NINH NGUYEN, NYC
I took my Aussie mate and model Daniel Garofali with me to the studio to get a visualization of some of the pieces. I think there is a nice mix of toughness and sophistication in this collection. Ninh’s design philosophy has an eclectic approach: it combines the simplicity, traditional fit of London, the contemporary and fresh style of Japan, and the chic mode of Korea.
So Ninh, where are you from originally?
Well I was born in Paris. I grew up there for nine years and then I moved to Texas so I’m a Southerner.
That’s cool my boyfriend is from Texas actually.
Yeah from where?
He’s from Dallas Fort Worth.
Dude I’m from there. I’ll be in Dallas at the end of April.
Nice, I think I’ll be here then so we will miss each other.
What inspires you to do your pieces?
Honestly, It’s everything. I mean you can just walk down the street and then you see someone that has amazing style and then that just influences your designs. But you know I like to use a lot of military concepts.
I’ve noticed that. That is I think the thing that drew me to it. It is very structural with the military style.
Yeah, I like symmetry in men’s clothing and all the jackets that we use have shoulder pads which makes it very structured and you know very squared.
Where do you sell your brands?
For Ninh collection, we are only selling online right now and the bow-ties we are just starting so they will be available very soon.
You can buy Ninh Nguyen online at http://www.ninh.co/shop
DANIEL – PRIMM, NEVADA
Last weekend as I was on my way to Las Vegas, I stopped in a really small place called Primm. Primm is basically a few casinos(one with a roller coaster),gas stations, a mall and a McDonalds. I met this boy named Daniel who is 18years of age and he told me a little bit about what you do in the middle of the desert when you are not old enough to drink or gamble. As it turns out you just hang out at McDonalds or the mall not unlike teenagers anywhere else. There really isn’t a lot going on here and I found his situation strangely interesting albeit simple, so I took a study of Daniel in the shadow of this giant, ominous McDonalds sign.
ST PATRICK’S DAY, NYC
So in all the time I have been in New York City, I have never been to The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in person. I usually watch it on TV horning over the uniforms and kilts that I’m such a huge fan of. This year however, I went up to see the parade with my own eyes which I now totally recommend. There is far more entertainment in the crowd which is full of so many drunken and loose bridge & tunnel kids it really surprised me. Here are some images of the mayhem.
On my latest trip home to see my family I took some time to take a few portraits on film. Currently I’m interested in people, their possessions and their identity.
My mother, Great Aunt and 95yo Grandmother.
ON SET TODAY FOR PINK+GREEN, LOS ANGELES
Pink & Green is a new short film I have been shooting stills for. It will be coming out soon so look out for the preview. Here are some things I shot while on set today.