our "real" corporate jobs. Leith always had a very savvy eye for fashion so I exploited his mad skills and put him to work.

How has your personal and/or brand aesthetic changed over time?
J: We’re a trend-based brand so what we designed 10 years ago is completely different to what we’re producing now. ZANEROBE started as an Australian-based premium sport offering and we’re now a significant contributor to contemporary men’s fashion globally. We're immensely proud of the brand’s development progression.
L: Like any brand, it matures with age. We are more focused with subtle detailing and fabrications than overt and obvious garments to gain attention. This comes with time and confidence. We have reduced the reliance on bold prints and look more to exciting fabrication developments, trims and denim washes.

You guys have been working together for ten years. Is it hard balancing a friendship and a business?
J: Not if you don’t sweat the small stuff and have incredible mind-control abilities. We’re extremely fortunate to have a friendship and common interests outside of business hours.
L: We are very different people and the balance works well. We both don’t come from fashion backgrounds and we approach everything logically and without ego.

Is there a particular piece from your line that you’re super excited about?
J: I love it all but I’m gravitating to all the clean, monochromatic styles currently: classic white button-down, solid black elongated tee, Dynamo jogger-chino with knit cuff.
L: I'm excited about every piece in our collection, that’s why we do it. I still get a thrill when new samples arrive and I get to talk it through with our sales guys. It's great when you finish a showing and people are speechless – it’s a nice feeling.

Who are some of your fashion icons?
J: Leith Testoni, Tom Ford. In that order.
L: I don’t really have any to be honest, so I'm not going to make any up. I get inspired by regular people putting together great looks no matter who they are. I'll often say "great look" to people I don’t know on the street.

What have you been wearing a lot of lately?
J: Dog hair. I have a five-month-old puppy, a White Swiss Shepherd, so all my clothes are covered in white puppy hair. My wardrobe will dramatically change to a colour palette of white, off-white, bone, cream, beige and taupe.
L: Grey Marle and denim. I like the simplicity and feel of grey marles and how they look against denims, particularly washed and blown-out denims, whether they be cuffed or uncuffed.

Although it's not summer down under, what are some of your favorite things to do/places to go in the summer?
J: Manly Beach for a cheeky run/swim combo. Chill on the beach for the rest of the day and hit Papi Chulo’s for dinner.
L: You can't really beat Australia in Summer. We have Christmas during summer and we usually head down the south coast of New South Wales during this time to a small beach house one of my friends own. We get back to basic living: surfing, paddleboarding, fishing, spear fishing, prawning, cooking on open fires. I find it’s the best way to unwind.

Favorite songs to blast in the summer?
J: This mix is on repeat.

What trend do you love for summer? Hate?
J: Can’t go past a fresh light-weight-cotton "white" longer-length tee. I’m done with any look that includes Havaianas.
L: I'm really enjoying the elongated and boxier silhouettes, particularly in shorting. It's such a convergence of form, function and fashion and makes sense in summer. I like it when they collide.

How do you feel about socks and sandals?
J: If it was the name of a rad pop-up store selling ETQ black mid-tops, I’d rather enjoy it.

What’s one thing you’re looking forward to?
J: Always "next season's collection" dropping into stores.
L: I'm looking forward to brands giving up on claiming ownership of the jogger silhouette. I find it really quite humorous. Although the European and then later the Australian and New Zealand fashion community played an instrumental role in its development and evolution, I would never be so ignorant or arrogant to claim to have invented it. The “Jogger’ has been around in various forms for over three decades. Long before all the brands that are claiming to have invented them. Fashion is an evolution and a re-evolution and reinterpretation. I'm looking forward to what's next and playing a role in that evolution.

Share one cool thing you’ve seen on the internet recently.
J: I was recently overseas and Skype’d with my puppy back in Sydney. It was a quick conversation but she assured me everything was fine – "You two kids should go and enjoy yourselves." I also like this. And this is an all-time favourite.
L: I'm still pretty astounded by google image search. It's great that you can find the origin of an image when it could have been blogged so many times.


Editorial: Devil's Harvest

Riding high with a truckload of new gear from our newest Men's label, Devil's Harvest, these friends spent the day cruising the sun-soaked roads of Southern California, stopping only for gas, girls and a chance to cool off at the local lake in the valley town of Ojai.

Style Icon: Walter White

Breaking Bad is back and it's better than ever! (If you want to talk about that ending last night, email me. I'm mostly not kidding.) Except now we can't stream the entire season on Netflix in one afternoon. How are we supposed to wait a week between shows?! What is this, the Stone Age? While we're all waiting for the new episodes to air, and since we have nothing else to do, like jobs, let's channel Walter White's iconic fashion sense. Maybe it'll help us feel closer to the characters. Plus, he's such a fashionista. —Katie

Fashion inspo:

High drama.

So sassy.

Live, love, laugh.

Get the look:

Hawkings McGill Pinpoint Oxford Button-Down Shirt
Remember, you're an ex-high school teacher, so you want to retain some of that casual cool style. You should probably only ever wear button-downs. It'll make people really confused when you turn out to be a badass drug lord.

Levi's 508 Two-Tone Cougar Pant
Always gotta keep a casual chino khaki. Nothin' too fancy for this meth maker.

Hidden Marble Square Sunglasses
When Jesse is like "MAGNETS? HOW ABOUT MAGNETS? IS ANYBODY LISTENING TO ME?" just pop on these sunglasses while walking away and sighing so everyone knows how over it you are.

Brixton Bison Wide Brim Fedora
When people are like, "Hi, Walter!" you pull out this hat and slap it on your head real quick so they know that they're dealing with Heisenberg, the lean, mean killin' machine and not Walt "I Sold My Company Shares For $5,000 And Now They're Worth 4 Billion, Let's All Cry For Me" White.

Deena & Ozzy Medium Army Duffle Bag
You need a sturdy bag to carry around stacks of cash and stacks of meth. Jesse Pinkman will also need one. Order two.

The Men's Soap Shop Double-Edge Razor
Hair is so passé. Shave it off. Shave it all off.

Freak Folk Look Book

Our newest men's trend draws inspiration from hippies the world over and combines surplus fabrics with fun neons and geometric shapes. It's totally going to be all you want to wear for fall. Here are some of our favorite outfit shots below, and some pieces to get you started with this trend.


Get the look:

Koto Jacquard Pocket Tee

All-Son Canvas Rucksack

Lightweight Beanie

Koto Embroidered Jogger Pant

Charles & 1/2 Camo Jacket

Canvas Duffle Backpack

Koto Cross-Stitch Denim Button-Down

Rosin Foulard 5-Panel Hat

Deter Printed Pullover Sweatshirt

Character Hero Joe Sweater

Look Of The Week: Brian Seidman

This week we took a trip over to the Cherry Hill, NJ store to find our Look Of The Week!

Introduce yourself! What's your title here at the store?
My name's Brian Seidman and I'm a sales associate here at the Cherry Hill store.

What are you wearing today?
A button-down short sleeve shirt and cut-offs. I think I might have gotten them at Pac-Sun? They were pants and I cut them into shorts. Because I needed shorts.

Cool. Do you live around here?
I live in Marlton. It's pretty close to here, like 10-15 minutes.

What's your favorite thing to do there?
In Marlton? There's nothing to really do in Marlton. I usually just hang out with friends there and play guitar. There is really not much to do there. [Laughs.]

Do you like to go into Philly a lot?
For concerts, yeah. Some of my favorite bands are Say Anything, The Front Bottoms, Wavves... those are probably the top ones.

Where can we find you online?
I have an Instagram! I'm not very active on it, but I have one. It's just my name, @brianseidman.

Awesome. Thanks Brian!

Interview: COPE2 on the Obey x COPE2 Takeover

COPE2 has teamed up with his buddies at Obey to bring you a new collection sold exclusively at Urban Outfitters, titled Obey x COPE Takeover, which is inspired by his past, his friendship with Shepard and NYC street art.
Interview by Lorin Brown

Who were your peers/collaborators coming up as a writer?

It was the NYC subways that got me into being a graffiti writer and my cousin who also tagged his name up in the late '70s. Man, those subway cars had some amazing art painted on them and I always wanted to put my name on them as well and see my name "COPE2" roll through all the five boroughs of NYC. They were like moving museums of art. What a great time; good memories.

When you first started showing in galleries what was the transition like going from writing and painting on walls to creating work meant to be viewed in a art shows?
The Christie's Guernsey Auction in 1999 in NYC was having a huge graffiti art sale and I was contacted by them to submit some pieces. I never really did my art on canvas, but I heard this was a huge thing so I submitted three paintings and two sold for a pretty good price. I was surprised, so that's what pretty much got me started and going into the direction of doing galleries. I was getting a bit too old to be painting on trains and walls and I've been really successful in doing so worldwide in galleries, museums, auctions and private collections.

Do you find a lot has changed in your gallery work since then? In process or otherwise?
Yes for sure. When you're a graffiti artist, you're more into your original style with lettering. Now that I'm doing my art on canvas, I focus more on making it a real authentic painting which I go beyond just doing wild style graffiti letters. I do more mixed media with my paintings which look really amazing.

What outside of graffiti influences you?
Just great energy, great people, good music, my partner, Indie 184, my kids, my family, good vibes, positive energy, and even negative energy sometimes can influence an artist on their work.

What other artists are you into right now outside of graffiti?
I love Jean Michel Basquiat's work. One of my idols is Keith Harring—another amazing artist. I love Pablo Piccasso, KAWS, Kenny Scharf, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Fafi, Mr. Brainwash, José Parlá. I love all of their work, it's so inspiring.

How did you meet Shepard Fairey?
I've known Shepard Fairey for a while now. We both were legendary characters in Marc Eckō's video game called Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure! So we've always spoke about doing something together which I though was a brilliant idea and we finally came together and making it happen.

How did this new collection with Obey come about?
Steve from Obey approached me during Art In The Streets in the private opening reception at the L.A. MOCA and I was like, "Sure why not? Let's make it happen." And we just kept in contact through email concerning the project and we're here now and it looks amazing. I love it—another great Obey and COPE2 collaboration.

Can you tell us a little bit about the photographic tee?
Yes, that's an original picture I took of my piece painted on an NYC subway car back in 1983 and I loved how if you look you can see the buildings in the background and I knew if Obey was around back then pasting his iconic image he wouldve pasted it on the top of one of the buildings, so we did it in photoshop. It looked perfect and was such a great idea, plus they loved it as well so we went forward with it. 

Do you have any other shows or collaborations coming up that you'd like to talk about?
I'm working on several group shows here in NYC at the Krause Gallery and the Jonathan Levine Gallery for July and August, then a solo art show in Köln (Cologne), Germany with Ruttkowski 68 Gallery September 6, and more solo shows in London, Detroit, and Paris this year. So, I'm pretty much busy which is good and I'm grateful. 

Where can we find you online?
You can check me out on my site at website or my Instagram @mrcope2. Thank you!

Comedy Central's 'Stars Under the Stars' Recap & Interview with Adam DeVine

This past Wednesday, Comedy Central was back at the Summer Stage in Central Park, with their 'Stars Under the Stars' show hosted by Gabriel Iglesias. The night included live stand-up acts by comedians Dan Soder, Adam DeVine, John Mulaney, Jeff Ross and Amy Schumer, as well as my personal favorite part of the night: a surprise five minute long torrential downpour right before the gates opened.

Aside from a bunch of wet butts—including my own—the show went amazing. The crowd was treated to jokes about tight buttholes, got a glimpse of Amy's perfect poses, and a few lucky (actually... pretty unlucky) attendees got raunchily roasted by The Roastmaster himself. Note to anyone who meets Jeff in the future: do NOT shake his hand, as it was probably just down his pants.

To top it all off, the lovely crew at Comedy Central hooked us up with an interview with the hilarious Adam DeVine. So now, without further ado, hear what the Workaholics star told me about how he prepares for his stand-up, his hatred of fedoras, love of jet skis, and what his top three words to describe himself are. —Ally

Hey Adam! Introduce yourself to our readers! 
My name is Adam DeVine, I am a comedian. I am on the show Workaholics that I co-created and star in with my buddies. I'm actually doing this other show called House Party that comes out in the fall on Comedy Central that is like a stand-up hybrid show... it sounds so stupid when you explain it that way. You're like, "UGH! I hate that show!" But it's really fun and cool.

So how do you prepare for your stand-up shows? Is it a lot of improv or do you write most of the jokes out in advance?
Ecstasy. I do a ton of ecstasy right before.

See now, I believe that.
Mmhm. You saw me up there, I'm oozing sex appeal, sweating a little too much.

I just saw you talking to your beer and it not answering you back. So how would you compare stand-up to working on your shows? Which is harder?
Stand-up is really fun because it's instant gratification. You tell a joke, and people laugh, and you're like, "OOH! I'M GOOD!" But then, on the show a lot of time it's like, "Is this stupid? Like, are we blowing it right now?" So I would say that shooting the show is a little bit harder in that respect. And it takes forever to write. For stand-up, jokes are just easy.

So who are a few of your favorite stand-up comedians? You can't say anyone performing tonight, to be fair.
I like, I feel like in my soul I'm a black comedian, so i like black comics. I like Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart is super funny.

Growing up did you watch a lot of stand-up?
Yeah, my dad was a huge Evening At The Improv fan so I watched stand-up all of the time with him. And I actually got a job working at the Hollywood Improv when I moved out to California when I was 18.

So onto fashion... where are some of your favorite places to shop?
URBAN OUTFITTERS! The Buckle sucks! Urban rules, fuck The Buckle. PacSun: suck my balls!

Hell yeah! So what do you think is the best accessory for summer?
Scarves. Wool scarves.

Yeah. Nothing underneath, let's keep it casual, titties out... titties OUT!

Wait, what? No, I mean for guys!
Oh, for guys. I don't know! I'm not an accessory guy. Just no fedoras.

Why not?
They're just bad looking. Especially when a few dudes roll out with a fedora, you just gotta make sure two guys put it away and one guy wears the fedora. He can be the fedora guy. There shouldn't be three dudes in your clique rocking fedoras like it's 1962 and you're part of the Rat Pack.

Be honest. Have you ever worn a fedora?
I've never in real life worn a fedora. I've worn it as a bit—comedy hat.

Now that I DON'T believe!
[Laughs] I've worn some other... Pooka shell necklaces I rocked for way too long. People were like, "No, that's a bad look" And I was like, "Psssh, yeah right." And a shark tooth. I wore a shark tooth necklace.

So what are your plans for the summer? Any traveling?
Yeah! For Fourth of July I'm renting a house in Big Bear, which is mountain-like, in California. I'm going to rent jet skis. That's all I'm really excited about is riding jet skis. I have a weird love for them. They're so much fun.

How fast do you go?
You can get them up to like, 45 miles per hour! That's fast! Then you jump off and really hurt yourself. I couldn't move my head for two weeks.

You did that?!
Yeah, I was riding on the back of one going 45 miles per hour and I was like, "I'M GONNA JUMP!" He's like, "Alright, you fucking maniac..." And then instead of jumping off the back and covering and landing, I decided to dive in, like this maneuver [makes diving maneuver] headfirst and he said he saw me like, cartwheel in the water like ten times. Jet skis. It's a jet ski summer, baby.

Okay it's time to go, but before we do... on a scale of one to ten, ten being the tightest, how tight is your butthole tonight?
I've only had a few drinks so I would say about an eight.

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Trend: Travel Bags

Travel bags are obviously a necessity for every trip, and maybe it's time for a new one! Like me, you probably have a boring, black rolling suitcase or duffle bag that you've had in your family for far too long! This is a sign that you are on the hunt for a brand new fancy travel bag to pack your things in when you go on adventures this summer. UO has duffles, backpacks, and tote bags galore. Maddie

Deena & Ozzy Medium Army Duffle Bag
This bag is perfect because it looks like it'll fit just about everything. Also, you can clearly carry it easily.

Herschel Supply Co. Novel Weekender Bag
Digging this classy leather trimmed take on the duffle.

Carrot Map Backpack
If you're not in the market for a duffle or tote, go for this world traveling inclined backpack. That map print is too cute.

All-Son Canvas Rucksack
So many compartments for all of the things. ALL of them!

LIEBESKIND Berlin Stella Tote Bag
This tote will be prime for airplane travel; slide all of your things right in and under your seat.

Filson Red Label Tote Bag
Tote bags aren't just for the ladies, guys. You can throw everything you couldn't fit in your duffle bag into this sleek and minimal black tote.

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