Several weeks ago, I spent my Saturday exploring my neighborhood. Couldn’t think of a better companion to accompany me on my adventure with other than my Canon.
After a full day of snapping photos of all things East Village, I decided to head on home. As I was approaching my street I saw a crowd of people standing outside of a shop. My first thought, (naturally) was that I needed to be as aggressive as possible if I ever expected to survive the masses trying to reach the other side. I held onto my bags a little tighter, I took a deep breath, and decided to make a B line towards a tiny space I spotted. As I took my first couple of bold steps, I noticed the crowd of people directing their eyes towards something in front of them, like robots. This was a mystery I had to solve. Curiosity done killed the cat, y’all. (Thankfully, because I hate cats)
Well well well, what do we have here?, I thought. Just a real life mannequin modeling vintage clothing for her audience. So much commitment from this woman. Not once did she ever break character. I knew right then I had to capture her in action.
Once I was satisfied with my shots, I went inside to do a quick background check on The Deep End Club shop.
Here’s what I found out (because I’m never afraid to get in anyones business):
Tennesse Thomas, the former drummer of the british band The Like, recently created a modern day society club in the East Village. Inspired by the fusing of art, music and fashion, Thomas decided to open up The Deep End Club, a pop-up shop where she can bring her crew of creative friends together to exhibit their work to the public. Inside of the shop I came across vintage inspired clothing collections, organic handmade jewelry, art work displayed in all forms of mediums, and music from local bands in NYC. Wow. This was just too perfect!
Since the early 60’s, The East Village has been known for its diverse community, and artistic sensibility. Im so happy to see places like The Deep End Club keep that reputation alive! I can’t wait to see what else will be featured in the months to follow.
note: The name “The Deep End Club” was inspired by Thomas’ father (drummer for Elvis Costello). While on tour in Japan, the band walked around in the ‘Garden of Tranquility and Peace,’ where they passed a lake where a wedding was taking place. The band’s keyboard player yelled “Deep End Club meeting,” and according to band rules, they had to go in with all clothes on.
Tennessee Thomas favors the same spontaneous spirit and found it fitting as she is birthing a new concept for the community.