Choppin’ At Home Sean

Sean, Key Account Manager

I don’t FUCK with everyone. It’s just a New York thing. There’s a precautionary period from initially meeting a person. With my guy Sean I can call him my brother. We linked up while I was an intern and Sean was taking care of the wholesale accounts for Reason Clothing. Just straight hustling for that money. We’ve been close ever since. Being from the Bronx and now living in Sweden. I caught up with one of the most eclectic people I know. We talked about his outlook on the future and tapped into how he’s keeping calm and centered.

WHAT’S YOUR MORNING ROUTINE

Usually depends on the day but if I’m with my daughter my morning isn’t mines, so its Ryan’s World on Youtube, fruit and cozy time. Most days though, I wake up chug some water and get my breathe and face right. Make a cup of French press coffee. If I’m not with my daughter I’ll call and see how her morning is going. Then roll a small joint and smoke while having my coffee and checking my emails, shower and head to the office. 

I ASKED SEAN HIS PERSPECTIVE ON THE PANDEMIC LIVING OUT IN SWEDEN

Since the pandemic started it definitely changed my day to day. In Stockholm we never fully shut down, but we are working remotely and only part time. The first thing I do in the a.m. is check the news and get Cuomo’s updates on the day. I was feeling him and how he handled things initially. As of now I’ve lost a few homies (RIP Fred Da GodSon). I’ve also seen how the NYPrickDepartment has been wilding out I can’t say I am any longer. I’ve also quit coffee and switched to tea as I’m tryna make little choices to keep my immune system popping. It’s been real weird for me living out here throughout all this. Life is moving as normal here, but back home people I love are dying. Sweden is a weird country man they march to their own drum.

WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE SPOT TO WORK AT

Apartments in Sweden are tiny so my space is limited. I’m either on my couch or in this lil cut in my kitchen where I get good light and have a nice view of the courtyard outside my apartment. Besides that at the office we have a quiet area on the roof overlooking the city of Stockholm I enjoy it up there.

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING

A pair of broken in Jordan 1s, Uniqlo joggers and a vintage Frank Zappa tee. I haven’t worn real clothes since like fucking March.

WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING, LISTENING TO OR READING

As I type this the latest episode of “Insecure” is playing in the background.

Im re-reading “High Fidelity” by Nick Hornby as I just finished the series with Zoe Kravitz I love how they New Yawked it (that’s how you say it).

On audio I’m switching between “Man-child in the Promised Land” by Claude Brown and “The Autobiography of Gucci Mane”, on the music tip that “Ignatius” is on heavy rotation.

WHAT’S YOUR GO TO MEAL

For breakfast eggs and bacon for dinner fried pork chops and yellow rice. Food scene in this city is trash.

WHAT HAVE YOU BOUGHT ONLINE

Most recent purchase was a keyboard and stylus for my iPad and I signed up for sniph which is a cologne of the month club, I fuck wit a few of the month clubs (those are my shit). Majority of my purchases are made online as Stockholm is over priced. I keep it pretty simple so H&M and Zara and anything vintage is my go to.

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Choppin’ At Home Calvin

Calvin, Photographer

It’s hard to have numerous similarities amongst family let alone friends. My guy Cal is as genuine as they come. We’re both extra New York and proud owners of shiba inu’s. I met Cal thru my brother Westley who works for Article’s of Style. It’s hard to separate people that love sneakers, fashion and Kobe all in the same breath. You can add the appreciation for a good whiskey in there and its bound to get a bit loud. From being a dope person to having a great eye for photography. I reached out to my guy and see how he’s keeping slim and spending time with the fam.

WHAT’S YOUR MORNING ROUTINE

I have 2 alarms on my phone. One at 6:40am & 6:50am. I have to report to “work” for 7am (it’s annoying AF, but I try not to complain because some ppl don’t have a job to report to right now). I bullshit & talk to my co-workers via Skype until 8am then I start “work”. 

WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE SPOT TO WORK AT

I set up shop on my couch right in front of the tv.

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING

Tee shirt & running shorts or hoodie & sweats.

WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING, LISTENING TO OR READING

In the morning, it’s Fresh Prince, Martin, Chicago PD. Blindspot on Hulu, Bosch on Amazon Prime, my wife just put me on to Black AF on Netflix (fucking hilarious)

Listening to: Dr. Dre – Chronic 4/20 special. The Dream – SXTP4 DVSNA Muse In Her Feelings Childish Gambino 3.15.20 Westside Gunn Pray for Paris, Snoh Aalegra – Ugh, Those Feels Again.

Haven’t read anything yet.

WHAT’S YOUR GO TO MEAL

I really don’t have a go to meal. My wife wants to chef up for every meal (I’m not that much of a breakfast person, so it’s usually just coffee) But I snack a lot . Chips, fruit, candy and water like crazy.

WHAT HAVE YOU BOUGHT ONLINE

Rocky has allergies & is always scratching so I got him this:

Got this so my hair doesn’t dry out:

Got this for inspiration: 

This for my Mac Book Pro:

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CHECK OUT SOME OF CALVIN’S WORK BELOW:

photo by: Calvin Merritt

Choppin’ At Home DJ

DJ & Morgan, Designers & Stylists

Dope people rarely come together to feed off each other’s creative energies. I originally sat with Morgane last year at the studio. We discussed her streetwear label Press among many things. Linking up with DJ originally thru my brother. We built a friendship thru the common ground of all things fashion. I finally caught up with the stylish in house duo at their bushwick home. I got to see whats going through the sewing machine. Who’s cooking and what’s in the future.

WHAT’S YOUR MORNING ROUTINE

Mornings are interesting. I’ve always considered myself the opposite of a morning person, but since the lockdown; I get up at the same time every morning; 9:35am… It starts w/ coffee, as I believe most humans start this way. Load up the French Press, wash my face, and contemplate the action of doing my hair, its always the latter. We have this huge window in our design studio; the mornings are the best; as the natural light fills the room, I stare out and accept fate of another day in quarantine. “Cause like a crip said, I got too many blues for any more bad news” Gov. Cuomo, that’s my nigga right there! We try to watch his news conference every morning, he’s blunt, tells everyone what is going on, and adds his “dad” humor in there. 

WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE SPOT TO WORK AT

My favorite spot to work is b/w the studio & this nook in the living room. The studio allows me to look out at everything happening in the neighborhood, like this reckless driver who crashed into 4 cars on the corner, or the undercover cops holding up two guys while they search for drugs or weapons. The nook is where I get deep into my thoughts, we have a leather butterfly chair and the arc lamp I ordered finally came in, it feels like the corner where you were sent to think about your actions. My record player is setup here, I can play some vinyl, or just put my headphones on and zone out. 

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING

For full transparency, the first few weeks, I lounged around in sweats. I haven’t dressed up as much as I thought I would’ve, but after a few days I felt the need to look presentable. Morgane made this dope Denim kimono that I’ve been wearing around the hood; along w/ these Belgian loafers I wear everywhere. I’ve got these vintage achilles low common projects in blue suede, the seams are torn, dusty, but the level of comfort… unmatched. 

WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING, LISTENING TO OR READING

Well, once you’ve re-watched The Office for the 13th time, you have to switch it up. Knocked out the Tiger King before it became every meme, a few docs; Wild Wild Country. The Innocence Project (good ones I recommend). We re-watch old movies for creative influence, and have made it a point to watch at least one disney movie every night. It’s a different experience watching them as an adult. Music is always playing in our apt; from the “Are & Be” playlist on spotify, to soul classics. As Im writing this, MBDTF is playing, one of my favorite albums! 

WHAT’S YOUR GO TO MEAL

While we’ve been cooking everyday, it ranges from shrimp fettuccine w/ Vodka sauce, to an amazing Shepard’s Pie we are cooking tonight. For the record, I’m the Sous chef, so majority of the credit goes to Morgane. My go to snack… Kit-Kats… jumbo pack!!

WHAT HAVE YOU BOUGHT ONLINE

Home-Goods!!! All we buy is stuff for the house; planters, tv-stand, lights. While I hate waiting for packages, the process is intensified, as I cant just go out and buy it. I’ve seen some good sales online, but nothing I really love, I want more Baby Milo collab items. I scooped the Baby Milo x Naruto tote; I really like the DBZ & Jurassic park collabs. Those are on my list right now. 

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CHECK OUT DJ’S FEATURE ON ARTICLES OF STYLE:

photo by: Alex Crawford

Choppin’ At Home Kelvin

Kelvin, Spirits Specialist

Relating to someone from your hometown is unlike anything you can run into. Being from New York City its even more rare nowadays to vibe with an A-alike. New Yorkers know each other without saying much. I’d say we’ve even done the same dumb shit here and there. Kelvin and I linked up through the service industry. Being that he’s that guy if you need certain spirits. He’s from uptop (thats uptown) The Bx to be exact. So I checked on how the “Sucio Sommelier” is spending his days and showed me how he whips up his margaritas in the crib.

WHAT’S YOUR MORNING ROUTINE

In the beginning of all of this it was difficult to wrap my head around the new normal, I would wake up at like 10 and 11am.  I think I was also a little depressed so I was low on energy.  After a few weeks I got my gusto back now I get up around 7am get a stretch in and run Prospect Park.  It’s about 6 miles and really sets me up for the rest of the day.

WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE SPOT TO WORK AT

Wifey and I have an art studio at the Cribbo. It’s a blessing and we feel really fortunate to have that work space.  She will typically have her conferences there and work on art projects, I will fuck around in there as well.  It’s at the corner of the apartment so there a lot of light and good vibes.

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING

Joggers, cotton, Satin! Lol I’m in Willy Chavarria gear most days, his clothing is oversized on the body so it just feels so good.  

WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING, LISTENING TO OR READING

I’ve never seen Sopranos so I just got on that, shout out to J. Gandolfini.  I’m reading “Men Explain Things To Me” by Rebecca Solnit, great book all dudes should get into.

WHAT’S YOUR GO TO MEAL

Raos Arrabbiata sauce with pasta.  Best jar sauce on the market hands down. I can eat that shit ALL DAY.  It’s just too easy when I’m not in the mood to peel Plátanos lol.

WHAT HAVE YOU BOUGHT ONLINE

I love A company called Perico LTD, check em out.  They make anti gentrification gear, uptown pride gear so I support the movement.  They recently re-released their “Stay out of Uptown” Hoodie so I just copped that to Stunt on these colonizer cabrones. Now I need to get the Kicks!

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CHECK OUT KELVIN’S TAKE ON THE MARGARITA: