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Let's go inside some of the industry's greatest closets off the runway and off camera.  Everything on this site is handpainted by the author. Follow me on Instagram @theclosetinterview and @annthaden.

Greg Banks

Greg Banks

Today I’m meeting Greg Banks in Brooklyn.   Greg is an acclaimed singer song writer from New Orleans that has been compared to Jimi Hendrix, Prince and Lenny Kravitz thanks to his incredible musical talent and personal style.  Greg Banks is in demand for his one of a kind soulful performances.   Follow him @gregbanksmusic and learn more at www.gregbanksmusic.com and check out his song "Way Out" here.

 Photo courtesy of Greg Banks

Photo courtesy of Greg Banks

Hello Greg.  It’s great to see you.  Can I interview your closet?  Absolutely! Welcome... I am honored!

The people I’ve met in or from New Orleans have the best style!  Who(where) are some of the people/places in NOLA that inspired how you put together your looks?  Growing up in New Orleans is as beautiful as the people who reside there. Some of my hometown fashion  inspirations were definitely The Mardi Gras Indians, their elaborate headdresses, colors and just culture moved me in so many ways. The Meters (Band), effortless!  and my Uncle Michael, fearless...  just to name a few!

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It’s clear that you’ve made some amazing vintage scores and I’d love to learn more about your favorite places to shop around the country and some of your favorite finds.   Can you describe a few of your faves and where you found them?  It’s true, I have a habit of finding/buying nice things!!! In New York I really like, City Opera Thrift, Ritual Vintage, Wonders of Walter and an oldie but goodie that has recently closed down Allen and Suzi. In New Orleans its Glue and On The Other Hand Vintage on Historic Oak St.  These places are treasure chest, every step holds a rare find!  I'm still in search of the hidden gems across the nation and the world.

 Wonders of Walter.

Wonders of Walter.

What is your favorite piece(s) of jewelry or accessory?  If you would for just a moment consider boots an accessory, I really love my Jeffrey West Electric Blue, Patent Leather Boots, and my Tailor Made Demain Leather Choker with the brass hardware. Last but not least I can’t leave out my Labradorite Crystal bracelet, makes me feel  invincible!

 Jeffrey West boots.  Similar styles available  here. 

Jeffrey West boots.  Similar styles available here. 

What is your spirit animal?  I’d say my spirit animal is a Jaguar.... The jaguar is frequently viewed as a symbol of life and strength.  It also symbolizes beauty and rejuvenation, loyalty and courage.  I literally walk that everyday.  I walk in the beauty of who I am, I am rejuvenated by my surroundings, I am loyal to those that love and support me especially in times that are not obvious and I am courageous daily just by merely being me.

 Anderson & Sheppard Felt Hat available here.

Anderson & Sheppard Felt Hat available here.

What did you wear the last time you went out to dinner?  The last time I went out to dinner I wore red leather pants, black and red Jeffrey West patent leather boots, a red black and white Vintage Gucci shirt and my white leather Demain Leather Choker.

 

 Gucci Cities cotton t-shirt available  here .

Gucci Cities cotton t-shirt available here.

Where did you go and what did you order?  I went to Soco BK. I ordered the red beans and rice with the creole gumbo.

Soco BK

What is your favorite beverage of choice?  My beverage of choice the Mardi Gras with Rum, Passion fruit, orange juice, pineapple juice, cinnamon and nutmeg!! I keep a bit of New Orleans with me everywhere I go and they serve it just right!! Cheers!

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What song will you never delete from you playlist?  I will never delete “Adore” by Prince.


Do you believe in astrology? If so what’s your sign and which characteristics are important parts of your personality?  I do believe in Astrology! I’m a Libra, I’m a lover, I’m Positve, and Dependable! I bring balance but honestly I am still finding mine...

 Bob Marley in a recording studio in London, 1972.

Bob Marley in a recording studio in London, 1972.

If you could go in a time machine, where and when would you travel to?  If I could go in to a time machine I would travel to the moment in the studio where Bob Marley was creating Legend!


What would you wear on this time machine adventure? I would wear my Jeffrey West Electric Blue Patent Leather boots, My tailor made lace covered denim and my chain tank top, and my leather Demain Chocker. and underneath it all would be a Bob Marley T-Shirt that would let him know how much he influenced the world!

 Tailored purple track pants by Ovadia & Sons available  here. 

Tailored purple track pants by Ovadia & Sons available here. 

What are your favorite music venues to see other artists or to perform? My favorite Venues to see other artist  perform are Bowery Ballroom, Brooklyn Bowl and Webster Hall. These are also venues where I've performed! They allow you to share the intimacy with each artist... their vulnerable moments which is always their greatest moments. 
 

 The Bowery Ballroom on Delancy Street, formerly a shoe store in the 1930s.

The Bowery Ballroom on Delancy Street, formerly a shoe store in the 1930s.

If you were a car what would you be?  If I were a car I’d be a Black 68 Mustang with Peanut Butter interior! Undeniable, Fast, classic and sexy as hell!


If you could invite anyone in the world for a coffee who would you invite and why?  If I could invite anyone in the world to coffee it would be Berry Gordy. I’d thank him for facilitating the greatest this world has ever known!.

 

 Dries Van Noten Sportcoat available  here.

Dries Van Noten Sportcoat available here.


Fill in the blanks regarding your closet!

The last thing I bought on vacation was a Bob Marley T-shirt when I traveled to Jamaica. 

I spent too much money on clothes but I saved on compliments!

 Photo Courtesy of Greg Banks.

Photo Courtesy of Greg Banks.

I would love to wear this  my one of a kind outfit my tailor made for me and appear in Rolling Stone Magazine!

I wear Hermes Terre D'Hermes and many others but I love smelling Santal 33 on someone else!

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Thanks for letting me interview your closet Greg.  I’m glad I got to know you better too.  Now would you mind if I borrowed your  jaguar, mink and rabbit vest from Allan and Suzi (even though you told me that you want to ask PETA for forgiveness since you admit are a work in progress!)

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