The latest addition to our series of short interviews is Union Los Angeles’ visionary Chris Gibbs. A personality we are well acquainted with, Chris has been able to allow the iconic store grow and evolve by influencing with his astute critique. I fired a few questions at Chris and got some very honest answers, and some that breathe further insight into the the core ethos of the store.
SLAMXHYPE / What’s your favourite thing about where you live?
CHRIS GIBBS / “everybody loves the sunshine, folks get down in the sunshine…”
SLAMXHYPE / Your favourite store in your city?
CHRIS GIBBS / Keeping it real. Union. I selfishly buy for our store based of the shit I like personally. All my favorites are here. Now if I could just loose 20 pounds I might fit into some of this shit.
SLAMXHYPE / What are three items you don’t leave home without?
CHRIS GIBBS / Nothing exciting. Keys, phone, laptop.
SLAMXHYPE / What’s your favourite holiday location?
CHRIS GIBBS / hmmm…The Motherland, Barbados.
SLAMXHYPE / One place you really desire to visit?
CHRIS GIBBS / I have never been to South America or Africa. I think somewhere in Africa is at the top of the list. I was supposed to go to Cameroon this year but my trip got fucked up at the last minute. The Embassy of Cameroon lost my passport. Nightmare!
SLAMXHYPE / What are the worst trends around today?
CHRIS GIBBS / This is going to sound PC but I really think this is good time for fashion. The “trends” out right now although they may be trendy still look good, so I can’t be mad. The all overprint shit of yesteryear might have been a low point (can’t front we were part of the problem too). But right now everyone looks good!
SLAMXHYPE / What’s the best thing to come out in 2011 to date?
CHRIS GIBBS / Visvim Grizzly Boot Mid-Folk. These were not offered to US accounts, so we never got em. I have been hunting down a size 11 in my size all season. Got one in Japan and I want more. I found a pair in Antwerp too. Yes, I am crazy!
SLAMXHYPE / What’s the must have item for you for FW2011?
CHRIS GIBBS / This is going to be our best season ever! There is so much dope shit coming… too much. In the past whenever we have had too much good shit, it fucks with the customer. They can’t choose so they don’t and end up getting nothing. Hopefully we can help people work that issue out.
CHRIS GIBBS / We have new color ways of the Blue Bey’s coming out in october. Straight Fire! Also There is a great Junya piece coming out a Nordic Varsity.
SLAMXHYPE / What are you reading?
CHRIS GIBBS / Right now I am reading a branding book, trying to learn how to better brand our shit. My store manager gave me the book. I am also reading “A colossal Failure of Common Sense” about the collapse of Lehman Bros.
SLAMXHYPE / What are you listening to?
CHRIS GIBBS / Little Dragon. All day, everyday!
SLAMXHYPE / What’s the best film you have seen in the last year?
CHRIS GIBBS / I have been working harder than ever and I have two young kids so this hasn’t been a good year for me and films. Black Swan is the last/best movie I remember seeing.
SLAMXHYPE / Your favourite website?
CHRIS GIBBS / I am not a web junkie unfortunately… I am trying to get into it more as I see that I am a little behind when it comes to all things web. NYtimes is the page that web browser opens up to. I also just got put on to a dope music site called Testpress.org
SLAMXHYPE / What influences you on a daily basis?
CHRIS GIBBS / Fly mother fuckers. There are some people that just have dope style. They could be head to toe Visvim, Gucci or Flea Market. When I see them I get inspired. Also we live in a time where anything and everything is possible so I love to see people breaking the rules and doing new shit… shit we couldn’t think of before. New shit, ya know?
SLAMXHYPE / What will you do after this interview?
CHRIS GIBBS / Get back to work…today I am taking advantage of the July 4th holiday and the fact the we are closed to remerch the whole store. Never not working.