Every week a different FADER staff member will pick a clothing item or accessory that he or she has lately been spending a lot of time with—or would like to—and write a little love letter to it. We would’ve done a column on who we’re dating but that seemed a little bit much. This week Felipe talks about his Nails long-sleeve T.
As far back as I can remember, my favorite color has always been black. When I was little and my mother would hear me say this, it was all she could do to try and convince me otherwise. "What about green, or red?" she would ask, the horror in her voice audible even to a child in the single digits. "No," I would say. "Black." The way I dress has never reflected this. Not when my mother was in charge of it, nor when I took the reigns sometime around middle school. I've long loved patterns, prints and color, and garments especially, where all three intersect like in the case of old Polo and Coogi sweaters. Color, to be sure, has always been a part of hip hop, my foremost style influence for a long and glorious time. But ever since A$AP Rocky broke and Kanye West turned himself evil, dressing like a member of the Foot Clan is what's really hood for the youth of today. Most recently, I've not gone out of my way to buy black (with regard to fashion, not neighborhood convenience stores), but when something like this Nails long-sleeve T comes across my desktop, I feel like Lil Flip The Leprechaun ("I can do dat"). Nails, FYI, is a highly acclaimed hardcore band, who just so happens to have a Gen F profile in the current issue. Familiarize yourself with their music and grab some of their well-designed T-shirts here.