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Trevor Small | Birthday Boy

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With each year, comes something new. New challenges. New outcomes. New trends. This past week began a new year for me and I’m excited to see what is to come.

On Saturday, I turned 27 and I celebrated at Hidden Beach with a group of my friends. Since moving back to Minneapolis, I have come to the beach on a rather consistent basis. Is it me longing for the memories of the beaches of Oahu? I don’t think so. Hidden Beach is one place where I can see the variety of people and styles that make Minneapolis the city that it is. From your standard swimwear to casual summer cutoffs, all different styles can be seen at this beach and serves me as a place of inspiration.

This coming week, I am looking forward to Basilica Block Party and seeing the various takes on style coming from concert goers. With music festivals increasing in popularity through the years, summer festival wear has garnered more and more attention through the media. Next week, I’ll be showing many of my favorite looks from this summer Minneapolis mainstay, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

 

Trevor Small is a Minneapolis-based stylist and writer. Follow his latest project at www.drkdnm.com.

 

Trevor Small | Back in the Habit

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This week has definitely been about rebuilding and finding my way back into the style community here in Minneapolis.

In Honolulu, it felt like there only so much I could do. Much of my time was being spent focusing on my role as Store Manager of American Apparel. In that role, I was given some chances to show my styling and artistic directing skills while running the company Instagram for Hawaii. I would put together shoots using employees and items from the store in a way to help promote the brand through the social networking site. I had a lot of fun doing so, but it never satisfied my want to further show my viewpoint as a stylist.

This week, I got the opportunity to participate in a menswear test shoot with photographer Jean Paul Kelly and Vision model Jack. We wanted to go for something classic with edge and I drew some of my inspiration from cinema from the early 80s. I love the relaxed elegance of men Richard Gere in American Gigolo and James Spader in Pretty in Pink and wanted to show my take on how men could translate that look to today (check jaykellyimages.com for the entire photo story of Jack).

Also, I was given the privilege to participate as a model in a shoot for the Star Tribune, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Basilica Block Party. The piece will be focused on festival fashion and was styled by Sarah Edwards. It was a great experience with everyone there and I got the honor of shooting with one of my favorite local bloggers Davee Ek of Davee’s Secrets. Couldn’t have asked for a better companion on the day and the classic pieces from local boutique Arrow were something I could see men wearing at the event come July.

 

Trevor Small is a Minneapolis-based stylist and writer. Follow his latest project at www.drkdnm.com.

 

Trevor Small | A Little Bit of History

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Style has been something of a journey for me. Growing up in Southeast Wisconsin, I did not have many resources in which to look for inspiration for how I would dress myself. Much of my surroundings consisted of farmland and fields and places like Gap and American Eagle were popular.

I moved to Minneapolis to study marketing at the University of Minnesota when I was 18. I considered this my ticket out of my hometown, but instead focusing on my major, I decided to study the people and surroundings of the city. Most of my time was spent in Downtown working as a server. I would see the local businessmen coming in for lunch, with their crisp button ups and trousers and at night, I got the crowds going to shows at First Ave and Target Center. Minneapolis was the big city back for me and a place where I had the opportunity to try on different personas through my own style.

Four years ago, I moved west. First to San Diego as a Visual Merchandiser and then to Honolulu as a Store Manager for American Apparel. The West Coast brought a different energy and look that was new to me. It was much more easy going and the style of the people around me reflected that. Tanks and board shorts were everyday staples and loose fitting shirts and skinny jeans was the standard uniform for night time antics. Really anything that kept you cool from the heat. I tried it, but it got old fast. I missed my knits and layering from the days in the Midwest.

So now I am back and it feels great to be in a city that continues to inspire me. I can see the definite evolution in what has been going on since I left, especially when it comes to menswear. Stores are in touch with the wants of the men of Minneapolis and providing more options than before. I’m seeing men putting themselves together in a polished way that both represents who they are as individuals and the scene collectively. In these next few weeks, I hope to show my take on the Mill City Man, through my work as a stylist and my own experiences as I get to fall back in love with the city that has meant so much to me.

Trevor Small is a Minneapolis-based stylist and writer. Follow his latest project at www.drkdnm.com.