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Ever wondered who's responsible for Kanye West's often unhinged heritage style? Now there's someone to point a finger at, and he's Cassius Clay, a 19-year-old Yale student Kanye originally spotted while shopping at Barneys.
Giving his first interview to Opening Ceremony's blog, Clay discusses everything from his parents ("they're not exactly Kanye's typical listening demographic") to what he collects ("rare prints or discontinued colorways of Hermès scarves"), sounding every bit like a walking, talking example of Opening Ceremony's ideal customer. It's intriguing, to be honest, to put a face to Kanye's outfits, and we're not surprised in the slightest that Clay is so young, or so previously unexperienced in professional styling.
His obsessions du jour include "Charles Dickens, truffles, gloves from Givenchy Fall/Winter 2010, taxidermy (including the Deyrolle pour Opening Ceremony scarves!), Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), the Orient Express -- and Nicki Minaj!" We like him and hate him at the same time, and yet, for many people, don't those same feelings extend to Kanye too? In any case, Clay's story is a reminder that occasionally, when shopping and generally looking good in New York City, amazing things happen.
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