Name: Daniel I.
Major: International Studies
Why did you decide to major in international studies? I have a lot of family in Syria and that’s where I want to end up. My grandmother raised me for a lot of my early childhood, and she’s kind of on her way out, and I want to see her before she passes away. I’ve also always wanted to work with people. I think my biggest fear is waking up and realizing I’m in a 9 to 5 pushing buttons. I want to work with people and at the same time make money. I want to be an Arabic translator for the first part of my career and take that money and help my parents put my brother through college and make an impact. I totally understand that once I’m in the Middle East, this look will have to go, and I will have to dress more conservatively.
Daniel layers a Raised By Wolves sweater with a Mishka letterman jacket paried with Rustic Ones joggers.
How would you describe your personal style? It’s whatever appeals to me, honestly. I like black — it’s my favorite color. If I could, I would wear black on black if it wasn’t so angsty. I like loud colors, but black cools it down. I wear two patterns or less. My style is whatever appeals to me. If something is indie or hipster and I like it, I’ll dress that way. But it’s not necessarily like I’m trying to stick in a box.
What appeals to you about a garment? It’s weird because when I shop online, I’m scrolling really quickly, and something will catch me eye, and I’ll stop, and take a closer look. From there, I either really like it or it doesn’t appeal to me. A lot of the clothes I wear, they’re pricey, so I have to be selective about it. I’m very much quality over quantity. I don’t own that many pieces, but the ones I do are really close to me, like I love wearing them. So outfit repeating might be a little bit of a problem, but I don’t mind.
Daniel continues the earth tone theme with a tan Herschel backpack.
Is fashion a passion for you or just a hobby? It’s a passion now. I can literally spend hours looking at clothes and looking for clothes. Whenever I’m angry and at home, or even just want to wind down, I can window shop by myself for hours. It’s not important for me to buy shit all the time. I’m not looking because I need it. I’m looking for trends and influences, and I look at inspiration albums too. I like the Streetwear and Male Fashion Advice Subreddits.
How do you create a curated wardrobe? It goes back to the fact that the funds that I have are limited. I’m on a budget, and the pieces I like are always expensive. It’s a gift and a curse to have expensive taste. So that’s why it’s so curated and so selective. My wardrobe is made up of really nice pieces that I really wanted. Once I have the funds, I will cop $300 hoodies, but I’ve never been one for having a lot of things. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of white and black t-shirts, but it’s basic stuff.
He rocks classic black Vans.
How did you get into streetweer? I had a homie who introduced me to it. He wore a really nice Supreme piece, and I asked him where it was from and went online and thought, “Wow this is so expensive. Why is this so expensive?” And I started doing my research from there. It’s cool because I’ve always loosely cared about streetwear, but I could never find clothes that were my style. It was nice to find a way to take clothes seriously and have some sort of fashion sense as a male. I also think it has to do with growing up in L.A. A lot of the rappers I listen to as well are all about fashion: either high fashion or streetwear in general.
The lining of Daniel’s jacket adds a unique, but invisible touch to the piece.
Do you feel you stand out in the Pacific Northwest? I definitely have felt separate, especially freshman year. I got a lot of weird looks. People have asked me, “Why do you care so much? Why do you try so hard?” But it’s not me trying so hard. It’s just what I want to do. I’ve always been a very independent person and have tried to be as honest with myself as possible. If this is what I want to do, this is what I want to do. I’m not going to do it because everyone else will do it or find it cool. I do it because I find it cool, and if you find it cool, awesome.
I’ve seen you rock a man bun pretty much every day. I got it the week before school started. The first week of school, I got the weirdest looks, like “Who is that weirdo?” And the next thing you know, you go to the gym and see at least six people with man buns.
What inspired you to do it? I just got tired of having to pull my hair back. People called it “the Macklemore,” so that’s why I stopped doing it. I’ve always had long hair in different forms. It was just time for a change. It took me 15 minutes to do my hair before. Why would you spend 15 minutes doing your hair? And my man bun works for me because I don’t think a lot of people can pull it off. So it’s nice to have something that’s exclusive. Or at least I think I can pull it off. I don’t care what other people think.
WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY HANNAH STEINKOPF-FRANK, @HSTEINKOPFFRANK