straight up friends of perth

We've shot Straight Ups of friends, partners, couples and duos around the country as an ode to modern connections between two people and to celebrate the launch of ck2, the new gender-free fragrance and follow up to the iconic ck one. #the2ofus

by i-D Staff
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07 March 2016, 8:50pm

Brady Nolan & Sam Lebib

Where are you from?
Sam: I originate from North Sudan, in Africa. Born in the capital of Khartoum.
Brady: Born on the east coast in a little beach town called Hervey Bay, but I've called Perth home for my teenage years.

What do you do?
Sam: I currently study and work, I would love to tell a spell binding story of how I've travelled the seven seas and explored half of the world. But hey that is the way the dice rolls in life.
Brady: I'm a creator at heart. Photography and music have taken up most of my time recently.

What are you wearing from head to toe?
Sam: Fallen Broken Street jewellery from an assortment of retailers, most noticeably the Fremantle markets. I do a lot of my shopping at Op Shops nowadays, always down for a groovy vintage find. The jeans I'm wearing are from Topshop and my boots come from RM Williams, a very nifty find indeed.
Brady: Fallen Broken Street hat, op shop finds and my trusty docs.

What are you listening to on repeat right now?
Sam: It is definitely a toss-up between Anderson Paak, Tame impala and Matt Corby. I've been heavily grooving to all three and picking up some good vibes.
Brady: Haven't really had one song on repeat lately. I guess a lot of Mac Demarco, Tame, Ry X and Matt Corby's new ones have been on high rotation.

If you could ask the world one question and get the answer, what would you ask?
Sam: Why is there such a wealth gap between people? I don't mean to sound like a hippie. I understand people have worked hard to get where they are in life, and I respect that, but, coming from a third world country to a first world country always makes me question why we can't come together, not only as a society but as brothers and sisters to help the less fortunate.
Brady: I have too many questions to ask the world about peace and acceptance but a simpler one to ask (as Beethoven once did) would be: "Is it not beautiful?" I'd love to return to being a child, to see and feel experiences as powerfully as I did the first time. I don't think we should ever take for granted the shapes of scratches on the floor or elegance of komorebi.

What's the best thing about being young in 2016?
Sam: I would love to say I'm young as I'm feeling rather old, so I'm flattered. This is hard as we're only two months into the year. I guess being able to witness what direction the world goes in this year, and the development of society, art and all things life.
Brady: It's getting easier and cheaper to travel places these days. So I guess I'm most looking forward to seeing the world and experiencing different people and cultures in the years to come.

Ruby & Veronica

Where are you from?
Ruby: Perth, Australia
Veronica: Born in London lived in Perth for 19 years

What do you do?
Ruby: Full time student, currently in my last year of high school.
Veronica: Art student

What are you wearing from head to toe?
Ruby: A black slip under a white crotchet dress matched with my doc martens
Veronica: Gooseberry bralette and my overalls

What are you listening to on repeat right now?
Ruby: Heartbeats by José González, Viceroy by Violent Soho and 100 Dollars by Manchester Orchestra
Veronica: On Melancholy Hill by Gorillaz

Where would you take us during the day if we came to visit you in your city?
Ruby: I would take you on a tour of all the best op shops in my city and then at nightfall, for a picnic in the dunes and a midnight swim at one of our many beautiful beaches (hopefully the sharks would be asleep).
Veronica: The beach, rooftop movies!!

If you could ask the world one question and get the answer, what would you ask?
Ruby: How can we stop multinational corporations owning our resources and manipulating our governments?
Veronica: Why are we spending billions on war and not feeding the starving?

What's the best thing about being young in 2016?
Ruby: The liberal ideology allowing more acceptance in our society, the wicked Australian music scene, Triple J unearthed and some of the best music festivals hosted all around the world (although I wish Woodstock was still happening).
Veronica: Probably the access to information which provides us with the ability to be socially aware and learn about the world to develop a more accepting and open minded perspective.

Lloyd Hopkins & Thomas Manson

Where are you from?
Lloyd: Perth, Australia
Thomas: Perth

What do you do?
Lloyd: Studying musical theatre.
Thomas: High school student.

What are you wearing from head to toe?
Lloyd: On The Byas tee, Ksubi ripped jeans, Raf Simons adidas ozweego robot sneakers.
Thomas: Canvas printed shirt, misbhv after dark sweatshirt, self-distressed cowboy jeans, Y3 retro boosts in blue.

What are you listening to on repeat right now?
Lloyd: The best of Frank Sinatra.
Thomas: Balam Acab.

Where would you take us during the day if we came to visit you in your city?
Lloyd: I would take you too Leederville for the cute boutiques and coffee shops and when night falls? Hit up the roof tops of Perth for some night life views.
Thomas: The lanes of Perth city, at night: a restaurant in Northbridge or north Perth.

If you could ask the world one question and get the answer, what would you ask?
Lloyd: Kendall or Kylie?
Thomas: Who will be on top of the game in 10 years time?

What's the best thing about being young in 2016?
Lloyd: The access we have to technology.
Thomas: I think young people today have a lot of influence on how the future is going to play out.

Nathan Sloan & Cameron Ashworth

Where are you from?
Cameron: Busselton, WA
Nathan: Perth, Western Australia.

What do you do?
Cameron: Currently a student studying photography and illustrative design to help my surf photography and working casually.
Nathan: I'm currently studying a law/arts degree at the University of Western Australia. I also work part time at a local surf shop for some coin.

What are you wearing from head to toe?
Cameron: Both op shop items, the shirt is actually my brother's so I kind of claimed it and the jeans are another score from the Freo op shop that I've torn up a bit.
Nathan: I'm wearing some really worn Vans that have seen me through many good times (and three months backpacking through Europe). It's a scorcher in Perth today so I'm wearing some denim jeans I cut after purchasing them at a near-by Salvos store. I'm also sporting an old Harley-Davidson tee with a cool cap I picked up from my grandfather's house.

What are you listening to on repeat right now?
Cameron: It would have to be Drunk Mums. I've heard them on a lot of surf films and my older brother has gotten me right into them.
Nathan: Soda by Violent Soho.

Where would you take us during the day if we came to visit you in your city? And when night falls?
Cameron: I usually spend my whole day either down the beach or close to it. So I guess a whole day of swimming and surfing down the local beach. When night falls, possibly just go out for a few drinks at a bar or pub. I'm not much of club go-er.
Nathan: During the day I'd take you guys to a couple of different beaches because that's definitely the best thing about Perth! There isn't much surf here but there are a lot of nice uncrowded bays to spend your day if you know where to look. At night, there's some cool bars in the city that are worth a go. Sunday sessions around Cottesloe are the pick though—the perfect place to have a few cold beers with your friends before potentially hitting the dance floor if you're up for it.

If you could ask the world one question and get the answer, what would you ask?
Cameron: Maybe I would ask the world why they let the "top knot" come into fashion? 
Nathan: Why do bad things happen to good people?

What's the best thing about being young in 2016?
Cameron: I think the best thing would have to be social media. It has let me share a lot of my photography work really easily and connected me with a heap of cool people and given me a lot of opportunities.
Nathan: The best thing about being young in 2016 is the freedom I'm afforded to travel. Travelling is one of my passions and being young in 2016 means that I have the opportunity to go and explore what the world has to offer. I've travelled around Western Australia and throughout a lot of Europe but there are so many more places I want to see and so many more cultures I want to immerse myself in.

In collaboration with ck2

ck2 a new scent for #the2ofus by Calvin Klein. Check it out here.

See our portraits of inspiring couples, duos and partners here and our shoot with super siblings Jeet and Otis Pavlovic here.

Credits


Photography Michael Tartaglia

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