It might seem a strange notion that the dead pets of one’s childhood could inspire one’s passion as an adult, but this is exactly the case for Cassius Clay, a stylist who has worked with Kanye West and other luminaries. Cassius’s passion for beautiful silk scarves was inspired by watching his mother bury their pet birds in some of her favorite scarves. Now a student at Yale, Cassius discusses his extensive collection of scarves, what each means to him, and the different ways he utilizes them in his day-to-day dress. Even more intriguing, Cassius explains that it isn’t the scarves themselves that spark his interest and make each meaningful to him, but the ideas behind them. Watch the video above for more.