Essentials: Wale of B-Side by Wale
Walé Adeyemi, creative director for New Era and clothier for the likes of the Beckhams among other big names, has had an impressive journey leading to his success given his humble treatment of his accolades. Not only is he a Member of the Order of the British Empire, he is also an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, a charity that provides mentoring and financial assistance to young Britons. As the proud head of his bespoke brand B-Side by Wale, which also opened its flagship boutique late last year, he maintains a relatively trim list of essential accompaniments, including several bags and his favorite scarf from that collection. Perhaps the one of the most stand-out items is Adeyemi’s tote bag, which he re-purposed out of a quilted jacket while others that hint at his commitment to his craft and innovation are his tape measure and scissors, his loyal Minolta 35mm camera, and his copy of Start It Up by Luke Johnson. Keeping it short and simple, this installment of Essentials reveals a dedicated artist whose belongings represent a man whose reserved demeanor contrasts with the outspoken quality of his creations and the fame associated with his list of celebrity clients.