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Legendary Marilyn Monroe.
Sales for the first part of VNeck Mafia’s Trillium Collection start tomorrow (Tuesday). I was really humbled after such a wonderful summer, the success of the Galaxy VNeck, and the passing of Johnny Bravado. I appreciate the love and support y’all have been showing me. I put my life and my money in this one. So just know I got you in this next collection.
Love and Luxury,
James Perkins is a well-known name in the fine art industry. He received a BA from Yale University and a Masters from SVA School of Visual Arts in fashion and fine art photography.
As a creative entrepreneur based in New York, he has also had his creative work featured in The Wall Street Journal, GQ.com, CNBC, ABC, and Entrepreneur Magazine among others.
Some of his collaborations have included: Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, Sephora, Belvedere, The Standard Hotels, Betsy Johnson, Scott Campbell, Wendy Nichol, Giorgio Deluca, and Colette Paris.
During his time on Wall Street James was also an on air presenter for FOX Business ”Perkins’ Picks” segment, explaining how money, music, fashion, and culture can affect businesses, brands, and inform investing.
He recently had works on display for The Eileen Kaminsky Foundation show, and “2X2″ at The MANA Contemporary Arts complex in New Jersey.
It is very pleasant for myself to have him answering my informal interview, I consider him a genuine visionary and creative genius.
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Supermen or Batman? Garamond or Helvetica? Coke or Pepsi?
Batman. Helvetica. Pepsi.
What is your favorite book, magazine and blog?
Book: As A Man Thinketh. Magazine: Masters, Blog: jjjjound.com.
What do you like/dislike to wear?
I like to wear comfortable and confident clothing, I don’t like wearing uncomfortable and unconfident clothing.
What would be your last meal?
Sushi and Chicken Friend Rice.
Name two things you consider yourself to be good at?
Basketball and photography.
Who is the most played artist in your iPod?
What did you have for breakfast today?
Coffee and Granola.
How do your photography ideas come up?
Improvisation from an inspiration…
Tell us a little bit about the way you work? Places, people, tools, knack…
The space is very important to me and I used to not shoot in a studio. Since the space to me is just as important as the overall photograph, capturing the mood, and catching the person / model as character.
Do you have any advice for those who are starting?
Consistency is key, organization is essential, and strive to put forth your best ideas and work while raising the bar.
What is the most rewarding experience you have had with your work?
When an Automative Executive from Detroit who’d never heard of Jay-Z and Kanye purchased my “Nigga De Triumph” painting in an exhibition at Mana Contemporary.
How would you like your work to be remembered?
I would like my work to be remembered as something that pushed forward the collective consciousness of the black community; but also the collective consciousness of our society at large.
“Beautiful Cry” by James Perkins
A self portraiture series, the women featured in Beautiful Cry all wear the signature Dior shirt James wore during his FOX business segments before the stock market crash in 2008, leading to the close of his investment management firm. This series explores his inability to cry for himself after a major fall, and a desire to revisit and resolve. Is it easier for him to ask beautiful strangers to cry on his behalf, rather than cry alone?
Learn more about James Perkins at james-perkins.com
Finally getting used to this College lifestyle and adapting to the workload. So far I’ve shifted through numerous career opportunities and realized if you don’t need to work your freshman year in college it’s probably best you don’t. Seriously, if one aspect of college is about networking and meeting new people having a job can definitely hinge your progression forward… Otherwise, Madison is a totally awesome city with so much to offer and if you’re a friend of mine on Facebook you’ve most likely seen the photos of all the good times studying, chilling, partying, and eating.
Speaking of good times… My friend Chris thought it would be a good idea if I were to become a barber after seeing me cut my own hair. You can check out the video and then feel free to share your thoughts with us on Twitter @QuHarrison, @PersonalizedCXV (Chris), @itseezee (Estefan / Videographer).
Life changes… It’s been one of those weeks where everything comes to a close in this Milwaukee lifestyle as I prepare for the Madison college kid life. It’s crazy because I remember walking into High School as a freshman with friends who are now strangers. I remember the first T-Shirt I ever made back in 2010 and now that idea turned into a whole clothing company. I remember starting off in high school as a DJ and I can officially state today I’ve rocked crowds starting with only 40 people to crowds with 20,000 people. I remember failing extra hard in high school Forensics freshman year and to go on to be a 2x state champion. I remember a few of the down moments in the past four years. Most importantly, I’m glad to have the opportunity to explore and be able to craft and hone some of my passions at such a young age. I’ll be 18 soon and every year I set a goal to learn something new that’s major or doing something extraordinary. My career as a 17 year old isn’t officially over yet but I can let you know from experience that life changes and every moment is a picture in the scrapbook. So be sure to put your everything into whatever you decide to do.
As we grind to get the second VNeck Mafia collection in stock and available on the (virtual) shelves of our store, I wanted to take a moment and share some of the hard work that went into creating our handcrafted, locally produced VNecks, which will be in your closets very soon. I’ve been talking about building the VNeck Mafia brand for a while now it’s time to show you what that means.
Back in March I sat down with the team and drew up the first sketches / ideas for the initial and second collection. We obsessed over current culture, noting the styles that were timeless; and envisioned that our VNeck’s should be an elegant representation of the present but fashion staples in the future. Seeking out those perfect and versatile VNecks that can be easily thrown on for an everyday look or dressed up for night out. A hybrid of the two ideas became the inspiration for the Foreign Traditions collection’s Galaxy VNeck and the basis for the featured VNeck in our second collection, Incandescent Respect.
Incandescent Respect honors our punctilious craftsmanship like you’ve never before seen – VNeck’s continue to use our signature cotton and polyester bend with a little bit of glow in the dark treatment added to give the OG Black VNeck some much desired flair.
Now we’re just a few weeks away from bringing you the collection we believe will accompany you on your first day of school, every foreign venture, and every amazing day in between. In the coming weeks, we will be adding this collection as it becomes available and ready to be shipped off by our local manufactures, so you’ll want to stay tuned in for all the latest and greatest pieces as they’re added in real-time.
Until then, take a moment to explore a few of the images that inspired the Incandescent Respect collection.