Now, I don’t mean “guywear” in the sense that it’s clothing Lloyd Dobler would wear.Â (“The world is full of guys.Â Don’t be a guy.Â Be aÂ man.”)Â It’s just that “menswear” seemed somehow not quite right here.Â Yes, I’m making it up as I go along.Â Anyway, Lloyd might well wear some of this stuff.Â I’m thinking by the end of the movie.
I seem to recall that Garbage Prototype had dropped one or two vague hints during the two months or so it took him to redesign and rebuild his shop and completely revamp his clothing and body lines for men and women. I think he just likes to tease like that. This is the kind of thing that just nags away at me from the back of my brain, kind of like my mother, or my conscience if I had one, or the approach of Christmas when I was a kid. I had also visited his website and seen his teaser video, so I knew that interesting things were afoot at the Circle-K.Â When he finally said, “Okay, I’m not ready to open yet, but come and take a look if you want to!”–I most definitely wanted to.
I honestly don’t know what my expectations were. I didn’t expect the shop’s casually elegant atmosphere to so slyly reflect Garbage’s creative approach. I know that I was surprised by some of the designs–wow, Garbage did a suit?–and impressed by the range of items and choice of colors. As a collection it felt focused, consistent, and very much an expression of a designer’s vision. I couldn’t wait to pick his brain.
Left: Big Shot suit (L$200) in Purple (available in nine colors), with green dress shirt and yellow tie. All clothing items are on separate layers. Each suit includes nine shirts and ten ties! Center: Party Blazer (L$75)–”because regular blazers are for losers.” Shown in Green; choose from five colors. Can be worn with shirt as shown, or without so you can add your own. Right: Male Vest (L$75) in Green (five colors are available). Wear with tee, as shown, or without.
Ryan: I’m a whore for “contemporary casual” clothing for my “daily wear” (whatever that means in SL), so in some ways your new line could have been made just for me. But I see some interesting twists and touches beyond the norm. What’s your direction/thrust/intent for your new designs? Or am I over-thinking yet again?
Garbage: Well, there were multiple influences for my new “line” (I feel funny calling it that). One of my influences would have to be Nylon magazine and their Nylon TV videos on Youtube. I came across one of their videos labeled â€œMods and the Rockers,â€ and it basically broke down how the Mods and Rockers dressed, as well as the history behind both styles. I was really intrigued with the Mod style, just the idea of wearing fancy articles of clothing like suits, blazers, and vests in dirty urban areas, so that explains why a decent portion of the new clothes consists of Suits, Blazers, and Vests. As for the rest in the male clothing [line], it was simply inspired by what my friends and I wear in real life: simple and casual clothing. Lately Iâ€™ve been digging colored denim, flannel shirts/jackets, cardigans, and T-shirts that are too big for me, because it is ever so comfy. But thatâ€™s about it as far as the menâ€™s fashion [goes]. There were plenty more inspirations for my girls’ clothing, but this isnâ€™t quite the right place to talk about that, right? [laughs]
Left: V Polo (L$50) in Red (choose from five colors). “Joseph” hair. Center: Male Long T (L$50) in Pink (ten colors await your indecision). Tropical Shorts (L$75) in Green (ten color choices are available). “Kevin” hair. Right: Stripes Tee (L$50) in Orange/Blue (available in ten different color combinations).
Ryan: It seems like you’re taking a different approach with your textures than you did previously–to me they seem softer but somehow more tactile. I’m guessing [you used] some photo-sourcing with significant hand-painting…am I close? Care to discuss your technique? No trade secrets, please!
Garbage: Youâ€™re pretty much dead on–itâ€™s a hybrid of photo-sourcing and hand painting. If I had to label my clothing…it would be 80% photo-sourcing and 20% hand drawn.
Left: Blazer (“loser” version, L$75) in Royal Blue (five colors are available). Worn with optional shirt, which is actually more of a “bib” than a complete shirt and cannot be worn on its own. Random Brand Jeans 101 (L$150) in Black; take your choice of ten different colors, plus five faded colors as Random Brand Jeans 202. “Daniel” hair. Center: Big Shot suit texture detail. Right: Nylon Jacket (L$100) in Brown (available in ten colors) with optional full grey tee, prim rolled sleeves, hood and shoulder buckles. With Board Shorts in Brown (eight colors). “Bren” hair (not available).
Ryan: Which of the new items is your personal favorite? Which was most fun to create? Which one kicked your ass?
Garbage: My personal favorite would have to be the colored denim jeans! I love wearing the red ones a lot.
The one most fun to create would have to be the suits! It was something I had never done in my life before and I liked how they came out in the end.
And the ones that kicked my ass would have to be the recent nylon jackets that I made, just because it was a really bad photo reference, so I had to draw a lot of it. Also, I had to create sculpty prims for it and Iâ€™m kind of clueless when it comes to making sculpted prims. Iâ€™m still learning, [and] I hope to incorporate them more in the future.
Left: Flannel Shirt (L$75) in Pink (because real men wear pink, but four other colors are available), shown with optional “bib”-style shirt. Center: Cardigan sweater (L$75) in Green (choose from five colors); can also be worn with optional shirt underneath. “Aaron” hair. Right: Flannel Hoodie (L$125) with sculptie hood in Green/Grey (available in four color combinations). Shorts (L75) in White (five different colors).
Ryan: Your prices are I think very reasonable. I hope you’re mondo successful, but it seems like you’re not out to get rich. What’s your philosophy?
Garbage: Ah well, when I joined this game I had no idea I was going to pick up Photoshop and learn how to create clothes and open a store in Second Life at all. I had joined just to have fun with my friends from there.com and thatâ€™s exactly what Iâ€™m doing! This isnâ€™t a part time job for me, itâ€™s simply a hobby and thatâ€™s all. Other people definitely have different goals with their businesses in Second Life, but Iâ€™m just going wherever mine takes me, and so far it’s been taking me somewhere very good!
Left: Flannel Shirt Deux (L$75) in Orange with optional partial shirt (five different colors). Also in Dark Green without shirt. “Kevin” hair. Center: Party Vest (L$75) in Brown with optional striped tee. “Jason” hair.Â The Party Vest can also be worn solo, as seen at Right, or add your own shirt-layer shirt.
Ryan: Whose design work do YOU really admire? If you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit next to me and it’ll be off the record.
Garbage: I love all of Tableau’s work; they have all done beautiful stuff for years! Khai and Aja Sinisterâ€™s work I admire as well–The Abyss is amazing. Aden Breyerâ€™s hair is great too, it’s all aligned so perfectly and his styles are awesome–I want him to make guy hair! I also respect Heart Attack & Vine, Kenzie & Co., It’s All Good, Maitreya, and Karamia.
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I feel compelled to take a quick moment here to mention that the necklace I’m wearing just above is Yukirei Greene’s new “Holy PlateÂ Necklace”Â (L$380).Â The bas-relief plate ornament depicts a stylized angelÂ in exquisitely detailed profile.Â The chainÂ is constructed from smaller, elliptical links in silver and larger, round ones in gold–the effect is quite striking.Â Pick it up for yourself atÂ Yukirei Accessories (Yukirei Accessories 126, 155, 30).Â
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I mentioned earlier that Garbage’s new fabric textures seem softer and more tactile to me than his previous work.Â Of course SL designers take a wide variety of different approaches in their design work, and different people like, admire, and respond to different things, so it’s all good.Â Garbage’s blend of photorealistic fabric textures and hand drawn embellishments, enhancements, and blends is an approach that I really like–perhaps more than anhything else, it feels comfortable to me.
All hairstyles by Garbage Prototype, unless otherwise noted. Individual hairstyles are L$250; demos are available for L$1.Â All styles are touch scripted for color change–choose from 100 different colors, conveniently organized by color family.
I am also wearing Garbage’s new male skinÂ (L$750) and eyes (L$50).Â The skin comes in Light, Fair, Medium and Tan tones and a variety of makeup options.Â Skin demos are available for L$1 in the shop.
All designs currently available at Random Fashions (Woolybear 204, 200, 651).Â However, in the near future Garbage is acquiring an Openspace region and will be moving this main shop there, possibly as early as this Friday.Â (I’ll update the SLURL here when that happens.)Â You can join his Subscribe-O-Matic to receive updates on this development as well as new releases.