1. How has your style changed since 2012, when we snapped you?
My style is evolving, it's a never ending thing. Style should never be flat. You're always adding or subtracting. I think in everything you do, you evolve. Things continue to inspire you, so you change.
2. What is the most important news story today in your opinion?
Right now, I would have to say police brutality against people of color. We are suffering from institutional racism and people that aren't affected by it don't see it as a problem. We have a huge epidemic here in America where people don't feel anyone's pain but their own. Look at these refugees from Syria and the way people from other countries [and in America ] are treating them. It's fucking sad.
Olu Alege for Swagger New York in 2012. Photo via Brandon Isralsky
3. What are you up to now?
I'm the founder of a creative agency called Street Level Culture, right now, I'm planning festivals for next year. I've been blessed to get opportunities to work with clients like New Balance and Pepsi, but I think it's also a great thing to find your creative niche before these companies approach you. I also have a couple of creative projects that I'm working on with Street Level Culture's co founder Ed Garrido.
5. We first photographed you on the street. Is street style dead? Why or why not?
Street Style will never die. But I think these fucking bloggers turned this into a circus. Buyers can't even go to shows anymore because of the circus of fashion. Bloggers get your money, I'm not mad at you — but when things reach mainstream's consciousness you start to see a decline in the thrill. I feel like everything that is popular is wrong.
6. What is your one high and one low in 2015?
One high for 2015 was being able to throw a concert for New Balance with a couple of my business partners. Anytime you are able to work with your friends and actually execute it's a good feeling.
One low was coming to the harsh reality with the problems that our youth is dealing with today —from zoned schools to this addict culture—it's crazy man. As a solution, I launched Soul Series with my girl Sahar. [The open discussions touching on social and cultural topics] happens every 2 weeks on Wednesdays.
7. Since we are going to save these responses for our Vault, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A Creative Director of some sorts, no doubt. I know that will take time but I'm willing to put in the work because I love it. I'm working with a lot of artists now, booking them for music stuff, but when it comes down to it, a creative needs to create.
Main photo via Michael Burk Studio
PostedNov 19, 2015