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Menswear Mondays: sacred clown Bradley Mccollough on his utilitarian fashion

Hats were prominent this past weekend, whether over-the-top, Kentucky Derby style or straw sombreros. Even so, wordsmith and jester Bradley Mccollough was a standout with his fancy felt hat, his favorite accessory. Continue reading to find out where he shops, how comedy influences his style, and even what he keeps in his bag.

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Name:Bradley Mccollough.

Spotted at: Chopper Circle and Ninth Street.

Profession: Linguist, sacred clown, trickster god, author of The Book of Me. I wrote the ensemble that is my presence.

Favorite film: Limelight, by Charlie Chaplin, or The Entertainer. The two films contend for the favorite.

2013 jam: "Lark in the Morning," by Seamus Ennis.

Style inspirations/icons: James Joyce, who was blind, which partially explains his mixing of patterns. Commedia dell'arte, a form of Italian theater, focuses on masks and costumes. My grandfather was a welder and wore a polka-dot hat as part of his uniform. It showed this silly juxtaposition of these men who take themselves seriously but are dressed silly.

Favorite color: I'm into mustard right now.

Favorite accessory: Hats. I have around seven.

Style mantra: Combo, or a combination. I try to break old habits by mixing new things together. If you repeat the old, you can never change.

Shops at: I shop both sides of the aisle at thrift stores. I'm wearing women's pants right now. I have enough clothes that I don't shop too much anymore.

These layered gloves reflect Mccollough's utilitarian style. Here you can also see his calf-revealing pants paired with striped socks and black work boots. Mccollough's tan backpack is simple yet very functional, with many compartments concealing objects. Let's take a peak inside to find out what they are... Inside Mccollough's backpack are multiple pens, lead, a notepad, an ancient coin and a case for his shades. The craft of writing is "a conflation of ideas into the articulated sentence," he says. "Does the thought come first, or do the words you write come from that?" Inside the bag is not one, but a trio of beverage containers for Mccollough's water, coffee and tea.

"Stop, just stop" is what Mccollough wants to add regarding his style.

Style analysis: Mccollough displays an eccentric take on menswear, mixing prints with a formal retro twist. His style is inspired by things that are personal to him: grandfather, love of theater and performance, an adoration of language. He carries tools that he uses throughout the day, reflecting his utilitarian fashion sense. Mccollough doesn't take himself too seriously, honoring his persona and playing the role he wants to project to the world. He isn't afraid to have fun and project a clown.

Never take yourself too seriously, Denver.


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Mauricio Octavio Rocha graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in English writing and a minor in cinema studies; He has been writing about fashion and style for Westword since 2012. Rocha also writes songs for his music and art project, VULGAR FEVER.
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