So last Sunday we met up with Newark-born photographer - Cornelius Rosenbaum, for a few shots for our weekly editorial series. Cornelius agreed to take us thru his old stomping ground, one of his favorites being the elementary school he attended. Now to be totally candid, upon first meeting Cornelius it's hard to envision him as a photographer. And that's not because he comes across as lacking any knowledge when it comes to the art of photography. It's more because he's about since 6'4 and built like a football player, but after talking with him for only a few minutes - you get an understanding that he takes his craft and brand - House of Baum very seriously.
On one of the coldest weekends in recent memory; Pittsburgh's very own lifestyle and street style photographer, Chancelor Humphrey decided to make the trip east in hopes of tackling the mania which is New York Fashion Week.
Despite temperatures at well below freezing, Chancelor managed to capture Fashion Week, as well as the street style of SoHo. See here. As to why he still enjoys coming to New York even during the coldest time of year. He puts it simply, "I love bringing NY's energy back to Pittsburgh, and then channeling that into anything creative that I'm doing in those following weeks."
We have to agree with Chancelor on this one. There's truly no energy like that of New York. The grind, the fashion, the places to eat, the places to enjoy a good cocktail, it can seem like a whirlwind for some out-of-towners. However, for the man who's documenting the resurgence of Pittsburgh culture. It's just another day in the life.
Cover Image (above): Blue Jacket and Hat provided by Epitome Clothing.
My friend Mahlori made an impromptu visit to NYC and wanted to take some quick snaps around Washington Square Park. I happily obliged and here she is in her natural beauty.
A few weekends ago, myself and the well-respected photographer, Cornelius Rosenbaum, ventured through the culturally-rich neighborhoods of lower manhattan. To observe, and document a typical Sunday in the city.
Below is a short editorial, on just that:
All Photography - Shot and Edited by: Cornelius Rosenbaum, of House of Baum Photography.
Ribbed Sweater and Distressed Jeans: Gap
Topcoat: Banana Republic
It's been a year since we last spoke to Norman Trotz, and as we all know, a lot can change within a year. So we figured we stroll thru the Lower East Side, and get brought up to speed on the happenings of the dapper gent, better known as Trotz.
AI: We interviewed you for "What He Wore Today," nearly a year ago, could you fill us in on what's changed since then?
Norman: Well, for the past few months, I was living in Germany and being over there, changed my whole perspective on what I considered was good quality. Let's just say my taste level has risen to new heights! [Laughs] Also, while being over there, I became a real shoe fanatic, especially since I was able purchase such great quality shoes, that you just can't get in America.
AI: Sucks for us Americans, huh? Now, I also understand that you're working with BMW! So how would you say working with BMW, has changed the way you dress on the daily?
Norman: Working with BMW helped me realize the importance of building your brand. Since BMW is a premium brand, and I represent them on the daily basis. I know I have to carry myself in a premium way, no matter where I am or go.
AI: Who would you say are your sartorial influences?
Norman: I would have to say my personal tailor, Penny, she always tells me "I tailor it, to how you want it, because it's what make you happy." It's simple I know, but if more tailors thought like this, life would be easier. But really I love her work so much, I get everything from shirts to my sweaters done by her.
AI: What's your morning routine for getting dressed?
Norman: My morning routine for getting dressed is all about the details. I make sure my metals match, and that I am able to blend my colors so that they are appealing to the eye.
AI: A well-dressed gent like yourself must have some sort of code that you live by, if so, do you care to share?
Norman: DRESS ITALIAN, DRIVE GERMAN, SPEND ARAB. No exceptions.
AI: Powerful statement. Well, with that said, I have to ask what is success to you in one sentence?
Norman: If you don't stand out you will never be remembered.
AI: What's one piece of advice you would give to anyone reading this?
Norman: Do well, live well, and dress really well.
AI: Love it. What's next for Trotz?
Norman: I'll be moving to South Africa for a few months, and while I'm there I'm going to try my best to take in as much fashion as I can. To bring back to the states. What I love most about fashion and style, is what you can learn from other cultures as you travel. Can't lie I'm also looking to revamp my suits by purchasing a few more bespoke pieces. I have one other surprise that I want to share, but you'll have to wait for that [Laughs]!
Follow Mr. 'Dapper' Trotz on - Instagram.
As sports continues to become an intergral part of our society, its influence spans beyond just the arena or field. And with that happening, a gentlemen by the name of Nathaniel Cooke, better known as Mr. Urban Sports, looks to marry sports' cultural influence to a community that is continually underserved - a community that if you decide not to entertain or be an athlete, you're almost seen as a nobody. What we're describing is the mindset, of a maturing man in a urban community - where the athlete is rewarded heavily. However, the writer who covers the athlete is not as well-regarded, and that's a big problem, says Nathaniel.
After spending 3 years with the NBA, as a digital producer, Nathaniel felt it was time to move on, so he could focus on making a bigger impact in the lives of others. So we caught up with Nate at his favorite basketball court in NJ, to chat, ask a few questions and see what's next for his brand: Mr. Urban Sports.
AI: What made you leave the NBA?
Nathaniel: The primary reason for me departing with the NBA was really a change in the vision for my future. When I graduated college, all I wanted was that dream job behind a desk and a fat paycheck every two weeks. As I grew older and I saw influencers from around the world take hold of their destiny, I had to ask myself, "Why couldn't I do the same?"
AI: So when did you realize it was time to leave?
Nathaniel: I knew it was time to leave after my dad died. I used to come home late at night, so tired and drained from a long day of work, and my father would always ask me, "is it worth it son?" The funny thing is, I started to hear that voice more and more after he died. So, when it was time for my contract to renew, I knew was going to stay.
AI: How would you describe your style?
Nathaniel: My style is very simple, yet complex (if that makes sense). I have a serious obsession with thrift stores, so I take a lot of other’s junk and turn them into my treasures.
AI: What websites inspire you from a journalistic point of view?
Nathaniel: From a sports perspective, Bill Simmons Grantland is a paramount sports site that features some of the best sports writers in the world. I also rely on Deadspin, Complex Sports, & Bleacher Report to supply me with my sports fix. From a fashion perspective, Tristan Walker’s Bevel Code is a must read everyday when I wake up. Lastly, Hypebeast & Life & Times are two great lifestyle/fashion publications to consumer before I start my day.
AI: Success in one sentence?
Nathaniel: Working at 1 am and loving it because you work for yourself.
AI: Could you go deeper on the subject of culture in general?
Nathaniel: Culture is very important to me because coming from Irvington, NJ I’ve witnessed African Americans devalue the culture everyday and it still upsets me. I would have loved to see art galleries and bookstores growing up; instead I saw gangs, chicken shacks, & a disgraceful political system. Sports was an outlet for me because growing up in Irvington, you needed something positive to distract you from the entire BS that surrounded you. My parents were great in shielding me from the negativity and I’m very thankful for their efforts in molding me as a man.
AI: What's next for Mr.Urban Sports?
Nathaniel: Continue to build the brand everyday and enjoy the journey. I could have never imagined I’d be in this position, but faith and hard work are two things I know I can always rely on. Always remember, the two variables in life that we all have control over everyday is attitude & effort. Even if you don’t believe in God, believe in something greater than yourself because that higher spirit is your best friend and advisor.
We have to thank Nathaniel for taking a moment to chop it up. If you want to learn more about Nathaniel and his brand:
I'm not sure what it is, but Vibes in the Burgh, are always on 100. That opening sentence was probably too vague, but excuse my lack of articulation, as the feeling is hard to explain. And because it is indeed a feeling, I rather let the images below, speak to it.
What I love most about blue collar cities such as Pittsburgh, are the impact they can have on your perspective. At times we may find ourselves chasing possessions, but when you connect with people who are happy and super-creative with less, due to their resourcefulness. It kind of sobers you up, and forces you to appreciate what you already have.
All Photography by: Keep Pittsburgh Dope
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