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Theaster Gates, Artist and Urban Planner, On His Style Inspirations

GOLDEN GATES: The rising star, whose work has been shown at the Whitney and LA’s MOCA, talks about the West Side church that gave him his fashion, and picks 10 of his favorite things

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Conga drums

“I went through this period of listening to Latin and world music, and it played a big part in my desire to travel.”



Kangol cap

KANGOL CAP ($48, Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
“The Kangol identifies with a particular historical moment. It signifies the wearer is keeping it real.”



Armani blazer

“I bought this velvet jacket at Halls department store in Kansas City to wear to the L.A. MOCA gala.”



Tumi overnight bag

TUMI OVERNIGHT BAG ($695, Tumi, 645 N. Michigan Ave.)
“I have a thing for medicine bags and leather duffels.”


“I made pieces early in my ceramic life for my mother. I loved that you could make a set of things beyond your personal needs that could be shared.”


Photography: (hat) courtesy of vendor; (all others) Anna Knott


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