Come And Hang With New York’s Cool Kids

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For decades they have come here – by plane and train, by Greyhound bus and by thumb – bright young things in search of a cooler, more meaningful, more creative life. Call them what you will: hipsters, rebels, iconoclasts – these musicians and poets, activists and painters have flown their freak flags in Greenwich Village’s historic alleyways for more than a century.

Long before any of us were born, the Village was a haven for freethinkers. Almost exactly 100 years ago, a merry band of bohemians, led by the painter John Sloan and the Surrealist Marcel Duchamp, climbed to the top of the Washington Square Arch, set off balloons and cap guns and declared that from that moment on their hood would be known as the Free and Independent Republic of Greenwich Village.

Since that day in January 1917, many famous artists and authors have made those “free and independent” streets their home. Allen Ginsberg played his harmonium in view of the Washington Square Park fountain; Bob Dylan enshrined the neighbourhood in his song “Positively 4th Street”; Dylan Thomas had his final drink at the White Horse Tavern on Hudson. Jack Kerouac caroused at the Kettle of Fish on MacDougal; EE Cummings and Djuna Barnes lived and wrote in the almost unbearably picturesque Patchin Place. The famous Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street remains a beacon of gay liberation. Jimi Hendrix opened his Electric Lady Studios on Eighth Street; Jackson Pollock was said to enjoy a cappuccino at Caffe Reggio, supposedly the first place in America to serve that now-ubiquitous drink.

For years, Village rebels have favoured biker jackets and ballet flats, rugged dungarees and louche trenchcoats. Vibrant fashion companies like Coach continue to rock this insouciant style – on a recent afternoon, Gabrielle Richardson and Selah Marley took to the city’s storied streets, clad in Coach’s spring/summer 2017 styles to show us how it’s done: patchwork camouflage jackets, denim minidresses, embellished bombers and even a sweater rocking a giant shark – Jaws hits the Village! As you’d expect from those who frequent Greenwich Village hotspots, our models combined these new designs with their own vintage finds for extra style points.

And who would expect anything less from this pair? After all, Richardson is a founder of Art Hoe Collective, dedicated to improving the visibility of queer artists of colour, while Marley is the daughter of Lauryn Hill and former American football player Rohan Marley, and granddaughter of reggae icon Bob Marley.

Together, these two eternal cool kids hit the famous Greenwich Village locations that have welcomed free-spirited young souls like themselves since bathtub gin flowed in speakeasies during Prohibition and epic poems were banged out on manual typewriters.

Vogue

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