Recently we’ve been hanging with Baxter, a soft spoken down-to-earth musician who loves fixing things with his hands, from homemaking instruments to designing wooden coffee table to re-cutting vintage trousers.
“I met Bax through some mutual friends in the music scene. He’s an amazing musician, I’m pretty sure he can play any instrument. We became close friends, going to shows together and playing Bike Polo in Nashville.” -Alex
Baxter’s style caught my eye immediately since everything he wears is one-of-a-kind due to some type of Do-It-Yourself modification. It’s a fantastic (and inspiring) way to build a wardrobe on the super-cheap and to create a look that is truly representative of the person wearing the clothes.
“When It comes to personal style I find myself doing a lot of modifications, whether that means just changing some buttons or completely taking apart a pair of pants and tailoring them to my size.
I always have a project in the works and new ones coming to me. Old clothing in my possession will most likely end up getting to know the scissors and sewing needles long before it sees the light of day… Having a bit of creative power over what I put on makes me feel as though my clothes are a part of who I am and gives me a greater appreciation for each individual piece.”
1. One Man’s Trash, Another Man’s Come-up
“Searching through local vintage and thrift stores is a process that I really dislike. It always gives me a weird feeling and I often find myself in a rush to leave the store as soon as I walk through the door…
To deal with this I began a sort of hybridized process of shopping & designing/tailoring – it’s been a learning process and a journey full of trial and error.”
“The colors and patterns were the selling point on this shirt… I wasn’t too fond of the shape of the collar so I cut it off, which really changed the look and feel of the shirt.”
“Last time I was visitig home in Nashville, I met a local Amish fellow who was selling these handmade straw hats at a farmers market and I couldn’t resist.
I put it on for the first time and right in front of me, on the grass by the side walk, was a feather… I stuck in in my hat and called it macaroni.”
“I often collect little trinkets and build my on jewelry. All the jewelry here was either given to me or found on the ground (the earring is actually an old zipper from another project).”
- Straw Boater Hat from an Amish guy at a flea market
- Necklace and Earring handmade with found objects
- Red, Blue, and Khaki striped and patterned shirt from a thrift store (no brand)
- Grey Chinos by American Apparel
- Brown Leather Belt thrifted from goodwill
- Brown boots bought at Animal Vintage in Portland