Necessities: Molawin Evangelista Of Platform Store
Tell us a little bit about yourself Molawin, what do you do and where are you based?
My name is Molawin Evangelista, 22 years old and i’m based in Auckland, New Zealand. I am a photographer, designer, psychiatric nurse and the creative director/co-founder for a conceptual retail project called Platform Store.
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Where are some of your favourite places to hang out in Auckland?
For coffee I usually head straight to Red Rabbit in Parnell. Awesome people and great brew. I’m really into casual eateries so off the top off my head I love to take people to places like Simon & Lee, Federal Delicatessen and the newly opened Mr. T’s in Onehunga. I’m a big fan of going to galleries as well so I go to a few whenever I have a spare moment. Te Uru Gallery in Titirangi is definitely my top pick.
Awesome, Simon & Lee definitely is one of the best spots around right now. Since the second edition of Platform Store in 2018 what have you been working on since?
We’ve pretty much been non-stop since The Research Centre finished up. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes on an online experience which we aim to have finished in the early months of 2019.
We also are creating an exclusive capsule collection that will be released in conjunction with online experience as well as starting to plan our next physical experience later in the year, so there’s a lot of work going on at the moment!
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What inspires your creativity? Where do you personally look for inspiration?
A lot of my inspiration comes from being out and about in the real world. As much as the internet is an incredible source of information and references, I think observing the world around me, how people interact with it and talking to people I find interesting gives me more inspiration than simply surfing the web. I go to a lot of galleries, retail stores and public events which all contribute to how my brain kinda works haha.
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Aside from this, I also turn to print publications quite often for inspiration and references. The content in printed matter always feel much more curated, well thought out and impactful and I think it’s because when you create something in print and publish it, you can’t simply just erase or delete it from existence so the content goes into print often seems to be only the best cuts from whoever is creating it.
Your personal style is really unique, you’re into Japanese labels, graphics as well as some hyped sneakers. Where do you mainly shop?
In the past year a lot of my shopping has been through Yahoo Japan using a proxy site as I can often get pieces from some of my favourite labels at second hand prices that would often be much more difficult to obtain on other websites outside of Japan. Namely speaking of labels like Cav Empt, Human Made, The North Face Purple Label, Neighborhood, Wacko Maria and the list goes on haha.
Locally, the only place I really shop at is Checks Downtown, strong product offering and and an even stronger in-house label. Shoutouts Jordan!
So we got you to pick out five products that are things you can’t live without, could you explain what each one is, where you got them from and what they mean to you personally?
1. Apple MacBook
Kinda goes without saying that my laptop is pretty much the most important thing I have at the moment. It has all my work from the past few years and is my tool for creating anything I can think of.
Pretty much like my laptop, it’s a tool that I rely on to create my ideas as well as document important moments in my life. I previously had a Canon 5D MKIII that unfortunately got stolen and have since moved on to a Fujifilm X-Pro 2.
3. Wide/Straight Pants
Comfort is king haha. I’m weirdly particular with the type of pants I wear and own and always go for wider cut legs. From my particular closet, I have multiple pairs of the same black straight cut pants from United Arrows & Sons and a pair of grey BEAMS suit pants that I constantly have on rotation all year round.
4. My book/magazine collection
I have quite a large collection of publications centred around art and design that I cherish quite a lot. The collection spans from about 2012 till present and range from big hardcover books, international magazines and small handmade zines from local and international artists. I constantly refer back to my publications as my main sources of inspiration. Here are some of my favourite recent additions.
5. Tote Bag
Pretty much will never catch me without a tote bag haha. Pretty straight forward, carries all my stuff while i’m out and about. My particular favourite is this one I got from the Noah store while I was in Harajuku.
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