We spent some time with singer and songwriter Derik Baker — better known as electro indie-pop persona Virginia to Vegas. Here he talks about personal aesthetic, views on modern masculinity and his favourite fragrance, Truefitt & Hill's 1805.
How would you describe your sense of style and aesthetic? From what we've seen of you, it seems like it’s pretty clean, and pretty minimal.
For me I think you hit the nail on the head. Less is often more. I like to choose simple pieces to add into my wardrobe. I like neutral colors and simple black and white. I try to find interesting cuts to make the look unique. A long line t-shirt, a pair of skinny jeans, a classic sneaker is my daily go to. I always love when the fall rolls around — pairing a casual outfit with an oversized sweater, jean jacket or bomber.
Any thoughts on what it means to be a modern man or modern gentleman? Stylistically speaking, are there any traditionally masculine pieces that you can’t live without?
For me being a modern man is about mixing style and function. Finding a good pair of denim is a must. A fresh pair of white sneakers always makes a look clean and fresh. Finding a quality made shirt is so important to me. There's a company based out of Toronto that makes the best tees I've ever worn. Check them out, they're called Get Fresh.
As I get older style has become more about finding a few quality pieces and being able to mix them up. In terms of something I can't live without, it's my specs. I wear glasses daily and finding a unique well made frame is something that's super important to my look. Currently I'm in love with the designs from Garret Leight, a small boutique shop based out of Venice Beach California. I've also just finished rebuilding a vintage motorcycle with my girlfriend's father, so having a warm jacket for the ride around Toronto is a daily must. I have an old Levi's jacket lined with faux fur. It's super warm and completes the classic minimal vintage aesthetic.
When I came across 1805 I was instantly pulled in. It's a modest, earthy and naturally masculine scent that works well with me. It's not overpowering and holds up throughout the day. Cardamom and Lavender give it a classic timeless feel. I use it daily and it reminds me of that classic fresh feeling you get when you leave the barber shop.
Virginia to Vegas has released a new single, Lights Out. For more information, background and other work, visit him at http://www.virginiatovegas.com.