Prince for a Day
It was just a day, just an ordinary day (you've got Vanessa Carlton stuck in your head now, don't you? You're welcome!) - except it wasn't. A few weeks earlier, I had received a message from the folks over at Good Counsel asking me if I wanted to come visit their studio, check out what they're about, and shoot some content for their site.
If you're not familiar with Good Counsel, they're a luxury big and tall retailer, styling service, team of personal shoppers, but really they're about the big and tall community. I think they say it best:
Good Counsel seeks to create a Big and Tall community that embraces men of a larger size—empowering them to live well, dress well—and to do so with purpose. We create conversations around the best in menswear and are committed to presenting compelling stories and experiences that affirm our men like never before.
When I headed into the studio I was nervous. It's one thing shooting for my Instagram (which usually just involves finding a not-too-busy stretch of sidewalk and roping in a coworker to take a pic), but it's another thing to shoot for a team of professionals. A team of professionals who are getting paid and who don't want to waste time or money. As I walked through the door with a Boat & Tote shoved full of wardrobe options, my underarms got a little damp: I was getting recognition for my aesthetic, my work, and my opinions on fashion and the big and tall market.
I love how the photos and video turned out, but more than that I loved the experience and the bonds that formed. I'm so excited to see the big and tall community developing - demanding recognition from the world and from retailers alike. And I'm beyond proud of being a part of the movement alongside people like Good Counsel.
Check out some of my favorite shots from the day below:
Finally, I recently went to an event that Good Counsel hosted with The Real Real and fell in love with this N Hollywood jacket. I mean, this is a yes right?