Street Scene

By Laura Cassidy December 13, 2010 Published in the January 2011 issue of Seattle Met

Image: Ryan McVay

FOR TWO YEARS, photographer Adam Katz Sinding has been stopping sophisticated Seattleites and great-looking out-of-towners on our city streets and posting gorgeously moody style images to his blog, Le 21ème Arrondissement. The Tacoma native has been called Seattle’s Sartorialist, but this month we’re losing him to New York.

Personal style in three words Autonomous, artisan, anti.

Inside the look The jacket, shirts, pants, and sneakers are Rick Owens. Some of his stuff is really pretty simple, but even when it’s fleece or jersey—these are basically sweatpants—the fabrics are superhigh quality. Only you get to know how great they feel against your skin. He’s really intimate that way.

High-art high-tops There’s a concept there, but they’re basically a pair of Dunks. I like taking something that’s sort of ugly and making it look cool.

Support system With fine materials and design, you have to have really good repair and custom work. I go to John at Northwest Tailors downtown, Emerald City Shoe Repair near Benaroya, and Phillip’s Cleaners on Madison. Todd at Sassoon cuts my hair, and I consult with Leo when I’m at Blackbird.

Style work I started caring about fashion when I got a job at the downtown W while I was in college. At first I was into the really heavily branded thing—Gucci and Louis Vuitton—but I realized that that look actually requires little thought, just the money to buy it, and that doesn’t necessarily make for a personal style. Then I started working at Ian when it first opened on Capitol Hill. They were carrying Surface to Air and Maison Martin Margiela, so that broadened my spectrum and I started to see the appeal in small, lesser-known brands.

Living online I look at StyleZeitgeist, which is like a forum, and Superfuture, where people post what they’re wearing and sell cult designer stuff that’s practically brand new. I check out other street-style blogs, mostly European ones. It’s like this other scene that you can be a part of no matter where you are.

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