Hip-Hop Duo THEESatisfaction

The young musicians of THEESatisfaction reveal their approach to fashion.

By Abiola Akanni February 15, 2013 Published in the March 2013 issue of Seattle Met

When Northwest natives Catherine Harris-White (left) and Stasia Irons (right) set out on their first tour as THEESatisfaction, they dubbed the trip the Black Weirdo Tour. It’s an apt tag for the mash-up of geek-world techno, throwback pop culture, and insider/outsider codes that color their live stage presence and the bass-heavy, indie rap flow on records like Awe Naturale (Sub Pop).

Cat: I’m going through a dress phase right now; this one is from Prairie Underground. I look to icons like Ella Fitzgerald, but I mix it up with ’80s Afro-centric funk. Stas: I like classic button-ups and crazy socks, usually with something from my collection of high-top Jordans.  

Cut Culture
Cat: We’re both doing laid-back low-top fades, but we do prefer the energy of our full ’fros when we’re touring. Tabitha Rowe cuts our hair when we’re here in Seattle; it’s our most important accessory.

Fly International
Stas: I always try to hit this vintage shop in Sheffield, near Liverpool, called Cow. Last time the owners had to kick us out because we were there for so long. Cat: I have a horse bone necklace I got in Portugal. We’re both obsessed with looking for hats: beanies; fitted, snap-back, and afro-inspired caps. 

Beam Me Up
Stas: We’re becoming our parents in terms of style influences. We like old-school TV shows like Living Single and Good Times. Cat: And Star Trek. Stas: When we watch them, we’re always wondering where the wardrobe pieces are now. Whose closet did they end up in? We want to find them!

On the Mic
Cat: We’re playing March 22 at Neumos; we go for theatrics and opt for extras just like the greats—David Bowie, Prince, and Salt-n-Pepa. If you’re coming to the show, you should wear something that you can get down in. No heels please.

Published: March 2013

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