How’s it going people? Everyone all set for the Easter bunny this weekend? As in, have y’all left room for plenty of chocolate?! Sweet enough, you say? Nahhh!
Before you go gorge yourselves on eggs this weekend we have something way more satisfying and appetite whetting! That’s right, another ‘…Women Behind The Menswear’ post and tonight Bryce aka @heypizano is the subject. “Subject” sounds SO clinical, “…tonight Bryce aka @heypizano is the star”, way better!
Not seen Bryce’s feed? Well, it’s got Red Wings, Railcars, PF Flyers…shall I go on, right ok…LVC, Tellason…and you can find out the rest for yourselves! Told you that you should’ve left room for this doozy and I wasn’t kidding!
MEET THE WOMAN BEHIND THE MENSWEAR
NAME: Bryce Pizano aka @heypizano
LOCATION: Tacoma, Washington
OCCUPATION: Trader Joe’s Manager and aspiring clothing maker (Okay Denim)
1. So Why Instagram?
Years ago, I joined Instagram as a way to follow what my family and friends were up to. Not too long after, I realised that all the talented photographers, cool musicians, and stylish people that I liked were all on there as well, and that I could easily follow and connect with them. Recently, I recognised the potential for brand development, and the amazing community that surrounds the denim movement. Long story short, I love the silly app!
2. Why Denim, Boots, Workwear, Ruggedness?
When I learned to sew and began making my own clothes, I started to understand the workmanship that goes into making a quality piece of clothing. Eventually, my style evolved, and I got my first pair of Red Wings. There was no going back after that! The idea that I should wear the same few pieces of clothing every day until they became part of my life, and had a story to go along with them, really appealed to me. Now I seek out clothes that are going to represent me and have the ability to grow with me.
3. What are your thoughts on the rise in popularity of “Instafashion” and the community it is creating?
“Fashion” can be daunting. Getting to know your personal style and finding inspiration from similarly minded people isn’t easy when you fit into such a niche category. It’s amazing that a platform exists that can house such a diverse group, yet be so inclusive at the same time. I am constantly amazed at the kindness and friendship that surrounds the denim-boots-workwear Instagram community! This style is unique and most people don’t understand our obsession with denim and boots, so it’s incredible to be able to connect with so many like minded, and incredibly stylish, people! There are just so many amazing and cool people to follow these days.
4. Top 3 brands to shop and why?
1). Railcar – My first real pair of raw denim came from them. I was lucky enough to live in the area at the time, and was able to visit their workshop/ store in Monrovia before they expanded. Steven is incredibly talented, and the whole team is so kind and just generally awesome to talk to.
2). Tellason – I don’t own much from them just yet, but I recently got myself the green garment dyed Coverall jacket, and have rarely taken it off since. The construction and attention to details are seriously next level. It’s also very rare that a “men’s” brand makes anything in a size that fits me, so I have to support when I can!
3). Red Wing – There’s not much to say about them that isn’t already known, but here goes: They create such amazing boots and footwear! They maintain such a high level of craftsmanship while being made in America. And what they are putting out in their women’s line is pure magic!
5. Where’s your favourite place to shop these brands?
I do most of my shopping online and I love to buy direct from makers/ brands when I can. There are a few really great shops near me in Washington that I love to visit, even if it’s just for inspiration half the time. Foundry in Gig Harbor, Washington is a favorite of mine. Blue Owl in Seattle carries a huge selection of everything a denimhead could want!
6. When did you decide to voice and share your love for your threads on social media?
Many moons ago I had a “fashion blog” where I shared my daily outfits and the clothes that I was making. Unfortunately, I was always trying to chase a style that just wasn’t really me. When I started to get more and more into the raw denim thing, I kinda lost interest in it. When I realized that there was a growing community of cool people sharing their interests online, my passion was re-ignited.
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?
I rock the good ole tripod and self timer set up. I get very self conscience when taking pictures of myself, so mostly I just get into my favorite spot in my backyard and shoot away. I try to wait till the sun is going down, or it’s getting cloudy (which is often in Washington) sobi can get some good indirect light, and I’ll shoot as many as I need to until I’m satisfied and I think I don’t look terrible! Sometimes I get the shot in just a couple tries, sometimes it takes a whole bunch.
8. What feeds do you like to follow and check in on? Who should we check out?
@denim_and_whiskey can be thanked for single handedly getting me back into raw denim and such when I had kinda lost interest, and for getting me interested in posting about it on Insta.
9. What’s it like being a lady in, what could be seen as, a men’s world? After all you rock the blue better than most of the blokes!
There is such an expectation for women to dress a certain way and to want a certain thing of of the clothes that they wear. I think that like me, the women who are interested in this style are looking for the same thing as the guys; high quality, interesting pieces that are going to stand the test of time. It’s taken me a lot of years to be comfortable with who I am and how I want to present myself. Clothing says so much about who you are as a person, and finding my personal style had definitely been a journey. It seems that more and more brands are starting to cater to us ladies, but we still have limited resources. Most of what I end up with it from the men’s section, and I find a way to make the thing I really like work for me.
10. And Lucky Last, You’re going to be stranded on a desert island, you can take 1 outfit (4 items) and 1 drink ONLY with you.
What would they be? Who made them? Why are you taking them?
1). I’m going to need some pants- I don’t actually own these yet (they will be my next pair), but the Railcar Spikes in proprietary 15oz denim . That’s the perfect weight for not knowing what the hell is going to happen, and they’re Railcar, so I know they’ll hold up.
2). I’d take one of my own Okay Denim shirts. They’re made of 10 oz denim, so nice and sturdy. Also, I’m alone on a desert island, so no one will be able to tease me about all the denim I’m wearing.
3). Let’s go with my Tellason Coverall Jacket for layering. It’s so comfortable, and useful. I mean, have you seen all the pockets on that thing!
4). Maybe most importantly, a trusty pair of boots. I live in my Red Wing Iron Rangers and I’m going to need the foot protection on an island!
As far a my desert island drink of choice? It’ll be the same as my non desert island drink of choice, bourbon! I’ll find water, but if I’m going to be alone that much, I’m going to need a drink.
Ahh absolutely mega feature! Bourbon, drink of choice, Bryce I think we’d get on just fine aha. Also the #seattledenimhangs gang? We hear a lot about the #ladenimhangs group so, any plans for a get together OR a turf war? Ha. Thanks for taking the time Bryce, such a good post 🙌
Now, as we speak, the magic is getting laid down over on the clobber-cast with Ben & Glen, Sean is locking the doors on another day done in the supply co. and I’m about to start writing up the next @bigdudeindenim feature. It’s all a-go-go and we do it all for you guys!