matt chu picchu the soho story 5

The streets of Soho are synonymous with New York; the cast iron and the cobble stones capture the urban spirit and perhaps the struggles amongst it. With every glimpse of glamour comes a sense of reality that New Yorkers can’t seem to escape. This particularly speaks to artists, since the city offers boundless inspirations and connections, yet plagues their sleep when rents keep rising. And this is exactly what happened in Soho, the now post-artist era neighborhood. View Post

matt chu picchu the vineyard man 2

A trip to Chile isn’t complete until you’ve visited a local vineyard. And from a wine-tasting perspective, it’s a serene escape into pseudo nature. For the vineyard workers, it’s hours of sweat to make the tens and thousands of vine rows come together for an unpredictable harvest. Yet walking amongst the beads of grapes under the golden sun evokes a sense of simplicity and intimacy between nature and people that  is insightful towards our perceptions of effort and success. View Post

matt chu picchu urban oasis in midtown 2

Julia Roberts used one word to describe New York City in Eat, Pray Love: ambition. And that one adjective has become a reality ever since I’ve moved to the city three years ago. From scrambling between school to internship to social gatherings, my schedule rarely has a moment of blank space. And as ambition gets in the way of down time, there is little to no time for urban escapes. That’s exactly how I’ve learned to find an oasis amongst all the frenzy the city encapsulates.  View Post

matt chu picchu navy south seaport

Winter carries a solemn attitude characterized by thoughtfulness and a tinge of moodiness. The naval inspired jacket embodies this spirit due to the battlegrounds’ strategic and destructive nature. Yet there’s something attractive about that sense of discipline, perhaps due to promises of reliability and even victory. So here’s to that grounded affair by repurposing the way we style the naval military jacket. View Post

matt chu picchu new york public library 2

As a New Yorker, the default perception of monochromatic is all black. It’s the easiest (and laziest) way to look effortlessly cool and chic. I say that this goes for navy as well; its a color engrained in all of our staples such as denim and shirts. Yet we look at them as complementary pieces, not the central attention of our outfits. So this is me defying the unconscious tendency and making it all about that navy. View Post