Taz Arnold @ Community54 (NYC) Tonight 1.31.12
01/31/2012 § 1 Comment
A couple of years back Japanese power-brands Swagger & Phenomenon asked me to curate a collection of vintage apparel for their Flagship stores in Japan. They wanted a selection of streetwear that was reminiscent of early hip hop culture in New York City. They knew I was the go-to guy for 80’s & 90’s period pieces, partly because of my reputation for working closely with The Cool Kids, whom they were working with at the time.
Swagger Mag Vol.02 featured The Cool Kids and also had a spread illustration depicting the product I chose for the brand.
The magazine spread with the gear I got them:
Some pictures of the actual clothing featured in the illustration:
The Swagger crew has a soft spot for vintage Hip-Hop sportswear, especially Big-O the creative director of the brand.
Not many know, that Big-O was part of Japanese seminal Rap group Shakkazombie. Their debut was in 1994, perhaps that explains his nostalgic attachment to fashion of the 90’s.
Big-O poses for my camera back in 2009 with the vintage Bulls snapback I gave him. This picture was also taken the night I first met Taz Arnold.
Ever since, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the bag filled with Target Sprouse items that he had at the HOOD BY AIR runway show that week.
We’ve kept in touch since then and if you’re in NYC tonight, you should check him out at Community 54.