Atlanta is a big city to a visitor. To a local and homegrown talent like myself, it's 2 to 3 degrees of separation. The cool thing about that is, if you're a good person, your reputation and character will precede you. I feel like I'm always mentioning a different close friend in these posts, but the amazing homie T.O. looked out and dropped my name to a wonderful young lady who's work I was familiar with but whom (I used whom right)I honestly didn't know much about. Months before, I came across an "Old Atlanta" tee, by ATEAELLE (like ATL) that I thought was legit perfect(but sold out) because now it seems like it's "trendy" to be from Atlanta. So what better way to ease into my "get off my porch" phase than with a tee that proclaims my authenticity.
I was asked if I had time to shoot some looks for a lookbook with the new apparel that Kirsten was releasing for ATEAELLE and it was a no brainer. Being a native herself, her line is full of organic Atlanta moments coupled with the southern charm and simplicity Atlanta has always won visitors over with. From a nod to Kilo Ali to a tribute to the famed historic west side of Atlanta, it's easy to get nostalgic and want to pic up a piece or two. I can't forget to mention the most charming piece of the new collection, the instant hit that is the "Atlanta as f*ck" dad hat...my favorite(of course).
Please take a look at a few of the pics from the lookbook that I helped style and please go check out www.ateaelle.com and check out her amazing collection. I always take certain things away from my collaborators and what I took away from T.O. and Kirsten was cool. There's a special kind of spoiled we can get when things happen organically. Because things come naturally to us, we can sometimes become complacent instead finding new inspiration to continue pushing forward. Your dreams are like you and they should always be evolving. Kirsten has done that and her line shows. Thanks to Kirsten and T.O. for allowing me the opportunity to be apart of this project.