Nicholas works over at Stripe Men. When he's not working with us, he's finishing up his senior year at UCSC, where he's majoring in Creative Writing and Philosophy. He's been part of the Stripe crew for about nine months now, and he's our first employee feature in the revamp of our Staff Pick blog series.
What do you like about the shirt?
I really like the slim fit in the body and the sleeves. Also, the fabric is really comfortable — it's made from linen and cotton. And in the design, they really paid attention to the details like the textured buttons and the sleek front pocket. It's just a really nice shirt.
Coffee or tea?
I love both, but in my current day-to-day existence I prefer coffee.
What's your favorite place to grab coffee downtown?
Cafe Delmarette makes the best cup of no-nonsense cheap coffee. They brew either Cat and Cloud or Verve for their coffee of the day, and it’s only 2 bucks for a 12oz cup.
Who do you look up to as a poet?
I admire Sharon Olds, a brilliant contemporary poet whose work makes me weep. If you cannot help yourself from staining a book with tears, then you know the poetry is inspirational. Other than Sharon, I look up to my peers. Santa Cruz has bred some fantastic poets in the last few years, and their work has pushed me to think and write each week.
A little more about the brand:
In 2007, Victor Lytvinenko and Sarah Yarborough founded Raleigh Denim Workshop in the heart of their hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. They opened their own workshop and hired a team of skilled craftspeople to make jeans the old fashion way. Sewing, hemming, and riveting is all done in house.