little beast: So, who are you?
JS: I didn't go to school for fashion. I just stumbled into it out of a sheer lack of cool t-shirts at the time. All the t-shirts had super douchey sayings on them and I honestly got tired of wearing all my vintage t-shirts. As a pup I was really influenced by Terry Richardson and Juergen Teller's photography and wanted imagery and art that captured that style with a punk/sleezy/sarcastic vibe that me and my friends in Chicago rolled with. I started making some t-shirts and people liked them. A friend's store started carrying them and they sold out really quickly. After that, I started doing the fashion trade shows and it's snow balled into boutiques and majors across the world. As of right now, I'm just going to keep doing "the thing" with some new exciting additions for FW16.
little beast: Tell us about your new line, WHOLE Clothing.
JS: WHOLE will have it's first collection launching in SS16. I started it because even though I love t-shirts, I also wear nicer pieces quite regularly. To keep things exciting for me as a designer, I created a concept brand where I can do small collab collections each season with an artist (outside of fashion). For the SS16: Oddyssey Collection, I collabed with musician Ariel Pink. For the collab with Ariel we did a clear rain jacket, a pair of overalls and 3 cotton modal t-shirts featuring his original artwork.