Last night I washed my jeans for the first time. Well, I shouldn’t say ‘washed’ but rather rinsed. In the shower - just water, no soap. Levi’s Made & Crafted in the U.S.A. 12oz Japanese Indigo Red Line Selvedge Denim. As I write this they air dry in the bathroom and I contemplate the two years flushed out of them, bits of homes passed, friendships forged, growth gained, and adventure committed to memory. Bittersweet it is to have a fresh start and to remember our travels together.
I’ve been accepted to London College of Fashion for the fall to begin a two-year journey toward a Masters Degree in Fashion Design!
Enfield Cottage Lavender Floral Tie
Enfield Cottage U.S. Navy Digital Camo Tie
Enfield Cottage Indian Madras Tie
Airing out my new, vintage waxed-cotton, Ascot brand motorcycle jacket. Fits like a glove!
Props to anyone with info on the brand: Ascot Leather Goods PTY. LTD. Melbourne, or with tips to get the “old man stench” out. Tag reads, “Hang on line and wash with garden hose.”
On November 1, I had the opportunity to check out Space 519 and sit down with Jim Wetzel, the co-owner/co-mastermind of his refined general store.
Dustin: So what is your background in?
Jim Wetzel: Retail for a million years. When I was 15 years old I lied about my age to become a stock boy at this women’s boutique in Old Orchard. It was crazy… I was in the mall with a friend and she was like, “Oh let’s go in here!” and I was like, “This is so cool!” They had all this cool women’s stuff and, I don’t know what possessed me, I just went up and asked, “Are you hiring?” They gave me an application and I came back and was like, “Wait a minute… I’m not even old enough to get a job.” I lied. I said I was 16. I was 15.
D: Do you have a system to prevent bringing work home all the time?
JW: If you ask any entrepreneur, it’s why they’re an entrepreneur. Because there isn’t this moment of ‘shutting it off.” And that’s what you like about it. You find some inspiration of some sort, then you get geeked about something, and then you have this conversation… When you’re an entrepreneur you’re more passionate than a business owner. You’re never completely satisfied. You’re open and you’re cooking and it’s all good. And then you’re like, “I want more. I want to do more. I want to do this somewhere else. I want to do another concept.” That’s an entrepreneur because you just can’t get enough.
Space 519 carries an impressively curated collection that fuses High-Fashion Women’s Street-wear and Jewelry, a comfortable yet delightfully edgy Home-wares section, some unexpected vintage Men’s Watches & accessories, and an impressive collection of Men’s Apothecary.
Check out Space519 here or at 900 N. Michigan Ave, 5th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611.
Looking forward to what you guys do next!
Preview: Some highlights from my first line, DL for dustinlee.
*3 Piece Seersucker Short Suit
*Destroyed Indigo-Dipped Seavees
*Ex-Pat CPO Jacket
*Indigo Short-Sleeve Oxford Shirt
*Reverse Banker Oxford Shirt
*Hand-finished Indigo Henley w/ Custom Harvest Vest
*Vintage Naval Jumper
*Over-sized Indigo Shetland Wool Sweater
Shot on Thanksgiving by my girl.
Suede bucks, striped socks.