The move from NYC to LA has already got me thinking differently about style.
It’s warm every day here and we’re not far from the beach, so fashion, and life in general, is just a little more laidback. Sure, it can be easy to get lazy, but I find that the weather restrictions and cultural change are only forcing me to be more creative.
Here’s an example. On the corner of 7th avenue and 10th street in NYC’s West Village there’s a small street stand owned by a Senegalese man named Bala. Bala sells cotton shirts, shorts and pants in colorful African prints that his brother ships to him directly from Senegal.
In my eight years living in NYC I’ve probably walked passed Bala dozens of times, not really paying attention to his product. This time however, thanks in part to my homie Niko’s encouragement, his street booth caught my eye.
I’ve been looking for an alternative to tailored trousers that are lightweight, flowly, casual, and fun. These turned out to be perfect, so I bought three pairs ($20/each) when I was in town for Fashion Week.
Here’s how I’ve been rocking them, on the East coast and West coast…
1. Futuristic Flow
Bala has hundreds of colorful patterns, but the first one that caught my eye was this black and white geometric print.
The minimalistic graphic gives these pants a very modern and “high-fashion” feel, making them a perfect complement to this almost-futuristic sans-lapel H&M x Margiela jacket.
The pants themselves are super simple; just lightweight cotton with a drawstring waist and side pockets.
I didn’t have them tailored, but I made sure to buy the right size!
Luckily the inseam was just right since I love the little “split” detail at the hemline.
- Clear frame sunglasses by Vintage
- Black collar-less jacket by H&M x Margiela
- Black cotton/linen v-neck t-shirt by Kenneth Cole
- Cotton print pants from BALA NYC Street Stand – 7th ave & 10th
- “Stella” Watch by Brera Orologi
- Brass railroad spike cuff bracelet by Giles & Brother
- Black leather penny loafers by Bass Weejun