In the Lower East Side, we officially kick off our foray into the world of well dressed gentlemen. We met up with the multi-talented James Nord, photographer, racer for Rapha and co-owner of Deux North. Generously taking us on a tour of the LES, he also shared his photography, and stories of his biking adventures. Thanks, James!
28 year old fashion photographer living in New York City.
Early on my Mom always stressed the importance of being different and normalcy was our family’s only taboo. As I grew older, I was drawn to formality and back when everyone was in skinny jeans, chucks and some tragic t-shirt I decided I would wear a suit every day. That was 3 years ago and while I have more or less been in a suit and tie every day of it. My style has changed a bit and my suits have gotten a little better but I stick to an easy formula of skinny pants, lapels and ties with cropped pants and big hair.
Recently I keep going back to Prada’s FW2012 show, could I pull off turtlenecks under dress shirts without a tie? I am not sure, but I might as well try.
For suits, J. Lindeberg is my go to: Slim cut with Scandinavian tailoring (this sounds more pretentious than I mean it to be). For shirts I like to go to Michael Andrews Bespoke when I can, and active wear I am a Rapha devotee.
I am a bit of an obsessive and grew up in a passion centered house. I race my bicycle here in New York City and have a cycling brand Deux North that I run with my little brother. I am also a co-founder of Fohr Card, which is a new service that will change the way brands and bloggers work together.
In high school I was obsessed with winning a state championship in wrestling. I was completely consumed with it. I used to watch TV with my family while drilling moves and I also was working hard to cut weight. I was 5’10 112 pounds and I was only eating about 600 calories a day and working out 3-5 hours. I used to wake up at 5AM every morning and ride a stationary bike next to a fireplace for an hour to sweat. It was dangerous, stupid and untimely futile (doctors made me stop) but I wouldn’t change it. Getting through that season gave me the tools to deal with the hard things I have to do in life. All the sudden a 20 hour work day is a breeze as compared with losing 13 pounds in 24 hours.
I am a house photographer with Oscar de la Renta and I am really excited to be shooting 10 editorials with them over the next 6 months. I also have things coming up with J. Lindeberg, Rapha and Penguin that I am really excited about. Beyond that I am really excited to be working with Holly Stair and Rich Tong on Fohr Card, we have a chance to make a real impact and that’s invigorating.