Anwar Carrots is one of those hyphenates that probably couldn’t have existed before the internet. Born Anwar Washington in Trenton, New Jersey, Anwar Carrots is now a streetwear designer-model-music mogul-brand consultant-all-around cool guy. The guy definitely has his finger on the pulse of what’s popping in Los Angeles youth culture. He’s been name-checked by Tyler, the Creator, collaborated with Puma on a sneaker, and launched his own streetwear label, Carrots by Anwar Carrots.
As if he wasn’t busy enough, Anwar just curated an art show in partnership with Scion. The show opened on Saturday at the Scion AV gallery in L.A. and featured original works and exclusive products from Tyler, the Creator, Born x Raised, and Stella Blu among others. It was also an opportunity for Anwar to debut his latest capsule collection, named “Carrot Field.”
We linked up with Anwar for a My Style interview.
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Anwar Carrots, founder and creative director of my eponymous label, Carrots By Anwar Carrots. I also model and serve as a creative consultant to many other brands.
What was your inspiration for this capsule collection with Scion?
A carrot farm, realized in a retail/gallery atmosphere. Shoutout to Scion AV for giving creatives the opportunity show their work in an amazing space.
As a designer, what is the vibe that you hope your line conveys?
How would you describe your personal style?
Very simple. If you know me personally, in my style, you could see where I am from, where I have been, and where I am headed.
When did you first get into fashion?
I first got into streetwear, the sub-culture of fashion with which I am associated, in 2005 at the age of 15. The first brand that got me into fashion was A Bathing Ape. However, the single item that started it all for me was this orange all over print “gun show” parka from Rogue Status.
What is one piece of clothing that every guy should own?
Every guy should own a pair of quality sweatpants. I love traveling comfortably. Why go through the whole “take off your belt” procedure when you can comfortably walk straight through the X-ray device, throw up the Roc, and head to your terminal?
Who are people that you look to for style inspiration?
Future. As a consumer of hip-hop culture, he’s someone I look towards as an all-around individual. He resonates with his own culture, but through his music and fashion, he is showing us where he’s been as a byproduct of his success.
Who are your favorite designers and why?
Nigo of Human Made. Keiji Ishizuka and Atsuhiko Mori of Wacko Maria. Tyler, The Creator of Golf. Todd Snyder. Alex Olson of Bianca Chandon. Ben and Doug Burkman of Burkman Bros. I appreciate designers that wear what they create and use the products they create. It’s all about lifestyle to me and these designers embody that.
What’s one trend that needs to die now?
I’m not one to speak on what needs to live on or die. Live and let live.