HubThreads: Celebrating Boston Street Style

Meet Shane.We caught up with him at the opening reception of "Sanctuary" by the Safarani sisters at Amalgam on Newbury St.

Photo by Diana Levine

Critics say this city has no style. We’re here to prove them wrong. Welcome to HubThreads, where we chat with the most stylish people we find out and about in Boston. Think you or someone you know has the best street style? Let us know.

SHANE

Where do you live in Boston? I live in Jamaica Plain.

Me too! It’s a good little town. What do you do in the city? I work at the Boston Ballet, in the costume shop. I paint and dye all of the fabric.

That is so cool! Did you go to school for that? I went to Mass Art for fashion design, but I’m more interested in costume.

Do you love it? Yes! The people are great. I love the work, its very meticulous.

How long have you been doing that? I’ve been the head dyer for the past 2-3 years. I’ve been working with the ballet for 5 years. I do the same thing for the Santa Fe Opera in the summer.

So fun! You get to live in Santa Fe! I love it there, anytime I can escape into the desert, I’ll take it.

Do you have people working under you, since you’re the head dyer? I do most of my work on my own. I have someone helping with painting right now, for an upcoming production.

How would you describe your style? It kind of jumps between flourescents and earth tones. I make a lot of jewelry, that’s more of a summer thing though. I make really big, heavy, stone fossil pieces.

Are you wearing any? No, like I said, it’s mostly big bracelets and stuff like that. In the winter they’re irrelevant. I also like anything that glows under a blacklight.

Do you have any style icons? In terms of clothing? No. I’m more of a visual artist. I’m inspired by anything Sci-Fi, biomechanical, alien, all that kind of stuff. I’m trying to think of some brighter, happier stuff, but off the top of my head I can’t. I spend a lot of time outside in the park in JP and I also pull inspiration from that.