The man behind one of the most iconic streetwear brands in the world, Jeff Ng uncovered his passion for graphic design while working as an entry-level data clerk at a New York City design firm as an undergrad. Ng, who was studying journalism at NYU at the time, dropped out a short time later and in the fall of 1995 enrolled in the Communications Design program at the Parsons School of Design.
Juggling his studies, an internship at the pioneer streetwear company PNB Nation, and a part-time position at c.i.t.e. design, Ng worked to build his own brand during his downtime. To produce his first line of t-shirts, Ng sneaked into the school’s print studio after hours to silk-screen the tees by hand and after many failed attempts, released what became the first Staple collection. In the spring of 1997, the legendary SoHo boutique Triple Five Soul placed an order for twelve Staple tees and Ng’s business was born.
Jack Antonoff (Fun.) invented a time machine. And although it may not be a DeLorean, it’s in the shape of the Bleachers debut album. This playlist may have the upbeat, nostalgic tunes of the past, but there is no simplicity in the lyrics. A story is told from start to finish of the rises and falls of love and life, ending with the painful need to move on. Antonoff exhibits his wide vocal range and entices you to sing along with repetitive phrases and powerful unison melodies.
Let’s be real for a moment.
I grew up in a rural farming community in the Midwest. As someone who has traveled often and moved my entire life to basically the opposite lifestyle to LA, I’ve learned this background carries a stigma, or stereotype, if you will.
I’m not saying it’s all terrible. I am well-mannered, handy, able to put down a few beers, and can appropriately and all too often use the word “fuck.” And with all the positives, of course there are always negatives. Or else the pull would be off, right?