Our Favorite Influencers Tell Us What It Means to Be an Original

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Russell Crowe

Actor/Film Producer/Musician

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“An Original” Means…

The important thing to me is that I’m not driven by people’s praise and I’m not slowed down by people’s criticism. I’m just trying to work at the highest level I can.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Crowe

RUSSELL WEARS: Polo Shirt

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Erica Feldenkreis

Brand Product Manager

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“An Original” Means…

Being an original means dancing through life when everyone else is walking.

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ERICA WEARS: Knit Top

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COLE SALEWICZ

Lead Singer

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“An Original” Means…

As far as I can make out, originality is a void concept: all art is derivative, all 7 stories have been told and retold, every angle has been covered, and yet creativity continues to evolve infinitely across all platforms. I have long subscribed to revered indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s message: it doesn’t matter where you take things from, it’s where you take them to. Being original comes from your inner being and staying in touch with yourself. In an age when broadcasting your every thought and movement is the norm, people are susceptible to and easily influenced by what they read and see. But I wonder if they are thinking for themselves? Distractions distort identities all too easily. I try and nurture my inner being, inner child, inner thoughts; for me, that is the source of my originality. But don’t let everyone in on the secret…

http://soundcloud.com/the-savage-nomads

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Josh Johnson

Buyer/Blogger

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“An Original” Means…

Growing up in a small city in the Midwest I didn’t really understand what being an original meant at first. All I knew was that it made me stand out from the crowd, and that scared me. Now I understand that it’s a way to leave my mark on every person and place I interact with, and for that I’m thankful to be an original.

thekentuckygent.com

JOSH WEARS: The Briscoe Sunglasses

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Arnold Palmer

Pro-Golfer

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“An Original” Means…

Concentration, confidence, competitive urge, capacity for enjoyment.

golfdigest.com

ARNOLD WEARS: Polo Shirt

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Michael Yo

Comedian/TV Personality

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“An Original” Means…

When people say you can’t, you do! That’s what it means to be an original.

michaelyo.com

MICHAEL WEARS: Long Sleeve Plaid Shirt

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Simplistic Man

Blogger

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“An Original” Means…

Going through life without any hesitation. Being bold and audacious with every decision that may be hurled your way. An original is someone who stays true to themselves no matter what.

simplisticman.com

ANTHONY WEARS: Swim Ratner JacketLong Sleeve Color Blocked Oxford ShirtP55 Chino

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Lee Dagger

DJ/Songwriter/Producer

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We all have a purpose in life and we all have a dream. Mine is to bring good people together through our love of music. Keeping it original in my own unique way is what my life, my love, and my music are all about.

bimbojones.com

leedagger.com

LEE WEARS: The Earl Polo 2.0

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Justin Livingston

Blogger

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“An Original” Means…

Always being yourself. Don’t let outside influences taint the beautiful potential within. Our differences are what make us unique - instead of altering to fit the mold, enhance them to stand out. You’ll be surprised how amazing ‘different’ feels.

scoutsixteen.com

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Plump DJs

DJs/Innovators

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“An Original” Means…

We have always challenged our discoveries, and questioned what everyone else simply accepts. Originality is allowed to flow naturally from our unique interpretation of the results. You just have to keep changing the game, raising the bar and push the boundaries. Ask questions of yourself and the world around you, as that’s what makes us all human. It is natural to us all, you just have to let your self be original.

plumpdjs.co.uk

LEE WEARS: Cubbie Shaw Cardigan, Tapered Fit Jeans

ANDY WEARS: Hooded Ratner Jacket, Distressed Logo Tee, Slim Fit Jeans

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Brandon Win

Actor/Blogger

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“An Original” Means…

…knowing who you are and staying true to it. Originality derives from personal experiences, and the emotions encapsulated within. Unexposed feelings are transcribed from the heart, ideas are translated from the mind, and through the limitless forms of expression, originality is created. An ‘original’ always evolves from their experiences, but never conforms to the world. They transform their way of thinking without compromising their identity.

SeamedRight.com

BRANDON WEARS: Spencer Watch

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Renzo

Musician/Dancer

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“An Original” Means…

To me, being original is following your own instinct and not just any trend.

RenzoWorld.com

RENZO WEARS: Lambswool Cardigan With Contrast Edge

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Carson Kelley

Model/Musician

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“An Original” Means…

To be an original is to be someone that no one else can be; it’s what we’re built for. We have our own unique set of fingerprints; we are born to be different from each other; we are born to be original. So use two many semicolons in one sentence; use the wrong form of “too” if you feel like it; question who made the rules in the first place; use three semicolons; make someone stop you. Make someone think twice. Make someone count to four. Be an original.

facebook.com/STRNGRS

CARSON WEARS: Long Sleeve Stripe Shirt / Tie / P55 Slim Fit Chino

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Megan Collins

Writer/Stylist/Blogger

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“An Original” Means…

Zagging left when everyone else zigs right - not because you’re yearning to be different, but because you never even dreamed of zigging right in the first place. New trails blazed by accident, not on purpose. A new direction, a new idea, a new form of action - all a result of simply doing what he or she loves.

stylegirlfriend.com

MEGAN WEARS: Ponte Sheath DressLong Sleeve Polka Dot Woven ShirtVarsity Jacket

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Ricky Bennick

Stylist/Model

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“An Original” Means…

I believe every individual is born original. Originality is there already, coursing through your veins, beating with every pump of your heart for as long as you’re alive. So I think being an original is about recognizing that you already are one and deciding for yourself what shape you want the world to take. The better we know ourselves, the more likely we are to leave a mark on the world, but an original has to have the courage to let that knowledge shine through in everything that he does.

RICKY WEARS: Short Sleeve All-Over Penguin PoloWebbed BeltP55 Chinos

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