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At Home With…   Kish, Shaquille And Nas

At Home With… Kish, Shaquille And Nas

Over the past 12 months, our worlds have gotten a little bit smaller and our home lives have taken centre stage. So, in lockdown 3.0 we’ve stepped inside the worlds of our extended FLANNELS family, as they share their at-home habits, what gets their creative juices flowing and the music that’s playing on repeat.

From stylists to DJs, creators to artists, this is how some of our favourite FLANNELS tastemakers are adding a little flavour back into their wardrobes for 2021.

Here, Nas Abraham, Kish Kash and Shaquille Williams, share their world in threads by PradaOff-White and Palm Angels.

Nas wears Off-White jumper, overcoat, trousers and shoes
Nas wears Off-White jumper, overcoat, trousers and shoes

NAS ABRAHAM, VISUAL ARTIST

How do you stay creative at home?
(Attempting) to stay off Instagram. Honestly, it’s one of the biggest creativity/motivation killers EVER, which is weird because there’s so much inspiration on there. I’m actually finding myself just going around my flat with my camera, finding little sections that look cool, training my eye to see beauty in mundanity. So arty. I also love aimlessly putting different items in my wardrobe together, trying them on, looking at myself in the mirror with a nod of approval, and then taking it all off, because where am I going during lockdown?

What do you do when you get ‘creator’s block?’  
I usually rotate my outlet of creativity. I find that creator’s block is usually a different part of my creativity that is being starved, so I’ll sometimes allow myself to “play” with drawing, music making, photography outside etc. Or these days, I just hug my little girl. She usually says “daddy, you’re so creative!” She doesn’t, she’s eight months old, but I imagine she does.

How do you stay connected during these times?  
Honestly, videogames and chat. I’ve realised I’m not a big phone conversation guy and Zoom is pretty much associated with work now. So, yeah, playing a few videogames with my guys while we catch up is my main way. I’m always messaging people, too. Do they message me back? Hmmm…

Right now, dressing up means…  
Escaping into a world of your own. Experimenting with shape, silhouettes. Lockdown has taught us to be comfortable and safe, dressing up has become more of a creative outlet. The Off-White outfit I’m wearing has these crazy flared trousers, which I typically didn’t usually wear pre-lockdown, I ended up loving them. Stay safe around people, not with your outfits.

What are you playing on repeat?  
Shepherd of My Soul by Rivers and Robots. It’s one of the most healing songs I’ve heard in years, something I think we can all do with during this time.

How are you getting your culture fix at home?  
My wife’s (Chinese) cooking; rediscovering some of old fashion magazines/books; conversations with a few of my artist friends; watching a ridiculous amount of YouTube commentary/reaction videos.

Shaq wears Palm Angels tracksuit and cap and Rick Owens boots
Shaq wears Palm Angels tracksuit and cap and Rick Owens boots


SHAQUILLE R. WILLIAMS, STYLIST

What’s been your favourite shoot to date?
My Favourite shoot to date has to be my cover shoot with footballer Alexandre Lacazette for Man About Town. It was the first opportunity I was given to shoot my own editorial and it was a cover shoot. Lacazette was great to work with and allowed me to have creative control.

What’s your key styling tip for 2021?
My key styling tip of 2021 is to be fearless: if it feels right go for it. There is no handbook when it comes to styling.

Describe your style in three words.
Cosy, oversized and effortless.

How do you stay connected during these times?
During covid, I have been fortunate to work. Many brands and PR agencies have been closed, so virtual showrooms, press days and online shows have kept me connected. With so much time at home it’s allowed me to discover new brands and build and start new brand relationships.

Right now, dressing up means…
Putting on my Ricks [Owens], walking along the river, collecting parcels from my concierge, walking to Sainsbury’s, and repeat.

How do you stay creative at home?
I find creativity through fashion, music, art, and travelling, so my daily tasks (in the house) such as listening to my playlist or scrolling through Vogue Runway and Instagram have been my tools since lockdown.

What are you playing on repeat?
Gravity by Brent Faiyaz ft Tyler The Creator and DJ Dahi.

How are you getting your culture fix at home?
I am my culture; my friends and family are our culture; the music I listen to is my culture; the food I eat is my culture. It’s an ongoing fix. I still gain inspiration from iconic movies, such as Belly, Shottas and Dancehall Queen.

Kish wears Prada suit, bag and trainers
Kish wears Prada suit, bag and trainers


KISH KASH, DJ AND CREATOR

What’s your favourite way to style trainers?

I always wear my kicks with the laces loose, which I don’t recommend to everyone but def suits my vibe. I pattern my sneakers with brands that I appreciate, like Polo, maharishi, Supreme, with tapered jeans or cargo pants and a hoodie or crewneck for a cosy look, and technical brands such as Stone Island. Fashion has to be functional for my flex.

How do you stay connected during these times?
The DMs are out of control, as a lot of people are at home quite rightly craving conversations. I guess it’s a good problem to have, rather that no one willing to chat to each other and feeling down. Conversations are important, as we can use this opportunity to evolve and learn.

How do you stay connected during these times?
The DMs are out of control, as a lot of people are at home quite rightly craving conversations. I guess it’s a good problem to have, rather that no one willing to chat to each other and feeling down. Conversations are important, as we can use this opportunity to evolve and learn.

Right now, dressing up means…
Finding new ways to pattern my look, so when lockdown eases up, I can surprise people with my new styles, such as this all-Prada drip from which I’m catching proper feels. Or finding clothes in which I can just chill and feel cosy in but still retain some swagger.

How do you stay creative at home?
Researching which podcasts to check and reading books are great ways to maintain your inspiration. Looking for fresh challenges and developing new skills which can be done at home, such as painting or sketching. Also working out and practising new mixes on the decks is hugely entertaining, whilst bolstering my spirits.

What are you playing on repeat?
I’m constantly hunting new beats as I present a radio show called The All City Show on Soho Radio every Tuesday evening. It’s wicked to dig in the crates, pulling out classic tracks from back in the day, bringing through the positive vibes and reminiscing about better times and picturing when we’ll be able to party together again. My anthem right now, is one of Kendrick’s called Alright, with an incredible beat from Pharrell, that has such a compelling groove that permeates through you. Because of that, it was incidentally a track that was adopted by the Black Lives Matter movement last year, with a wonderful positive message that we can succeed, which can also be extended to any challenges we may face including the pandemic.

How are you getting your culture fix at home?
By employing my time constructively and searching for documentaries on subjects that I never had time to immerse myself in previously or engaging with debates and talks on apps such as Clubhouse. I’m also going through the bookshelves and pulling out all those magazines which I never had time to fully engross myself in and discover new things and information. All this extra time is providing ample opportunity for us to evolve and grow as people and that can only be a huge positive.

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