Reference File 001 / YOHJI, WIM, AND AUGUST

About ten years ago while living in New York and working at Bumble and bumble, a co-worker and I were discussing my love of Yohji Yamamoto and a "fierce draped look." He encouraged me to watch a film about Yamamoto entitled "Notebooks on Cities and Clothes" by Wim Wenders.


Wenders was commissioned in 1988 by the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris to execute a documentary about fashion and its place in modern society. Wenders was turned off by the proposal and instead chose to concentrate on a designer whose work he was familiar with and who's clothing he felt comfortable wearing, Yohji Yamamoto.


The film is as much about Wenders as it is about Yamamoto. The shooting which took place over the course of a year established a great friendship between the two which later resulted in an insanely beautiful coffee table book titled Yamamoto & Yohji.


Eleven minutes and three seconds into the film ( Oh trust, I know the timestamp click HERE to view it for yourself) Wenders shows a clip of Yamamoto's studio and mentions a book entitled "Men Of The Twentieth Century" by August Sander. The camera is fixed on Yamamoto's hands as he flips thru the massive book. Yellow post-it notes bookmark incredible portraits of men from all different walks of life. The portraits seemed to have been captured so effortlessly. Their clothing, a direct reflection of their profession and or background. Yamamoto talks about how each of the men has "exactly the right face. I am admiring their faces and their clothing." he says.

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I was entranced and incredibly inspired by how big of a role references and times past played to him and had to know more. I remember hitting pause to try and find a copy of this book only to learn it was out of print and was selling for upwards of 1500.00 on every site I visited. (The book is now titled People Of The Twentieth Century and is available for a much more affordable price here.) It was at this moment that my true love of references began. It was in that moment that I realized looking to the past was how I would be able to fuel the future.

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Hywel Davies who is a course leader for Central Saint Martin's Fashion Communication course said it best. "To be creative and new, you need to know what has happened before and react against it. You have to be aware of what has happened to be truly innovative."

References are an essential part of most all creative trade’s yet it seems more and more that imagery of times past are quickly being whittled down and replaced by heavily filtered Instagram ready trends. The more extensive our library of references the more extensive our knowledge of the masters who came before us the better our chance to present something inspired rather than copied. The better our opportunity to be truly innovative! I am excited to share with you some things that have inspired me over the years and hopefully will do the same for you!

Hunter Thompson

Name: Hunter Thompson

Hometown: Franklin, TN

Favorite thing about Nashville? The Bachelorette Parties. (sort of kidding, altho I do love how many people want to come here to celebrate) But if i’m being serious I love the kindness of people here! Southern Hospitality is a real thaaang darlin!

Current Occupation: Salon Director for Local Honey

Dream Occupation: I think my dream occupation keeps evolving more and more towards something I never thought it would which is educating other managers on leadership, and how to keep stylists and employees inspired all while feeling supported and loved. I’ve watched so many people’s confidence level skyrocket and in turn their work behind the chair does the same. Managing stylists is totally different than any other field, but I think it definitely comes down to love and support. I’d like to share that with others.

If You Could Live Inside Any Film, What Would It Be? Can i cheat and use two films Amelie and Annie Hall

If You Could Move To Another Country, Which Would It Be? Probably France...but also Denmark (chilly grey weather makes me happy)

Hair Product You Can’t Live Without? Hairbalm by Hairstory. It gives the perfect amount of softness and hold all while bringing out your hair’s natural texture and movement. My favorite thing about it is how consistent it is. I’ve always disliked when I use a product and get an awesome result one day and then it doesn’t give me the same result another time.

Tell Us A Little About Your Hair History! Well, as a toddler up until Middle School I definitely had a little hockey mullet (WHY?!?!?) Middle school is when it started looking like Sugar Ray. Bleach blonde highlights and spikey (again WHY!?)

During High school is where it was all about myspace scene hair (it was all over the place, black, brown, blonde, and razored to the Gods honey!) and you wouldn’t catch me without myCHI flat iron.

The day before my high school graduation I decided to shave it all off (i looked, um interesting is a good word). After high school is when I went to cosmetology school based on some friends i knew who were in the industry. I completed my hours and then failed my state board tests and decided that i liked being in the industry but never wanted to behind the chair. At that point I moved to NYC to work at Bumble and bumble and i had pretty much every color hair imaginable (my little pony pink blue lavender, green, navy blue, grey, silver, yellow) For someone in the industry i have little to no attachment to my hair, I always tell people “do whatever you want.” Currently i’m in this terribly awkward phase of growing my hair out because it’s the one style i’ve never had and I just want to have hair like Jonathan Van Ness let’s be real.

What does YOU ARE OK. mean to you? honestly to me it means cutting out all the unnecessary bullshit that you end up telling yourself. Wherever you are in your life is exactly just that, It’s where you are and that is FINE. It’s OK.

And as my favorite person to grab quotes from Ekhart Tolle says in “The Power Of Now” “Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now.” I thin