Street Cred: A close up look at Atlanta style by Jason Travis (Donald B.)
20 July 2012Written by Jason Travis
Donald B. /Westside Atlanta / Designer/Engineer/Creative Professional
How would you describe your style?
My dad always distinguished fashion from style. Fashion was always art to me, and just like art, it can be a love/hate relationship. But style describes you, it develops as you develop. There was this stint when my dad had to hold down two jobs; one of them was selling women’s shoes at Nordstrom. His style always matched the dynamics of his day – always professional enough to walk into just about anywhere and always relaxed enough to let him work. His style naturally rubbed off on me a bit, but I spin more flare onto classic looks. My style is usually dapper with some urban accents.
Main design influence?
I’m pulling a lot from Pharrell Williams these days. The guy has become more astute in his eye for detail and he is branching off into so many influences. I think he has progressed from the ice cream days and is showing us how casual being put together can be with a few key pieces. I’m also on the Satorialist weekly.
Favorite place to shop?
Wish in Atlanta on Moreland in Little 5 and Sid Mashburn on the Westside are great for inspiration and for finding something uniquely your own, but shopping in Wicker Park/Bucktown in Chicago is always fun. You can jump from bespoke to local designers to big brand without having to go far and the crowd is always interesting. It’s always a good feeling to pick up a project piece from a local designer attempting to make a big leap.
Shirt: Catou by Berny Martin / Cardigan: Vintage / Jeans: Levis 511 Skinny Commuter Jeans / Shoes: Jordan Prime 5 / Glasses: Warby Parker / Watch: Marc Ecko / Trench: Catou by Berny Martin / Hat: Bailey