Images by Gregory Schnese
Woolrich ushanka, Burberry coat, Givenchy Nightingale, Wolford tights, and Givenchy sheath ankle boots.
Unlike most, I enjoy the winter months. I get to bundle up in head-to-toe black, having fun with my accessories. My staples as of late: an ushanka (trapper hat), Nightingale and ankle boots. I am seldom seen without at least one of the above items.
I acquired the ushanka months ago at one of my favorite Williamsburg shops named Alter. It looked pretty much like the ushanka my brother wore when he was a small boy. In Russia, troopers wore ushankas as a means of protection from not only the cold but blunt impacts to the head. Between that and my full head of weave, I'd say that I'm good.
The Givenchy duo are great additions to my wardrobe. The Nightingale is lightweight and capable of holding everything. It doubles as my carryon when I fly. If you carry a lot of things (as I always seem to do) then I strongly suggest you invest in a Nightingale. The style is timeless and the leather can take a beating.
Finally, the moment that you've all been waiting for, the ankle sheath boots. I, like the rest of the fashion world, was obsessed with the Givenchy Sheath Boots. I tried them on last year but needed the assistance of two sales associates to remove them. So, I opted for a pair that achieved the same look, without the work. Surprisingly, I've only seen ONE person with the same sheath ankle boots (and she was in Miami, strangely enough). Trust me, no complaints there -- I enjoy not being a fashion clone.