Most stylish New Yorkers: Jazz St. Clair Robinson

The '80s fanatic models his Fresh Prince--inspired duds.

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    Robinson shows off his signature item---a Levi's denim button-down he had custom-painted with the Fresh Prince logo at Adam's Comics and Cards (161 E 170th St between Sheridan Ave and Wythe Pl, Bronx; 718-537-2565). The black-and-white Versace pants are a hand-me-down from his mother, who has been a major influence on his style. "There are pictures all around the house of her looking like she stepped out of The Cosby Show," he says.

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    The artist once wore this self-made condom earring to his uncle's retirement party. "My father got very upset with me for wearing it there," he says. "For the first time, I listened to how he said, 'Keep a condom on hand at all times, Son.' I guess it threw him for a loop that instead of me having it 'on hand,' I had it on my ear."

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    This carved necklace is by Good Wood (goodwoodnyc.com). "It kind of resembles me, doesn't it?" jokes Robinson.

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    Robinson throws on a pair of black plastic shades for a dose of coolness. "Black is such a strong color," he explains. "Outfitwise, sometimes simplicity goes hand in hand with complexity."

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    "I cherish this boom-box watch," he says of the chunky silver piece, purchased at Coat of Arms.

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    Robinson bought these Reebok pumps at Michael K (452 Broadway between Grand and Howard Sts, 212-334-9088). "Those sneakers are definitely an icon of the '80s," he says. "Everybody and their mama knows about Pumps."

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    He goes all out in a pair of black overalls and a vintage Coogi sweater (shopcoogie.com) that he scored in a bartering deal with a friend. "I had traded him a different Coogi sweater that better suited his style for the vibrant and loud one that I have now," he says.

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    This marijuana necklace, also by Good Wood, is one of Robinson's prized possessions.

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    Robinson prefers his '80s-style gold hoop earring to a basic stud. "Anyone whose style is influenced by the '80s today knows about this unwritten rule," he says. He opts for a blue nose stud, inspired by Tupac Shakur, although he sometimes sports a pearl one on formal occasions.

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    He picked up this vintage Twix radio at a thrift shop in Buffalo. "The flavors featured on each side of the radio (Cookies & Cream and Chocolate Fudge) haven't been on shelves in aeons."

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    After the recession, Robinson started cutting his own hair, which is influenced by New Edition and the Fresh Prince. "I decided I was too creative to just pay someone when I can learn to cut hair myself," he says.

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    Robinson's Puma sneakers with neon laces complete the retro '80s look.

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     He models two vintage finds: a red cardigan from the Salvation Army and a Mickey Mouse tee from Metropolis, alongside a pair of Bongo acid wash jeans (bongo.com).

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    Robinson has had this Nintendo Game Boy since he was a toddler. "Remarkably, it still works and it's a great accessory."

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    This wooden fist necklace, purchased in Harlem, holds meaning for Robinson. "My girlfriend and I had just broken it off," he says. "When I bought it, I threw away a piece of jewelry that she had bought me, slapped my new Black Power--fist chain on and felt liberated."

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    He picked up this Mickey Mouse cap from a friend who sells hats in Soho.

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    Robinson holds his red Converse sneakers in high esteem. "I think that red Converses are so iconic, everyone should have a pair," he says.

     

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Robinson shows off his signature item---a Levi's denim button-down he had custom-painted with the Fresh Prince logo at Adam's Comics and Cards (161 E 170th St between Sheridan Ave and Wythe Pl, Bronx; 718-537-2565). The black-and-white Versace pants are a hand-me-down from his mother, who has been a major influence on his style. "There are pictures all around the house of her looking like she stepped out of The Cosby Show," he says.

Jazz St. Clair Robinson, 21, "I'm the comic relief of the Tribe," Bronx

His personal style: "I would describe my style as almost modern hippie, but inspired by the '80s and '90s. I'm all about peace, equality and love for the world. I enjoy wearing colors and patterns that remind the eyes of harmony and bliss."

His inspirations: "My name inspires my style. Getting older and realizing my name was very unique opened my eyes to being creative. On top of that, others always said I reminded them of the Fresh Prince. How ironic that the Fresh Prince's best friend's name was Jazz. I figured my name was powerful, so I felt I needed to dress the part."

Favorite stores: "Any Salvation Army (locations throughout the city; visit salvationarmyusa.org) is heaven to me. Though it sounds clich, one man's junk is another man's treasure. On Family Wednesdays, everything is 50 percent off. Metropolis (43 Third Ave between 9th and 10th Sts, 212-358-0795) sells vintage clothes from all eras; it's a tad more expensive than the Salvation Army, but for good reason. They have concert T-shirts of the Jacksons, Elvis, New Kids on the Block—the list goes on. The racks full of vibrant sweaters and jackets are candy to my eyes. Coat of Arms (43 Clinton St between Rivington and Stanton Sts; 212-673-7060, coatofarmsnyc.com) sells sporty vintage clothing. They have everything from old starter jackets to retro black-movement T-shirts. Their selection is so exclusive that the store barely has more than one of each item. That only makes the shop better, because I take pride in being different, and it shortens my chances of running into someone with the same thing on—awkward!"

His signature accessory: "My signature item is my Fresh Prince denim Levi's shirt. I remember my first time wearing this shirt; it was the first day I met other people who share the same style interests. It was a photo shoot in Harlem, and I made a really good impression on all of these people that had prior relationships because they admired this shirt."

How his style has evolved through the years: "My style is influenced by the past two decades of fashion. The early '80s and '90s had such a way of expressing individuality. It was about more than just matching two colors together; it was more about color and pattern creativity."

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