Jared Michael Lowe

For SwaggerVault, we reconnect with some of our favorite street style stars to get an update on how their lives have changed in 2015. Today, we catch up with lifestyle blogger Jared Michael Lowe.

1. How has your style changed since we last saw you in 2013?
My style is pretty mercurial. It varies depending on my mood, the occasion (be it a sweaty dance party, work, or dinner with bae), and where I am in life. One day I can dress preppy in a pastel colored oxford shirt and pegleg pants, the next day I’ll want to be a male version of Carine Roitfeld. The last time Swagger snapped me I was wearing a black nylon playsuit I found on ASOS and my Ann Demeulemeester gladiator sandals. It’s one of my favorite looks! But today, I’m a little more streamlined on account of work.

Jared's festival style photo at Made In America 2013

2. What are you up to now?
I’m the founder and editorial director of LoweFactor, lifestyle publication for the sartorial savvy millennial. [LoweFactor] turned 5 this year and I wanted to do something that was completely different and left field. So, I teamed up with Philly based DJ COOLOUT—who's been tinkering with a new sound, “disgo” for sometime—and we released the mixtape, Disgo Sessao 001. It's the first in a series of audio collaborations.

3. What is the most important news story today?
Social justice, human rights, and gun control are all top priority. Aside from that, I find intersectionalism and how it coincides in the art/ culture world a pretty fascinating subject. The ‘art hoe’ movement—young POC who are superimposing themselves into popular artworks— is truly uplifting! Their response to the visibility and invisibility of marginalized, intersecting communities in the art world is innovative.

4. Where can we find you on social media?
You can follow The Lowefactor here:
Twitter: @LoweFactor
Facebook: LoweFactor
Instagram: LoweFactor

5. We first photographed you at the Made In America festival. Is street style dead?
I don’t think street style can ever die. As long as people are getting dressed to the nines and looking fly, there will always be someone documenting it. Street style is very anthropological in that way. I’m pretty sure that if the cavemen/women had cameras they would have been posting flicks of themselves in their loincloths.

6. What is your one high and one low in 2015?
2015 had many highs. I traveled along the Mayan Riviera in August (from Playa Del Carmen to Tulum) and felt so relaxed. It was a spiritual awakening. I was able to sit on a beach and meditate and completely unplug.

A low? The constant feeling of not doing enough or more, but that’s an every year thing.

7. Since these responses are for our Vault, where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Hopefully in a constant state of bliss and peace. I’m striving to become more mindful and less distracted by the buzz of technology. It’s hard because I’m a blogger and work in social media, so I thrive off of buzz!