Michael Henry Adams

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“Everything can inspire one, from the African, Arab and Iranians’ struggle for freedom despite the unfavorable odds to a lovely hat,” Michael says. And the value that he places on our intrinsic interconnectedness and simultaneous respect and adoration of our differences, no matter how big or small, is what this site is all about. History and culture and the way it all springs from the context of societal forces are Michael’s obsession and one that he espouses is necessary in order to understand the world. His father was a history teacher and he is a chronicler of style by way of history. It is through his obsession with the historical and sociological-based reason that buildings look the way they do that Michael sees causes, music and fashion – he finds it all pointless without the context. Read More

Identical to his childhood, books are everywhere in Michael’s home. In addition to classical antiques, china and silk curtains draped over the doorways as if stepping into another time, except for the occasional hint of modernity with the Keith Haring prints and a ’70s LOVE poster, which reminds me of his pink velvet blazer with orange silk Indian-print ascot. Tradition means a lot to Michael to say the least, and he shows no signs of resenting the past despite his honest and poignant account of his father’s fear of his son’s homosexuality when he wanted books on the European decorative arts at the library one day. Michael prefers tweaking the past rather than overthrowing it, and he does so with his clothes and the certain changes of color or pattern that counteract the staid or boring. He dramatizes jeans, a gingham shirt, an old cardigan and red Converse sneakers with an indigenous scarf and punctuates a velvet blazer with a DIY mirrored shawl and Kenneth Jay Lane bug pin. Unsurprisingly, Michael looks to Langston Hughes as someone worth emulating – the poet was a bohemian and an artist who expounded his causes while maintaining a striking sartorial elegance.

If you love Michael, you may also like Thomas Crowley, Brett Banks and Michael Musto.

  • http://www.facebook.com/edwina.owens.elliott Edwina Elliott

    Michael-you’re fabulous! And I love how you’re all over the place, from Target to Ralph Lauren to Harlem street vendors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=718565899 Michael Adams

    Dear Ms. Elliot thank you for your kind compliment, alas my apparent resourcefulness is motivated mostly by necessity–the mother of invention. I wish I were more inclined to fastidiousness…

  • http://www.facebook.com/edwina.owens.elliott Edwina Elliott

    The absolute mother of invention. But tell me about that wonderful mustard yellow leather chair—

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=718565899 Michael Adams

    I was on my way to the 26th Street flea market about 17 years ago. The pair were outside of a small shop on 25th Street. They were quite dirty, and all the tacks had been removed, but only $40.oo for the pair.

  • http://www.facebook.com/edwina.owens.elliott Edwina Elliott

    You’ve got an excellent eye.

  • Samira

    Your house is designed beautifully. I love the chair.

    And that pink jacket is wonderful