5 Minutes with… Jake Davis
We love Jake Davis’ blog, and we love his films, we caught up with the man behind the Supreme Films and so much more about 2009, 2010 and beyond, in our next Mini Interview in our new series.
(Photo: Angelo Baque)
Name: Jake Davis
Location: Soho, NYC
What’s 2010 going to be about for you? Mind, body and spirit. Balance those three things and I should be good. 2009 was a great year for me so I’m looking to continue the progression as a filmmaker and love those that are most important to me. Obsession is my gift and curse. Balance shall be my mantra in 2010.
What are the worst trends in menswear today? I really wouldn’t know. As much as people assume I’m an expert in trends I don’t pay much attention to what people are doing wrong. My eye is caught by what people do right.
What’s the best thing to come out of 2009 menswear trends? If you want to consider classic Americana and heritage a trend, which is somewhat of an oxymoron, I would say men are dressing more sophisticated than five years ago and as a result look really good. The all over print hoodie and dunk craze has calmed downtown. Unfortunately, the look today of a piece of waxed cotton outerwear, button-down, selvedge denim, and a chukka or work boot can be very conservative. The true heads have always embraced a little bit of rebelliousness in their kit. The youth will shake things up soon… They always do.
What’s the must have item for any man in 2010? A great fitting suit and anything from Kapital. I’m begging my Supreme guys to bring me back some gear from their Japan trips.
What’s your favourite thing about where you live? The stee. New York just has it. Also the range of beauty and ugliness you see on a day to day basis on the streets keeps me in check and humble. You can see a beautiful model caught in that perfect light and a gnarly homeless man keeping warm from a street vent all in the same stride.
What are you reading? I know I’m supposed to be that “cool guy” and I could answer the essays of David Foster Wallace but today I’m actually reading the entire collection of Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne. I know what you’re thinking… but sometimes I need to get back to the basics and there are a lot of beautiful zen philosophies in those stories.
What’s the next film you’ll watch? I’d like to re-watch Tom Ford’s “A Single Man” at the Angelika before it leaves. He has an amazing eye and I have a lot of respect for his ability to balance his passions. On the que is the Pusher Trilogy.
Your favourite store in your city? Supreme, RRL, A.P.C. and R by 45rpm. R.I.P. Union. I hate the fact that I have to fly across the country to get my fix. But I’m incredibly happy for Chris (Gibbs) and what he’s been able to progress from what James (Jebbia) and Mary Ann (Fusco) initially created. But we desperately need something progressive like it back in New York.
What’s the best thing to come out of Blog Culture? Personally the opportunities it’s created for me have been amazing. It’s been another creative outlet, a social filtering system, and really a way for people to get to know me without knowing me. Within our very small community (and I’m talking about the real world, not the internet world) there is, for lack of a better term, a code of ethics. And for the most part it’s a closed door. Unfortunately, sometimes I break it with the blog and give out a little too much information. Blogs as a culture or entity are just ideas. So without execution in the real world they would mean nothing but you cannot deny their influence.
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