Street Style

New Bedford photographer Andrew Kepinski explores the Whaling City to document fashion as it happens. Read about Andrew and how he’s aiming the spotlight at the city’s eclectic sense of style.

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May 5, 2022

Danielle Monteiro

New Bedford native Danielle Monteiro, 39, is a traveling photographer — complete with a portable studio that allows her to shoot her photos anywhere as part of Willow Studio. On the off season she makes a living as a staffing manager and medical assistant. “I’ve been in the medical field for 20 years caring for the sick,” she says, “which I love.”

Danielle, who now lives in Wareham, says her style goes by her vibe and energy. “I love thrifting so I never know what I’m looking for,” she says. “I buy it all and then put my looks together.  I love street wear, but dress it up for any occasion. I would say my style is edgy with class and love to take risks.

“My parents inspired me,” says Danielle, who would watch her parents put together outfits for events and nights out. “They are always dressed to the nines.” Her favorite season for fashion is fall, when sweater dresses, boots and jackets make for a plethora of options. 

“I love working with artists and putting together their look,” Danielle says. “I would love to do more shoots and get into being a stylist for those who have no idea what to wear and want to be more edgy with their look.” 

What Danielle’s wearing for this shoot:

Jacket — New York and Company (thrifted) 
T-shirt dress — Forever 21 
Belt — T.J. Maxx
Boots — Steve Madden 

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Danielle Monteiro. Credit: Andrew Kepinski / For The New Bedford Light

April 14, 2022

Nick Kosta

Nick Kosta, “New Bedford born and raised to the grave,” describes his style as varied and diverse — containing items from thrift store to Saks 5th avenue. “The goal is to walk into my closet blindfolded, grab an outfit, and be completely confident that when the blindfold is lifted I look cool as hell,” he says. “If I had to put a term on my style in its entirety … Street meets Sinatra.”

Nick, 34, works in sales and marketing and lives in the city’s South End but is originally from the West End. His style was heavily influenced by his father and grandfather. “I gravitate towards the same tasteful colors that my grandfather wore every day (gray, taupe, and beige),” Nick writes.

“I think where my style deviates from what I absorbed from them through osmosis is what I picked up growing up and playing sports in New Bedford,” he explains. “Being a huge basketball fan, I was always clocking for the newest and coolest sneakers that my favorite players were rocking.” (His favorite sneakers of all time? Air Max 90 Infrared.)

Nick’s top fashion season is fall, when “the diversity in clothing and layering options allow for the most creativity and widest range of styles.”

What Nick’s wearing for this shoot:

Sunglasses – Barton Perreira for Fear of God
Shirt – Fear of God
Pants – Suit Supply
Tennis Shoes – Fear of God ESSENTIALS
 

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Nick Kosta. Credit: Andrew Kepinski / For The New Bedford Light

March 28, 2022

Aria and Maya Christian

The two New Bedford natives Aria and Maya say fashion has always been a constant in their lives.

“Fashion has been in our blood since we were little. Our mom has always been so stylish,” the twins said in a written response to interview questions. “We used to play dress-up in her clothes and makeup all the time.” Aria is in fact wearing their mother’s mink coat in this photo shoot. 

“We both have such different styles. Maya is eclectic , with an earthy vibe. She could go either way. One minute it’s sweats, the next it’s a long maxi skirt with a head wrap, giving you goddess vibes. Aria loves a sweatsuit too, but has a trendy chicness. Very clean and always in black. We both are daring though, and love anything dramatic and ‘campy.’”

As twins, does this stylish duo find they influence each other as far as fashion goes?

“I don’t think so,” the twins say. “We get more inspired by different eras, movies, pop culture, etc. We are definitely students of fashion in the past, present and future.”

The twins now live in Brooklyn — Aria in Bushwick and Maya in Crown Heights. Besides running their business, “Twins that Cook,” Aria is a musician and Maya is a jewelry designer. 

Their favorite place to go when they visit New Bedford for summer and the holidays? The South End Beach: “We always make sure to take drives by it, even in the winter.”

The Baker is their go-to spot for coffee and breakfast and, as avowed thrift-shoppers, they have a special affinity for Savers on Kings Highway.

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Aria, left, and Maya Christian. Credit: Andrew Kepinski / For The New Bedford Light

Feb. 28, 2022

Gwendolyn Baptista

Gwen, age 20, majors in fashion entrepreneurship at UMass Amherst. Her favorite hobby — when she’s not putting together her next creative outfit — is sewing. 

“I like to think of my style as eclectic, Gwen says. “I enjoy looking like I have an array of trinkets that crows would find interesting. I don’t have one particular style, I usually wake up and think, ‘Hmmmm, who do I want to be today?’ and roll with that.”

“I always know when I run into Gwen she’s going to be wearing something your mom might disapprove of but the fashion world will embrace,” Anj says of this week’s Street Style All-Star. “Thanks for being you Gwen!”

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Gwendolyn Baptista. Credit: Andrew Kepinski / For The New Bedford Light

Feb. 3, 2022

Celia Brito

Celia Brito, the owner-buyer of Celia’s Boutique in downtown New Bedford, attributes her fashion sense to her mom and the women in her family, who were always elegantly dressed and took pride in what they wore.

It was only natural, she says, to for her to develop a passion for quality-crafted clothes that fit with her classy personality.

Celia was born in Brava, Cape Verde, and currently lives in Dartmouth.

She describes her style as being “classic chic with a flare of fun.”

In this photo shoot, Cecilia is wearing a leopard print maxi length coat with a cozy faux fur collar by Fabulous Furs, Betmar large-brim wool hat with leather piping and Italian-made black suede pumps by Brenda Zaro. All items were styled by Cecilia. 

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Celia Brito, owner of Celia’s Boutique. Credit: Andrew Kepinski / For The New Bedford Light

Jan. 19, 2022

Luis Villanueva

Luis Villanueva doesn’t look like your typical New Bedford native and that’s because he’s not.

He was born in Poblacion, Chile, and moved to the U.S. at 23. Luis knew when he moved to the states he wanted to have a signature style that stood out from the rest. He defines his look as Modern European with inspiration from the ’40s.

Luis — who has worked as an art dealer as well as an artist — ran the Colo Colo Gallery in New Bedford from 2008 to 2018. He closed the Colo Colo space for several reasons, including a decline in sales and the difficulties involved with recruiting artists to show their work exclusively in his gallery.

Nowadays, Luis is busy producing art pieces and planning his next gallery space. He aims to open what will be called “The Smallest Gallery in New Bedford” in early summer at Kilburn Mill, for the purpose of showing smaller pieces from multiple artists. To start off, he intends to have six shows a year in what will be a U-shaped, roughly 8-by-8-foot space.

Luis attributes his fashion sense to being an artist and considers clothing and personal style another form of art.

“When you dress well you are more approachable,” Luis says. “People also tend to be kinder and more respectful.”

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Luis Villanueva. Credit: Andrew Kepinski / For The New Bedford Light

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