Fall fashion inspiration from stylish New Yorker David Morgan

Etsy’s social-media coordinator favors color for fall, and references the ’80s and ’90s for his funky ensembles. Check out his favorite fall fashion outfits and find out how to spin his style.

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As Etsy’s social-media coordinator, David Morgan is constantly inspired by the marketplace’s talented community of sellers. When he’s not shopping on Etsy, he prefers to buy from NYC’s thrift stores such as Rags-A-Gogo, and stocks up on offbeat men’s accessories, colorful socks and well-made shoes.

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    “Part of my job is to discover beautiful things, and I’m always inspired by what I come across. In style and in work, I appreciate items that have a strong, compelling story.”

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    “I buy most of my shirts at thrift stores because they are the best place to find retro prints and oversize fits, which I love.” Morgan’s Jordache jeans are from Rags-A-Gogo (218 W 14th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves; 646-486-4011, rags-a-gogo.com) and his John Ashford Sport shirt is also a thrift-store find.

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    “I love a good shawl for fall! It has to be big, so I can wrap it in fun ways, and the colors have to be a bit muted, so that I can wear it with a bunch of things,” he says of this style, which he bought at Beacon’s Closet (88 North 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-486-0816, beaconscloset.com).

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    Morgan picked up these handmade bracelets at the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market (52 W 116th St between Fifth Ave and Malcolm X Blvd [Lenox Ave]; 212-987-8131).

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    “I always reference the late ’80s or early ’90s as a big part of my style backdrop. The silhouettes were a little exaggerated and dramatic, which I like, and the colors were very fun and vivid. Television shows like The Cosby Show and A Different World, as well as R&B groups like Bell Biv DeVoe are always in my mental mood board.”

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    “I found a brown pair of farmer overalls at a thrift store [in Maryland], and they make me smile every time I wear them. They’re so simple, unique and fun!”

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    Morgan pairs a shirt from Buffalo Exchange (locations throughout the city; visit buffaloexchange.com) with a cardigan that was handed down from his father. “I’ve had many of my favorite things for many years, and love clothing with texture and history. I always love a good story.”

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    Morgan purchased this leaf necklace from a costume-jewelry store in the Bronx that is now closed. “I think it was 99 cents; it was so inexpensive, but I love it.”

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    “I’m also almost always seen with a bag. I have a few great vintage travel bags in my collection, which I’ve found at various thrift stores.” Morgan picked up this carryall in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

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    “A good pair of shoes that you feel comfortable in is essential to any outfit. They’re arguably the items in one’s wardrobe that get the most use, so they definitely need to be sturdy. Well-made shoes are treasures that can be worn for years and years.” Morgan picked up this pair of Botticelli’s (botticellishoes.com) from a Salvation Army in the Bronx.

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    A J.Crew sweater was a hand-me-down from his father, and the oversize scarf was a gift from a friend.

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    Morgan lounges in a pair of Liz Sport pants, which he purchased at Junk (567 Driggs Ave between North 6th and 7th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn • 197 North 9th St between Bedford and Driggs Aves • junk11211.com).

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    The leaf necklace was another 99-cent-store score from shop in Union Square, while the beaded necklace is his own handiwork.

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    Morgan hand-crocheted this bag himself with wool yarn and used thrifted handkerchiefs for the inside lining.

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    TONY DEAL! Gitman Bros. multicolor pattern button-down shirt, $184 (normally $230), at hypebeast.com/store. Use code “TONY20” at checkout to receive this discount through Wed 11.

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    Aldo Lint leather briefcase, $55, at Aldo, locations throughout the city; visit aldoshoes.com

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    Lifetime Collective Cecil top, $89, at PacSun, 583 Broadway between E Houston and Prince Sts (212-219-2480)

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    Echo Nostalgic infinity scarf, $48, at echodesign.com

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    Selected Homme Derby shoes, $127, at asos.com

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    Beau Ties LTD of Vermont Blenheim belt, $90, at beautiesltd.com

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    Lifetime Collective Erlund Twill pants, $110, at PacSun, 583 Broadway between E Houston and Prince Sts (212-219-2480)

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    Sean John Marled striped scarf and hat (not pictured) set, $56, at Macy’s, 151 W 34th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-695-4400, macys.com)

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    Timex Weekender Slip Thru watch, $45, at timex.com

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    Fraas scarf, $39, at Rothman’s, 222 Park Ave South at 18th St (212-777-7400)

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    Dickies Duck Bib overalls, $88, at dickies.com

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    Sean John striped V-neck sweater, $68, at Macy’s, 151 W 34th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-695-4400, macys.com)

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    Lifetime Collective Maxwell cardigan, $159, at PacSun, 583 Broadway between E Houston and Prince Sts (212-219-2480)

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    Aldo Radwankski scarf, $20, at Aldo, locations throughout the city; visit aldoshoes.com

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    Beau Ties LTD of Vermont Mayfair leather messenger bag, $250, at beautiesltd.com

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    Tommy Bahama Upstate Cable jacket, $250, at Tommy Bahama, 551 Fifth Ave between 45th and 46th Sts (212-537-0956, tommybahama.com)

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    Sean John buckle-back chino, $68, at Macy’s, 151 W 34th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-695-4400, macys.com)

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    American Eagle bracelets, three for $10, at American Eagle Outfitters, locations throughout the city; visit ae.com

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    GoodWood beaded necklaces, three for $24, at karmaloop.com

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    Ted Baker London Nachoo scarf, $70, at Ted Baker London, locations throughout the city; visit tedbaker.com

Photograph: Sasha Maslov

“Part of my job is to discover beautiful things, and I’m always inspired by what I come across. In style and in work, I appreciate items that have a strong, compelling story.”


David Leon Morgan, 27, social-media coordinator for Etsy (etsy.com), Bronx; @Etsy, @DavidLeonMorgan

Favorite part about social media: “I am fascinated with the way social stories have the power to immediately connect disparate groups of people.”
 
Least favorite thing about social media: “There is so much to see and so little time to see everything! It’s easy to get sucked into the vortex of celebrity drama and cat videos. I practice the art of restraint daily.”

His personal style: “My style is a true reflection of my thought process. It’s a little all over the place, very colorful yet very sincere. I try to only buy things that resonate with me in an emotionally or spiritually positive way, which often makes shopping a somewhat arduous process.”

His inspirations: “I grew up in a religious home, so I appreciate clothing distinct among religious sects, such as the Amish and Mennonite communities. I love how clothing can be used to articulate one’s spiritual beliefs. I also love blue-collar uniforms. Clothing with resiliency that’s specifically made for practical use makes me feel safe.”

Style motto: “Don’t underestimate the power of clothes. They are extremely powerful tools to communicate who we are and what we stand for. Be fearless and relentless in expressing both. Explore new ways to articulate both, too. View trends as options, not as standards. The only fashion rules are the ones you create for yourself.”

Favorite NYC stores:Rags-A-Gogo (218 W 14th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves; 646-486-4011, rags-a-gogo.com) is a cozy vintage store with a great curated selection and a friendly owner. I bought some of my favorite jeans and headscarves from there. I’m an avid supporter of Goodwill (locations throughout the city; visit goodwill.org). You never know what beautiful surprise you’ll find, and their mission to support the community and provide opportunities to people with special needs makes the shopping experience even more fulfilling.”

Favorite store to shop for fall:L Train Vintage (locations throughout the city; visit ltrainvintage.com) has amazing prices, and their coat selection is stellar. I love going there for vintage shoes too.”

Favorite NYC designers: “Alison Dahl Kelly (dahlnyc.etsy.com) creates stunning, ethereal dresses and bridal wear in gorgeous, light hues; and Sarah Rashid of Style Hybrid (stylehybrid.etsy.com), who uses laser cutting technology to create accessories with complex and beautiful geometric designs.”

Favorite fall trends: “I’m a big fan of the colorful-sock movement. They’re such a fun, unexpected surprise that can be incorporated into a range of styles. I also am in love with fitted leather jackets this fall. They get better with age, and are perfect complements to both casual and dressy looks.”

On his fall shopping wish list: “I need a good transitional coat. Something with removable lining, perhaps?”

Follow Rachel LeWinter on Twitter: @Rachel_LeWinter


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