It was West ward bound once again! After a brief stop in Shanghai and Tokyo, Tood Selby of The Selby headed for homebase, New York City, even if it was a short stay. Presumably rested and relaxed, the photographer did a quick runabout around the Big Apple, greeted friends and subjects for The Journey Of A Man’s Wardrobe, the ongoing project with luxury house Louis Vuitton. Billed as an exploration of lifestyles around the world rather than the actual physical forms of a wardrobe, the journey was one of fascination and intrigue as Selby documented people’s inner sanctums, which otherwise would be seldom if never seen by the public.
On the New York leg of the trip, Selby first swung by the studio of Ruben Toledo, a creative maven who illustrated the Louis Vuitton City Guides the past 10 years. A painter, sculptor, and dabble as fashion critic on the side, Toledo’s talents surpassed only by his humor. When asked about the best advices he got from the late Andy Warhol, Toledo dryly replied, Quit School and Save Your Receipts For Tax Time. Next, onto the office of King Midas himself, hotelier Andre Balazs, the owner of The Standard Hotel, Mercer Hotel, and other prized properties. Despite the worst recession in decades, Balazs still could packed his luxury hotels with celebrities and beautiful people. Lastly, Waris Ahluwalia of House of Waris, the sometime actor and jewelry designer. A globe-trotter in his own right, Ahluwalia’s gleaming accessories with delicate features are must-haves for the fashionable worldwide. All created by a sensible man without any formal training in jewelry design. With that said, where else would Todd Selby show up next?