Join the NBA. Open a restaurant. Launch a clothing line. Release an album. For the guys on the following pages, these are all acceptable answers to “What did you do this summer?” We asked four local soon-to-be-legends with big plans to sport the season’s No. 1 trend: color. “Playing with brights is huge,” says Sam Lobban, a buyer for menswear retailer mrporter.com. “You can get away with anything in the sunshine.” (Photos by Teddy Wolff)
The Athlete: Otto Porter Jr.
At a whopping 6-foot-8, Porter’s stature is nothing to sneeze at. Nor are his basketball skills: The All-American forward at Georgetown University is projected to be a lottery pick in the NBA draft June 27. When he’s not on the court, the Missourian-turned-Hoya enjoys playing video games, watching TV and attending soccer matches. In other words, being your typical 20-year-old.
He shows off on the steps of Georgetown’s Healy Hall in an indigo Levi’s work shirt ($195, Federal, 2216 14th St. NW; 202-518-3375), Brixton Cerro leather belt ($52, Federal), Junya Watanabe pink linen shorts ($450, mrporter.com), a brass-plate leather bracelet by 18 Waits ($115, Redeem, 1734 14th St. NW; 202-332-7447) and his own Nike sneakers.
The Chef: Aaron Silverman
Potomac, Md., native Silverman, 31, learned how to cook at McCrady’s in Charleston, S.C., and Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York. In September, he’ll use the know-how he gained at these legendary spots to open Rose’s Luxury, a restaurant on Capitol Hill’s Barracks Row. Expect such eclectic American dishes as popcorn/lobster soup and pasta with strawberry sauce.
Aaron plucks herbs from the garden at his Capitol Hill home in Hartford’s classic linen shirt ($170, mrporter.com), a linen-blend sweater ($98, Massimo Dutti, 1220 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-944-8780), jeans in aspen spruce ($98, Bonobos, 3320 Cady’s Alley; 202-333-7949, bonobos.com), Ben Sherman Pril slip-ons in white linen ($65, piperlime.com) and Murdoch’s square-frame acetate sunglasses ($220, mrporter.com).
The Designer: Skyler Javier
During the day, Javier fights blazes for the D.C. Fire Department at Engine 11 in Columbia Heights. In his spare time, the 26-year-old College Park native sketches and sews patterns for his nascent menswear and accessory line, Native Danger (nativedanger.com). Set to debut online and in stores this September, the fall ’13 collection includes contemporary knits and graphic tees designed by the self-taught fashionisto.
Javier produces the line out of his work-live studio at 52 O Street, where he’s shown here staying cool in a “Strategy” striped tee by French Connection ($48, piperlime.com), slim-cut jeans in Big Sur yellow ($78, Bonobos), G Shock by Casio G5600 white watch ($150, Major, 1426 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-625-6732), Nike Air Max 1 Essential Total Crimson Squadron Blue sneakers ($100, Major) and a pair of Griffin eyeglass frames ($99, warbyparker.com).
The Musician: Jonny Grave
Grave admits he first started playing guitar because he thought it would impress the ladies. Born and raised in Silver Spring, the 25-year-old blues man eventually landed a regular gig at his hometown Quarry House Tavern before recording his first album at age 19. His latest record, “The Hammer” (No. 6 in his discography), includes covers of folk standards as well as original songs.
In addition to other regular appearances at local bars (find a full list at jonnygrave.com), the singer performs weekly at Madam’s Organ, where, above, he kicks back in Jean Shop Rocker jeans ($260, Blue’s Hard Goods, 1803 14th St. NW; 202-462-6200), a vintage Bronco brand western shirt ($50, Dr. K’s Vintage, 1534 U St. NW; 202-506-1817), vintage Tony Lama cowboy boots ($175, Blue’s Hard Goods) plus his own vintage leather belt and buckle, Stetson hat and leather cuff.