An Interview with Ari Seth Cohen
Today dress listeners we are thrilled to welcome. To the show are as the creator of the widely acclaimed blog turned international movement advance style, and if our listeners are not aware of advanced style, Google it immediately and prepare to be amazed and inspired super inspired and as the title suggests are a start of the street style blog advanced style in two thousand eight with the intention of quote capturing the Sartorial Savvy of the senior set. and. He has dedicated the last twelve years to celebrating the unique stylings of incredible individuals age sixty plus who have made the art and act of dressing a lifestyle and personal philosophy. While advance style may started as a blog. It has now also become a wildly popular instagram page as well as three books and those are titled As Stale Advanced Style older and wiser, and the most recent advanced love. There is even at advance style coloring book and a documentary. I didn't know there was a coloring book and I definitely want to get my hands go. So Ra's work has been incredibly important and bringing visibility to women including models in the fashion industry, and we are excited to welcome him to the show today to hear more about the meteoric journey of advanced style and the lessons he's learned from his many muses along the way. Ari Welcome to the show. Are welcomed address. It's such a pleasure to have you here with us today. To be here. Thank you so much. So I believe you were actually in your late twenties. When you start at advance style I, think you started in two thousand eight. So you were not in still are not exactly a member of the you know the stylist set over sixty. that. You've taken as your muses. Can you tell us a little bit about the origin story of advance style and how you came to create this wonderful what started as a blog I always had an interesting clothing in that came from spending so much time with my grandmother bloom. Who is my best friend and like the most magical thing that I can imagine doing was going through her wardrobe and seeing her caftans, addresses and old hats and gloves in going through the bureau drawers. Seeing, the vintage rhinestone jewelry and I think because I was so connected to her she was my best friend that each one of these items kind of held a special power to me and. I learned early on that you can transform your mood with clothing. We we played a lot. You know in her closet at night where my grandfathers had closed schools. And you know dressing up was really a joy for me and a way to kind of a certain might individuality and my creativity because I always felt a bit different when I was younger than everyone else and so it was a way for me to like own the difference in owned Strangeness Weirdness Eccentricity and I used to flip through my grandmother scrapbooks in see images. Of Her and her family members dressed up in the nineteen thirties forties in Iowa in although they didn't have a lot of money everybody had szeged elegance or she's great has gloves and I was really struck by these images and we watch movies together in when I was really young I started to draw pictures of my grandmother and her friends and some times even imaginary older. Women with really wonderful style. So this was kind of the roots of the project and then I went away to college my grandma with wasn't feeling very well, and so I went back and forth from San Diego my hometown to Seattle where I'm going to college studying art history I would help my grandmother and when she passed away in two thousand and eight I really had. So much grieving to do I mean it's the biggest loss I'd ever experienced. But I also knew that I needed to do something that celebrated you know our relationship kind of continued this connection that had that was so deep and profound, and when I was really young, my grandmother told me that I should move to New York if I wanted to do something creative she had. Studied at College in late thirties, early forties and became a librarian, and she always talk to me about the style on the streets in the creativity. So when I moved to New York in two, thousand eight after my grandmother passed away I started to see all these incredible women on the streets of New York. City in wanted a way to connect with that kind of energy. Again in also deal with the loss of my grandmother. So I was about healing and then I realized that these images that I was taking have the power to shift other people's perspectives on getting older.