Corey Jermaine is the man behind the lense of our Lived In Kordal Series, capturing each woman's unique personality and essence with the click of a shutter. I met Corey about a year ago during the golden hour in Soho; he stopped to snap a photo of me and we connected quickly over style and the current state of the fashion industry. I was struck by his vivid point of view in photography and the way he balanced light, color, and shadow in his work, and I thought of him immediately as we began to plan our FW18 lookbook photoshoot. Read more about Corey's work and philosophy in our Q&A below!
I would you say it was several individuals, however, the three that stand out are: Scott Schuman, Bill Cunningham, and a college buddy of mine, who runs an IG page called KeepPittsburghDope.
What I find most interesting, is the decentralization of information due to the internet, and how that impacts how we evolve culturally. With fashion being what I’m most curious about, I want my work to continue to reflect what I view as tasteful, interesting, and honest.
I’ve always had this obsession with bringing people together from different cultures to generate honest conversations. Ultimately, I want my work to spark those conversations through the subjects I choose, location, or clothing choices made. It’s really about making you reconsider your current belief system in regards to clothing, for now.
To name a few, I would say – Barkley L. Hendricks, Glenn Ligon, and Harley Weir. I’ve been really digging back into some older works from Barkley and Glenn.
I’m currently reading James Baldwin’s A Native Son, and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth.
For the most part, I gravitate towards non-fashion types – I just love people who put together juxtaposing pieces. If I have to question why you chose those items, I’m more likely to snap you. I hate predictability.
Being invited into Kiva's home and studio is a bit like entering a dream. Sunlight pours into the space, bringing to life the mosaics of color that fill the room. She offers us tea and makes us instantly feel at home. In a gentle and intentional tone she tell us about her upcoming shows, travels and the history of her studio. Originally the home of her parents in the 1960s, her mother a modern dancer and father a painter, it's clear that creativity is the heart of this home.
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