What do you get when you cross an award-winning filmmaker with a hugely popular fashion blogger? Jake Davis.
On his namesake blog, Jake chronicles all things cool and current in menswear while also showcasing a series of stylized, slow-motion videos featuring a creative coterie of friends and tastemakers, which he calls Test Shots.
So where did it all start? A born New Yorker, Jake attented NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he directed a short film for Nike while still a student. With this impressive experience early on, it’s no surprise that his post-graduate pedigree includes creating music videos, shooting documentaries and capturing live performances of artists that run the gamut from My Chemical Romance and Kanye West to 50 Cent, Nelly, Snoop Dogg and OneRepublic.
Below, the blogger-filmmaker tells his style story.
What inspired you to start your site?
I wanted to contribute to culture in the only way I know how. As a director, I wanted to create films on my terms for people to enjoy. I try to fuse all the things I love—music, style and beauty.
How does film impact fashion and vice versa?
The two go hand-in-hand. I’m more into style than fashion. I love working with actors, artists and stylists to create characters through clothing.
If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be?
Robert Rabensteiner. Man, that guy can dress. He just makes everything look so effortless.
What is the most coveted item in your closet?
A good friend of mine gave me the Our Legacy Dinner Coat in Tilted Rain for my birthday from Barneys that I haven’t taken off. The fit is incredible, and the construction superb.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
When I first started directing films, my mom told me that my audience would find me. Follow your bliss—everything else follows. She was right.
Take us on your personal tour of New York.
The day would begin with a morning run around Washington Square Park, followed by a black iced coffee from Ground Support in Soho. Then, take-out from Parm, Balthazar or Dean & Deluca. Then I would head to the studio in Soho. A late dinner at Il Buco with my closest friends and a drink at Café Select. If we want to lose ourselves, we’d finish at Red Egg, Westway or Boom.
If you were accidentally locked in Barneys New York, what would we find you wearing in the morning?
I’ve always wanted to use the film Mannequin as a reference for a music video. It’s such an ’80s classic. If I was locked in Barneys for a night, it would be the perfect opportunity to use the windows as the backdrop for a video.
What items are at the top of your Barneys New York wish list at the moment?
1. I might be the only person I know that wears a double breast coat with a sweatsuit and driving mocks. But for me it makes sense. Don’t knock it til you try it. Tod’s are amazing.
2. I really love the color of this Drakes London bandana—mint and blaze.
3. Delvaux is a client of mine and they gave me this incredible newspaper bag. I’d grab another for a friend.
4. I don’t use a wallet so this Barneys New York double-sided money clip would come in really handy.