It has long been the goal of necesidades del oso to invite diverse perspectives on life's little pleasures to opine on them. In this series, Jesse Jackson IV will revisit his wardrobe in it's totality to discover if it has the capacity to fulfill the promise of bespoke by aging, well, forever.
It would be fair to say the genesis of my interest in men’s style was a desire to find a way to avoid cringing my way into a migraine when looking back at old photos of myself. Growing up completely online, my blunder years were mercilessly self documented for the world to see and for my future self to have to learn to overcome - the urge to hurl myself off of the highest floor of the nearest building. At some stage, perhaps around twenty one or twenty two (late!) I came to the realization that many style icons of bygone eras still looked fantastic - that they were dressed better, to my eye, than many of the icons of the current day. At the time, I was enamored with the streetwear scene, having founded an incredibly fledgling brand myself, and hadn’t paid much attention to classic menswear. The intervening years have seen evolution of trend and micro trend, and education on my end from many different sources. Ultimately, I believe my style to have reached an equilibrium of sorts, so I have decided to put that notion to the test - resulting in a series called Self/Reference.
In Self/Reference, I revisit the various commissions in my wardrobe and reflect on decisions made to determine how true to yesterday the man I am today is; perhaps, in so doing, to discover what may need to change moving forward.