Photobucket has teamed up with Lifestyle Blog, Street Etiquette to share some of their amazing photos and see your personal style! Read on for details on the guys’ work and to learn more about how you can win a 16×20 canvas!
We interviewed the guys over at Street Etiquette to get an insight into their work and minds. Visit their blog at www.streetetiquette.com.
Photobucket: Style blogs are nothing new, but Street Etiquette brought an urban outlook to the typical sartorial editorial that hadn’t been seen before. What sparked the idea to create Street Etiquette?
Street Etiquette: Street Etiquette was formed by us simply because we wanted to document our personal style on the internet, it started out of pure passion and took a liking to art/photography.
PB: After creating your blog, street style blogs saturated the market. What was your reaction to this flood of competitors? What did you change about the mechanics and subjects of your blog, if anything?
SE: Our main point was transition from just being a “street style blog” into something much more substantial. Street Style is considered a certain language and most seen during fashion shows or more so outside of them. We wanted to expand on the meaning of ‘style’ where it could be looked at as a individual connection between you and the next person. It was basically painting with a fine stroke, instead of a broad stroke in terms of the work we presented to our readers.
Essentially our unique voice, perspective, and quality of work set us apart from competitors.
PB: Street Etiquette started as a street style blog, but now it has become so much more. What made you decide to branch out of fashion and into other areas? (any sneak peek photos of projects you’re working on?
SE: Thank you. Well, we knew if we focused on lifestyle there would be so many connecting points to the brand rather than just stuck in fashion. Essentially stepping away from focusing on solely clothing, and opening the conversation of how do you live in your clothing. It revolved around the music you listened to, food you consumed, your hairstyle – basically the way you lived your life. We want Street Etiquette to be looked at as a walking/talking person.
PB: SE has already stood the test of time, but seems to be continually evolving. Where do you see your brand in 5 years?
SE: In the next five years, we would love to keep expanding on the vision, whether that means a store or two, moving into digital media or also traditional media like television. We want to continue to build on Street Etiquette, and keep the fire burning. It’s hard to predict what will happen in 5 years, but we know if we stay consistent in our values everything will fall in place.
PB: How did the idea for Travel Etiquette come about? What are your plans for continuing your journeys across the world? (would love to get some of your favorite shots from your travels)
SE: Travis and I are first generation; meaning both of our parents migrated here from other places in the world, his from St. Kitts in the West Indies, and mine from Ghana, West Africa. Growing up in such a melting pot like New York City there’s always a sense of your own culture in the city. We have traveled internationally before starting Street Etiquette, or even knowing each other. It’s a totally different experience when we were teenagers/adults and wanted to travel through the Street Etiquette lens.
PB: Seeing as the original concept of Street Etiquette is based on fashion and it still seems to be a part of every project you guys work on in some way, what do you consider your “personal style”? (photos depicting examples of both of your styles would go great here)
SE: Our styles have changed throughout the years, but I like to think has retained the common thread that Street Etiquette is known for. We’re inspired by street-wear, tailored menswear, mod, jazz musicians from the 1950s.
PB: The photography on your blog is always unique and identifying as your style. What are some of the factors you guys consider when creating an image for your site or Instagram?
SE: Thank you again. It’s pretty simple and routine for us at this point. The picture must tell a story, even if it’s short one – there should be some type of context to it. When it comes to Instagram, most of the images are taken on the street and with an iPhone so there’s a lot of things we see while in transit and want to take a picture of for our followers.
PB: Sewn from the Soul was such an amazing concept. Do you have any plans to create another editorial with a similar mesh of fashion and another relevant topic? (would love to get a few full-size images from this editorial to throw in here)
SE: Thank you! Most of our editorials from Black Ivy to Slumflower always contain some type of message/topic we want to get across. Sewn from the Soul was our first self-produced editorial that we gained notoriety from. Our editorials always feature more of our friends/colleagues and add to the fact that Street Etiquette is about the community and bigger than the two of us.
Make sure you check out the Street Etiquette blog and enter to win a 16×20 canvas via our Instagram Contest! The rules for the contest are simple: