Hello all! I am ecstatic to announce that •22 designs• does in fact have a men’s line now and here to help me introduce it is local Little Rock artist, Richard Cheek.
I’ve known Richard from afar since I was 14 – his family owns the beautiful community, Rivercliff, that I grew up in. He (unfortunately) witnessed me going through my awkward/wild ass teenage years. My girlfriends and I all thought the Cheek boys were God’s gift to Earth every summer when they cleaned the pool. Needless to say, I was thrilled that he’s forgiven me for being an oddball in the past and agreed to sit down for a shoot.
This was my first shoot with a guy for 22, and there was a silent apprehension on my end right before I showed him the new pieces. Rich walked over to the observatory deck of Rivercliff with a boyish grin on his face and his black attire like I asked for. Anxiety on my end started to slightly disappear. As I started spreading the bracelets out for him to look at he said, “these are dope“ and began picking them up one by one to examine. A HUGE sigh of relief escaped me and it set the tone for the next hour. We had a very honest conversation while I snapped pictures- ranging from life and the different path ways that we had taken, what mutual friends were up to, and how much has changed in the 10 years we’ve interacted. Keep scrolling to see more pictures and hear Rich’s outlook on fashion and men wearing jewelry.
When it comes to fashion, what do you feel most comfortable/yourself in?
I’m most comfortable in black skinny jeans and a ratty t-shirt and an open flannel. You could call it elegantly disheveled.
Do you find that there is a certain stigma associated with men wearing jewelry/having piercings?
I don’t think there is a stigma attached to men wearing jewelry. I think it can be masculine and cool.
Have you ever been “shamed” for wearing certain clothes or for the way you choose to express yourself aesthetically?
I’ve gotten shit from people for wearing v necks and skinny jeans before, but they were all basic bitches with zero taste anyway.
Do you have a favorite fashion icon and/or role model that you draw inspiration from?
I really like the aesthetic of tattoo artist Maxime Buchi even though we don’t dress extremely alike. Super clean, lots of black, very hip hop. Also, Mod Sun. Both artists wear pretty dope jewelry.
What is your favorite season to dress for?
I find it easiest to dress for fall or winter. I really like layering and having the option to put more clothes on or take off a layer of two.
This was such a fun shoot and I can’t wait to show y’all what’s coming next for •22 designs•!
Thank you for stopping by. Be sure to check out shop22designs.co to shop more of the men’s collection!