Band Of Outsiders Heads, Well, Outside
My first impression of Scott Sternberg’s band of boys and girls was the outdoorsy folks you’d see in an ad in National Geographic way back when. They’d be climbing out of their woodie at a Grand Canyon lookout. “Hopeful and sweet,” agreed Sternberg, “but a little off. They’re listening to Dark Side of the Moon, after all.” (That was the soundtrack for his presentation.) Anyway, it wasn’t Nat Geo Sternberg himself had in mind for his boys. He was thinking of Woody Allen, and Manhattan in the snow, and REI and North Face, and when he mixed it all together he got himself a collection with more emphasis on outerwear than usual: quilted vests, parkas, duffels, a substantial shearling. His signature Sperrys also came lined with shearling. There was plenty of Sternberg’s other signature—twisted preppy vintage—and, now I think of it, that Nat Geo impression wasn’t so far off the mark. Those smiling faces hid who-knows-how-dark hearts, and there’s a little bit of David Lynch in Scott Sternberg.
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