For our latest Perspectives series, we highlight a talented photographer, creative, and friend of the brand, Shafik Kadi, who recently shot our Made in LA Louie campaign. Shafik's interest in photography and cinematography began when he was a teenager shooting films with friends, which later blossomed into original ideas that became revered among the streetwear, sneaker, skate, and basketball industries. Shafik takes us through his favorite California spots and gives insight into how he bridges the worlds of sports and design through his creative lens.
Tell us how you ended up in California.
I moved to Los Angeles in 2012 from Helsinki, Finland chasing my dream of working in the US in the skateboard and streetwear industry, and I have been living and working here ever since.
What are your favorite spots in CA and LA?
My favorite place in LA has to be The Magic Castle in Hollywood, a classic LA spot with great entertainment, good food, and drinks.
I also love going to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena every second Sunday of the month. I've been frequenting Palm Springs and the surrounding areas, whether it's just to enjoy a resort, hiking, some off-roading, or any activities like playing tennis, basketball, or riding a bike.
What is your go-to CLAE style?
Lately been rocking the Malones in Menta leather off-white. Love that color.