1.3 Miles With Clyde Bennett III - 006
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Over Winter break, I got some of the best advice I have ever gotten. I was expecting my life to go a certain way, on a certain timeline, and it wasn’t. I could not understand why things weren’t falling into place like I imagined they would. Sensing my confusion and frustration, Jarrel told me, “Don’t let someone or the world around you, convince you that your life should be on a specific timeline.” Considering our conversation was not very serious, I overlooked this advice for a while. About a week later I came back to what Rel had told me and thought about it. I immediately understood exactly what he was saying to me. It is easy for humans to look around and think that they should be in a different place than they are based upon their surroundings. It is easy for us to pressure ourselves to keep up with others. In reality, everyone’s story, journey, and life are different. Everyone’s journey to the “top” is different. Whether it’s your career progression, you and a significant other’s relationship, or your stage in life, the timeline your life embodies will vary person to person.
At a coffee shop downtown, an older man told me, “You can be the guy that tries to control exactly what happens in life or be the guy that controls what he can control and let everything else happen.” This man reminded me that at the end of the day, one can only control so much. No matter who you are, no matter how much power you have, you will still be surprised by life. The person that will be best off, is the person that controls what they can control and rides the bumps that life takes them through. I’ve learned you have to encounter speed bumps on the way to your end goal. Freaking out about things, will only prolong the recovery and learning process. I take things day-by-day with the big picture in mind. I take the punches of life but do my best to stay on my feet and prepare for the next one.
Am I a Weirdo?
Something new has happened over the past few months. I will go out to familiar places, and feel like I do not fit in. Not in a bad way, but I feel like I am the odd man out, like I almost don’t belong. I attribute some of this to hanging around older people (my co-workers at Madison are 25 or older). The stuff that used to impress me, doesn’t impress me anymore, and I say that in the most modest way. Whether it’s a bar or a house party, some of these functions just don’t hit like they used to. I look around to see if anyone else feels the same way, and it looks like no one does lol. We should raise our taste levels. Reach into our pockets and go somewhere that you can wear your new white shoes without them getting trashed.
We all know a gatekeeper…or two…or ten. Gatekeepers are the people that make you feel like you’re late, and they’ve been hip forever. I hate gatekeepers, because they prevent people from pursuing new interests, passions, or spaces. For example, a 20-year-old might want to get into fashion, but a gatekeeper would tell them “You’re just copying what I’m into. I’ve been into this for years, don’t try to get on fashion now.” In reality, there is never a bad time to get into something. Whether you become interested in something early or late, pursue it. I pride myself on never being scared to learn something. I am a life-long student.
I began working at Madison about 1.5 years ago. I can genuinely say that it is an honor to work at Madison-USA. It is important for me to be a part of a growth story. I have the opportunity to see a flower blossom in front of my eyes. If I compare where we were as a store a year ago to now, the growth is insane. If I compare where we were as a store two months ago to now, the growth is still insane. We continue to grow and grow due to having a strong core, great leaders, and people that have bought in. For me, it is not a question of if Madison-USA becomes a stalwart in the fashion industry, it is a question of when. Without that simple buy-in factor, you have nothing. Lucky for us, we have everything.
Our goal has been to ensure that our customers receive an “Out of this World” shopping experience. We want our customers to leave the store planning their next trip back into the store. Our customers are a part of us, and we want them to know that. I might show my love for our customers by explaining a new brand to them, helping them style an outfit, or just having a totally non-fashion conversation with them. Our supporters/fans/customers are our family, and we listen to what our family wants - >> We will be bringing in a slew of new brands throughout 2020. These brands include the likes of Kapital, Rick Owens, Helmut Lang, and even more. We just got Common Projects in!
My role at Madison-USA is Sales and Brand Ambassador, but over the past month I have had the opportunity to model for the store a bit. My first shoot was for the new Full Court Press season we just got in (fire). My next shoots were for the new Sporty & Rich, our new Madison-USA Collegiate hoodie, and Groveland. It’s funny to see myself on Madison’s page modeling, but I enjoy it. It’s something that I am slowly getting better at. I guess you could call it a hobby.
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What I’ve Been Listening To
The music that has dropped in 2020 is solid. There hasn’t been an album that I was super excited for, that flopped. To simplify things, I’ll rank my top three albums of the year so far.
- J Hus’ Big Conspiracy. To be frank, this album is just nuts. You can hear J Hus’ African roots in his UK music. His flow switches many times on this album and takes the listener through a whirlwind of feelings that include love, nostalgia, and aggression. The afrobeats/hip hop sounds in some of these songs are insane. Hus, you gained a fan in me. Favorite Song on Album: No Denying.
- Tame Impala’s Slow Rush. Kevin Parker made us wait five years for this album, and he did not disappoint. Melodic, woozy, gentle, and poppy, Tame Impala’s album takes you through all the trials and tribulations of your life. Kevin Parker has this way of taking my mind to the depths of darkness, and right back to when I fell in love for the first time. Speaking on the opening track, One More Year, Parker says, “We won’t be young forever, but we sure do live like it.” Touché Kevin…touché. Favorite Song on Album: Is It True.
- Pop Smoke’s Meet the Woo 2. Pop. Smoke. This guy’s voice is a mix of 50 Cent, Jarule, and DMX. That might not sound like the healthiest mix, but I can assure you that upon listening to this album you will absolutely love it. Meet the Woo 2 comes out punching, and there’s no stopping. Pop Smoke’s album is a great way to remember him: flashy, smooth, aggressive, and fiery. Rest in Peace Bigg Papi Locsta. Favorite Song on Album: War.
- Honorable Mention: Theophilus London’s Bebey, Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia, Justin Bieber’s Changes, and Skepta-Chip-Young Adz ‘s Insomnia.
What I’m Wearing
I cannot put my style into a box. For the last few months I was wearing western style clothing, and I still do, but my interests have expanded a bit. I’ve come to terms with my style being in the works. I’ve made the decision to wear what I like and what looks good on me. If that doesn’t fit my specific style, then so be it.
Denim was taking over the pants portion of my closet, so I made it a goal of mine to get a couple pairs of pants that were not denim. I’ve had an admiration for Rick Owens since I first got into fashion and had the opportunity to get my first pair of Rick pants in Miami this March. That price was high, but no one can convince me they were not worth it. I also copped a pair of Prada track pants which has boosted my morale. :D
Aren’t you all Prada me?
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