Meta Girl

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I’m really into hats. I’m also really into artsy individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit, fellow Terps, and inspirational trips to Spain. Needless to say, joining my creative forces with Meta Cartel and its founder, Jordan Greenwald, just felt right.

I was initially captivated by the simple and functional aesthetic of Meta Cartel’s hats, but quickly learned of all the gorgeous detail that hid beneath the brim of the Santa Maria hat, and I lost it. I love little unexpected treats that lurk beyond the surface—that’s what makes clothing and accessories “speak to me,” as my mother would say.

My excitement continued to escalate as I listened to Jordan speak of his brand:

 “Meta Cartel is much more than just a fashion brand,  but rather a creative arts company with a purpose. As I sat in an underground lounge in Barcelona, Spain, over a year ago, I had a vision of a brand that emulated the same concepts and ideas I was repeatedly seeing on the street. I was really inspired by how powerful the graffiti was over there – the images I was seeing transgressed languages and cultures to deliver a potent (and usually political) message. How could I not be inspired? So I decided right then and there, I was going to create a fashion label, and use this visceral experience as a jumping off point for a creative awakening.”

Sold. 

Meta Cartel released their first collection, “The Revelation Series,” in Spring of 2015. The little number I am sporting in these pictures, as well as my personal favorite—the Pinta—are all available on www.metacartel.com [along with a bit more info about the brand].

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Santa Maria Hat by Meta Cartel || Custom Adidas Stan Smiths || Rag & Bone Bleached Trouser

Disclaimer: Although the lovely people over at Meta Cartel were kind enough to gift me one of their creations, the opinions above are sincere, and entirely my own—unless otherwise stated. 

King of Shell

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Here on Steponya, we’re into funky-ing up the classics, and intermixing the formal and the casual to create eye-catching ensembles is one way of doing just that.

Speaking to its versatility, the Alden LHS [Leisure Hand Sewn] loafer ventures out of the world of cubicles and tailored suits to add a rather dramatic flare to a casual spring look.  Although in the great company of camo socks and light-wash distressed cropped jeans, it doesn’t only hold its own—it steals the show.

After all, the loafer’s shade of leather [Color 8] is thought of as the “king of shell” cordovan colors because of its great variations in color and richness—deep burgundy in the shade versus sultry, red hues in the sunlight.

Snaps for Nick for always keeping things funky fresh.

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Fun fact: they named it Color 8 because the masterminds behind the Horween Leather Company dip the leather 8 times in the dye to achieve this specific color saturation.

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Uniqlo Tee and Jeans || Nice Laundry Socks || Alden Shoes || Vintage Carrera Sunnies

Bohemian Superhero

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The sun’s rays are beaming stronger and warmer, the earth is creeping back to life, and I am slowly [but surely] peeling layers off of my ensembles. Transitional pieces go a long way come spring’s temperamental climate, and my cape turned blanket turned scarf [turned anything you want it to be] easily carries me through the erratic lows and highs of the season. Its non-conventional, earthy-toned animal print is a definite added bonus.

However, the leading role here is clearly played by my oversize tee, which in all its cascading glory makes me feel like somewhat of mélange between a superhero and a bohemian princess.

Win, win.

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Photography by Nick Shano

Chico’s Cape || Free People Tee || Chico’s Trousers || Charles David Flats