Artist Spotlight: Olivia Bee and Cooper Campbell

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”
Charles Bukowski

When Izzy and I founded Cote-Armour, making clothing and accessories was only a part of what we wanted to do. We were interested in making a place for our artist friends – for the painters, writers, photographers, and musicians – to showcase their work. We wanted to create a place where people could go to discover something new and something that inspires them. So when Olivia Bee, one of my favorite photographers, and her boyfriend Cooper Campbell came to stay with me for a few days during their trip to New York, I knew I wanted them to be a part of the artist collective that Izzy and I are establishing. Olivia’s work has always been a big inspiration to me – her photographs transmit such honesty and frankness that I strive for in my own photography. I discovered Cooper’s sketches earlier this year, and when he came to visit, he brought along copies of his most recent comic, Rocky Point 97MPH. I just couldn’t get enough of his style – his ability to communicate something even more than language with his weapon of choice, a ballpoint pen. What I love about these two is their ability to convey the joy and the wrath inherently tied to the process of growing up. They don’t just create pretty pictures or drawings; their work pulls at some image hidden within you – it makes an unnamable thing in the back of your brain just sort of click. But, the best part of the time I spent with them was being able to learn that these two are bred from the best sort of stock: they’re some of the kindest and most hilarious people I’ve ever met – the sort of people who can make any moment one of the dearest memories, whether it’s running around Chelsea or talking back at my place until 3 am.

Olivia is modeling our Astalot Headpiece and Cooper dons the Carr Studded Baseball Hat in red. Both the products are up for sale on our Etsy and similar pieces will join them in the coming weeks.

Stay gnarly,
I&S xx

Photos and styling by Shriya Samavai. All items of clothing are the models’ own.

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