JARED ACQUARO IN MELBOURNE
I came across Jared’s style blog A Poor Man’s Millions a few weeks ago, only days after his first post. While it seems like there’s a new menswear blog popping up every minute these days, there was something refreshing about his point of view and knowledge on the subject. After planning a trip to Melbourne to shoot my Around Town column, I had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Acquaro at his workplace Beggar Man Thief and discuss how he went from wearing band t-shirts to dress shirts.
Fashion credit: 1. Del Monti suit from 1981 re-tailored, Oscar Hunt Made to Measure Twill Shirt, Paolo Albizzati Tie with custom 5 embroidery, Cordone Pocket Square. 2. Scotch & Soda Houndsthooth Sports Jacket, Oscar Hunt Made to Measure French Blue Shirt, Florence Style Pocket Square, Bailey Nelson Sunglasses. 3. Dormeuil Amadeus Made to Measure Blazer, Oscar Hunt Made to Measure Twill Shirt, Paolo Albizzati Tie, Asos Camo pocket square, Jack London Cotton Chino, Grenson Bert Oxfords.
1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.
2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.
3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.
4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.
5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.
6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.
7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.
8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.
9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.
10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.
11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.
12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.
14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.
15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.
16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.
J.Cole - Born Sinner: From Depression To Happiness #OKNotToBeOK (by SoulCultureMedia)
I def feel J. Cole on this. I battle with the pressure to be great, the pressure to be righteous, the pressure to be strong in moments of pain and I’m glad J. Cole’s album is going to help tackle this issue because not a lot of people understand it when they only see you’re highlight reel not the behind the scenes.
Vic Mensa | ORANGE SODA (Official Music Video) (by Vic Mensa)
Here’s a little love from Chi Town. WE ALL LOVE ORANGE SODA! Just chill.
Rockie Fresh “God is Great” from the upcoming Maybach Music Group album “Self Made Vol 3.”
Produced by Boi-1da.
Bill Cosby made this film, ‘Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed’ which aired on July 2nd 1968.
thebumrush: Director Euzhan Palcy from Martinique. First Black woman to direct a major studio feature. #OGRudeGal
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There are no physical barriers for black people not to surf. that being said, in the history of this country there is a lack of images of black people surfing, mexican people as well. I am black/ Nigerian but born in America, I lived in Houston and Chicago in suburban neighborhoods so I had the opportunity to take swimming lessons and go to a beach. However many of my black friends did not.
Just a quick history lesson, when the slave trade started in Africa, the people who loved to surf and swim were chased inland for hundreds of years for fear of being captured. Africans that escaped from slave ships and swam miles back to shore were a problem so the European slave traders decided to evoke fear in the minds of the Africans that they were trying to dominate. By using drowning as a method of torture. When Africans were in America, there was no freedom to surf or swim until 1900, and at that time it had been hundreds of years of mental slavery. And then Jim Crow laws made it illegal to touch the same water as whites, inciting riots up until the 1970s.
Geography in most urban environments, black people live toward the more populous cities and beach front property was often reserved for only whites and still is more expensive, i.e. socio-economic disparity.
You are a product of you environment and growing up in the 90’s I rarely-never saw black people skateboarding so it never triggered as an actual lifestyle/activity. I walked past the Nick Gabaldon event and went surfing for the first time and had a blast. The instructors were of every race, gender and creed and so were the first time surfers. I think this group is doing a very positive thing and I think stories like this need to be told for people to have a greater understanding of the world around them and themselves.
I am by no means a conspiracy theorist or black nationalist, I love everyone and I think that nature and life lets you realize that there is good and evil in everyone.
animalcrown: youngblackandvegan: the-vegan-mothership: Throwing out the trash: this picture shows hatchery workers casually throwing live male chicks into the garbage bins. To the egg industry - be it battery barn or free range - male chicks are just a worthless waste. sometimes people don’t understand why vegans don’t eat eggs. this is why My heart dropped seeing this. I have been debating going vegan for some time now…