No explicit memo on the artist per se exists, but it might as well as this is Theophilus London’s week or possibly even his year. The purple patch Theophilus has enjoyed of late includes the worldwide release of his sophomore album Vibes!, single and music video release of “Tribes,” and now the cover of the latest Essential Homme photographed by Kevin Sinclair. Growing up in New York Theophilus thrived on the sometimes dissonant figure he cut. “I did things criminal — no, I’m kidding, I don’t have a criminal record — and creative everywhere, from playing the most gangster open mic nights in Harlem — where I was the only kid in H&M skinny jeans and everyone else was a thug with a fur jacket and a gun — to performing in New Lots [Brooklyn] for my gay cousins with cool style.” Theophilus has clearly found his feet these days, however, and is the toast of high fashion and popular music. Don’t take this page at face value, though, look to Karl Lagerfeld and Kanye West if you must, those would be the top entries on the memo bearing Theophilus London’s name.

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Credits include: Publication, Essential Homme  October / November 2014; Title, “A Neu Feeling”; Text by, Joshua Glass; Photography, Kevin Sinclair; Styling, Terry Lu; Grooming, Carissa Ferrei at Tracey Mattingly for Baxter of California; Photography assistance, Jason Willheim; Styling assistance, Lauren Richer.

Theophilus London | Essential Homme October / November 2014 (Photography: Kevin Sinclair)

Theophilus London | Essential Homme October / November 2014 (Photography: Kevin Sinclair)