Every year, on the first brisk day of fall, I whisper a prayer of thanks to the style gods. While I appreciate rosé and recognize the value of hanging out with happy people and getting the requisite amount of vitamin D in my system—you know, summer stuff—I don’t love the whole “getting dressed” situation in the warmer months. Give me a light jacket. Hell, give me a gigantic overcoat. Just give me my layers, dammit. I love that shit. Like, a lot.
So, imagine my surprise when Goodlife announced its latest couple of collaborations—jersey sneakers with SeaVees, plus board shorts and hats featuring the work of contemporary artist Erik Skoldberg; both quite summery in look and feel—and I felt a pang. Something in me was reaching. Longing. Yearning…for summer.
I don’t know when this philosophical transformation took place. Am I am summer style guy now? Or is it just that good stuff is good stuff, and when you see it, you want to be able to wear it, so now I want to drink in the sun’s rays while lounging about in a balmy 82 degrees Fahrenheit and wearing some cool board shorts? Do these questions even matter, pertaining, as the do, quite specifically to my own crisis of identity and not the fact that you, reader, don’t care and just want to see the nice clothes?
Probably, the answer to that last one is “no.” Or maybe just, “Dude, shut up.” Sorry. Here’s the deal: both of these collaborations are limited edition, but the Skoldberg stuff is even more limited. The artist himself, who works out of the Wynwood Art District in Miami, is collected around the world, and known for his bright colors and energetic style, often in large scale works. This is a chance to get a piece of that in a smaller form (and for a price much lower than that of collectible art).
Now, if summer would just hurry up and get here. Or maybe it’s time to take a vacation. I’m thinking somewhere warm.