DOMINIC CIAMBRONE the shoe surgeon
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As the rain in Los Angeles continues to fall, a new creation emerges in the form of issue 038. Along with the downpour of rain has come a flood of love and support for our publication. We receive emails all day long but one really stood out to us. The email read “I absolutely love NUDE. Mag and the platform it provides for us creatives. It is a place I can come to discover new artists, grab inspiration and just appreciate others art.” This type of admiration is what keeps us striving to showcase talented and creative individuals all around the world. If you haven’t heard us say it before, we’ll say it again...thank you.
Raylene Pereyra Editor In Chief
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NUDE. is a platform to highlight the creativity and artistry of individuals - musicians included. We have created the outlet to showcase your talent that of which cannot be experienced via paper. With each magazine release, there is a carefully selected playlist curated for the issue that is listed. Submit your music now for a chance to be in a future issue.
Moskito - Shiba San Lust - SAINt JHN reelitinn - j.robb Partout - Lunice you should see me in a crown - Billie Eilish i donâ€™t wanna - Luxage On Your Mind - Kaskade Attracting Flies (Baauer Remix) - Aluna George In My Arms - Lane 8 After Hours - Smigonaut
Relish In What You Cherish Cherish is a verb. It’s less about the object of adoration and more about the act of cherishing itself. Whether it’s a small trinket, a place from your childhood, a loving partner, or even that warm feeling you get when you hear your favorite song. To cherish something is to have a meaningful connection with it. Not only does it have a special place in your heart but it adds color to your life. Others may appreciate the same things as you, but how and why they are precious to you is special and distinct. You bestow value upon the things you hold near and dear, making them both unequivocally timeless and priceless.
How do you cherish something? Let’s be real here, we don’t go walking around, thinking to ourselves, “Oh, I like this! I’m gonna start cherishing it!” At times it’s difficult to explain why you cherish something so deeply because it manifests as a gut feeling that often cannot be translated through words. It happens on the subconscious level where a metaphysical connection is forged and nestled between heartwarming memories. As you grow, that irreplaceable bond continues to evolve and symbolize all the good that’s out there in the world.
A foolproof remedy to a bad day is reminding yourself of what’s important to you. From time to time, we forget about what we cherish. Life gets busy and we start to lose sight of what brings joy into our lives. But all it takes is one tiny little spark to open the floodgates, release the ocean of memories, and revive that deep-seated connection. Appreciating what holds value in your life not only honors the recipients of your affection but also reciprocates into self-love. The memories and emotions attached to what you most treasure are an integral part of who you are. Allowing yourself to relish in what you cherish is a way to cherish yourself in all your unadulterated glory.
bare thoughts Written by Julia Eunji Choi @chuliajoi
e ap ltast e d a t e Third time's a charm! We love our friends at Plate Date so much that we had to collaborate with them again and we're excited to have more of their amazing recipes to add to our kitchen repertoire. For this issue, we have some chocolate deliciousness and a tasty cocktail to prepare for your friends, your valentine or even just yourself because letâ€™s face it, you deserve it! Point your camera at the code below to follow along with everyoneâ€™s favorite duo Ruby and Becky.
Photographer | Silas Forest Hosts | Ruby & Becky
Pink Almond Joys (Yields about 16 candies)
Ingredients: 1 Cup Fresh Raspberries 1 Tbsp Sugar or Coconut Sugar 5oz Sweetened Condensed Milk 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract 1/4 Tsp Salt 1 Cup Powdered Sugar 14 oz (1 bag) Sweetened Shredded Coconut 1 1/2 Cups Candy Chocolate Chips 1/2 Cup Whole Roasted Almonds
In a medium sauce pan, heat the raspberries and sugar on medium heat. Smash the raspberries with a fork and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and set aside. In a large bowl, mix condensed milk, vanilla and salt. Slowly sift in the powdered sugar to avoid any lumps. Stir mixture until sugar is well incorporated and mixture looks wet. Add the shredded coconut and mix thoroughly. Fold in the raspberry syrup and mix to desired color (we like it marbled). Save the remainder of the syrup for your cocktails! Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Spread out the coconut mixture into a rectangular shape about a 1/2 inch thick using another piece of parchment paper on top. You can do this with your hands or with the side of a cup. Put the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for an hour. Once the mixture is chilled, spray a knife with nonstick spray and cut the coconut filling into candy bar size squares. Melt the candy chocolate in the microwave for 30 second increments until completely melted and smooth. You can find this chocolate at most craft stores. Form each square into a fun sized candy bar shape and place an almond on top. Using two forks, roll the coconut square in the chocolate and place on a piece of parchment paper. Move rather quickly so the coconut filling doesn't melt. If the mixture begins to get too soft, pop it back into the fridge for a few minutes. Decorate with sprinkles of your choice. The chocolate will harden within a few mixtures and they are ready to eat!
It's Cocktail Time!
Rasberry Rosé Spritzer (Makes one cocktail)
1 Tbsp Rasberry Syrup 1 Cup Crushed Ice 1 Bottle Brut Rosé Fill a tall glass with crushed ice. Pour in 1 Tbsp Raspberry Syrup. Add Rosé until ice is covered. Mix and enjoy!
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Photographer | Nick Higham M o d e l | Ta y l o r J a d e
Photographer | Sean Martin
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Photographer | Silas Forest
Ta l e n t | S h a u n R o s s w i t h N E X T L A Stylist | Makenzie McBride
You’re an internationally known model, you’ve given a TED talk, you’ve appeared on numerous tv shows as well as a short film. What are you looking to cross off the list next? SR: I honestly don’t know sometimes. It feels as if I’m continuously going with the flow of life and figuring out what it has to offer. I know that within the next few years I would love to start a company of my own and dip into other companies as well.
Throughout most of your career, you’ve been mostly seen and not heard. What inspired you to transition into music? SR: I’ve always had a love for music, but never knew it was in my wheelhouse to create it. I used to be very insecure when it came to my voice, along with the idea of what the world expected of me. Nonetheless, I threw away the fear that was holding me back and went after it.
You recently released a new song ”Chrysalis”, what does the title mean to you? SR: Chrysalis was written and produced by Rush Davis, Brook D”Leau and Om’Mas Keith. It first started out as an idea of mine that was built upon by Rush. Chrysalis means to shed and be born into who you
were meant to be. Just like a butterfly must
Do you have any advice for up-and-coming
shed its skin before spreading its wings.
models? SR: Don’t focus on followers or numbers because we never needed that shit coming up. Focus on your craft and fuck the haters.
What kind of message are you trying to portray to the listener with your music? SR: My message is always aimed towards the most vulnerable parts of myself including my sexuality, my journey through life and past issues I’ve overcome. I want the listener to feel as if they’re living through me.
What are three things you cherish most in your life? SR: My family, my future and those who’ve loved me before/after.
You’re only 27 and you’ve accomplished so much, what would you say you’re most proud of? SR: I’m mostly proud of opening the doors for many figures in the industry. I remember when I was younger, the conversation used to be “If there was more to follow in my career.” Now we can see that there clearly was.
What does modeling do for you mentally? Does standing in front of a camera come easily to you? SR: Modeling didn’t come easy to me. This is why I chose to start a new way to challenge myself — music. It was and still is great, for I am beyond blessed and thankful but I must say it’s a bit of a fad now. I just want to move on and leave modeling for the young ones.
Model. Musician. Designer.
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sound evolved since your last album? G: I think the easiest way to phrase it without completely discrediting my old music because I love a lot of that stuff too is to say that this feels honest. I took the time with the words and sounds I presented to ensure that I wholeheartedly meant everything and I'm proud of that. Tell us a little bit about the creative process that goes into making an album. G: This project was an emotional journey for me. The oldest song on it "wait", was made in London two years ago. Soon after coming home to LA, I started seeking the mental health help I needed; got a therapist, started meditating daily and taking care of myself first (to put myself in a position to help other people). Making “we” gave me the time to do that properly and somewhere to document the journey, like a music journal. I’m thankful, although I'm not completely where I want to be yet, the album provides me with a standard I can hold myself to. I can't say "I'm proud of who I am" (during “dear insecurity”) on stage every night without really meaning it, because I am now. The cover art for the album displays various types of flowers, how do they symbolize the record? G: Each song has a flower! For example, “dear insecurity” has a dog rose because it's beautiful but a tough subject to approach. “Imagine if" is a dandelion because the song is making a wish. "Feel better" has a sunflower because who doesn't feel better when they see a sunflower? The song "p.s." at the end explains the garden in a lyrical way. By saying "I planted you a garden for your flowers to grow", I mean the album and songs in it are the seeds I'm sharing and everyone who listens can grow their own garden from there.
You just released your new album “we”, how has your
Photographer | Drew Castaneda
"My favorite part of touring is meeting amazing, loving and beautiful people every night. I love bringing people together to join the experience of sharing a song."
You’re about to go on a month long tour, what are the best and worst parts of touring? G: My favorite part of touring is meeting amazing, loving and beautiful people every night. I love bringing people together to join the experience of sharing a song. It feels amazing. In life I want to help people and a show is a great place to do that. The worst part is probably the lack of routine. It's hard to stay consistent with anything when on the road because the setting is always changing and that's not super helpful to my mental health journey. I say in my song, "I drink my coffee in the morning, I brush my teeth before bed". Finding little ways to stay on track are necessary (haha).
How do you manage to take care of yourself physically/mentally while on tour? G: Hey, this stems from the last one nicely. It's the little things! I like taking a nice walk, showering as consistently as possible and meditating daily. There are just things I need to do for myself to recharge my love battery so that I can provide the best energy other people require when at my show. What would you like to tell your fans as they follow you through your artistic evolution? G: I’d like to say get ready for a ride. My music is a rollercoaster of emotions, even for me, but by the end of each project (especially “we”), I’d like to think we’ll feel better, together. What are three things you cherish most in your life? G: Love, trust and gratitude.
Photographer & Stylist | Dylan Perlot Model | Destene Marie at Freedom Models Makeup & Hair | Aryanna E Martin Set Design | Rachel Rosen
D omin ic the shoe surgeon c ia mb r on e Photographer | Drew Castaneda Stylist | Katie Qian
V i s u a l s | J o n a Te j a d a
In a time when YouTube wasn’t around to
making sure everything is perfect. My team and I
watch tutorials, how did you learn to create
are very excited to bring this new line to life and
shoes from scratch? How long did it take to
disrupt the industry with what we are working on.
hone your skill? DC: It’s taken me over 15 years to learn how to
Tell us about the class you teach to individuals
make and reconstruct shoes. My journey began
on how to make custom sneakers.
by doing an apprenticeship with Daryl Fazio for a
DC: I founded Shoe Surgeon Shoe School in 2016
couple of years, who specializes in shoe repair. I
because I’m passionate about sharing the craft of
also took a week long course in Oregon for
shoemaking and I want to give people the guidance
traditional dress shoes. At the time, I couldn’t find
that I didn’t have when I first started. The Shoe
anyone that was making sneakers from scratch,
School gives students the opportunity to learn from
so I had to work hard to find the knowledge
my team and I on how to fully deconstruct and
myself. I pieced together everything I’d learned
reconstruct a sneaker in four day period. What we
from previous experiences and started making
have built is so much more than a school. This is
sneakers by hand.
truly about the experience we provide.
What is it about shoes specifically that has
We’ve hosted our classes all over the country and
motivated you to keep practicing your craft for
internationally. Our students make lifelong friends
and get the opportunity to network with other
DC: No one gave me the answers, I thought the
creatives. This year we will be teaching in Los
craft didn't really exist. The fact that it was so
Angeles, New York and Paris as well as introducing
challenging is what attracted me to it.
silhouettes that have never been taught before.
You’re known for reconstructing already
The market for sneakers is highly competitive,
existing sneakers. Would you ever consider
do you watch what the competition is doing or
making your own shoe line to sell to the
avoid looking altogether?
DC: I don’t believe in competition. I am hyper-
DC: For the past eight years I’ve been working on
focused on my own craft and building my business
developing original sneakers as well as working
so I don’t worry about what other people are doing.
on my own line that will be introduced to the public
In the industry there is enough room for everyone as
this year. High-end sneakers and boots, for men
long as you are authentic and dedicated to your art.
and women. Starting this journey has been an eye
My goal is to always lead and not ever worry about
opening experience and I’m putting my all into
anyone or anything else.
"The most rewarding aspect to my craft is the ability to grow a platform where I can connect with people on a larger level. What I've created isn't just about shoes, it’s about changing lives."
What would you say is the most rewarding aspect about your craft? DC: The most rewarding aspect to my craft is the ability to grow a platform where I can connect with people on a larger level. What I've created isn't just about shoes, it’s about changing lives. What are three things you cherish most in your life? DC: Number 1 - My family. My wife was someone who always helped me with the business and the chaos I created. My son, Emil and daughter, Celine help keep me grounded -everything I do is for them. Number 2 - The ability to create. I cherish that I can use my creativity to do something I love every day. Number 3 - Soccer, when I play it's the only time I’m truly free from everything. It's like a true escape.
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Photographer | Sean Martin Stylist | Andro Jonas Makeup | Krisi Vaughn
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Both of your parents are performers and you
dad’s favorite artist James Taylor, which is where
grew up singing, dancing, and acting. Would
a lot of the finger-picked guitar patterns in my
you say performing is in your blood?
music comes from. Corinne Bailey Rae and Tori
KK: Absolutely, no question. My whole childhood
Kelly were my introduction to the world of
was scored by my father playing piano and
acoustic R&B. As a teenager, I was introduced to
singing in the living room, while my mother sang
the modern world of R&B, hip hop, and trap
along in harmony. I grew up backstage at the
music. Atists like Kehlani, SZA, Frank Ocean,
Lunt-Fontanne Theater where my mom was in
Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino, HER,
the cast of Beauty and the Beast until I was six. I
Bryson Tiller, and Daniel Caesar have been my
was captivated by the magic of performing in any
biggest consistent inspirations for the last few
capacity since I was a tiny little toddler. I don’t
years. They all were big influences on me while
think I ever stood a chance to be as happy as I
creating my upcoming album.
am doing anything else. When you’re writing songs or singing, do you Now
inhabit a different creative mindset than when
Thundermans” you’re starting to focus on
your music. How would you describe your
KK: Absolutely. Acting requires me to inhabit
relationship with music and songwriting?
another person’s experience, whereas writing
KK: Music has always been my first love.
and singing requires me to tap deeply into myself
Working for Nickelodeon for six years was
and into my own creative voice.
incredible, but most people don’t know I spent every spare moment of those years on set in my dressing room with my guitar, turning my diary into R&B and writing two albums worth of material. Growing up, songwriting was the only way I could articulate or even understand my experience. It was always something deeply personal and special to me. Now as an adult, the added layer of sharing my work with the world in hopes that someone will relate to my lyrics and feel a little less alone makes it even more special. Songwriting is an art form I deeply respect and am so grateful I get to do professionally. I always say I’m a music fan who got lucky enough to be able to create music. I feel very lucky that my career and my greatest passion align so well. Who are your musical inspirations? KK: I have a huge variety of influences that I feel all show up in one way or another in my work. My earliest musical memories are listening to my
" I always say I’m a music fan who got lucky enough to be able to create music. I feel very lucky that my career and my greatest passion align so well." Being a woman of many talents, do you have any secret skills that not many people know about? KK: Oh gosh, I think most of them were exploited at some point or another during my Nickelodeon days. I think a lot of people are surprised that in my personal time, I actually rap almost as much as I sing. Also, I am a pretty experienced hiker. I can slide down a slippery, rocky, and perilous mountain in no time flat and have the best time doing it. You grew up in front of the camera on “The Thundermans” across nearly five years. What was one of the most important lessons you learned from that experience? KK: It would be impossible to narrow it down to just one, especially since I went from a 14-year-old child to a 20year-old woman through the show’s run. I guess the biggest and most wonderful learning experiences were probably the international trips that Nickelodeon sent me and my co-star on once a year to do press. Seeing the world like that completely changed my perspective on life in a beautiful way. What are three things you cherish most in your life? KK: My family, my friends, and music.
P h o t o g r a p h e r | Ya e m i M a t i a s Set Assistant | Mikal with SPAL
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Model | Erwan Filidori
In 2014, Drôle de Monsieur was founded; a French clothing label
First and foremost introduce yourselves and how
making waves in the fashion industry,
you guys met. Dany: Drôle de Monsieur was developed by Dany Dos Santos (28) and Maxime Schwab (32). We are both the founders/creative directors of the brand and have known each other since our youth. Both captivated by
created by two friends with no real background in the field of design. Their
how to dress, we naturally wanted to create something with our own hands and share our common vision for fashion. How would you describe the overall aesthetic of Drôle de Monsieur? Dany: Comfortable clothing with simple lines and a modern look that is attentive to detail.
motto, "Not From
What was the inspiration behind creating DDM? Dany: When we created the brand, the only thing we had in mind was to spread a message. Particularly the
Paris Madame" is seen on the clothing
message behind our slogan “Not From Paris Madame”. We wanted to tell individuals that whoever you are or wherever you come from, you can become whatever you aspire to be.
and has been since the start. Read our interview with one of the brand's creative
For us as designers, this slogan is a reference to our personal background and our interest in the law of attraction, which says humans are able to manifest anything into their lives that they choose to focus on.
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Both of us come from a small city and neither had any background in fashion. We didn’t have any connections to give us advice or a budget to build a collection. By creating our first collection based on our slogan, we wanted to attract people’s attention and help share this important message. Ultimately, we want our consumers to be proud of their city and share their style with confidence. You’re currently releasing your seventh collection due for its second drop at the beginning of February, how has the style of DDM changed over the various collections? Dany: Since the beginning, we built collections based on our main inspiration — a contemporary visual aspect with a retro aesthetic. However, the way we are building our collection now is a little different. As we get older, the nostalgia of our youthful fashion has had a bigger part in our inspiration today. Therefore, our newer collections are influenced more by our reminiscence of these times. We can feel it in the style, the fabric choice and our communication with each other. Your Instagram is flooded with throwback photos, are some of your pieces inspired by these looks? Dany: Definitely. All of those photos are based on our personal taste, so it definitely impacts the way we are designing. Those images describe simple ideas and life moments. That is all we truly want to communicate through our clothing.
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You are an actor and a model, both of which require embodying different characters. What is your creative process for transforming into these characters on set? CS: A major part of my creative process requires the understanding of where the heart of the project lies and how my character uses their six senses on a daily basis.
Instead of posting a flurry of selfies, like many other celebrities, your Instagram has been a bit of a haven for motivational quotes and social messages. What do you hope your followers take away from these particular posts? CS: We aren’t tied to what we know. We need to focus on curiosity and where that feeling can take us. We make our own rules, life is our playground.
How has your personal experience as a child of adoption shaped your philanthropy in helping and empowering youth in the foster care system? CS: I never want children to experience what I did. There are worse stories than mine and that breaks my heart. The system needs others like myself to help improve its process.
With an impressive track record on the silver screen, what has been one of your favorite moments in your acting career? CS: Playing my character “Stephen” in my new SciFi drama show FraXture.
What are three things you cherish most in your life? CS: God. My mom. My joy.
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