The New New Year.

new new year 2016 x jovel roystan x the no names 1Happy New New Year, everyone! For those of you who are like, “huh…” a few members of the squad decided that January didn’t quite go as planned, so we’re (re)starting 2016 today, on Feb 1st. We hit NOMO Kitchen in SoHo yesterday afternoon for a celebratory brunch, and of course, such an occasion required our finest New New Year garments.

new new year 2016 x jovel roystan x the no names 2

As soon as I saw Leila’s ensemble, I had to make her my fake date for the day. The pants are Yohji Yamamoto and I couldn’t stop staring. I think the panel on my Mugler blazer complemented her style pretty well, right?

new new year 2016 x jovel roystan x the no names 4new new year 2016 x jovel roystan x the no names 3Ultimately, the idea of the day was really all about taking ownership of your life and realizing that [you] make the rules: You can start over any time, any day. We shared squad resolutions, actually talked about church notes (yeah, we stay prayed up), and a few of us found the perfect way to commemorate the moment (visit my Snapchat TODAY to see—hurry before it’s gone).

2016, bring it on. -J

[The Black Boy & The Tree] x Shikeith Cathey, Staring Michael Oloyede

Sometimes it seems like its almost impossible to do simple things in NYC such as catching up with friends over drinks or dinner. Last night Chad, Michael, Leia, and myself made it a point to block out 2 hours to have dinner at one of our favorite places to catch up on each others lives, discuss music, current books we’re reading and of course the jokes going back and forth across the table were on 100. After all, we haven’t been together as a group since we interned together during the summer of 2011 — so yes, it was long overdue!

While we were at dinner, Michael received a notification that a recent project he worked on with another one of my favorite people, Shikeith Cathey had just been posted online for the world to see. The project is called The Black Boy & The Tree”, written and directed by Shikeith. The short film follows a black man played by Michael Oloyede in the woods where he attempts to convince a black boy to come down from a dangerous tree he has made his home. This film tells the story of many black men and boys, who suffer the consequences of a cultural practice that routinely shames black males for experiencing hurt outside of systematic racial oppression. 

Extremely proud of both Shikeith and Michael and inspired by their talents and perseverance. Check out the short film below #pressPLAY: