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Style Stop: Michael Valade

  • Michael Valade, Springfield
  • Michael Valade, Springfield
  • Michael Valade, Springfield

The Style Stop team spotted Springfield resident Michael Valade’s all-black outfit as he sipped from a coffee cup in front of R. Michaelson Galleries in Northampton. We stopped to ask a few questions.

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How did you put this outfit together? I basically threw on whatever was closest to the door. I am a “throw it together” type of guy. I wear what I can afford. I also used to be a Goth back in the day so I have a lot of black stuff from then.”

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Hat: The hat is from the local metal rock band that I do illustrations for: The Black Heart Epidemic. I am an illustrator.

Nail Polish: I usually paint all fingers. I was only able to get half way before I had to leave this time.

Rings: These are my grandparents’ rings that my dad gave to me after they passed. I thought they looked cool together and I’m wearing all three on one hand because I don’t want to lose any.

Necklace: This was a gift from my lovely girlfriend from a trip she took to Oregon. It’s a supposedly a prehistoric shark tooth

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Fashion style: It has to be dark colors. I wear the occasional white shirt but it has to be dark. These jeans are even random to be honest.

Favorite style era: I like the e_SSRq50s and would love to wear a nice shirt and pair of trousers from that era if I could afford it.

Fashion advice: Wear what makes you comfortable, and is affordable. Don’t worry about what others will think. Just do what makes you feel OK.

— Edem Torkornoo

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