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detail of pants, boots on carpet.

can you dig it? - styled by christian

bushwick employee christian puts on a 70s show with his flares and rock and roll aesthetic. as a musician and actor, playing a punk icon for an upcoming hbo series is no stretch . . .

portrait of christian in hat

you have like a million creative pursuits beyond being a beacon’s buyer. what are you currently up to?

right now i’ve been writing a lot of new songs for my rock n' roll group, saint rich. we put out our first album about a year and a half ago on merge records and are almost ready to start recording again.

i also play guitar and synthesizer in a group called delicate steve, which i’ve been a member of since i was 17. we have two records out on david byrne’s label, luaka bop and are in the process of putting out a third.

last year i was casted to play david johansen of the new york dolls in this new hbo show called vinyl after i sent in an audition tape of me singing “trash” shirtless in someone’s backyard. they just had me back a couple weeks ago to shoot again for another episode.

portrait of christian in sparkling sweater.
detail of sweater and pants with hands on hips.
christian laughing at night with lights in the background.

do any of these projects/creative acts influence your style?

for sure. they had me wear these fantastic high-waisted silk bell bottoms for vinyl that i completely fell in love with. after spending hundreds of hours in those things it was nearly impossible to put on a normal pair of jeans and not be depressed, so i’ve been on the hunt for a similar pair of pants ever since. i pretty much only wear high-waisted bell bottoms at this point.

profile of christian seated in front of moulding.
christian standing with hands in pockets.
detail of pants and shoes on carpet.

you have a definite 70s vibe. what about this decade resonates with you?

i think the 70’s were a very special time for men’s fashion and american culture in general. there was just a certain amount of playfulness and vibrance that i don’t see in most contemporary fashion. i feel extremely lucky to be a 23-year old in the year 2015 and wouldn’t have it any other way, but i know i'll have more fun wearing bell-bottoms on any given day than like a slick new pair of apc jeans or something.

christian walking on street in front of old cars.
christian posing in front of window and building.

interview by julia popescu
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