Interview: Caesy Oney of Draught Dry Goods

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Back when I had zero jobs, I looked up to guys who had multiple jobs. Guys who did things they didn’t have to do because they wanted to take things a step further. First it was BMXers like Brian Castillo who worked a design job and rode bikes for fun, even though he rode at a pro level and got paid for it. In ’97 I found Dyrdek fascinating because he was so into investing, music and entrepreneurship outside of skateboarding. Then it was rappers who also sold drugs, then James Franco acting in multiple movies while writing, making art and going to school full time; then Alexander Wang Creative Directing Balenciaga while running his own brand.

Caesy Oney is one such busy person. He’s got a dream job at Nike and owns his own brands, Draught Dry Goods and Odd Fellow Company. Through hard work and relentless curiosity, he’s put himself in a position of freedom to create as he pleases without compromise, surrounding himself with the people and things that make him happy.

I asked him what compelled him into this position, and he said “It’s important for me to be always working from an uncomfortable place creatively, and to hold myself to high standards. Complacent designers are boring and lazy.”

Below are a lot more questions and answers with Caesy, and photos of the beautiful products he creates.

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Helmut Newton – Frames From The Edge

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An hour and a half documentary with the man himself.

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On My Desktop

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Time for another post with a bunch of random stuff I’ve saved to my desktop. It’s been a while since the last one, so there’s a lot of stuff in here!

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On My Desktop

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My desktop is a mess and it’s time for another dump of images. Keep reading to check out all the random stuff I’ve saved over the past month or so.

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On My Desktop

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Desktop dump time… Lots of random stuff I’ve collected on the internet over the past month or so.

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Wild is the Wind

Wild in the Wind is a new project I worked on with Chad Moore for Dazed and Confused. Chad shot the photos that are featured as an editorial in the October issue of Dazed and I shot a film to go along with the article.

Super happy with how the whole project turned out and it was great to work with Chad! We’ve been friends for ages (I actually met him at Woodward when he was a camper and I was working there almost 10 years ago). Keep reading to see the film and the rest of the photos and check out the whole thing on the Dazed site.

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Lindberg for Lindebergh

One of my favorite photographers, Peter Lindberg, who I’ve posted about before shot the most recent campaign for the clothing brand J.Lindeberg. I’ve never really been into J.Lindeberg, but these images look great and I pretty much love everything Peter Lindberg does. It also looks like they are going to be creating a book from the campaign, which is very cool… You can check out some of the image on this site as well as possibly one of the all time shakiest behind the scenes videos from the shoot of all time. Not sure how you can make something that shaky, but it’s fun to see Peter Lindberg in action and you can catch a glimpse of him with a Panasonic GF1 around his neck.

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Erwin Blumenfeld

Erwin Blumenfeld. One of the greatest fashion photographers to hold a camera.

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Peter Lindbergh

I get a little OCD when it comes to organizing my inspiration folders and all the random images that end up on my desktop. I have all sorts of categorized folders that I file everything into and one of the folders that gets pretty crazy is my “photographers” folder. Rather than just keeping them on my computer, I thought I’d start uploading some of them. These posts won’t be much different than a standard post on a photographer, but the photographers who I have a lot of images from are usually the bigger, more established guys.

This post is a collection of images from one of my all time favorites, Peter Lindbergh. I’ve always been so drawn to his more photo-journalist perspective and I love how he shows elements of the set in his photos, like lights, stands, backdrops, etc. Not only am I drawn to the style of his photos, but the impact he has had on fashion, being credited as one of the photographers to really blow up the whole “supermodel” thing in the 90’s.

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Jeff Burton

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on a photographer, but I’m back at it, kicking it off with photographer Jeff Burton, who is known for his fashion work, along with his back-stage porn photos.

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Chadwick Tyler

Tampa born, New York based photographer, Chadwick Tyler has some great photos in the new issue of Dazed and Confused. While I was searching around to find a digital version of these photos, I came across a very captivating video Chadwick filmed with 16 year old singer Misty Miller. The video isn’t embedable, but you should check it out here. Anyway… I’m really digging the retouching and textures in these photos… Keep reading to check them out and you can see more of Chadwick Tylers work on his site.

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Jason Last

Check out some dark videos and short films from Jason Last. Credited as a Creative Consultant on Kanye’s film Runaway, Jason Last has a bunch of interesting fashion based shorts with great cinematography as well as post production.

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Hugh Lippe

So… 6 days with out any posts. That could be a new record for Defgrip. I guess that’s what a week in Las Vegas will do to you… To kick things back off, check out some photography from Texas born photographer Hugh Lippe. Along with a well edited portfolio of fashion and lifestyle work, Hugh has a really fun sketchbook section of his site that you should definitely check out.

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Marc Atlan

Besides having a semi-frustrating flash site, I had a great time browsing through designer, Marc Atlan’s new website. Filled with a bunch of new work, as well as plenty of great archived content. I love the simplicity of Atlan’s work and I’m always inspired when I see his stuff… Especially what he’s done for Helmut Lang and Comme des Garcons.

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Chanel “Remember Now”

Remember Now is a short film directed by Karl Lagerfeld to promote the new Chanel Cruise line. The story line – an old rich guy hanging out with a bunch of young models dancing around a partying all nigh… The substance of the film may be very light, but it’s beautifully shot and after watching this who wont want to be in Saint Tropez, living the ultimate luxury lifestyle with beautiful women wearing fabulous clothes… Well… I guess that scenario sounds appealing before you even watch the film. None the less, you should definitely check this out. Beautiful girls, great cinematography, and a cameo with Karl Lagerfeld dressed in an all white suit!

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