Here come the Bandits
Stevie Crowne’s fashion inspires warriors
Article: Kaitlynn Nordal – Contributor
[dropcaps round=”no”]T[/dropcaps]he first thing that a person notices about Saskatoon designer Stevie Crowne’s =War Paint= line is the rocker vintage vibe it gives off.
This street wear upcycled collection designs things such as jackets, pants, sunglasses, vests, gloves and hats. With studs and spikes on everything, he is truly different.
Being customized by hand, Crowne truly puts a piece of himself into everything he designs. The Carillon had the opportunity to sit down and speak with him about his clothing.
Kaitlynn Nordal: The first thing myself and all the other #Bandits are wondering is why did you get into fashion?
Stevie Crowne: I felt there was a blank in the local industry and not enough pop. To me, personally, nothing was memorable, and I wanted something of my own.
KN: When did you know this is what you wanted to do?
SC: At first I didn’t think of myself as a designer. I was just a kid. At the Hilton show in 2011, I had just a sample collection of five jackets. But as I walked onto the catwalk at the end, listening to the music and everyone’s cheers, I knew this is what I wanted to do.
KN: Who do you idolize fashion wise?
SC: Alexander McQueen, (David) Bowie, (Mick) Jagger, the Rolling Stones, Jeremy Scott, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna. They are all evolutionary and all have their own sense of style.
KN: If you could have any celebrity be the face of =War Paint=, who would it be and why?
SC: I would personally want an up and comer, because =War Paint= is all about being new and fresh. Miley Cyrus would me amazing because she is at an epiphany in her career, she is always wanting something new, and is controversial right now.
KN: What is one thing you want most out of the future?
SC: Unconditional creativity and acceptance with what I do. I’m truly blessed to have that at this moment.
KN: In three or four words, summarize your line.
SC: Bandit retro, celebration, and party.
KN: Why do you call all your followers your #Bandits?
SC: The term #Bandits basically comes from the mood and character and vibe that I myself share with the very people who support me. I believe it was around Vancouver Eco Fashion Week last year when I coined the term and it just kind of stuck with me because I always wanted to have my supporters’ back as they always have my back. All in all, it is just an endearing term that creates a home for people who feel alone and who feel lost.
KN: What is one thing you want to design that you haven’t yet?
SC: I have recently started designing with Sarah Alexandre, whom I met at fashion school. Basically, we are going to be doing a clothing line called #BANDIT by Alexandre-Crowne. This collaboration is going to let my innermost high fashion ideas out with hers as well.
One thing is clear when looking at his designs. =War Paint= is all about being unique and true to yourself. These items are sold in a variety of stores in Vancouver as well as Alchemy Clothing and Salon in Saskatoon.
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