Daily Fashion Project: Daniel James Brown

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Daily Fashion Project: Daniel James Brown

fashion illustration portrait of Daniel James Brown

Daniel James Brown

Instagram: @danieljamesbrown8

Where is home for you? 
London, England

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? 
Put me on a plane to Tokyo. 

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be? 
Brown. Wait! Do two-tones count?

Podcasts or audiobooks
Podcasts.

Extroverted or Introverted? 
Extrovert.

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard? 
Hoarding goes against everything I stand for.....well, maybe a hat or two.
 



Has one piece of art, literature or music helped shape who you are today? 

I cannot say that there is just one piece of art/literature or music that has helped shape the person I am today, however I am continuously influenced and inspired by creative works. From the films of Wong Kar Wai, to the inebriated tones of Tom Waits.  Art, in it's many forms, still has a major influence on my outlook. It's all about connection.


If you had to choose a different career, what would you be doing? 

Bar owner. I've always wanted to be the owner of a dirty little, 'no thrils', watering hole. The type of run down establishment were you get barred for ordering ice with your rum and coke. Country and blues music on constant rotation. Sticky floors and smoke to the ceiling.

Daniel James Brown in the Sunflowerman sketchbook

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Daily Fashion Project, Paulo Battista

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Daily Fashion Project, Paulo Battista

Men's fashion illustration of Paulo Battista, member of Portuguese Dandies

Where is home for you?
My home is always my atelier, is the place where I transform my ideas in beautiful creations.

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Florence, have no doubts.

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be?
Green is the color that I love in all my details.

Audiobooks or podcast?
Podcast.

Extroverted or introverted?
Extroverted.

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard?
The best I have is my family, there´s nothing worth more than them!!!

 

Tell us about one place that has made an impact on your life?
Florence, All my inspiration come from the great artists from the past until persons like you. Your amazing talent is a gift, it's a pleasure to see myself in your creations.

What does your favorite article of clothing say about you?
My jackets, when you are wearing my jackets, I'm sure people recognize easier that those were made in my atelier, following the traditional costumes of tailoring.

Has one piece of art, literature or music helped shape who you are today?
Tattoos is a kind art that I appreciate a lot and is changing my own way of seeing life. 

If you had to choose a different career, what would you be doing?
Tough question, I don't see myself in another type of career, because I feel that I have a gift. When I do something I do for love, so there's nothing that I thought before. 

Sketchbook with men's fashion illustration of Paulo Battiste, a member of the Portuguese Dandys

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Strong Suit SS16. The Giovanni Boldini Portrait

Strong Suit SS16. The Giovanni Boldini Portrait

Strong Suit painting based on John Singer Sargent portraits

The SS16 Strong Suit look book paintings drew inspiration from the work of John Singer Sargent, known for his Portrait Paintings.

Sargent often painted in watercolor, capturing the people around him and the landscape. 

This member of the look book features inspiration from the portrait of Giovanni Boldini.

An Out-of-Doors Study (1889) depicting  Paul César Helleu  sketching with his wife Alice Guérin

An Out-of-Doors Study (1889) depicting Paul César Helleu sketching with his wife Alice Guérin


Daily Fashion Project, Makan

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Daily Fashion Project, Makan

Men's fashion illustration of Makan Veli

Makan Khorosan

instagram: @makanveli
website: makanveli.com

Where is home for you?:
Where my parents/family are.

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?:
Teheran (My birth place) 

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be?:
Brown

Extroverted or Introverted?:
Extroverted.

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard?
My family. 
 

Do you prefer to learn from other's mistakes, or make your own mistakes?
A mix of both. 

What are you most proud of in your own life?
I never give up, I fall down and stand up, again and again and again. 

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Daily Fashion Project, Brian Lehang

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Daily Fashion Project, Brian Lehang

Men's fashion illustration of Brian Lehang

Where is home for you?:
I'm from a historical township called Soweto in the south of Johannesburg, South Africa.

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?:
So far by far Italy has been my favorite country, so yes I would even relocate there.

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be?:
I think any shade of brown would do.

Podcasts or audiobooks?:
Podcast or audio-book...errr...no!

Extroverted or Introverted?:
Introverted

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard?:
My wardrobe, especially my shoes...

A sample of tomorrow's interview. Here's Soweto native, @brianlehang. #dailyfashionproject #sunflowerman

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Has one piece of art, literature or music helped shape who you are today?
I think music has play a role in my life, the message received has continued to inspire me till today.

Do you prefer to learn from other's mistakes, or make your own mistakes?
Preferably from my own mistakes because I know the whole story of why and how I made that mistake and I can only learn from that.

If you had to choose a different career, what would you be doing?
Maybe be an actor, the way I dress and walk I sometimes day dream being in a classic gangster movie...

What are you most proud of in your own life?
Being featured in among the great dandy gentlemen in the world, featured in a book called We Are Dandy - Elegant Gentleman Around The World by Nathaniel Adams and Rose Gallahan

Open sketchbook of Brian Lehang illustration

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Live Painting at Pitti Uomo 92 with Luciano Barbera

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Live Painting at Pitti Uomo 92 with Luciano Barbera

Sunflowerman sitting at the Luciano Barbera booth during Pitti Uomo with two live paintings

This was my first ever Pitti Uomo.

The sun beating overhead, beads of sweat falling all around and the most stylish men you will ever see. Pitti 92 was an elevating experience, spent meeting new friends like old friends, smiles everywhere, shutter clicks at each step and painting live in booth with Luciano Barbera.

For two full days I performed live at the booth, chatting with clients and passers by as the paintings took form. 

In lieu of canvas we selected fabrics from the Luciano Barbera collection to craft the works of art. Linen and swimwear pattern played role of canvas. I love the message here. It's a bit subtle and definitely meta.

The fabrics of the collection are the fabrics on which I painted the illustrations of the collection.

The designs for the paintings were chosen by the Luciano Barbera community. Before the show we called out on instagram for people to choose from a selection of outfits to be painted. One of those people won a painting from the show.

Sitting at the Luciano Barbera booth, preparing to make the live Pitti Uomo paintings
Sunflowerman painting live at Pitti 92 with Luciano Barbera
Sunflowerman Live Painting with Luciano Barbera
Close up of painting palette
Painting on Luciano Barbera swimwear fabric
Sunflowerman sitting with his Luciano Barbera paintings on easels

To promote our collaboration I made this Luciano Barbera styled men's fashion illustration, which I absolutely adore! I've turned it into a commemorative print.

Fashion illustration of Luciano Barbera collection with a Duomo di Firenze background

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Daily Fashion Project: Martin Dunhoff

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Daily Fashion Project: Martin Dunhoff

fashion illustration portrait of Martin Dunhoff

Martin Dunhoff

Instagram: @mdunhoff

Where is home for you?
My home town Växjö/Sweden

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Italy/Florence

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be?
Dark brown tassels loafers

Podcasts or audiobooks?
At the moment podcasts

Extroverted or Introverted?
Extroverted

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard?
Shoes!!!
 


Has one piece of art, literature or music helped shape who you are today?

I really like music and the relaxation a good book can give. But hard to say if a single piece has shaped me in some way.

Do you prefer to learn from other's mistakes, or make your own mistakes?

I think you learn more from your own mistakes. But you should absolutely be aware and learn from others mistakes. Why make them your own if you don't have to.

If you had to choose a different career, what would you be doing?

Love to travel the world as a golf professional, but seriously I'd love to have my own little haberdashery!!

What are you most proud of in your own life?

Absolutely my lovely daughter Isabelle!!

Martin Dunhoff in the Sunflowerman sketchbook

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Daily Fashion Project: Aleks Jovanovic

Daily Fashion Project: Aleks Jovanovic

fashion illustration portrait of Aleks JJ

Aleks Jovanovic

www.aleksjj.com
Instagram: @AleksJJ

Where is home for you? 
Malmö, Sweden

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? 
Maldives

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be? 
Mid-Dark Brown

Podcasts oraudiobooks
Netflix and HBO =) 

Extroverted or Introverted? 
Extroverted

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard? 
My Rolex (and wife) =)

 

Do you prefer to learn from other's mistakes, or make your own mistakes?

I don't like being wrong, so I think I'd rather learn from other's mistakes!
 

If you had to choose a different career, what would you be doing?

I'm worthless at singing and fotball, so maybe singer or fotball pro =)

Aleks JJ in the Sunflowerman Sketchbook

Painting Patek Philippe at Fratelli Piccini

Painting Patek Philippe at Fratelli Piccini

Fratelli Piccini is the only Atelier still making jewelry in house on the famed Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy. And I got to see inside (place giddy emoji here).

Sunflowerman at Fratelli Piccini, Firenze

Florence was home for a month and I really could see myself living there for some time.

At Sant Ambrogio market you can find this amazing Salami Toscana that will blow your mind! More dense and slightly less moist than the more famous finocchiona, but with a savory journey of the delicious variety. The history, the investment in art and architecture, the coffee, the language and the culture- little else beats out Italian culture for me.

In July, Florence is host to the summer exhibition of Pitti Uomo and this is why I find myself in Florence. With the trade show comes the warmth of good friends, late nights at Gilli, grand dinners, villa hopping, the most well dressed men and the brushing of arms with the height of luxury.

Patek Philippe pen drawing

I heard tell that Fratelli Piccini had some amazing pieces in their private collection, including a vintage ladies Patek that I just had to see in person. It turns out they have very little information on this watch, but it has retained its original certificate of sale which is significant and could surely open the door to a breadth of knowledge and history.

Vintage Patek Philippe circa 1920 with original Certificate of Origin

FP also has a hard-to-attain but easy-to-lust-after, Patek Philippe 5270 perpetual calendar chronograph moon phase. A mouthful for sure, but worth every syllable. And this is where I got to show off a bit, as I do. After a moment of inspecting the open caseback and being mesmerized by the in-house movement (learn more about this on ABlogToWatch.com) I set to work on painting the watch.

Patek Philippe painting at Fratelli Piccini

Of the watches I have painted in recent months this is the one I am most proud to claim. The 5270 and I become fast friends. It’s truly an intimate experience to sit with a watch and get to understanding the design and the balance a designer invests in one of these machines. 

Sit and examine something for an hour or more. Ponder the shape of it. Question the decision to set the 6 and 9 o’clock sub-dial alignment just below the center line of the watch. How much light does it capture and is it diffuse or crisp? Is every decision on the dial made for utility or for beauty? How does the color of the moon phase change at the slightest angle adjustment?

Patek Philippe 5270R 001 Moonphase illustration

Get lost in the floating shapes. Circles begin to bounce away from the watch and sit on your eyes. Dashes jump out at you and numbers hide away. Light dances along the rim of the gold case, like a ballet of ephemera.

But finally you have it. You’ve captured this mystery, this magical thing on paper. You have changed, every so slightly and become a new person. 


We got the tour of the Atelier and some of the private collection as well. 

 
A view from the Atelier terrace.

A view from the Atelier terrace.

Inside the Atelier.

Inside the Atelier.

Molds of original jewelry designs. The historic collection of Fratelli Piccini designs.

Molds of original jewelry designs. The historic collection of Fratelli Piccini designs.

Tools inside the Atelier

Tools inside the Atelier

Tools inside the Atelier.

Tools inside the Atelier.

Pretending I know what I'm doing with a Loupe.

Pretending I know what I'm doing with a Loupe.

Scoping out the movement on this Patek before painting it at @fratelli_piccini. #sunflowerman #fratellipiccini #patekphillipe

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View from the Atelier terrace at Fratelli Piccini.

View from the Atelier terrace at Fratelli Piccini.

Fratelli Piccini has a long and rich history or designing in-house jewelry. The fact that they are the last Atelier on the Ponte Vecchio to still maintain an existing in-house production is a testament to their commitment to the craft and history of the company.

Learn more directly from their website, fratellipiccini.com.

And when you are in Florence next, visit the Atelier.


Daily Fashion Project: Nicholas Salas of The Suburban Gent

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Daily Fashion Project: Nicholas Salas of The Suburban Gent

Fashion Illustration portrait of Nicholas Salas

Nicholas Salas

Website: Thesuburbangent.com
Instagram: @Thesuburbangent

Where is home for you?
Physical location is Nashville. But where I feel at home is when I’m with my church.

If you could go anywhere the world right now, where would you go?
I would love to visit and stay in Saville row London. 

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be?
The color would be a dark cherry brown with a burnished toe.

Podcasts or audio books?
I listen to casual Fridays social network podcast to learn more and stay up to date on social media marketing.

Extroverted or Introverted? 
A little bit of both depending on occasion. But mostly Extroverted 

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard?
 I would hoard pillows because sleep is great.

 

Has one piece of art, literature or music helped shape who you are today.

Romans Chapter 7 verse 14 - 20 . This piece of scripture has spoken to me well. It has helped me understand and to live more peacefully and to also have more faith in God. I understand that not everyone loves to talk about religion and or agree with it. But I’d be lying if I said anything else. 

Do you prefer to learn from other mistakes, or make your own mistakes?

Both. I have mentors who have guided me to make me wiser in my decisions. I give them all the credit when people think I’m 25-30 years old when really I’m only 20. But a lot of times I do not listen and ignore some of the advice due to my own ignorance but I’ve gained so much from both the lessons they have taught me and that I have taught myself.

If you had to choose a different career, what would you be doing? 

I would probably want to be a mentor full time for high school students. Help them with problems and issues, not solving them, but helping them solve them the way my mentors did for me. 

What are you proud of most in your life?

Laying down my life and realizing I need a savior because I can’t do this life on my own. 


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Daily Fashion Project: Lourens Gebhardt

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Daily Fashion Project: Lourens Gebhardt

fashion illustration portrait of Lou the Vintage Guru

Lourens Gebhardt of Loux The Vintage Guru

www.louxthevintageguru.tumblr.com
Instagram: louxthevintageguru


Where is home for you?
Home is Namibia

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? 
Asia

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be? 
Burgundy

Podcasts or audiobooks? 
Podcasts

Extroverted or Introverted? 
Introverted

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard? 
lol, not sure

What does your favorite article of clothing say about you? 

It describes my unique style, which I call sophisticated punk

If you had to choose a different career, what would you be doing? 

Culinary

Fashion Illustration of Lourens Gebhardt in the Sunflowerman studio

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Daily Fashion Project: Brian Sacawa

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Daily Fashion Project: Brian Sacawa

Portrait illustration of Brian Sacawa of He Spoke Style

Brian Sacawa

hespokestyle.com
Instagram: @hespokestyle

Where is home for you?
Baltimore, MD

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
London.

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be?
Burnished tan.

Podcasts or audiobooks?
Podcasts.

Extroverted or Introverted?
Introverted.

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard?
All of the great ideas I've had but forgot because I didn't write them down.
 

Tell us about one person who made an impact on your life.

Two people, one unit: my parents. They provided me with the freedom and support to chase what I loved doing. For that, I can't be more grateful. 


Do you prefer to learn from other's mistakes, or make your own mistakes?

A combination. It's instructive to be able to parse what didn't work, have the desired impact or failed for someone else when looking for your own context and way forward. But experiencing one of those failures first-hand and learning to recover from it, recalibrate, adapt and reimagine another way, is the only way to truly gain resiliency and personal courage. 


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Daily Fashion Project: Szymon Jeziorko

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Daily Fashion Project: Szymon Jeziorko

Fashion Illustration portrait of Szymon Jeziorko

Szymon Jeziorko

AllTiedUp.pl
Instagram: @szymonjeziorko

Where is home for you? 
Currently: Kraków, Poland.

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Right now, Portugal. But that changes frequently.

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be?
Brown museum calf

Podcasts or audiobooks
Podcasts

Extroverted or Introverted? 
*quietly*: Introverted

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard? 
Tomes of ancient wisdom



Do you prefer to learn from other's mistakes, or make your own mistakes?

As much as I would like to believe I’m able to learn from the mistakes of others, there are situations - and not infrequent ones - when I have to try something myself to know it probably wasn’t the best idea.

If you had to choose a different career, what would you be doing?

I might be a science journalist. There just aren’t that many who are good. Communicating complex concepts in an elegant and understandable way is very satisfying. And doing so in a way which doesn’t simplify the subject beyond the point it stops being true is even a bit of an art, I would say.

Sketchbook fashion illustration of Szymon Jeziorko in the Sunflowerman Studio

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Daily Fashion Project: Fabrizio Di Paolo

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Daily Fashion Project: Fabrizio Di Paolo

Fabrizio di Paolo fashion illustration portrait

Fabrizio Di Paolo

Instagram: fabriziodipaoloph

Where is home for you? 
Is everywhere there is my dog waiting for me tail wagging

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? 
At this moment I'd like to go to Dubai, it’s a place which ha always affascinated me

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be? 
Obviously brown

Podcasts or audiobooks? 
Podcast

Extroverted or Introverted? 
Without a doubt extroverted

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard? 
My family

 

Do you prefer to learn from other's mistakes, or make your own mistakes?

I prefer going wrong by my self and to learn by my own mistakes because I think it's the only way to learn something. There is nothing wrong with making a mistake, it would be wrong to make a mistake twice.

If you had to choose a different career, what would you be doing?

I think I would have been an architect, my life is a whole perspective.

Sketchbook in the studio open to page of fashion illustration of Fabrizio di Paolo

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