This issue is dedicated to new royalty and drop culture.
It is brimming with names to know, designers to watch and music notes. We do love a playlist here at Ten Towers. No Friday would be complete without Bec and Roxy’s tunes playing out, plus my regular and obviously unmissable bonus track… And so we were super-excited to work with Rae Sremmurd for this issue, as they breezed into town for one night only, all d-runk (but they weren’t) and no d-rugs.Respect. We hung out with them at their hotel and Bryce Thomas lensed the situation, going with the flow in a flurry of the best threads and camaraderie. Slim Jxmmi (above left) and Swae Lee (above centre) are the real deal of “new royalty”, just two cool, super-talented brothers who riff off each other and inspired us so much. So funny. So effortless. Their words and Rae Sremmurd’s sentiments so fresh, dope. Nice moves. Nice entourage, too. We also worked with the budding legend that is
Genesis Owusu, who is rising up out of the soul wave in Australia. His crew all lounged around on the Paramount Recreation Club rooftop in their finest Ermenegildo Zegna Couture and Z Zegna.
And Byron Spencer shot Alton Mason (above right) in LA in a neat mix of pieces from Harrolds and vintage. What a body of work.
Menswear right now is at its finest hour. The street culture that’s been informing everything for the past few seasons is still in full flight, but there’s a new wave of tailoring powering back. Virgil Abloh’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton is showcased by Laurence Passera and Garth Spencer, and while there are, of course, strong street cues, the new tailoring is in there. Not for nothing is LV already posting a rise in profits. Abloh is the nicest messiah and king of drop culture.
For Ten Gallery, the rising photographer Sam Armstrong shared with us his series shot in Pigalle, Paris. It’s a portfolio that is the sum of total humanity and great community. It makes the heart sing. Sing loud, press reset.