Musicians have long been fashion tastemakers -- just look at JT, who blew up Von Dutch and single-handedly started the craze of over-the-hill women rocking a single flopper. Fitting fashion and music into one tidy package, The Collect, from Barking Irons.
Born from a side-project outfitting the Kings of Leon with stage duds, The Collect's a series of intimate gigs from some of the hottest indie rock/folk/blues bands around hosted at BI's LES showroom, where the bands also pick out their favorite historically-tinged gear from the collection and talk about their tunes and style, which, if their name ends with Spice, won't take too long. Launching with six different acts, each dedicated page features a usually whiskey-n-cigarette-filled 5-min vid interspersing the interview with clips from the performance, which sees The Manchester Orchestra dishing on watching their tunes on Gossip Girl and wearing whatever's Fabreeze-able; the Defibulators actually playing their first-ever live acoustic show; and Justin Townes Earle talking about how he can (and does) get away with epic amounts of seersucker because he's Southern (sure it isn't because your dad's Steve, and everyone's afraid of him?). Besides the vid, each also curates a small collection of fave duds from the line, from Sons of Bill picks like a graphic tee with crossed flint pistols and a duffel bag with the same, to Cory Chisel's dustbowl-inspired, short-sleeve, striped indigo Farm Shirt, to the Riverboat Gamblers' choice of the dockworkers-esque Bowery Hat and the waxed Fireman's Pea Coat, though if you're dealing with infernos, aren't they all pee coats?
Next up on the agenda're two May sessions, one with Raconteurs' multi-instrumentalist Brendan Benson, the other with the frontman for the band Bare Jr., the first half of which Janet's all about.