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I AM COMPLETELY AND UNAPOLOGETICALLY HIGH-MAINTENANCE. I DON'T TRAVEL LIGHTLY, I LOVE ROOM SERVICE, AND I CAN'T FUNCTION WITHOUT A CALENDAR. I LOVE THRASH METAL & SCOTCH, I SMILE IN MY SLEEP, AND I SKATEBOARD BETTER THAN I DRIVE. I AM EQUAL DARKNESS AND EQUAL LIGHT, AND I STRIVE FOR SARTORIAL & PERSONAL TENACITY IN A CITY WHERE GRIT OVERSHADOWS STYLE AND RISK.

I AM THE ORDER, AND THERE ARE NO DAYS OFF. THE PRESSURE TO REPRESENT THE BRAND I CREATED IS ALWAYS HIGH, IN STYLE, MOMENTUM & CREED-  I AM MY OWN EVANGELIST, AND MY OWN WORST NIGHTMARE, TWENTY FOUR HOURS A DAY.

BUT WHAT IF ALL OF THOSE VARIABLES WERE REMOVED? 

WHAT IF THE ARBITRARY PARAMETERS OF A JOB WELL-DONE BECAME THOSE OF A DAY WELL-LIVED? 

WHAT IF…I SWAPPED MY LIPSTICK AND LAPTOP FOR A BACKPACK & A PRAYER, AND LEFT FOR TWO WEEKS ON THE BACK OF A HARLEY? 

SO I DID.

AT 100MPH THROUGH THE HEAT OF DEATH VALLEY OR AT A GAS STATION ALONG ROUTE 66, NO ONE KNOWS WHO YOU ARE OR WHERE YOU CAME FROM. NOT MUCH FITS UNDER A HELMET OTHER THAN THOUGHTS OF THE IMMEDIATE PRESENT, SYNAPSING AS FAST & FREELY AS THE ASPHALT BENEATH YOU.  ADVENTURE ECLIPSES DESTINATION, IMPULSE TRUMPS INTENTION. MAYBE, MAYBE NOT…MAYBE IT DOESN’T MATTER. MAYBE ALL THAT MATTERS IS THAT WE ENJOY THE RIDE.

FROM PORTLAND TO MEMPHIS WITH MYRIAD STOPS ALONG THE WAY, AND IN THE COMPANY OF ONE OF THE MOST PIVOTAL MEN IN MY LIFE, AN IMPULSIVE SIMPLICITY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE ORDER'S AESTHETIC EMERGED IN THE HOURS SPENT ON THE ROAD. MY PREVIOUS COLLECTIONS HAVE BEEN DELICATE, DETAILED AND OCCASION-SPECIFIC, BUT MY DAY-TO-NIGHT UNIFORM IS AN AMALGAM OF ATHLEISURE AND GLAM- BOTH OF WHICH ARE PARAMOUNT IN COLLECTION IX.

THE UNOFFICIAL CAMPAIGN FOR IX IS LARGELY COMPRISED OF PHOTOS I TOOK ON MY IPHONE THROUGHOUT THE TRIP, AND IS HIGHLY SYMBOLIC IN FREEDOM, RISK, UNCERTAINTY AND CHANCE. MY PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL HORIZONS ARE IMMINENT, INDEFINITE AND EXCITING; A TRIFECTA OF UNCERTAINTY THAT HAS TRANSLATED INTO THIS COLLECTION. THIS IS THE END OF ONE PHASE, AND THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER. 

FUCK THE RUNWAY, AND FUCK THE STATUS QUO. THIS IS THE THE ORDER, AND THIS IS COLLECTION IX.

CREDITS

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kirsten Miccoli

MODELS: Breck Gambill + Maggie Rose Mizner

MAKEUP + HAIR: Colleen O’SUlliven

STYLING: Nicole Maret of THE ORDER