‘Man In Paris’ | Ize By Backyard Bill | 2017

by The Editor

I still love Backyard Bill. His work is so exquisite. There’s lots of great stuff over on his blog that you should check out. I wish I could share all of it. I picked my favorite set out of his new work…the accompanying article is also via his site. Enjoy!

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Where did you grow up? 

I was born in Cape Verde but moved to Paris when I was 9 years old.

Where do you live? 

I live in Belleville, an area in Paris that is known for its cultural mix.  You can discover foods from all over the world there: Chinese, Lebanese, French and many parts of Africa! For me, Belleville is more than just a neighborhood, it’s a city within a city.

Tell us bit about Comptoir General and what you do? 

Comptoir Général is one of those places you say “you must visit to understand it!”  You can come here to eat, drink, dance, shop clothes and other items or just have a coffee. This is a place where all types of exotic cultures meet and create a dynamic atmosphere that is hard to describe. I manage the store, also known as Marché Noir and I’m also an ambassador for Comptoir Général.

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Who is your style icon? 

Ozwald Boateng, Yves Sait-Laurent and Olivier Rousteing

Three items of clothing you could not live without? 

Hat, trench coat and French blue worker clothing (vintage)

What’s your personal soundtrack? 

Marvin Gay’s “What’s going on” for me, is what Mozart is for others.

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What does style mean to you? 

Style for me is a reflection of my personality, a part of my truth and honesty is that which I find in clothing.

If you could meet any person in the world, who would that be? 

He is no longer with us but I would like to meet Nelson Mandela because he ones said : “to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

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Favorite color? 

Blue

Favorite food/ restaurant? 

My favorite restaurant in Paris is a Cape Verdien placed called “Chez Celeste”.

What would you like to be when you grow up? 

I would like to be a writer, words fly away but the writings still remains.