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Limited Release: Hazel Highway & Retro Collections

Part 3 of our interview series

We love that moment when passion and work intersect on The Modern Trail.

Inspired by making discoveries and finding new paths, photographer Shaniqwa Jarvis sought out portrait subjects who carved their own space in their fields.

She captured nine subjects in their studios, classrooms and warehouses to photograph them in their element. Below, we’ve showcased three of these men, each modeling the Hazel Highway and the Retro collections.

On her inspiration behind the project, Shaniqwa said, “Each of the nine subjects have taken non-traditional routes to get to where they are today. In my opinion, that takes a lot of ambition, style, patience, and dedication. I photographed them at work, in their own offices and the results are these intimate and thought-provoking images that shed light on daily routine.”

Below, the portraits reveal the self-expression, individual style, modern workplaces and the visionary men who occupy them. 


The Stylist & Creative Director  -  A$AP Bari  -  @younglord  -  New York 


If careers are made by blazing trails, how did you get to where you are today?

My job is a creative director and it’s an extension of my life. The few first things I ever did were Rocky’s Purple Swag video and a video project for Stussy.

Do you work to live, live to work or a combination of the two?

The number one thing is that my lifestyle is how I get paid, and how I get paid is based on my lifestyle, so it’s all full circle.

What about your work brings you the most pleasure?

Working is my pleasure.


What’s inspiring you right now?

The more I travel, the more I’m inspired. That’s really important for me.

What one item of clothing represents your personal style?

It’s gotta be denim. But not just one pair – whatever pair of jeans I wear depends on what kind of mood I’m in.

A$AP Bari is in the Hazel Highway Superboot. Learn more about the collection here


Jewelry Designer  -  Jordan Askill  -  @jordanaskill  -  New York 


If careers are made by blazing trails, how did you get to where you are today?

I was born in Australia. I spent some time in London on a work placement with Alexander McQueen, time in Paris working at Dior, time in London again starting my own line and then came to NYC with my brothers. It’s been a fun journey and I can’t wait for more to come.

Do you work to live, live to work or a combination of the two?

I definitely love them both.

What about your work brings you the most pleasure?

Working out what I want to create and seeing it come to life.

What’s inspiring you right now?

Life.


What music are you currently listening to to get into work mode?

Peter Sculthorpe.

What one item of clothing represents your personal style?

A chain with a panther pendant.

Jordan wears the Retro Collection 6-inch Premium Boot. See more.


Comedian & Educator  -  Alzo Slade  -  @alzoslade  -  New York 


If careers are made by blazing trails, how did you get to where you are today?

I was never the smooth-talking dude getting the girls. My only chance was to make them laugh. So that’s the route I took. As I got older, I realized I wanted to be more than just the court jester so I started reading a lot and ended up getting an M.A. in Philosophy. I teach at the collegiate level where I integrate comedy into the classroom. Inversely, when I’m on stage, I integrate philosophy into my comedy.

Do you work to live, live to work or a combination of the two?

They are both the same to me because I consider what I do for work to be living – I love it.

What about your work brings you the most pleasure?

Learning about me.

What about your work brings you the most pain?

Being honest about what I discover about me.


What’s inspiring you right now?

I’m inspired to finish these questions because when I do, I’m gonna eat a green apple with Speculoos spread made from caramelized gingerbread cookies. #dabomb

What music are you currently listening to to get into work mode?

James Brown, Sigur Ros, Outkast, Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

What one item of clothing represents your personal style?

My underwear. Style is mostly about attitude. If they don’t fit right, it makes for a terrible day, which begets a bad attitude.

Alzo is wearing the Retro Collection Superboot. Check out where you can get your own pair.

 


Want to see more from our limited release collections?  Meet a tattoo artist, a restaurateur and a woodworker in the Chestnut Quartz interview series.

We also interview an art director and an artist in the second part of our series for the Black Quartz Limited Release. 

Learn about more inspirational artists, craftsmen, musicians and creatives on the Modern Trail – check out our past and present MarkerMakers, like musician Jamie N Commons and photographer Benjamin Holtrop.