By Fatima Payne
Name: Naeem Reid, Jr. Age: 15
Hood: Park Slope, Brooklyn, N.Y.
School: Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School Music & Art and Performing Art
SIL: How would you define your personal style?
Naeem: Classic, clean and versatile! I enjoy sporty clothing as well as urban wear. Comfort is extremely important to me as well.
SIL: If we were to take a trip in your closet, what would we find?
Naeem: A nice selection of options such as: cargo pants and slim boot cut denim jeans. Various tees such as, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Ed Hardy, H&M, Ralph Lauren, Old Navy and of course the simple white tee.
Plenty of zip up hoodies, plaid button up shirts, Ralph Lauren short and long-sleeved shirts, linen shirts, dress pants, basketball Jerseys, basketball shorts, various Nike Basketball sneakers, track sneakers, boots, dress shoes, and Nike flip flops.
SIL: What inspires your style?
Naeem: My upbringing and my hometown. Music & entertainment, or sometimes the mood I am in for that particular day.
SIL: Who are your favorite designers?
Naeem: I have many, but, Ralph Lauren and Nike are two of my favorite designers.
SIL: What are your favorite stores?
Naeem: Lord & Taylor, Swagga 360, Something on 5th, Jean Stop, Century 21, NBA store, H&M, American Eagle, Old Navy.
SIL: Favorite Accessories?
Naeem: Watches, single earring, wrist bands
SIL: What are your fashion “must haves”?
Naeem: A presence! A fitted cap, a pair of stylish frames, a fresh cut, and sweaters and hoodies
SIL: Personal style quote:
Naeem: Fashion is form of art and self expression, so on that note -
Let Me, Be Me!
By Fatima Payne
Name: George Young, Jr. Age: 23
School: Dillard University
Major: Business Management
Personal Style: Fashionably eclectic.
Deciding What to Wear: Depending on how I feel, I choose the color, I then coordinate my outfit.
Favorite Accessories: I like watches and Neckties!!!
Winter Must- Haves: Leather and Tweed Fedoras
Who Inspires your Style: ME, sometimes things I see on TV I recreate. (Kanye West, Mr. Bentley, Mr. Rogers(lol))
Favorite designers: Coach, Michael Kors, Steve Madden, Gorgio Brutini, Burberry, Express, Aldo
Favorite Stores: Express, American Eagle, Banana Republic, GAP, Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch, THE THRIFT STORE
If we were to take a trip in your closet what type of things would we find? White Shoes, HATS (Fedoras), Button downs and hundreds of ties, t-shirts
Personal Quote: You feel as good as you look!! Style is about being creative and what makes you happy! I decide if I’m stylish or not. Nobody else can decide that.
Name: Jonathan Alexander Prophete Age: 16
Hood: Southside, Freeport, New York
School: Freeport High School, 11th grade
Personal Style: “Unique, that is how I
define my style. It is a mixture of prep,
coexisting with skateboard. I love to switch
the style of my clothes from fitted to loose,
and from punk to hip hop; all along, keeping
in line with my collection of vintage
Deciding What to Wear: “I love to be comfortable,
but yet still flashy. My decision is
based my mood and where I am going for
If we were to take a trip into your closet,
what would we find? “If you were able to
fit in my closet, you would find a variety of
sweaters from Polo to Coogi, a stack of
jeans, not limited to but including iceberg
and Gap, and laid back skateboard shirts.”
Who inspires your style? “My style is
inspired by Kanye West, Pharrell, Nico,
Camron, Common, Fabolous, and my sister
who used to choose my clothes for me
when I was younger.”
Favorite designers? “The Neptunes. I
enjoy their clothes because they have the
best selection of styles ranging from punk
to hip hop. They combine a hip hop feel to
traditional style to skateboard apparel for
a new generation”
Favorite stores? “H&M, Urban Outfitters,
Alife, Supreme, Dave’s Quality Meat, GAP,
and A Bathing Ape.”
QUOTE: “If someone has it on, I can’t wear
it. I need to bring something new to the
table that will break necks and have people
asking, “Where did you get those
Interview and Styling by Kaydee Williams
Name: Malon Lawson Age: 16
Hood: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY
School: BASE High School, 10th Grade
Major: Science & Environment
Personal Style. Hip-hop meets rock. I like
urban wear but then I like to mix it up with
stuff that you wouldn’t normally see other
Deciding What to Wear. It depends on the
weather. In the winter I wear darker colors.
Spring is my favorite season because I can
wear the brighter vivid colors.
My Accessories. I like different types of
hats, mostly, Gatsby’s (paperboy hats) and
buckets. Also, western belt buckles.
Summer Must-Haves. For the summer I
must have boat shoes, cargo shorts, blazers,
graphic tees and sunglasses. Also, nice
in his closet…
Who inspires your style? Kanye West,
Farrell, Adam Levine (Maroon 5), Jay-Z and
Favorite designers? Chip & Pepper
because they have a variety of fits and
styles for every body type. I also like
Aem´Kei because they are different but
yet still urban. It’s like hip-hop and rock
already, you don’t have to change it up or
add anything to it.
Favorite stores? Michael K., Atrium, H&M
and The Coop in Barney’s.
In his words:
“I’m not afraid to take chances and risks
with what I wear. Where I’m from in
Brooklyn most people my age have the
same style of dress, I like to stand out.”
Credits: Malon’s hair by Primrose @ Xclusive Hair Salon/barbershop, Brooklyn, NY 718.930.4033