We put the extremely creative brother and sister duo Romy (artist/designer) and Maxim (photographer) Northover to the task of capturing what 1 9 2 0 means to them in London over the holidays. We also were able to sit down and hear about what they are up to and what makes them tick. I hope you enjoy this feature of "IN TEES" as much as well do.
ROMY: With the images we wanted to really bring out the quality of the cotton with the tee's because this is what is really special about 1920 we wanted to show how it feels to wear them. There is intentional ambiguity about male or female in the Tee shirt - unisex feel - Also the attention to detail in the label and branding which is so damn cute!
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO 1 9 2 0 INITIALLY:
ROMY: Abby and I share an understanding of aesthetics and humor! We both worked with Calvin Klein.
MAXIM: We found each other on Instagram, through my sister Romy of No.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BRAND/WORK:
ROMY: I am an artist and designer. I work in a variety of materials and I have a brand called No. specializing in custom made ceramics. Through No. I also offer consulting and visual strategy. I often collaborate with my brother Max who is a photographer and film-maker,we’ve been shooting together since we were kids. (Romy is currently based out of Jersey City)
(Tètouan, creative direction by No. for Nest Together. All ceramic/glass/jewelry by No.)
(Freedom Cups by No. for The Line)
MAXIM: I like to create a mood through photography. I’m interested in characters, suggested narrative and images with rich shadows that give my work a filmic quality; whether they are editorials, portraits or nudes.
(photos by Maxim Northover)
A selection of Romy's work can be seen though 03.03. 2018 in the exhibition SHAPE, BODY & SOUL curated by Emmanuelle Oddo at Double V Gallery in Marseille. (https://www.piece-a-part.fr)
(Collection no. 1: Shapes, Body and Soul via PIECE A PART)
AND HOW DID YOU TWO GET INTO YOUR RESPECTIVE MEDIUMS:
ROMY: I was born into it! It’s so much about the process and how the vision is applied. The medium choice is dependant on what I am trying to communicate.
MAXIM: I first started taking pictures as a teenager with my sisters, girlfriend, or self-portraits using my dad’s 35mm Pentax camera and my mum’s designer wardrobe.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU MOST DAY TO DAY:
ROMY: My back went out recently and I realised that it is Health - so easy to take for granted, but hard as hell to feel inspired when you are in pain - Body first in 2018!
MAXIM: I would say people are my biggest inspiration. I love to photograph distinctive and beautIful individuals. It’s really the person you photograph that makes the image for me. How they hold themselves, how they respond to being photographed and their own stories they have within themselves.
WE LIVE IN SUCH FANTASTIC CITIES WITH SO MUCH TO OFFER CREATIVELY, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GO-TO SPOT FOR INSPIRATION?
ROMY: For me it’s so much about creating a setup that allows ideas to flow. Inspiration is everywhere, so I need to be in good condition to receive. I also find my clients inspirational. I my work and I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with some amazing people. once I’m working with a client I can see the world through their lense, and this can be so exciting - like an acting in a role. I’m translating in a way, but it only increases my sensitivity and connection to myself.
MAXIM: I go swimming, I find that just being in water inspires fresh ideas. I also have a lot of art books that I refer to and I collect a lot of imagery on Pinterest or in sketch books to cross reference for shoots.
WE ARE ALL INSPIRED BY THE MASTERS OF THE PAST (OR PRESENT), WHO WOULD YOU SAY ARE SOME OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL DESIGNERS/ARTISTS AND WHY:
ROMY: Lucie Rie - Clarity and simplicity, Eileen Grey - Extraordinary modernism and elegance, Cy Twombly - Exceptional mark making and Iggy Pop - Wildness.
MAXIM: Helmut Newton is my hero. Everything he did was so beautiful and distinctive. I keep his book ‘Sumo’on my desk all the time.
(Helmut Newton, Sumo)
(Inspiration via Maxim)
LET'S TALK TEES ...
WHAT IS YOUR DAILY UNIFORM:
ROMY: A 1 9 2 0 tee/white shirt, Wendelborn cashmere, Jeans and sneakers/ a heeled boot OR a messy workman’s Jumpsuit.. depending on the work day.
MAXIM: Fiorucci jeans, Chuck Taylors. Black or white Tee. Chevignon leather jacket.
AT 1 9 2 0 TEE SHIRTS OBVIOUSLY PLAY SUCH A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN OUR DAY TO DAY LIVES, TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE TEE AND HOW YOU ACQUIRED IT:
ROMY: My Yoko Ono T shirt - WAR IS OVER IF YOU WANT IT bought by my brother Max.
MAXIM: I have a great black T-shirt from Sunspel. I got it 3 years ago, before they changed the style a little.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR TEE SHIRT THAT CONNECTS YOU TO IT? IS IT THE FIT/COLOR/FEEL, ARE YOU FLOODED WITH MEMORIES WHEN YOU PUT IT ON?
ROMY: It has an amazing fit, fabric, but also the message and use of text. Words are powerful. How we use them matters, but this message is so much about intention.
MAXIM: It fits perfectly. It was the beginning of me changing my clothes back to a more consistent and classic look.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE 1 9 2 0 STYLE/FIT AND WHY?
ROMY: Men’s roll sleeve (slim roll crew) - Its the best! I tried on Max’s tee first thinking it was mine and realized I needed a boy’s tee too! The weight and quality of the fabric, the roll detail - I like unisex style.
(Romy in 1 9 2 0 Mens F006 Slim Roll Crew)
MAXIM: The white Easy Crew is a new favourite. I love the detail and quality. The cotton is the ideal thickness, which is hard to find as I’m really fussy about that.
(Maxim in 1 9 2 0 Mens F006 Slim Roll Crew)
(Romy and Max (with his partner) IN 1 9 2 0 at home in London, Christmas Eve 2017)
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ROMY AND MAXIM FOR SHARING A PIECE OF THEMSELVES WITH US AND FOR THE BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS. YOU CAN LOOK OUT FOR FUTURE 1 9 2 0 / NO. / MAXIM NORTHOVER COLLABORATIONS ... WE HAVE A STRONG DESIRE TO SHOOT WOMEN IN OVERSIZE MENS TEES. SO SENSUAL, STRONG AND MODERN... A PORTRAYAL THAT HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN NOW. STAY TUNED...
X ABBY @ 1 9 2 0
* All original photos courtesy of Romy and Maxim Northover for 1920.