Credit: Joe Nelson

New Bedford is known for many things — its history, its art, its fishing industry and its melting pot of traditions and backgrounds.

What may fly under the radar, however, is the Whaling City’s eclectic sense of style. Cultivated by the individuals who make up this tight-knit community, the fashion scene takes the stage here not on a runway, but on the streets, in the downtown, on the waterfront and in the working-class neighborhoods that form the soul of New Bedford.

That’s what The New Bedford Light, in collaboration with photographer Andrew Kepinski, has set its sights on documenting in our new feature: Street Style.

“Fashion sense is about self-expression and less about brands and trends,” Kepinski writes. “One of my goals in this project is to showcase how fashion and style can be an art-form and how it embodies an individual’s personality and attitude. 

“I want to visually curate and document how different generations and cultures can influence and impact how we dress. From fisherman work wear to innovative streetwear to granny chic, my hope is for people to get a glimpse into how style and fashion are intertwined and what makes New Bedford so special.”

About the photographer

Andrew “Anj” Kepinski is a professional freelance photographer and deejay from New Bedford. His aesthetic has an artistic, candid approach and portrays people in their truest form. He loves to create and show people the world through his lens. You can find him around town spinning a wide range of tunes or working on his tennis game at Buttonwood Park.

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