In Medias Res: Sam Hine
In Medias Res: Sam Hine
- Words Christopher Fenimore
- Date October 16, 2018
In Medias Res is a column in which photographer Chris Fenimore links up with some of fashion's most interesting people to see what they're wearing throughout the week.
How old are you and where do you currently work?
25, and I’m the assistant style editor of GQ and GQ Style.
Where did you grow up? Where do you currently live?
I grew up just north of Chicago and had a sort of prototypical sheltered suburban childhood experience—very John Hughes-like. I think the fact that everyone at my high school dressed like a PGA Tour caddy got me into clothes. Now, after a few years in the Financial District, I live in Boerum Hill.
Why did you move to New York?
Because I wanted to work in fashion. I got an internship with Antonio Ciongoli when he was creative director of Eidos. I got paid in clothes and spent the summer soaking up as much about how the industry works as possible. Antonio rules because he gives it to you straight. I wore a pair of Aldens to work and he was like, “I hate those.” Or we would meet with buyers and he would say, “Those guys don’t pay their bills.” It was the best intro I could’ve asked for.
Did you always want to write about or work fashion? Can you pinpoint a first moment when you knew you were interested in fashion?
I was in college during what I guess was the height of the #menswear era, and I read all the blogs, and was basically like, I could do that. So I convinced a super fly English professor—shoutout Gage McWeeny—to let me do an independent study on fashion and I wrote some silly essays on, like, Oscar Wilde and fit pics. It was kind of insane that my conclusion from that was “I should get paid to do this stuff,” but here we are.
How do you go about writing a new piece? Do you have a favorite piece you’ve written for GQ?
The one I had most fun writing was my John Mayer Q+A, because he was just so down to talk about fashion minutia and underground bootleg T-shirt brands and stuff like that. John nerds out about all of it as much as we do at GQ. He told me how obsessed he was with a random Instagram story where Virgil laid down the perfect spray paint ombre on a pair of sunglasses. He’s in so deep.
I also have a few pieces I’m stoked on in the holiday issue of GQ Style. Cop that shit when it comes out.
What's your favorite place to shop in NYC and why?
Dover Street, ’cause the staff is always Comme’d out.
What do you think about the current state of fashion?
I think fashion is becoming more and more crucial to the formation of identity for kids who grow up on the internet. Not sure if that’s a good thing. But it does mean, I think, that there’s going to be a lot more energy at the bottom and margins of the industry as the hunt for newness and rarity gets more intense.
What music are you currently listening to?
A lot of live Grateful Dead, Parquet Courts, Kurt Vile, Superwolf now that it’s streaming, Launder, Yves Tumor, random Soundcloud trance stuff when I’m working…
Do you have any favorite brands?
Gotta support the brands I write about: Bode, Online Ceramics, Come Tees, Alyx, Noah, Noon Goons, Brain Dead, etc. And I love Dries, Our Legacy, Engineered Garments, CdG.
How long have you been using Grailed?
I was an early adopter.
What's your most memorable Grailed come-up?
Before working at GQ, I found a Nom de Guerre blackwatch waxed jacket from the early 2000s that I’d wanted forever. When I went to PayPal I realized I was buying it from Jake Gallagher. I copped it anyway, and eventually found out that same jacket has been owned by Lawrence, Jake Woolf, Jeremy Kirkland, and a few other guys I can’t remember. The jacket has some strange energy, but was still a huge W.
What's your ultimate grail?
Adam Kimmel x Supreme suit. Or Prada America’s Cup sneakers that don’t look stupid on me.