places + faces

places + faces

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Not many brands can flex the fact that they went from a Tumblr photo blog to streetwear mainstay, but that’s the story of Places+Faces. The UK brand is the brainchild of Imran Ciesay and Solomon Boyede (or Ciesay and Soulz, respectively) and began way back in 2013 as a place for Ciesay to dump his archive of backstage photos. Like all good origin stories, P+F caught fire after the duo slapped a Places+Faces logo on some hoodies and other merch. Six years after its humble beginnings, the brand has become more than just a retailer and photography crew—they’ve created zines, done club nights, and dropped mixes with some of the UK music scene’s best artists.

 

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2013

Ciesay starts to sneak backstage at hip-hop shows and private events to photograph artists and cultural icons in New York while Soulz photographs in London. They put their images on a Tumblr blog.

 

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2014

The first merch is created. The two P+F hoodies are used by Ciesay and Soulz to wear as business cards for the brand.

 

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2015

Places+Faces link up with Highsnobiety for a London photo exhibition.

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2017

P+F drop their first print magazine, featuring images of Lil Yachty, A$AP Rocky, and more.

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2019

P+F launch a collab with GUESS Jeans U.S.A.

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Established

2013

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HQ

London, England

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Founder

Imran Ciesay (Ciesay) and Solomon Boyede (Soulz)

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How did Places+Faces start?

Way back in 2013, Ciesay spent a summer in NYC and would finesse his way into the backstage area of concerts and private events by telling security he was an official photographer for a big brand. Eventually, he had a huge pile of photos of some of hip-hop and contemporary culture’s biggest names but nowhere to put them. It was here that his friend and fellow photographer, Soulz, came in and suggested that the two should start a Tumblr blog called Places+Faces. After a few logo-printed hoodies acting as business cards caught fire, the duo slapped it into apparel and accessories and became one of the hottest brands in the local streetwear community.

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Is it pronounced “Places Plus Faces” or “Places and Faces?”

Both work but as the website’s URL suggests, the go-to is “Places Plus Faces.”

 

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What does Places+Faces actually do?

Ciesay and Soulz keep busy with a bit of everything. They have hoodies, waistbags, and accessories stamped with the P+F logo. Besides the merch, they’re doing everything from pop-up shops and club nights to photo zines and mixes featuring up-and-coming figures in the UK music scene, including Daniel OG & Neverland Clan, Darq E Freaker, 67 and Kojey Radical.

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