The CADET team has had so many amazing accomplishments, moments and events in 2015 that could have generated a Top 100 list. However, with our attention span becoming ever so short, we simmered the list down to the Top 10 moments of 2015.
Whether it is in NY or LA, whether it’s a photo shoot, an event or coffee with friends, Eric takes a cue from the great Maya Angelou. He makes sure people remember him not for what he has done, but for how he has made them feel.
As we wrap up the CFDA Vogue Fashion on Monday, November 2nd, Vogue spent a little time at home with Brad and Raul to give a behind the scenes look at who they are behind the scenes.
CADET goes to NYFW
For Autumn/Winter 2015, CADET presents a men’s collection inspired by the wartime restrictions of the 1940s: textiles are scarce and suitings are mixed and matched for the first time, everyone not on the front is in the factories and work-wear mixes with tailored clothing, the three piece suit becomes two pieces to economize fabric, and everyone wears a watch cap to keep warm.
“Growing up in East Islip Long Island was great, just 45 miles east of the city but far enough away to get lost in the woods,” recalls Ryan Babenzien, found and CEO of GREATS. GREATS is a men’s sneaker brand born in Brooklyn, passionate about building the best footwear at the best price.
Let’s just start things off with coffee. Sander Hoeksma can’t start his day without it, nor can he leave the house without underwear.
“Sri Lanka is the most beautiful country in the world, a literal tropical paradise.” Adam Caldera, born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka, reminisces of his hometown. In 2011, his beloved Sri Lankan landscapes were traded for the metropolitan cityscape of the Big Apple, New York City.
For its Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, Cadet went on a journey around the world. With advances in technology and travel, the world is a much smaller place. The color palette is neutral, grey, olive, stone and black, with pops of cadet blue, aubergine and bright olive. All designed to work together. Patterns, when used, are small and subtle, these are clothes to enhance, not define you. Shown this season with all casual underpinnings (not a woven shirt in sight) this collection is meant to be the ultimate in casual cool.
To celebrate the holiday season, we decided to honor our staff - the team that has helped CADET and you throughout this year. Some of these faces may be familiar to our Brooklyn and Manhattan customers, but we thought we would give a little more insight into who they are as people, friends and NY'ers.
While growing up just outside of Atlanta, GA, Justin Bridges had dreams of becoming a professional basketball player or a corporate CEO. Little did he know his career would take a turn into a more creative direction.
From the age of 5, Allen had aspirations of becoming a lawyer and attending Morehouse College, a historically black college located in Atlanta which is the Alma Mater of Martin Luther King. Allen discovered many of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s writings in middle school and was drawn to their nonviolent message. “I respected him for his civil rights work but I revered him for his work on social justice, trying to feed the poor, and his ability to communicate.”
For Freddy Cheung, fighting was an escape from the worries and craziness of everyday life. “When I put on my gloves, I feel like nothing else in the world matters.” He has been fighting professionally in the Muay Thai style since 2009. Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand where it is legal to use your hands, feet, knees and elbows to hurt your opponent. Translated it means” the art of eight limbs.”
“There’s always been something about taking something apart and making it your own that has always intrigued me.” From working on BMX bikes at a young age and eventually leading to cars and motorcyles, Chris DeSanty was a natural at working with his hands.
Born and raised in outside of Augusta, Maine, Joseph Coleman grew up with clear intentions on what he wanted to be when he grew up – Native American. Even though things wouldn’t turn out as he planned, the spirit, artistry and love of nature have always stayed with him.