Fashion is for Fun feat. the Durimel Twins
July 29th, 2014
Alex and I had just driven from NYC to Los Angeles when we met the Durimel twins. My late grandma’s Impala was still packed with camping gear and dusted with sand from our cross-country road trip. But we did it. We had finally arrived. This was our new home, even though we only knew a handful of people between the two of us.
That night we met Jilan and Jibril Durimel; two fun-loving and uber-stylish brothers from Paris who were hosting a Street Style Photography exhibit at a gallery on Melrose. It was our first “fashion event” on the West coast, so we had no idea what to expect. As we walked into the party it was immediately obvious that we weren’t in NYC anymore. The hosts themselves greeted us with their big infectious smiles, introduced us to some of their friends, and offered us something to drink. It was a stark contrast to the usual uppity, slightly pretentious, relatively stand-offish attitude that we’ve come to expect from many NYC fashion events.
A couple weeks later Alex and I set up a time to visit the twins at their apartment in East Hollywood, which just so happened to be five minutes from our new house in SilverLake. Their apartment is simple and minimal, as you would expect from two 20-year-old European film students who live on a budget and don’t spend a whole lot of time at home.
Jalan is lighthearted and always cracking jokes, often trying to engage his brother and amp up his silly side. Jibril is also full of smiles, but gives subtle hints to a more serious side. They are unquestionably best friends, and they do everything together. They even sleep in the same room and share a cellphone. They saved their digits as simply “Durimel” in my phone, which is a little confusing since I never know which one I’m talking to. I think it’s a game they play, but perhaps it doesn’t matter – Durimel is a brand, an aesthetic, and a lifestyle they’ve created. And menswear brands are gradually starting to take notice of their talent and creative influence on the young fashion-conscious crowd in LA.
What I love most about their style is that they have fun with their clothing and don’t take themselves too seriously. Most of their clothes are from vintage shops or fast-fashion brands like American Apparel or H&M, but they put it all together in a way that is colorful, bold, and uniquely their own.
I’m keeping an eye on these stylish bloggers/photographers/film students. They are two of the most inspiring young gentlemen we’ve met, and I think they have what it takes (a combination of talent, vision and personality) to become legitimate influencers on the up-and-coming crop of West coast creatives.
Here’s some photos Alex shot during our hang-out with them, along with some of my favorite shots/look from their website Durimel.com, where they openly “celebrate the weird and unusual”.
Check them out, if for nothing else, to give you some vintage shopping inspiration and ideas about introducing new color gradients into your wardrobe.
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Yours in style,
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