Pop!: Meet Wendell

Pop! Street Fashion is an experimental collection of patron street fashion at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  It is devoted to photographically documenting the sartorial narratives of patrons who visit the library. Please email My Nguyen for more information.

Meet Wendell.


In unwitting fulfillment of my secret wish that men wore more seersucker, library associate Wendell breezed in the Popular Services division right before MLK opened. I knew I had to photograph him in his swanky-meets-sensible garb. Sporting a seersucker jacket and a bow-tie, he tempered his look from approaching seersucker overload by pairing these lovely items with jeans and comfortable shoes.

When not setting an example of excellence for other employees (myself included) within the DC Public Library System, Wendell enjoys reading, walking, and watching independent films.

What are your fashion inspirations?
Whatever works. Something classic.

Why do you like the library?
You get to see so many different people doing so many different, wonderful things.

What’s your favorite part about MLK?
The people. Meeting wonderful people.

What are you reading?
Status Anxiety by Alain De Botton. It’s about attitudes towards social class.

Favorite bands?
Too many to list. Usually if John Peel or Nic Harcourt liked it, it’s fine with me. Lloyd Cole, Yannick Noah, Would-Be-Goods.

Can you describe yourself in 5 words or less?
Interested in others, interested in everything.

What's your MO?
Don’t be afraid to get out there and meet new people and see new things.

And would you say you’re a social butterfly?
I’m just a man about town.

Seersucker jacket: A gift
Oxford shirt: eddie bauer
bow-tie: Filene's
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: DSW



--Story and photography by My Nguyen

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