Who Am I ?
JACOB Z. SHANBROM
1: Who am I?
Jacob Daniel Zeidenberg Shanbrom, but on everything except for my birth certificate, passport, and license, I much prefer the sound of Jacob Z. Shanbrom. The ‘Daniel’ is unnecessary.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I am always designing. I have a couple of dresses in a constant rotation on my dress form. I have been nurturing my fashion blog, Fringing On Obscenity since March, and I am a Merchandising intern for French Connection. I like to be busy, and I most enjoy when the most hours possible are filled with elements pertaining to fashion. I have recently launched a shopping website, Shopping With Obscenity, which has given me the opportunity to sell my designs and vintage.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I was born in New Haven, a cool ninety second drive outside of Yale University’s campus. From the age of eight, I have dreamt of living in New York City. I have one more year of high school, and then I have my sights set on fashion school, and most importantly, my move to NYC. I would also like to spend more time in Paris. I have been taking French for five years and recently was invited and attended fashion week in Paris. It is such a beautiful city; I am hungry for more.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
Coco Chanel and my mom, Sherry (or as I call her, Patricia Renee).
5: What book is your bible?
I have always been obsessed with fashion magazines. Obviously Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue are some of my top picks. I have never been a huge reader; I have always felt that I could be doing more important things than reading. If I had to choose a real book, it would either be The Great Gatsby; The Sun Also Rises by Earnest Hemmingway, or anything by Agatha Christie. When I was twelve or thirteen, my mom bought me a huge book on the history of corsets from a museum. I have read it to death, and I could real it a thousand more times. I have also been toting around the Sex and the City 2 book about the costumes from the movie in my purse. I have read it cover-to-cover six times; it is amazing.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
The obvious answer [for love] is fashion. I have never felt more passionate about a subject in my life. I really love a good blazer, a killer pair of high heels, the skinniest pants I can find, and bowties. I like to think of my style as the best elements of masculine and feminine dressing combined. I can’t stand faux fur, Ugg boots, tankinis, and orthopedic (comfort) footwear.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I love to make people feel beautiful. Whether I am styling someone, personal shopping, organizing someone’s closet, or custom designing a piece, I want to make sure the every person I work for leaves feeling happy, confident, beautiful, and like they can run the world. I wake up every day and when I dress myself, I try and exude those same emotions. As a designer and stylist, it is important to show people what I can do for myself before I ask them to trust me.
8: What is your favorite color?
I wear a ton of black, but being that black is the absence of color, I would say lime green is pretty far up there. I also like really dark purple.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
I never really read any comic books. I much preferred cartoons. Wonder Woman was pretty fierce, with her accessories and such. I also really like the comic strip Zits.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
I love Caracas Arepa bar downtown and Cafeteria in Chelsea. I also love to hit up Loehmanns, both on the upper west side and Chelsea, and the late night Forever 21, being that I am seventeen and can’t get into clubs.
11: What turns you on?
I love when people strut in real life. I find myself doing it quite often, but when you see a woman working it in five inch heels during the day, that’s the best. I am also a handbag freak, and I have been known to stop walking in the middle of the street to stare down a Birkin or a Chanel 2.55.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
A: In ten years, I hope to have an established design house or a distinguished job at another design firm. I want to be married at thirty and adopt a child at thirty five. I have had my life planned out since I was fifteen, and although I know things never work out properly, I hope that I can stick to my life schedule.
Jacob Z. Shanbrom is a fashion designer and blogger who resides in New Haven, CT. He is entering his senior year of high school with the aspirations of continuing onto fashion school in New York City. As a self-taught designer, Jacob spends hours honing his craft and learning new methods of clothing construction. Using the 1950’s, androgyny, and a vast knowledge of historical undergarments, Jacob’s designs often evoke a sense of hyper-feminism with a consistent, underlying thread of strength. When not sewing, he spends his time working on his blog, Fringing on Obscenity. Jacob created Fringing on Obscenity last January an outlet to share his designs and personal style. Check out his blog to learn more and see his designs, also visit Shopping with Obscenity to buy Jacobs designs.
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Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Maddie Marino
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Jacob Z. Shanbrom, New York, 2011, Photography by Maddie Marino