Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario, Canada, but we know it as The 6, a name christened by music artist Drake. It's a location housing great hip-hop music, mesmerizing architecture, and an emerging street style scene. Wallace Freitas (handle name Wallace Da Silva) of 18.K Visuals (site coming soon) is a young portrait/ landscape photographer from Toronto with a keen eye for street style against architecture and bustling streets. After browsing his artwork, I felt it would be cool to hear about his first-hand experience with fashion.
Jonathan Mckinnon: Take us through your journey into photography.
Wallace Freitas: What's up, I'm Wallace, and I just turned 21. I've been shooting for almost two years now, and I basically got into photography by hanging out with one of my homies who's a photographer. His work started to inspire me and I wanted to do what he was doing. So after a few months of watching him do his thing, I went and got my first camera, started going out a few times a week to shoot, and after a month or two it became a hobby and addiction.
What's your take on streetwear worn by models on your 18K.Visuals Instagram page?
The fashion game right now is very subjective. Although I'm more into the whole streetwear scene, I still feel like that's just a small portion of what fashion is. In my opinion what makes a good fit it's not the brands you're wearing or how expensive they were, it's how well you can rock the fit and how confident you feel flexing it.
What are the top 3 fashion brands you encounter most in photoshoots?
I'd say the top 3 brands that I usually see are definitely Supreme, Bape, and Off-White. Sometimes there will also be higher-end fashion brands such as Rick Owens, Raf Simmons, and Gucci. I feel like these brands are popping right now.
Where are the garments in your photoshoots sourced from?
Garments featured in my photoshoots are purchased from retail stores or Grailed (consignment site), but lowkey most pieces often come from thrift stores. I feel like that's where you find the hidden gems. There's honestly so many fire pieces you can find for the low in thrift stores if you look around, especially if you're going for that vintage/ retro look.
Describe your fashion taste, and how it can be seen in your work.
My fashion taste is strictly streetwear to be honest, and it can easily be seen through my work, group of friends, places I attend, and in everything I do.
Do you frequent any thrift or consignment stores in Toronto?
Yeah, I forsure hit up thrift stores and consignment shops often. There's so many options in Toronto, my favorites are definitely The Black Market, Designer Exchange, and F as in Frank. These 3 stores in Toronto are honestly the best and you'll find some grails here anytime you go.
Share some menswear shopping tips for fashion explorers visiting Toronto?
If you are visiting Toronto, then you definitely have to visit those 3 stores I mentioned above, I bet you wont be disappointed. If you are looking for a higher-end fashion brands, then just hit up the fashion districts and there will be many boutiques/ shops that will have it. If you're into streetwear specifically, then you have to check out Essential Toronto where you'll find everything from vintage Supreme Tee's to the most recent Yeezy drop.
Are there any fashion brands you hope to work with in the near future?
If I had the option to work with a fashion brand right now it would definitely be Gosha Rubchinskiy. I feel like they are completely killing the fashion game right now and bringing back vintage looks which I love.
An explorer of men's fashion with inquisitive eyes, born and raised in Lakeview, Long Island. My inspiration comes from nature, city streets and the world wide web. Catch me in a local thrift/consignment store near you.
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