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Richard Haines - Studio Visit
As the JMZ runs past the windows of Richard’s studio, he’s oblivious to the noise, only noticing the momentary cloud it creates over his desk. It’s a frigid day in Bushwick, and I’m shedding my layers while simultaneously unpacking my camera to load some film. I’m initially anxious to chat with Richard, but now secretly more excited to photograph his wall of sketches, books, chairs, and architectural artifacts highlighted by the amazing light pouring into his studio.
I remember (I think it was around 2008) first seeing Richard’s work. At the time, I was trapped in a cubicle infested farm called a corporate office, daydreaming about working in NYC. Instantly fascinated by his sketches and illustrations, they captured the finest details of an outfit while leaving out huge themes that normally command most of the attention of a photograph. Slim, modern, yet harsh charcoal lines made the simplest outfit or garment unmistakably that much cooler, followed by the now famous HAINES stamp. I asked him about his choice of a stamp rather than signature, and his answer was simply, “I just hate my handwriting.”
It’s safe to say that this past winter was, at least from the external eye, Richard’s largest profile year to date. His work was featured in the latest issue of the highly regarded men’s style magazine, Man of the World. His illustrations donned the walls at this year’s NYC Fashion Week, and he was interestingly commissioned to sketch on selected Siki Im garments before they went down the runway. Richard’s work will undoubtedly continue to inspire the fashion world and beyond. You can follow Richard’s work on his blog, What I Saw Today, and his Instagram.
kai newman and devon windsor by benjamin lennox for v magazine #87