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Levi’s® x HYPEBEAST Railside Conversations: Kat Irlin & Sonya Yu

Last month, Levi’s® and HYPEBEAST united two creatives of differing fields to talk about key themes such as identity, inspiration and creative process. In an animated back and forth conversation, they were able to discuss several key themes in their work and their creative process. Their discussion was captured while examining creativity as part of Station to Station, a public art project made possible by Levi’s®.

Photographers Kat Irlin of New York City and Sonya Yu of San Francisco have both attained considerable success through social media and Instagram. While both are relative newcomers to the world of photography, the democratic landscape of social media has allowed their talents to gain immense traction, not to mention several hundreds of thousand followers between both of them. For both, a corporate career may have been in their cards but the ease of sharing and visual creation at the hands of a simple and handy cellphone camera has provided a unique breadth of opportunity. In the second installment of Levi’s® x Hypebeast  Railside Conversations, Kat and Sonya discussed their differing approaches to creating and how they envision their futures playing out at the hands of their relatively new found success, as well as their Instagram followers.

Station to Station, a public art project made possible by Levi’s®, spanned the month of September across the United States. Setting forth as an initiative to help push the boundaries of creativity and discovery through various pillars of culture including music, art, food and film, the project itself is manifested via a physical train that traversed from East out to West, ending late September, in Oakland, California. Join the public art project at

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