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Thursday, October 31st 2013

We Play Favorites, East Dane Edition

Clockwise from left: Western Shirt, Wool Blend Anorak, Quilted Down Shirt, Moleskin Fatigue Pants.

With as much time as our staffers spend living and breathing fashion, it shouldn’t be surprising that favorite brands start to rise to the top of our individual must-have lists. In this feature, we’re talking about those favorite designers and how they fit into our personal style. This month, we have a special East Dane edition: Greg, who thinks Creep is pretty cool.

Name: Greg
Position: East Dane Copywriter
Brand: Creep by Hiroshi Awai

Why you love the brand in 6 words or less.
American workwear stacked with Japanese style.

What’s your favorite piece from the brand right now?
The Wool Blend Anorak.

How would you describe your personal style?
I’m colorblind, so I need to be sure most of my gear works with other pieces. I’m also a proponent of having one item that sets you apart every day. But, if you take that one piece away, the outfit should still look really good. So I try I stick to refined basics, with a few bangers tossed in.

Do you have a style icon?
Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division. I’ve always been impressed with the commitment he had to work shirts and properly cuffed sleeves.

If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what pieces would it consist of?
Oh, no question: An M65 field jacket, a pleated pocket work shirt, brown leather belt, raw selvedge jeans, and some chukkas. Menswear is pretty steady, so that combo will pretty much get you anywhere. I’d also throw in a Toronto Blue Jays cap.

What is your earliest fashion-related memory?
At summer camp in northern Wisconsin, this kid had a pair of Air Jordans with an anarchy symbol he’d painted on the toe. It was so rad. He just owned that look at 13 years old. It was one of the first times I took notice of someone doing it their own way. Never mind the irony of those shoes and that image, I wanted it. I went home and did the same to a pair of Adidas sneaks. My mom flipped out. I couldn’t have worn it as well, anyway.

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