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 “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,, a brass-plate leather bracelet by 18 Waits ($115, Redeem, 1734 14th St. NW; 202-332-7447) and his own Nike sneakers.

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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,, 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,, Ben Sherman Pril slip-ons in white linen ($65, and Murdoch’s square-frame acetate sunglasses ($220,

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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 ( 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,, 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,

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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, 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.