Meet TyPhilly, a musician based out of NYC’s Lower East Side. If Ty looks familiar, you probably recognize him as the face from Ronnie Fieg’s recent Kith “Volcano” capsule collection. Kith gig aside, Ty still has his sneaker and streetwear game on lock and carries it with a special New York dash. When was the last time you saw someone wearing the Supreme Orange SB’s? Or the Unkle Dunkle Futuras? Probably a while, but Ty brings out the big guns on the daily without a second thought. Keep reading to see how New York dressing done right, and make sure you give Ty’s music a listen. His track “Lost Thoughts” has been on repeat for the past week already. Perfect way to start off your weekend. Links at the end of the post.
Sunday: Air Jordan 1 Knicks
Mariana Mandanas: I see you rocking that orange and blue! Are you from New York? What borough do you rep and what do you do for a living?
TyPhilly: Haha, Knicks all day. Yes, Native New Yorker, from the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Right now I’m doing music full time and booking live gigs, also I’m a freelance video editor, which helps me get by.
MM: Awesome. So you obviously perform a lot—is there any difference between what you wear on and off stage?
TP: Honestly it doesn’t change much, other than I might break out a shoe I don’t wear on a regular basis for a performance. The last couple shows I did, I wore Dunks, They’re good to jump around in [laughs].
Monday: Nike Air Max 1 – B Safari
MM: Are you big on Dunks?
TP: My mind is a little old school when it comes to buying shoes. Besides Dunks, I mostly wear Jordan’s early numbers, Vandals, and Air Max. If it’s not those, you probably won’t see me in it unless it’s for basketball or running. I’m not one of those people who buys for comfort over look, but that definitely plays a part. I do love pebble leather on a shoe and nylon tongues. I’m mostly a high top kind of guy, so if it’s a Nike high top shoe—you’ve got my attention.
MM: What shoes have you been wearing a lot these days? How about shoes that need a little more love?
TP: I have my sneaker moods, which frequently change. Recently I’ve been throwing the Nike Vandal in the rotation. I feel like that’s one shoe that needs more love, I think its one of the best silhouettes of a shoe ever made. Other than that, you’ll catch me in Jordan 3′s or 4′s.
Tuesday: Nike Vandal High Supreme
MM: You abuse the hell out of those Black Cement 3′s. How many pairs are you at right now?
TP: [Laughs] Yeah, besides those being just a great everyday shoe, I love biking in them and I bike everywhere I go. I’m on my 4th pair right now and I don’t get a new pair until I see holes or they break.
Wednesday: Nike Dunk High Pro SB Supreme Orange
MM: How did you get started in the sneaker game? Do you collect?
TP: I remember always being interested in sneakers, even as early as kindergarten. But the one shoe that really did it for me, were the Air Jordan 13 Black Toes from back in ’97. Once I got my hands on those, I felt like I got my jersey and I’d be playing in this sneaker game for a long time. As far as being a collector—yes and no. I wouldn’t say I’m a “true” collector, I kind of stopped collecting years ago. I don’t buy anything that’s rare or hyped up for the sake of expanding my collection and I never keep anything deadstock.
Thursday: Air Jordan 4 Black and Red
MM: All-time favorite shoe?
TP: I’d have to go with the Nike Air Jordan Bred IV. I love the shape, the height, the design, the colorway—it has the perfect amount of red, the flight signature under the Jumpan, the bold Nike Air on the heel tab. The tongue is perfect for any denim. It’s sleek, yet bold. This shoe is definitely a must have for me. I love wearing them.
MM: How about one shoe you’ve always wanted but never had?
TP: I’ve always wanted the purple metallic Air Jordan 1′s from 1985, if not those, then the “Moon Shoe” Nike Vandal.
Friday: Nike Dunk High Pro SB Unkle Dunkle Futura
MM: Let’s talk about your music. What is MILC?
TP: MILC is a Hip-Hop/R&B group that my good friend Red & I are in. I rap, he sings, and sometimes we do both. We’ve done shows in Queens, Brooklyn, and around the L.E.S. Last month we had a show at Webster Hall, which was really big for us and we recently just came back from doing a show out in Phoenix. It was cool being out on the West Coast and vibin’ out. I got major love for Phoenix.
MM: What influences your music?
TP: For me personally, my biggest influence is the god himself, Eminem. He played a big part in what I listened to growing up and how I write my raps. Lots of things inspire me, doesn’t really have to be an artist I listen to on the regular, just listening to all types of music can give me inspiration. It doesn’t take much for me to get the creative juices flowing.
MM: In terms of style, what are your influences?
TP: I don’t put too much thought into what I’m going to wear, I believe over thinking an outfit can ruin an outfit. I find that those outfits that you just throw on are always the best, because you’re just throwing things on that you’re comfortable with and that you know looks good on you. I guess I tend to dress from the feet up, whatever kicks I feel like wearing that day I’ll put an outfit together for them. I think my surroundings are my biggest influence when it comes to my style, what I see on a daily. I’m also a fan of Japanese fashion and 90′s hip-hop.
Saturday: Air Jordan 1 Chicago
MM: You recently did some modeling work for Kith. What was that like?
TP: It was great, I had a lot of fun. I had no modeling experience so it was new to me, but I was working with friends and it was streetwear, which is right up my alley.
MM: Any big projects coming up for you as a musician?
TP: Yeah, definitely. I’m finishing up a mixtape called ”Peanut Butter & Gumballs” which will be out sometime in mid December and will be available for free download on the MILC Bandcamp. Red & I actually also just dropped two solo EP’s which are out for free download on our Bandcamp as well with production from our producer Robi York. Check it out, give it a listen, it’s free!
To find out more about Ty and his music you can check him out here:
Photos taken by www.mariapenaloza.com.