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elcome to the 3rd issue of M7M—The

seek that same bold element within ourselves and those

Daring Issue.

around us. What we have discovered is a life-changing

  I want to specifically dedicate this

philosophy that gives us the courage to thrive among our

issue to the M7M team. The team

own adversary—ourselves. For we are often our greatest

and I heavily reflected on the journey that has culminated

obstacle when we should be our greatest motivation.

in this third issue, and throughout our conversations we

  This issue embodies the strength, intelligence and

found ourselves talking about “day one” and what it meant

beauty of self-respect—an element that pushes aside

for us to arrive at this point in our journey. It has been a

conformity to give us the power to stand our ground in a

year since we took on the M7M concept and ran with it

world of endless opinions and ever-changing attitudes. Our

at full speed. Now that we are a year older and a year

muse is a courageous classic who dares to swim against

wiser, we can truly appreciate the challenges we have

the flow in pursuit of her own destiny.

overcome which have instilled in us a sense of fearlessness

  With the support of our parent company, Method Seven

for the future.

Enterprises, we bring you the stories of those who have

  When digging up the word “daring,” we couldn’t ignore

taken it upon themselves to become limitless. I hope you

examples set by the legendary daredevils who have

enjoy the artistic vision of our creative team this third time. 

left their mark on history. With admiration, we set out to

  We appreciate all of your support.


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Clean Slate Photography Jessie Kuruc Styling Victor Ramirez

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Troop Hills Beverly

Photography Hillary Head Styling Marlee Plummer Styling Assistant Chie Onozaki



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NINE MUSES Written by Epiphany Ciers Photography James Coreas


he Dallas-based clothing line Nine Muses came about

first established their vision: a pedestal of timelessness and sensuality.

organically after an innocent lunch between two friends

This vision included their own “muse,” aiming to cater to the sophisticated

brought one vision to life. After comparing sketches that

women with an edge. After tireless research, they came across the god-

looked surprisingly similar, designers Jerry Matthews and

dess of clarification, Mnemosyne. “When reading about [Mnemosyne], we

Francesca Viamonte decided to take the plunge and join forces. “We both

learned that she gave birth to nine children whose roles were to inspire

have been good friends for quite some time, and have always shared sim-

great artists of the time. We fell in love with that story, and ultimately

ilar design aesthetics that complement each other,” Matthews describes.

decided to make Nine Muses the name of our label,” Matthews explains.

Prior to this revelation, the two knew they were destined for greatness

  While brainstorming for a new line, the designers draw inspiration from

after their first encounter at their alma mater, the Art Institute of Dallas,

their own “nine muses.” Matthews acquires much of his inspiration from

where their design abilities further developed. Here, they were able to

past experiences of traveling the world as a young child with his Navy fa-

combine their aesthetic vision with the constructional techniques needed

ther and stylish mother, while Viamonte pulls memories from her beautiful

to fully create a garment for a woman’s silhouette.

home country Venezuela. The two are also obsessed with eccentric and

  When collaborating on a name for their line, Matthews and Viamonte

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Rabbit, Eartha Kitt, and Julie Newmar. Their creativity thrives on their surroundings, but especially flows from music and art. “We don’t follow trends. We follow our instinct. Inspiration comes from all areas of the world and the environment,” Viamonte says.   Prior to his role in Nine Muses, Matthews achieved numerous accomplishments. He won first place in the 2008 National Fashion Design Scholarship Competition for the Art Institute of Dallas, and was awarded Outstanding Graduate in Fashion Design at the spring 2012 graduation ceremony. He has even been featured in Luxe Interior + Design Magazine, Living Magazine, and several other publications. As a team, Nine Muses boasts even more accomplishments. The fall 2012 collection has been included in multiple editorials and has been presented on the runway of Dallas’ DIFFA fashion show, as well as the Pin Show.   Even after all of the press and recognition Nine Muses has received thus far, the designers still feel they have a lot to prove, but the positive feedback does make it easier. Matthews and Viamonte admit they are still learning as they go, and may face financial hardships as an independent clothing line. In addition, the designers opted not to hire an entire team to help with marketing, production, and other development aspects. Instead, they chose two young and ambitious women, Operations Manager Kayla Hughes and Production Assistant Vivian Olguin, who have had the pleasure to assist them on this venture. “We have put all of our money, blood, sweat and tears into our line and we couldn’t be happier. There’s no looking back. Nine Muses is now our life and I think we both would do anything to see it succeed,” Matthews says.   Viamonte expands, “Our dream for Nine Muses is the same. We both want the label to be successful and to ultimately become a well-known brand. Above all else, we want to be happy, and I think that since we are pursuing our dreams, we are headed in the right direction.” 7

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Digital Diaries Written by David Schmitzer Photography Ashley Gongora

Datahowler’s Ross Edman Talks Trap Beats, Touring, and the Uncertainties of Time


n our lifetime, we’ve been given the simple pleasure of witnessing music expand and grow, as well as growing up alongside it. Just as we transform, so does music. New genres are constantly emerging and evolving, from dub step, to folk metal, to noise jazz, to electronic psychedelic hip- hop and so forth, each acquiring a niche with its own

fashions and unique personalities. These genres are a center for expression, movement, and for breaking free from the norm. The catalyst that music has created throughout the years is far-reaching, and has stood the tests of time more than any other media in history. Since there has been human life on earth, there has been music and the pioneers that have produced it. One of these pioneers is Ross Edman, also known as Datahowler.

Method Seven Magazine: What inspired you

like that. It’s not even a conscious decision. You

er— It was kind of a joke at first. We were making

to become the musician you are today, and

just do it. You’re like, “Oh, this is cool” and you

trap beats and stuff like that. It was just for fun,

how do you think your involvement in mu-

just go home every day and play guitar, or drums,

and it eventually turned into something else. I

sic has shaped you as a person?

or whatever. And that is how it all started. I think

was fiddling with electronics on and off for a long

Datahowler: Well, my grandfather was a jazz

that it has been harder to continue doing music. I

time, but it kind of became this monster that I

musician for about seven years, and when I was

know people who have given up over the years.

couldn’t control, and I became engrossed in it.

a kid I would always watch him play, so that in-

They have gotten jobs, or wives, or kids, or things

M7M: Have you received any opposition

spired me quite a bit. I also had an organ in my

like that. I think that it is harder to keep going a

from your genre, or has anyone told you

room when I was little, and my mom would play

lot of the time, but I think there

church hymns—I was really interested in the or-

is a lot of peace and solace in

gan and all of its buttons. I didn’t even know about

it as you continue doing it. You

synthesizers then, and as I discovered them they

discover a lot about yourself

became a big part of it. I started playing drums

and about the world around

probably when I was around eight or nine. It

you through it. I think it’s good

shaped me as a person by keeping me out of

to keep trying. Starting is not hard, but continu-

that you couldn’t “make it” as a musician?

a lot of trouble initially— it gave me a lot of stuff

ing, I think, is harder. There were about three

Datahowler: Yeah, I would say all the time; At

to do. I started playing in bands probably when I

years where I wasn’t playing at all.

least once a month probably. Dallas is not very

was about fifteen or so, and then for a long time

M7M: So you just jumped back into it?

open to electronic music. It’s starting to come

I toured, and so it eventually provided work for

Datahowler: Yeah, yeah. I went to college to

about, but most people aren’t open to it. It isn’t

me. I think that is probably the best part...that I

get a philosophy degree and I started playing mu-

something that’s been fostered here, so a lot of

met so many people all over the place, and that

sic again. I was playing a lot of hardcore and punk

people think it’s stupid or they don’t understand

we became friends, and it was all through music.

rock. I lived with all these guys that just played

it, or they think you don’t have any talent, or you

M7M: Was it difficult to break into music?

music, that is all we did with our free time, and we

can’t play any instruments. I hear this and that

How did you get started?

started touring and all that stuff. So I was doing

all the time. I remember I was in drumline in high

Datahowler: Man, I guess it wasn’t that diffi-

that, and I started producing on the side doing

school and we were going to state. I was march-

cult because I wasn’t trying to get started in mu-

hip-hop and electronic music. Eventually that

ing snare at that time, and I got kicked out of

sic. It’s just something I started doing. And when

band broke up and I was only doing electronic

band. My band professor told me I would never

you’re young, I think it is easy to do something

music. That is kind of how I became Datahowl-

be a successful musician and he was like, “You

“You discover a lot about yourself and about the world around you through it.”


will never be successful at this, just leave.

I mainly spend my time, but I was probably

and electronics.

You’re never going to be good.” Someone

a professional musician for three or four

M7M: Has your career in music affect-

that prominent in your life telling you that—It

years. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but it’s a tough

ed your personal life?

was definitely one of those things you don’t

life. So I kept doing it, and it’s been kind of

Datahowler: Yeah, I would say so. There

ever forget. It isn’t like I am still bitter toward

like a part time job. I guess it’s not a career

were some chances that I took where I lost a

anymore, but I don’t know

lot. I guess in negative ways. I’m sure I have

for sure. I’m still kind of

lost friends and things like that. I think that

walking that fence.

the worst part is that when you are gone for

M7M: Do you plan to

a long period of time, you miss a lot of peo-

continue with music,

ple’s lives; you fall out of touch with them.

or do you think at

You miss weddings and things like that,

him or anything, but it was a lot of fuel to

some point that you’ll have to choose

and eventually they just don’t come around

keep going.

between the two?

anymore. It’s hard to maintain normal rela-

M7M: So why did you decide to make a

Datahowler: I like both. I think they go

tionships. The only friends you end up being

career out of music?

hand in hand and the mind frame and the

friends with are the friends you are on the

Datahowler: I did it as a career for a while.

process is the same-- the problem solving

road with. The second you are not on the

I am actually a full-time project lead, web de-

and the approach that you take to complet-

road anymore, you aren’t friends with them

veloper and designer currently. I am also a

ing both. The more applications that I devel-

either. It’s like living in an alternate reality.

partner in web accounting and that is where

op, the more I want to program synthesizers

M7M: What are your hopes for the fu-

“You are so focused on what you missed that you don’t see what you have.”

ture...say, 10 years from now. Where

came out of me trying to achieve these goals

that you go through every day, and you keep

do you see yourself?

like friendships and other opportunities that

doing it, and it feels good. I think that, some-

Datahowler: Man, I don’t know. That’s a

I wasn’t focused on. Ten years from now? I

times, to break from that routine is how you

tough question. I almost hate to answer it. I

just hope that I am alive. [He laughs] Ha-ha.

experience new things in life. I am a pret-

think that Americans are engrossed in the fu-

M7M: How does someone who is stuck

ty reclusive person, and one of the things

ture. In the past couple of years, I’ve learned

in a fairly normal routine and wants

that altered my life and my perception was

that when focusing on the future... you lose

to do something bigger with his or her

when I went on tour—and that is a big thing.

track of the present. So sometimes I try not to worry myself with the future. I’ve noticed that when you set those expectations, and when you don’t reach them, they become so weird and painful. You

I can obviously do small things, but

“Being adventurous is a part of the human spirit. You break out of your routine every now and again...”

that made me get out of my comfort zone. It made me meet people and go new places. I discovered there were so many things out there that I was missing. That is the first step. Being

are so focused on what you missed that you

life go about doing that? What is your

adventurous is a part of the human spirit.

don’t see what you have. I have had a re-

advice for them?

You break out of your routine every now and

adjustment with music recently where I had

Datahowler: I think you have to be ad-

again, and you learn a lot about yourself

these certain goals that weren’t met, and I

venturous. I think people just get stuck in

when you break free. 7

was extremely bummed by it. Over time, I

routines because they are comfortable.

realized there were tons of great things that

People are rhythmic, and that is something




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Southern Charm Jeanette Chivvis Wins the Hearts of the Fashion Industry

J Written by Porschia Paxton Photography Andy Rolfes

eanette Chivvis is more than just another force to be reckoned with. A life-long devotee of the fashion industry, her work speaks for itself, and she’s proven her talents through nominations for tit les like “best boutique in Los Angles” and appearances on Extra, E!News, and Style Star, as well as being featured in over 75 national fashion magazines. Here is a woman who has not only survived in the dazzling yet maniacal realm of fashion, but positively thrived. In a world that is often publicly defined as superficial and materialistic, it is almost too easy to underestimate the kind of fever it takes to walk through the

fire and fight all the way into the spotlight. So how brave, exactly, does one

watch her cut out patterns,” says Chivvis. She recalls childhood trips to the

have to be in order to triumph among the millions seeking to succeed in this

store to pick out fabrications for clothes, initially sticking her nose up at the

industry? Jeanette Chivvis might just have the answer.

technical aspects of fashion, not thinking that she would need to know them

  Chivvis grew up thirty minutes outside of Houston, TX. Fashion was in her

in the future. “I wish I would have sat down with [mom] more and learned

blood—it is in her blood to this day. “I began reading magazines like Vogue

the actual construction of a garment.” Her love for the industry continued

and Cosmopolitan at the age of 8 and 9. I had to tear off the covers because

as she grew older. “There was no shining moment,” she admits. “It was

my dad would throw them away if he caught me reading one of them. They

something that kept calling my name.” Eventually, Chivvis began styling her

were obviously a bit too mature for an 8 year-old.”

friends in looks from different decades, having fallen in love with historical

  Though her father may not have fully understood her obsession, she

and vintage fashions.

cites her mother as one of the biggest influences that initially propelled

  When Chivvis hit 14 and 15 years of age, she began working at The

her towards the world of fashion. “My mother sewed a lot. I would sit and

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“Join a club if there is one at your school, meet people, network; do whatever it is that you need to do to crack that door open and come one step closer to what it is that you want.”

These first jobs provided a gateway into the business side of the industry,

Style Her Famous, What Perez Sez, and more. Celebrities who frequented

but eventually bored her. While attending Texas A&M, she joined the Retail

the store included Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, and Scarlett Johansson

Society, where she quickly learned about the importance of networking

among many others.

and experience. “Getting involved— that is the key to getting your foot

  “I was shocked in the beginning; blown away,” Chivvis recalls. She

in the door,” she repeatedly mentions. “Join a club if there is one at your

quickly learned how to deal with celebrities, recognizing how important

school, meet people, network; do whatever it is that you need to do to

their support and influence could be to her business. She also mentions

crack that door open and come one step closer to what it is that you want.”

navigating the power of alterations and the secrets to Spanx. When asked if

Chivvis did exactly that, and further diversified her experience by earning

some celebrities were more challenging than others, she agreed.

internships first in a store environment, and then with Foley’s as a buyer.

  Her experience in styling for the A-list has stayed with her, and she

This opportunity eventually led to an executive training position, where she

continues to utilize all that she learned. “In styling you have to be intuitive,

learned that the industry wasn’t so glitzy after all.

even when you’re forecasting for companies,” says Chivvis. She also cites

  Chivvis was so inspired by the designers she worked with while at Foley’s

adaptability and the ability to translate each vision between different client

that she created her own line, Nay-Nay LA, in May 2004. She designed

demographics as key.

every article of clothing, sourced fabric, and worked tirelessly to make

  When she became homesick, Chivvis left Los Angeles after nearly a

one-of-a-kind garments. She then decided to take an even bigger risk

decade and settled back down in Texas. But she did not leave fashion

and moved to Los Angeles, where the line debuted and was sold in over

behind. Chivvis established a contemporary showroom at the FIG (Fashion

60 stores nationally and internationally. After the success of Nay-Nay LA,

Industry Gallery) in downtown Dallas that showcased up-and-coming lines

Chivvis brazenly invested all of her own money in a boutique, Sugar On La

from L.A. and New York. She conducted their public relations campaigns,

Brea, with a Texas friend. This endeavor ended in February 2008.

acted as art director, and even produced look-books for the lines, all while

  “It was a special niche we created,” Chivvis recalls. This vintage and

opening new accounts and servicing current ones.

contemporary boutique would be the main catalyst in the beginning of

  Her focus now is on styling for commercial and editorial clients, hosting

Chivvis’s career in styling celebrities.

her Frugal Fashionista segment on WFAA’s Good Morning Texas which

  “We were recognized in over 60 editorials, On Air, Celebrity Stylist, and

airs every 3 weeks, and her involvement in the Pro Artist Group where she

Trend Experts for TV,” said Chivvis. They even appeared on E! News,

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Kaitlin Scott Age: 23 | Hometown: Coppell, TX

Designer Spotlight

Method Seven Magazine: What designers are you most in-

KS: Given the chance, I would really like to work with knitwear

fluenced by?

designer, Xavier Brisoux. He was one of my professors last

Kaitlin Scott: I love the androgyny and use of proportion in Damir

summer, I respect him very much as a designer, and I’m very

Doma’s work, and I’m very inspired by the architectural elements

inspired by his aesthetic. His insight and guidance throughout my

in Akris’s designs. I also love the cleanliness of Valentino—he

design course significantly influenced who I am as a designer, so

can truly flatter any figure. I wish I had come up with the Palmer

collaborating with him would be really rewarding. I’m not sure what

Harding concept of redefining the classic white shirt. It’s so simple,

the line would look like visually, but it I know working with him would

but it requires a lot of innovation, and that’s really inspiring to me.

push me to develop much more conceptual designs.

M7M: What are your current inspirations?

M7M: What is your favorite part about being a designer?

KS: I’m really inspired by musicians. I wouldn’t say that the

KS: I love the problem solving aspect of designing. The process

music I listen to affects my design aesthetic necessarily, but I feel

between the initial sketch and the completed garment is far from

most inspired after seeing a live performance by a truly talented

glamorous, and it often takes several tries to get it right, but that’s

musician. I appreciate the bravery and passion it takes to perform

what makes a successful garment truly rewarding.

in front of people.

M7M: How do you define “making it” as a designer?

M7M: If you had the chance to collaborate with another

KS: I think when someone can recognize your designs

designer, who would it be? What do you imagine the line

without having to see the label then you’ve been successful in

would look like?

communicating your vision and creating a particular image.


Kim Pham Age: 21 | Hometown: Garland, TX

Designer Spotlight

Method Seven Magazine: What do you think sets you apart as

North American Fur Auction. I will always treasure being chosen as

a designer?

the Best in Show winner by Fashion Group International of Dallas,

Kim Pham: What sets me apart, I think, is the fact that I am very well

where I was awarded a study abroad trip to Paris. This will provide

grounded. I like to believe that I know a little bit about everything in

amazing opportunities for my career.

the fashion industry. What I don’t know, I strive to learn and seek im-

M7M: Describe your target customer. Who are you

provement everyday. I also have a keen understanding of business

designing for?

and E-commerce, and that has definitely influenced my aesthetic

KP: I design for the eclectic woman. The one with a mixture

as a designer.

of boldness and elegance combined with a contemporary

M7M: We’re constantly hearing about how tough the world

sophistication. I always strive to create chic and effortless clothing

of fashion really is. What are your expectations of the

for the modern woman who is always on the go and not afraid to


make her presence felt.

KP: Oh yes, I do believe it is very competitive— even while you

M7M: Has your family been supportive of your decision to

are in school. I have no delusions of how hard I will have to work

enter the design world?

to succeed. This industry is 1% glamorous and 99% sweat, blood,

KP: Growing up in a traditional Asian-American Catholic family, my

and tears.

parents were not happy when I decided to pursue fashion design.

M7M: What are the biggest accomplishments in your fashion

They were the push behind all of my hard work and dedication. I


wanted to prove them wrong, to make them proud, and make

KP: My most recognized achievement is being chosen to rep-

something of myself in the fashion world. Throughout my academic

resent the United States among 22 countries in the International

years, I have won many national and international awards that

Fur Remix Competition held in Milan, Italy. The competition, spon-

have validated my talent. They have much respect and support for

sored by the International Fur Trade Federation, allowed me the

me now.

opportunity to work with luxury legends like Dennis Basso and The


Megan Surber Age: 22 | Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Designer Spotlight

Method Seven Magazine: How would you describe your

MS: I wanted to be an architect for a long time, so design was

design aesthetic?

always something in the picture. I don’t know how different my life

Megan Surber: I hate using this word, but I would have to say

would be. I would still dress the same, I would just be designing

“preppy.” I aim to make it not as obnoxious though, and instead a

contemporary houses instead of clothes.

little sexier and more modern.

M7M: Has there been a specific event in your life that

M7M: What are your favorite fabrics to work with? Why?

impacted your choice to become a designer? Has it

MS: I guess it comes with the “preppy” style, but I love working with

impacted your design aesthetic as well?

plaids and stripes—either woven or knit. I like the ease they add to

MS: I’ve always been into fashion, and I’ve always loved art and

an ensemble, but still make it look classy at the same time.

drawing. It wasn’t until I discovered Free People, one of my favorite

M7M: We’re constantly hearing about how tough the

brands, that I really started thinking about designing. Their designs

world of fashion really is. What are your expectations of

were so beautiful to me, and I wanted to make dresses like that

the struggle?

too. It impacted my design aesthetic for a while, but for the past

MS: I fully expect to get knocked down repeatedly for the next 5 to

year and a half I’ve really gotten into menswear, and I don’t think I

7 years. I hope to keep being aggressive with what I want to get

want to leave it.

through these struggles. It is a very tough industry, and it isn’t as

M7M: Has your family been supportive of your decision to

glamorous as everyone thinks it is.

enter the design world?

M7M: If you weren’t pursuing a career in fashion design,

MS: Yes, they have been very supportive, even knowing that finding

what else would you see yourself doing? How would

good-paying jobs in the industry is a very hard thing to do. They just

your life be different?

want me to be happy with what I choose to do with my life.


Reagan Whitaker Age: 23 | Hometown: Amarillo, TX

Designer Spotlight

Method Seven Magazine: What is the creative process like

screening, and I really enjoyed the process. The inspiration for

for you when designing a garment?

the garment was the idea of hidden armor. Let’s take something

Reagan Whitaker: Something will inspire me—an era, person,

beautiful and delicate, and make it unexpectedly strong and hard.

or an idea, and I’ll begin a lot of research. I like to have a very

The dress is a metaphor for how we protect ourselves.

clear direction before I even begin sketching. I immerse myself

M7M: What do you think sets you apart as a designer?

into the inspiration, and really become a part of it. Once I’ve been

RW: My desire to create clothes that change people. When you put

inspired, I use mood boards, music, and film to prepare me for

my clothes on, you choose the story you are a part of. My designs

sketching. From that stage, I narrow down the design details that

flatter and enhance the body, while still allowing you to be unique.

are important to me and choose those that enhance my original

When you slip into that ruffled gown with quartz crystal detailing,


or the hard lines of a wool hooded jacket, I want you to feel like

M7M: How would you describe your design aesthetic?

you’ve come home—that nothing fits you better, or makes you

RW: A mixture of hard and soft. I like unexpected contrast— the

more yourself than that garment in that moment.

delicate with the strong, the elegant with the edgy, the woman who

M7M: How do you define “making it” as a designer?

chooses what side of her you see that day.

RW: To me making it means eventually starting my own label. I

M7M: Tell us about your favorite garment that you’ve ever

don’t need to show at New York fashion week to be happy. Starting

created. What was the motivation behind it?

a label that speaks my vision and moves people to feel great about

RW: Last year I created a dress made out of recycled fabrics and

who they are is the goal.


Completely Complimentary Photography Kaitlyn Holt Styling Nichole Fallis


Headband, necklace and dress from Francesca’s at The Shops at Highland Village METHOD SEVEN MAGAZINE | page 80

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Out of Sight Photography Tanya Ruiz Styling Patrice Jackson



Hair and Make up Charis Orr Models Nichole Fallis and Ian Wortham


The Snapback Come Back Written by Adriana Solis & Jordan Mills Photography Jessie Kuruc

Name: Christian Hohmann Age: 22 Hometown: Colleyville, TX, DFW Airport Area.

a friend, who later became my business partner,

is rooted with that idea. It has expanded into a

we discussed how to make an idea a reality.

place to get your steez in a snap.

  Christian Hohmann is no stranger to the

m7m: What are the product categories

m7m: I remember the first time I heard

concept of entrepreneurship. At the age of 22,

you carry?

of SNAPSTEEZ. I was sitting in a Sonic

he already finds himself doing what many people

ch: Vintage hats and clothing, retro hats, clothing

drive-thru and one of your stickers was

take half of their careers to accomplish, and

and custom tailored hats.

stamped across the menu. I had no idea so I

what some only dream of—owning a business.

m7m: How were you able to bridge the

Googled it, and there you were. How much

Hohmann is the creator of SNAPSTEEZ an online

gap between the initial vision for your

recognition do you think the brand has

snapback retailer whose guerilla-style marketing

company and bringing it to life?

received from instances like this?

has generated wildfire word of mouth, and has

ch: Trial and error. I originally sold them out of

ch: A significant amount. We send stickers out

even had product featured in magazines like GQ.

my trunk and through a Facebook page called

with every order if we have them currently in stock.

We sat down with him to discuss his vision and

SNAP90. Then, as I mentioned above, I started

If you search #snapsteez on Instagram you can

his plans for the future.

consulting with a friend who saw the demand

see firsthand how many people use our stickers.

Method seven magazine: How did the

rising, and together we created

m7m: How do you manage juggling your

SNAPSTEEZ vision come to you?

m7m: Tell us more about the name SNAPSTEEZ.

company, working towards your degree

Christian Hohmann: I saw the shift happening

Any symbols, phrases or general inspiration

and balancing a personal life all at once?

towards more vintage styled hats within the skate

associated with the name?

ch: By maintaining a level head in regards to

and streetwear community, and was informed of


was originally meant to

what all is going on in my life. I also keep in mind

a local spot that had a lot of hats from the 90s

describe the snap clasp on the back of the

just how fortunate I am to be in a position where

that fell into this category. While consulting with

vintage hats, but has evolved into something that

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at such a young age. m7m: How long did it take for SNAPSTEEZ to get off the ground? ch: We got the site live in 3 months, and it really took off during the first Christmas

season after the launch. m7m: How has your brand evolved over time? ch: We’ve added clothing and custom hats, and learned from our missteps

along the way. m7m: Have you encountered any skepticism about the legitimacy of your company due to your age? ch: We try to keep the age visibility to a minimum when reaching customers

outside of our immediate circles. We also let our products and reputation speak for us. m7m: What is your ultimate goal for the brand? ch: To show staying power in an industry that is notorious for its booms and

busts. m7m: Can you tell us about SNAPSTEEZ’s experience with GQ? What was your reaction when you learned that one of your products would be featured in the publication? How did all of that come about? ch: GQ contacted us in the summer of 2011. The editor and I began discussing

the resurgence of snapbacks as the desired style of hat. He then selected several hats from our website and gave us their FedEx account number and told us to ship them to their headquarters in NYC. We remained in contact over the summer, and it culminated in a spot in the October issue. m7m: What is one of the greatest lessons you have learned from launching your own business at such a young age? ch: To trust your instincts and to not follow the crowd, but lead the crowd. m7m: How would you define the SNAPSTEEZ customer? ch: Everyone from the hardcore vintage lover to the trend-following mall shopper,

though we prefer to cater to the first more. m7m: What is your advice to young people who also wish to launch their own company?

Be aware of what you are getting yourself into, and watch and observe other successful business owners, but also follow your dreams and work hard. m7m: What do your parents and family think about SNAPSTEEZ? ch: They are proud and continue to push me to make it the best business I

possibly can. m7m: What makes SNAPSTEEZ the place to buy vintage snapbacks? ch: Our selection, knowledge and prices. 7


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Model Kasey Ludlow METHOD SEVEN MAGAZINE | page 98


Photography Brittany Shaban Styling Victor Ramirez



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Written by Hannah Overstreet Photography Jessie Kuruc

he brain has interesting ways

based on a single quality, such as race or age.

septum with a sewing needle and an ice cube

of simplifying our lives through

The brain is simply trying to make sense of

when I was sixteen, and got my first tattoo five

the things that we learn over the

complex surroundings, but simplifying other

years ago. Whenever I pull up to my parents’

course of a lifetime. Perception

humans with equally complex minds can’t be

house, I make sure my tattoos are covered and

is a perfect example of this process of

done without error.

take out any piercings, unless I’m in the mood

simplification. We are exposed to stimuli, and

  “Adornment” is a word that describes the way

for a lecture. Ironically, growing up in such a

a reaction occurs. This reaction is influenced

we choose to alter our physical appearance. This

strict household has probably made me more

by a multitude of factors: genetics, upbringing,

can be done through makeup, clothing, hairstyle,

rebellious, but I think it has also given me an

mood, personality, and experience. Our brain

body modifications, and anything else that

acute awareness of the way other people may

then uses this initial exposure and reaction

changes the way we look. Wanting to change

perceive my appearance.

process as a “shortcut” the next time we are

the way we look is natural, but some of us desire

  In high school, my Spanish teacher, Todd

met with a similar object or situation. This is

more than just a quick change of clothing.

Martinez, used to play old-school punk in the

how stereotypes are formed.

  I remember when I started stretching my

classroom, educated us about Ian Mackaye,

  We sometimes use flawed logic in our

ear lobes in middle school; my mother hated

and was rumored to have tattoos. Not exactly

judgments of others, categorizing individuals

it, and called me a “barbarian.” I pierced my

your typical teacher, but that’s why we thought


Amorphous: \əә-ˈmȯr-fəәs\ adjective 1 a : having no definite form : shapeless b : being without definite character or nature : unclassifiable c : lacking organization or unity

he was cool. Currently, he and his wife teach in

metaphorical gold medal earned through

concerning “the extended ethnography of

China and travel frequently. When asked about

playful competitions among friends, and

the contemporary tattoo subculture.” He

the social and professional effects of tattoos,

homage to inspirational women in her life.

approaches tattoos from the mindset of a

he stated, “I never felt discriminated against

Regarding her piercings, she elaborates,

collector; the shapes and colors on his body

or treated differently because of my tattoos.

“Piercings are more aesthetic to me, and they

don’t have to mean something. Strohecker

Teaching internationally is more laid back. In

are useless, yes, but Oscar Wilde said ‘It is

analyzes motives for tattooing, as well as

the hot months, I roll up my shirtsleeves and

okay to create something useless as long as

the evolution of tattooing, from traditions

everyone is cool with it. Initially I got some

you admire it intensely.’ So I do admire them,

of indigenous cultures to a form of western

long stares from my Korean and Japanese

which is why I have them. I get a lot of ‘you

consumption. People can “manage their self-

students, but by that time, they knew that I

are so beautiful without your piercings’, this

identity vis-à-vis their body markings,” which

was not Yakuza.* I’ve worked for principals

may be true, but I just don’t care.”

also relates the “groups” they aspire to be

from Australia and New Zealand who were

  I met Casey Black in Dallas, when I worked

a part of. According to Dave, people may

both like, ‘Dude, nice tats!’”

at Buffalo Exchange. She has twelve tattoos,

also achieve psychological benefits through

 Alayne Ballantine is an undergraduate

and her boyfriend has...quite a few more.

tattoos, including “coping, mastery, self-

student at the University of North Texas,

Dave Strohecker has a Bachelor of Arts in

efficacy, and self construction.” 7

currently studying English Literature. She

Sociology from Texas A&M and a Masters

has six tattoos that range in meanings from

degree from the University of Maryland,

a “representation of her inner spirit,” to a

College Park, and has published articles

*The Yakuza is Japan’s equivalent of the American mafia, in regards to organized crime. The Yakuza are known for their elaborate tattoos, which can cover the majority of the body, and are used to distinguish members from non-members.


S A Soft Punch Photography Ashley Gongora Styling Aarica Jefferson




Hair and Make up Nida Muhammedi | Models Saima Khan and Alayne Ballantine


Photography Kevin Chung and Nicolette Mollet Styling Michelle Evans

White Hell Sent Top, Devils Cut Kilt and White Leather Pants from SMITH II | Left: Black Sheer Sleeve Bamboo Shine Knit Tee from SMITH II


Lilith Black Devils Drop Crotch Stretch Leather Trouser Pant from SMITH II


Devils Cut Kilt and White Leather Pants from SMITH II | Right: Lilith White Devils Drop Crotch Stretch Leather Trouser Pant from SMITH II and necklace from Jewelry-Heir


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Growing Up Girls Jenn Rogien and her Coming-of-Age Costuming Written by Faith Kindervag Photography Courtesy of HBO

Hannah and Adam’s Matching Union Suits: Photo by Jojo Whilden/HBO We did a ton of research and I ended up making the dress, because obviously plastic dresses aren’t at every department store in town. It was important that it was a silhouette that Marnie would gravitate towards, since the material was going to be such a strange thing for her. It’s yet another fantastic example of her trying so very hard to make an impression and she really goes for it...and completely overshoots.


t a dingy nightclub somewhere in New York, Hannah Horvath is

hindsight is, of course, 20/20, and it took me a while to figure out

dancing wildly with a stranger. Her partner yells over the music,

that this is what I wanted to be doing, even though I did kind of

“Do you want to trade shirts?” Without hesitation, Hannah pulls

know it all along.”

her crop top over her head, revealing she has been spending

  Rogien grew up in the theatre world, which meant spending

the night sans bra, and puts on the stranger’s shirt: a yellow tank

lots of time in the costume shop. As an undergrad at Yale

top made entirely of see-through mesh. As Hannah continues

University, she assumed almost every possible role in the theatre

to dance the night away, breasts in full view, it’s clear that Jenn

department. However, costuming didn’t seem like a reasonable

Rogien has just created an iconic moment in television costuming

goal. “I didn’t think of it as a career for myself until I worked with


a professional designer who was guest designing a show for my

  The television show in question is HBO’s hit comedy, Girls. The

undergrad theatre company. It occurred to me that he was doing

winner of two Golden Globes, this witty series has received critical

what I considered to be such a fun thing every his job.”

acclaim for its realistic depiction of 20-somethings learning how to

  Still, Rogien says, it didn’t “connect” that she could actually

be adults in New York City. Girls doesn’t gloss over the realities

embrace costuming as a career. So instead, she took a position at

of life in its plotlines, nor does it idealize the fashions of its four

Saks Fifth Avenue, working in the menswear buying department.

main characters, including the character of Hannah, portrayed by

But the corporate environment wasn’t a good fit, and she found

writer/creator/Twitter icon Lena Dunham. The clothes are often ill-

herself working in theatre after hours. “It became apparent that

fitting, overly trendy, and generally just huge mistakes—standard

[costume design] is actually a profession, and a career, and an

for the sartorial experiments of urbanites in their 20s. So who is

art, and a path. So I went back to school at Parsons for a year to

the woman behind the clothes? Costume designer Jenn Rogien.

sort of ease the transition between the two worlds.” Rogien then

  Recently nominated for a Costume Designers Guild Award,

began assisting film director Steve Shainberg, eventually working

Rogien’s talent for costuming is obvious—but it wasn’t always

in the costume departments for films such as Julie Taymor’s

clear to her. “Looking back, I probably should have always known

Across the Universe, Disney’s Enchanted, and the Tina Fey

that this is what I wanted to be,” Rogien says over the phone. “But

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Marnie’s Plastic Dress Photo by Jessica Miglio/HBO We did a ton of research and I ended up making the dress, because obviously plastic dresses aren’t at every department store in town. It was really important that it was a silhouette that Marnie would gravitate towards, since the material was going to be such a strange thing for her. It’s yet another fantastic example of her trying so very hard to make an impression and she really goes for it...and completely overshoots. Allison was such a sport about wearing sheets of plastic on potentially the hottest shooting day we had last summer.


Jessa’s Feather Dress Photo by Jojo Whilden/HBO The dress was actually a dress that I remade based on a 1930’s dress that Jemima owns. It’s actually a vest and a dress. The fact that the two pieces were separable was really helpful for camera purposes because, as might have translated on camera, the feathers could be very distracting and there are a couple of moments in the script where to have gigantic feathers was not necessarily the optimal way to play the emotion of the scene, so it was a happy accident that the two pieces were separable.

Transitioning into television, Rogien began working with costume

intentionally unflattering, the other things around it are still intentional, so

designer Daniel Lawson on Lipstick Jungle. “I had an amazing mentor in the

that it all makes sense as a TV reality.”

costume designer Dan Lawson, who is currently on The Good Wife among

  While continuing her work on Girls, Rogien is facing entirely new

a million other fantastic projects,” says Rogien. “Working for him definitely

challenges designing for the new Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

helped me develop my eye and aesthetic. Even the logistical processes that

The show is set in a women’s federal prison, and focuses one woman’s

I go through as a designer are very much things that I learned while working

experience in particular. Rogien describes it as “all about prison and inmates’

with Dan.” Rogien worked with Lawson on NBC’s KINGS, HBO’s Bored to

back stories, and sort of the gritty realism of the world that they come from.”

Death, and CBS’ The Good Wife.

The aesthetic is about as far away from Girls as one can get, and Rogien is

  Then came Girls—and the infamous mesh top.

very much up for the challenge, even though it can be draining.

  So notable is the look, that when I mention that I want to discuss a few of

  “There’s a big misconception that [costume design] is very glamorous,

Girls’ iconic fashion moments, Rogien laughs. We both know what’s coming.

and I can definitely state that it is quite the opposite, having eaten my lunch

  “Well, it was as awkward as it was intended to be,” says Rogien. “It’s

while walking down a sidewalk today, and then eaten dinner while driving

funny because when we were developing the look, it didn’t have as much

my car,” says Rogien, laughing. “And I’m still at work and we’re not done.

impact when you knew the background going into it, I think, as it did the first

We are hours away from being done.”

time it appeared on screen. And that’s a great payoff.”

  So what is Rogien’s advice for budding costume designers? “The best

  Awkward is, in fact, the key to Girls’ costuming success. “We spend a

thing that you can do is have a foundation, a solid foundation, including

lot of time making our characters intentionally look awkward—having

sewing and experience with fabrics and art history.” She emphasizes her

things fit in a way that’s not necessarily perfect. That is, in my experience,

next point. “Try it out if you can. My husband jokes that costume designers

“We spend a lot of time making our characters intentionally look awkward—having things fit in a way that’s not necessarily perfect. That is, in my experience, uncommon for television.” uncommon for television.” Uncommon is putting it lightly. Coming off of a

are pack mules, because all you do is schlup things around all day. You’re

litany of Sex and the City-inspired television shows, with costumes that

constantly trying to achieve the look and get the design right and tell the

focused on designer names and unreachable perfection, Girls is a breath

story and convey character, but you’re also just lugging stuff around the

of fresh air. Watching Ms. Dunham stomp down the streets of Brooklyn in a

city all day, every day. So if there is a possibility that someone can test

too-tight romper and clunky clogs feels much more reminiscent of real life

drive it, whether it’s at their local theater, or for a commercial shoot, or an

than what Rogien refers to as “TV reality.”

independent film—any way that you can—definitely try it out.”

  However, portraying fashion mishaps isn’t easy. The outfits need to be

  As far as Girls is concerned, Rogien is currently working on season three

realistic without being parodies. “That’s one of the great, fun challenges

and enjoying the process. “I’m incredibly lucky that Lena and Jenny and

of the show,” says Rogien, “having it come across on screen that the fit is

the whole writers’ office write wardrobe jokes. And the actors will pick up on

awkward on purpose, and that things are composed in such a way that you

goofy things we’ve done with the costumes in the fitting room, and it will pop

believe in a character, but you’re not just distracted by everyone looking

up in dialogue even when it wasn’t scripted. So I’m really, really lucky to be

terrible all the time.” There’s much to be considered in dressing each scene,

on a show that embraces costumes so much.”

even when perfection isn’t the end goal. “That’s one of the challenges that

  Indeed, the costumes of Girls are so woven into the psyches of each

I embrace every single day. Every single time I pull a look, every single

character, it is unsurprising that Rogien has come to truly love costuming

time I pull an episode, I look at these five characters...are they in a scene

each one. When I ask her which character is her favorite to dress, there is a

together? Do they coordinate color-wise? Are we supporting the emotion of

very serious pause. Finally she replies with an exasperated, yet happy sigh.

the scene? that when the fit is intentionally awkward, or the colors are

  “Oh my God,” she says, “that’s like picking a favorite child.” 7


Swimsuit from Macy’s at Vista Ridge Mall


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Shirt and necklace from Dillard’s at Vista Ridge Mall


Skirt and earrings from Macy’s at Vista Ridge Mall, Necklace from Dillard’s at Vista Ridge Mall


Top, pants, necklace, earrings and bracelets from Dillard’s at Vista Ridge Mall, Shoes from Macy’s at Vista Ridge Mall | Hair and Make up Faye Morris | Model Kseniya Bardisbush



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Method Seven Magazine: Issue No. 3 The Daring Issue  

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