Each month, our intrepid fashion reporter Erin Heffernan ventures out in search of fashionable people bringing their bold styles and unique looks to the Texas Coast.
Day job: Owner of Vintage Crown streetwear clothing boutique, 215 23rd St. in the island’s downtown.
Where we spotted him: In his shop full of hip-hop and skater-inspired, high-end clothing.
What inspired his look: “I think the shop and the stuff I like to wear represents youth culture.”
How he got into the streetwear business: “I started just selling T-shirts at local parties in Texas City a few years ago, but I always wanted to start a boutique store like the places I would have to go all the way to Houston to find. I decided to open up here in Galveston and call it Vintage Crown because it’s like we’re here in an old place, but it’s a gold mine. It’s a thing of value.”
Where he shops: Arriaga travels to trade shows and shops in Los Angeles and New York to buy his clothes and shoes, T-shirts, hats and accessories for his shop. “I’ve found that they are a couple years ahead there,” he said. “Like stuff you see here now, people were wearing there years ago. So, it’s good to go see where things are going.”
Brands he loves: Arriaga wears (and sells) popular upscale streetwear brands including Stussy, 10 Deep and Huf.
What he’s wearing:
• Shoes: Limited release retro Nike Huaraches. “These came out in the ’90s and were what they call ‘retro-ed’ a few years back. I’m not as into Air Force Ones as running shoes like these.”
• Jacket: A Supreme high-end baseball jacket. “Supreme is a brand out of New York — it’s really exclusive high-end streetwear.”
• T-shirt: “A buddy of mine is a rapper out of Houston called WhyJae. This is one of his shirts and says ‘Timeless,’ the name of his new EP.”
• Necklace: Han Cholo skull necklace. “We sell a lot of Han Cholo here in the shop. It’s a designer out of LA that used to design for the Beastie Boys.”