September 30, 2008 BY CAPSULESNEWS

n629221608_1486998_9310.jpgFreelance stylist, and former Fashion Market Editor of New York's  TRACE Magazine, Darren Kinoshita has been making a name for himself in the world of styling. His specialty is mixing vintage with designer labels, and after the jump, the witty and unconventional Kinoshita gives us a detailed list of his favorite vintage shops.  Check out what is on his mind....after the jump. (YB)



Name: Darren Kinoshita
Age: 27
Occupation: Stylist
Location: NYC

How would you define your own personal style?
My personal style tends to be one look all season long, then NEXT!  Every weather change I lay my clothes out and figure out a look, then do variations on that.  In general, I go between a dandy lumberjack/psychobilly, 80s New Wave Santa Monica street hustler, and Castro clone.

What are your top 3 things you never leave home without? 
Phone, wallet, keys, although I usually leave my house two or three times before I have everything I need...

Did you always want to be a stylist? How did you get into this industry?
I moved to NYC by accident--came out on vacation to visit a guy and never left.  He was a stylist, and after about six months of working restaurant and bar jobs, we decided it best for me to start assisting him so we could travel together.  I started interning at Trace on a whim (an editor there was an old friend of mine from my days waiting tables as a UC Berkeley undergrad) and in less than six months I was their Fashion Market Editor.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Where are your favorite places to both shop for yourself and to pull looks for shoots?
When I shop for myself, it is generally vintage.  If I actually have to pay for a garment I don't want it to be something anyone else could ever find.  I am a good client at a few vintage places that will pull things out for me they know I will like.  I will not list all, but Amarcord, Screaming Mimi's, Fabulous Fannie's, the Salvation Army on 4th Ave, Mantiques, and Bess are all on rotation.

Most prized possession?
The last of my father's ashes.

Male style icon?
James Dean/Marlon Brando/Al Parker/Prince Albert

What are your favorite menswear labels?
Margiela, Lanvin

You seem like the perfect person to ask : What forthcoming trends to you both love/loathe for menswear?
"Create the hype, don't believe it."

How is living in Brooklyn?
I wish I was in Manhattan.  I'm not really the borough type, but I live in an old converted seminary...  where is that in Manhattan?

Top items that ever man should have in their closet?
Skeletons, wire hangers.

Next up?
I'm moving into an old seminary known as the Cathedral Building in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn.  I am shopping around some book ideas.  I am going to start producing art again.

Favorite party spot?
My pants.

Proudest accomplishment?
Never comprising my core values, and creating the life that I wanted for myself.

Most memorable shoot to date?  An early shoot with Ryan Michael Kelly with two girls that went from 9am-2am...  It was very high concept.  I ended up donning this beautiful hand-painted leather fox mask that I had pulled and my birthday suit for a double...  the amazon in the shot with me looks literally twice my size...  kinda sad for me :-(te?