If you go out in Downtown Phoenix, chances are you know Mark "Ellery" Leach.
His skill behind the DJ Booth isn't the only thing commanding our attention during one of his weekly gigs at Bar Smith or The Lost Leaf; it's his distinguished sense of style--and maybe his penchant for purple cardigans.
We found out more about Mark's floordrobe by asking him what he's wearing.
What are you wearing right now? Whatever is clean enough from my bedroom floor. I typically wear second-hand clothing and independent shit. By independent, I mean local cats who actually print and design their own clothing (i.e. Culture Fresh, LOH, Eighty Grand, Arte Puro ).
Right now I'm wearing a CRASS t-shirt with a huge bleach stain on the back, which I'm proud of ... I'm also wearing two cardigans because I get cold really fast due to my low blood pressure. One is from my homie who works at a high-end retail joint in the mall, like myself. It's purple, which is one of my favorite colors. The other is gray and bootlegged from Buffalo. It looks like something Mr. Rogers would wear.
As for my pants, denim is kind of a crutch for me. Not like I'm some sort of baller, but I do splurge every now and then for some comfy denim drawls.
Right now I'm wearing my brown leather New Balance sneakers that I got when I was DJing for a shoe boutique in Scottsdale. It's embarrassing now to think about it but I only got paid in gear, which is pretty ridiculous considering how much the mark up is on their stuff. I won't say names, but if you dig around, I'm sure you can figure out which one it is.
What is the last item of clothing you bought? You'll laugh, but I've been feeling like a geezer and wanting to rock grown-up clothes for a change. I recently went out and bought generic Henley thermals in black and gray and some basic white undershirts. I spent maybe $30 at the most on that.
What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment? My Mom and Nana were always into crocheting and knitting so I have a lot of handmade beanies, socks and scarves. The last article that my Nana made me before she died is an amazing scarf that's the softest and warmest thing I've ever owned. it's so special that when I wear it I feel extra secure for some reason.
Give us a childhood memory of you and clothes: It's still relatively the same as now, my parents would bug because I was particular about what I wore. I did however go through that teenage rebellious stage where I had long hair and wore a lot of black. Distinctly, I remember the point in which I stopped doing that so much, mostly because a lot of the music that my peers were listening to at the time was complete shit.
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Name five items every man should have in his closet:
1. Basic white T-Shirt (no labels or logos)
2. A nice pair of denim jeans
3. A decent pair of comfy sneakers
4. Clean underwear (This should really be number one for obvious reasons)
5. A nice jacket to dress up or down.
Name an item of clothing that's best when it's vintage: Band shirts are always dope. Especially authentic 70's and 80's ones.
Name an item of clothing you should NEVER buy used: I could go off on it for a minute, but we'll keep it to underwear, just to be semi-clever.
What is your one piece of fashion advice for Phoenix? Continue thinking that Ed Hardy, "Douche Couture" as I call it, Jersey shore, anything media hypes as fashion, MTV and hipster guys who wear their girlfriends' little black jeans and have frowns and chicken haircuts are what's in, it honestly re-establishes my sense of normality.