AN ODE TO JAKE GALLAGHER: WAX-WANE GRADUATES
Wax Wane - a.k.a the inimitable Mr Jake Gallagher - is high on the list of young writers whose work is to my mind truly compelling, and he celebrated the end of his university days with a 5 part personal style compilation. Fittingly shot by Christopher Fenimore of Carson Street & Four Pins fame, this series is worth talking about because its a rare display of Jake’s personal approach to dressing.
Jake, at length, has discussed his disinterest in blogging about ‘personal style’ and has always favored instead addressing interesting historical topics that affect all of us who fancy ourselves clothing nerds. But I couldn’t help but notice that his passion for heritage and contemporary American/European dress really comes through with this series he’s done.
There’s a real sense of continuity maintained throughout these images, with Jake’s blue oxford cloth button down making recurring appearances. At no point in this series, does it feel like Jake got out of bed with the intention of putting on a show for the internet. His personal style feels at once organic and - at least in the context of what we’ve seen from him before - typical: here’s a well dressed gent who just happened to have some photos taken of him with minimal fuss made.
Despite the simplicity of each outfit’s composition there’s alot going here. Jake pairs a simple trouser (in a variety of fabrics including seersucker, cotton and denim) with an oxford shirt and always some form of outerwear and this is supplemented by his eye for texture. I sometimes get fatigued by the infinite number of layers street stylers on Tumblr salivate over, and as someone from a temperate part of the world two layers is a much more relevant inspiration point for when I’m dressing.
In a world of Goth Ninjas, luxe shamans and high fashunz stunters Jake stands out as a well dressed yet practical young man. Details are omnipresent if unobtrusive and all of these great images can be used to inspire your own dress regardless of the price point of your own attire. Admittedly we all want to rep that Ovadia & Sons something awful, but even if you can’t these images serve as a reminder that you don’t have to dress up like Kanye’s unused Black Swan concept to leave a pleasing impression.
Here’s to you Jake - you’re all grown up!
All images by Christopher Fenimore
(SOURCE: Wax Wane)