Welcome to the Thursday edition of the 10@10 ‘The Men Behind The Menswear’, mainly on IG that is as it’s the only platform I actually use! For now anyways…
Today we have a New Yorker in the hot-seat. Tell me, why does “a New Yorker” sound so sharp to me? Maybe it’s because I’m from, what’s known as, God’s County in the north of England and see lots of grass. Nether the less it sounds cool!
So yeah we have…a New Yorker named K. Bash aka @illbash answering the 10@10 tonight. I say “K.” Bash as I never actually did catch his first name, just the letter K?! Hmmm rather mysterious.
Just kidding, I’m being daft so back to business, @illbash has accrued over 10K in followers and boasts a good engagement rate. His ability to take great, clean and crisp pics is second to none and although he falls into the @clobbercalm spectrum quite easily with his love for denim and great quality boots Mr K. Bash also displays an element of professionalism and City Gent panache that you don’t see on all the feeds we feature. Hell, you certainly don’t see it in mine!
Obviously a well educated gent K. Bash’s feature reads with ease and enjoyment and I’m very grateful he has taken the time to answer the 10@10 for us all.
MEET THE MAN BEHIND THE MENSWEAR
NAME: K. Bash aka @illbash
LOCATION: New York
OCCUPATION: Software Engineer
1. So Why Instagram?
I originally joined Instagram to follow some of the brands that I like; I had no real intention of posting content. As time went by, I found myself following more and more people who shared my interest in clothing. This inspired me to begin posting my fits as well and I really enjoyed the connections and feedback that came with that so I kept at it.
2. Why Denim, Boots, Workwear, Ruggedness?
I gravitated towards denim and boots because of their utilitarian roots. I like the idea of clothing that you don’t have to baby and can withstand whatever you throw at it. If you think about it, jeans and boots are some of the most personal things you can wear. Their fades/patina are a reflection of your life and your experiences and, to me, that’s really cool. Besides that, I cannot think of a more versatile piece of clothing than a pair of denim jeans. They are equally at home on a farmer as they are on a runway model. While denim and workwear are the core of my wardrobe, I also enjoy experimenting and incorporating elements from other styles into my looks. It is not uncommon to catch me wearing an oxford cloth button-down, chinos and sneakers. The main attribute that I require all my clothing to have is that it be of high quality and well fitting, the rest is fair game!
3. What are your thoughts on the rise in popularity of “Instafashion” and the community it is creating?
One of the most rewarding aspects of Instafashion is to be a part of the community it has created. I really enjoy being able to interact with people who share a similar passion. Whether its sizing advice or brand recommendations, there is always someone who is willing to help out. Besides the knowledge sharing aspect, the community is a great visual inspiration to me on a day-to-day basis. I look forward to seeing what brands will be producing as well as how others are styling certain pieces.
4. Top 3 brands to shop and why?
Many of the brands I like today are doing a great job of fusing that old-world craftsmanship with more contemporary fits. This makes for a quality product that looks good and can be worn in a variety of ways. Being a proponent of the quality over quantity ethos, I try to be fairly selective in what pieces I purchase. This has been somewhat of a challenge lately since there are many great brands putting out quality products these days. Also, I have always had a soft spot for goods Made in the USA!
– 3sixteen: Back when I was in college, I used to be into independent streetwear/urban brands. That gear was somewhat hard to come by so I was buying it from a site that carried a good selection of NYC/LA brands called digitalgravel.com. It was through there that I ordered my first piece of 3sixteen clothing: a 5-panel cap. It wouldn’t be until years later that I found out that 3sixteen began focusing predominately on denim and were making killer jeans. From then on, it was a no brainer for me to continue to support them. Also, nice to have a brand represent NYC!
– Common Projects: After getting my first pair of Achilles Low 2yrs ago, I was hooked. I love the minimal aesthetic and they pair well with everything, especially raw denim. While the price tag is hefty, their construction and materials are high quality and break in like a nice leather shoe. Buy less, buy better!
– Shockoe Atelier: I have known of Shockoe for quite some time but it wasn’t until this past February that I got my first pair of denim from them. Since then, my Kojimas are becoming my goto pair more and more often. I really appreciate their attention to detail and willingness to experiment with different fabrics. Definitely a brand worth checking out!
5. Where’s your favourite place to shop these brands?
These days, most of the shopping I do is online. Sometimes that can be tricky when trying out a new brand so, in those situations, I may order two different sizes of an item and return the one that does not fit. It’s not the most eco-friendly way to shop but it works! For local brick and mortar shops, I generally like to drop in at Self Edge NY, Blue in Green, Gentry and Steven Alan.
6. When did you decide to voice and share your love for your clobber on social media?
Beginning of September will be a year since I first posted on Instagram.
7. What’s the secret behind your great images; Who takes them? When are they taken? How do you capture the magic your followers enjoy so much?
For the most part, I take all of the photos that are on my feed with my iPhone. I take them before work or during my lunchtime and, on the weekends, I will sometimes post a grid shot. It’s not much of a science really, I just try to best capture what is is I am wearing. I also try to vary the backgrounds whenever possible to keep it interesting. Lately, I have been thinking about trying to take some photos using my camera to highlight the details that do not come through so well with the iPhone. We will see how that goes.
8. What feeds do you like to follow and check in on? Who should we check out?
Certainly a tough question since there are many great feeds that I draw inspiration from but here is a list of guys who come to mind right away: @marvaments, @birdgang_z, @cuffington, @thepacman82, @jjayhawks and @outlinedcloth.
9. What tips would you give new starters on Instagram to help them get there feed off the ground and successful?
We are all individuals who have a unique perspective on clothing and style and the best way to have a successful feed is to exhibit that in an authentic way. If you are unsure of your personal style, try and draw inspiration from others whose style you admire. Experimenting is what makes this fun and somewhere along the road you will see what resonates with you and run with that. Try to post clear shots. Post actively but do not overpost. Engage with your followers and with those you are following. Play around with the hashtags you use. In short, have fun and keep it real!
10. And Lucky Last, You’re going to be stranded on a desert island and you can take 1 outfit (4 items) Only with you.
What would they be? And Why?
I tried to pick items that are hard-wearing and versatile and all made in North American (Canada/USA).
– Viberg Brown Chromexcel Service Boots: The inspiration of this design was the standard issue military boot during WWII for several nations so they should do me well.
– 8.15 August Fifteenth Wool Mariner’s Overshirt: Wool is a one of the most absorbent and breathable fibers so it works equally well in the heat as it does in the cold.
– Freemans Sporting Club Chambray Shirt: I love chambray shirts in general so I will definitely need one for the island. The additional pockets will come in handy as well.
– Freenote Cloth Avila Double Weave: I will need to stick with some lightweight denim (11oz) if I will be schlepping around in the heat. My pair is getting nice and broken in so they would be a great option.
Woah! That’s a well thought out spec for the island brother. Full respect. Would love to see you sporting it on IG one day! Make sure you tag me if you do Bro 😀
Right, Next Monday. Next Monday sees us move slightly to the right and aim our 10@10 bow at a company called Truman Boot Company aka @trumanbootcompany. We hooked up with Vince from TBC for the feature and it’s a real treat to have been able to get under the skin of such a company for Monday’s feature. Make sure you tune back in for this folks as I’m pretty sure you won’t be let down!
Then it’s Thursday again. Where does the time drop these days?! Thursday sees us rock it with Morteza Talebi. Shit man that’s a good name. Morteza aka @mori.nl goes under the spotlight and enlightens us with his thoughts! He’s a big fan of LVC ranges and takes very credible pics so, if you haven’t already, make sure you hook up with him via his feed!
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