A lot of people think of college as a chance to reinvent their style--but not Harry Kagan, who's 18 and fresh out of Walter Payton College Prep. At freshman orientation at Ithaca College, he says, just his regular street wear was radical enough: "It didn't seem like anyone really understood my fashion sense. Most of them were from small towns." When putting together an outfit, Kagan usually starts at the bottom, with a pair Nikes or Vans, which he buys at Saint Alfred in Wicker Park, and goes from there. Here he chose a pair of Nicole Farhi boots--not the kind of thing he normally finds occasion to wear, but "I like cleaning up now and again." The jeans, from Levi's Capital E line, are his own and the T-shirt is by Anke Loh; he liked its bright hue and stark graphic. He got his Nooka watch in Paris; it displays the time using bars that stack up according to the hour. His hat is also from Saint Alfred and the glasses are a nod to one of his style icons, Elvis Costello.
Where to buy
Boots, $425, at Guise
T-shirt, $75, at ankeloh.net
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by Saverio Truglia.