I met photographer Abraham (Abe) Espiritu a few years back, and have always dug how he pieces modern and vintage clothing to present personal, yet on-trend looks. Last weekend, I asked him to pull together a few rain-and-shine spring looks for a little photoshoot in his hood, Bernal Heights. The end result included a fantastic mix of rain boots, black-on-black, white pants, sockless oxfords, a cool chambray, and fiery vintage prints. Check it out.
What he's wearing: Black fedora, purchased from Artillery Apparel Gallery, Black oversized glasses by Spitfire, purchaed from Metro Park; H&M shirt and blazer; Prince lapel pin; Vintage camouflage pants; Home Depot rain boots; Oversized umbrella purchased from Target.
What he's wearing: Army Surplus gray knit beanie, purchased on Hagiht St.; American Apparel chambray button-down shirt; Vintage vest from 31 Rax; Black Uniqlo pants, purchased in NYC; Leather oxfords purchased from Marshalls.
What he's wearing: Black fedora, purchased from Artillery Apparel Gallery; Black H&M v-neck t-shirt; Vintage blazer, purchased from 31 Rax; Levi's khakis, purchased from Urban Outfitters, Leather oxfords from Marshalls, Black iPad case, purchased from eBay.
7 Style Questions for Abe:
1. Which three adjectives would you use to describe your personal style?
Sharp, structured, smooth.
2. Where do you shop?
Haight St., 31 Rax, thrift stores, American Apparel, Urban Outfitters.
3. What are you always packing?
My Canon 7D camera, iPhone and iPad. My camera is my favorite accessory -- it helps me capture people's styles and it inspires me to puzzle clothing together.
4. What man products do you swear by?
5. What's one style tip you'd give to the men of San Francisco?
Find a good tailor. (I go to Pioneer Tailor in the Excelsior.)
6. What would you say to style haters?
7. What are your top 5 hot spots in SF?
Little Star, Mi Lindo Peru, Luna Park, Front Porch, Playa Azul.
Lily Ko (lily.7x7 @ gmail.com) studied fashion design and merchandising at Central Saint Martins and the Academy of Art University. In addition to writing for 7x7, Lily is an editor at SF Station, and works as a freelance stylist and apparel designer.