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Exclusive Interview: Still Life or the Hats of New York

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Frenel Morris is the creative visionary behind STILL LIFE NYC.  He designs, creates, shoots and sells the hats from start to finish.  Still Life was founded in 2005. Frenel was born in Patterson, New Jersey and went to Wayne hills high-school. He was very creatively involved through his early to teenage years- art classes, music etc. so finally he moved to NYC to study art at Parsons. We met with him and asked him few questions:

Why hats?
I’ve always had a love for accessories, mainly hats. Hats just seemed more accessible.

How do you come up with colours and shapes?
The creative development behind the style/shape is based on what I am feeling for the season – what the mood is, the look, the overall vibe. That then plays organically into the colour and material.

Do you follow any trends?
No, I set them :) — (and he often is ahead of his own time).

Do you wear your hats and if yes, is it every day?
Yes, depends on what I am feeling or working on. I let my hats
inspire me daily.

Which one are you wearing today?
Denim cut ’n’ sew.

Who is your client and are you based in NY?
The office is based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  The factory is in midtown Manhattan with a store on the Lower East Side at 113 Division Street.  My client is anyone who likes hast from the everyday to the true connoisseur- male, female, young, old.

Are you thinking of expanding one day?
Absolutely! I on working on my global expansion in Paris and London next with Asia on the horizon.

Where do you design? Studio, home?
Creative development in Brooklyn, millinery in his midtown Manhattan factory.

What are your dreams as a designer?
Design the $1 million dollar hat!!  Of course as a designer, always keeping true to the brand heritage behind his story and see how that can trickle into other categories within fashion.

What is the future holding for you?
Expand and evolve while making people look fresh in hats…

 

Author: Madlena Kalinova Photos: Still Life

 

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THE GARAGE

Candice by Elina Kechicheva

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Name: Candice Swanepoel
Age: 25
Current Residence: New York and Brazil, by way of South Africa

 

 

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Discovered: Shopping in a flea market with her mom in South Africa when she was 15.

 

Childhood Hobby: “I studied ballet when I was growing up. It has helped a lot with modeling because I think about all parts of my body, from my fingers to my toes.”

 

 

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If She Weren’t a Model: “I think I would have continued with ballet, or maybe I would have become a vetrinarian.”

 

Girl’s Best Friends: Two Jack Russells, named Milo and Luna

 

 

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On Being a Victoria’s Secret Angel: “It comes with a different kind of responsibility. It’s not just about posing for shoots. People know your name and your personality.”

 

Personal Style: “It depends on what side of the bed I wake up on. Sometimes I like being hippie or rock-and-roll or girly. I tend to wear a lot of jeans and white T-shirts–I buy really simple clothes but splurge on handbags, shoes, and jewelry.”

 

 

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Hidden Talent: “I’m very good at pretending that I am not nervous!”

 

Workout Regimen: “I swim a lot and play beach tennis.”

 

 

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Recent Splurge: “A Chanel handbag.”

 

On Her Bucket List: “I would love to travel to North Africa, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam.”

 

 

Marie Claire USA - June 2014

 

Biggest Fear: “I am afraid of spiders, but other than that, I am kind of an adventurer.”

 

 

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Source: Marie Claire US June 2014

Top Model Candice Swanepoel is photographed in Miami by Bulgarian photographer Elina Kechicheva. Elina was one of the most successful Bulgarian models working abroad and eventually relocated to Paris. After ending her modelling career  she became a photographer with numerous covers and editorials for international magazines. Loving her work with Candice.

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