By Britt Burritt
Jamaica-born Miles Campbell has unique tastes that extend from his shoes to his neighbourhood to his tunes. Miles moved to Toronto just a year ago after graduating with a degree in economics from Western University. In that short time, he's become a fixture in the city's creative scene, modeling during the day and spinning records at night.
Here's what Miles has on repeat this season.
What is your favourite holiday tradition?
My family is Jamaican. We usually make sorrel, which is a Jamaican beverage. Sorrel is a plant, so we make a drink out of that. It’s pretty good. We do a ham typically and my mom will make this really nice sweet potato dish with brown sugar and cinnamon—all that good stuff—and I think pecans, maybe. But mostly I enjoy just getting together with friends and family, for sure.
What's your favourite holiday memory?
This past Christmas we ended up having our dinner the day before so that we could spend Christmas Day together at the beach. My immediate family lives in the Cayman Islands, so we hung out at Seven Mile Beach, this huge, gorgeous beach in the Caymans, the whole of Christmas Day.
Where do you live?
I live in downtown Toronto, Ontario, near Koreatown. It’s fairly calm and peaceful, which I like. It’s nice and it feels a bit rural, while still being in the city. There are a lot of parks in my area. It’s a very well-rounded community. You have people from all ages walking around, so it’s a cool community.
What kind of music do you play when you DJ?
I like Brazilian funk, Afro beat, Afro music, hip-hop, reggae, dancehall, a lot of music that people can dance to. I really like the new Blood Orange album that just came out. It’s pretty cool. Dev Hynes collaborates with different artists and when he does he goes under the name Blood Orange. But that’s probably what I’ve been playing the most.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is a mix. Sometimes I like to dress really sporty and comfy, depending on how I’m feeling. Other days I like to switch it up and go more streetwear. I wear a lot of vintage clothing, too.
Do you have an item of clothing you obsess over?
Definitely shoes. I have a lot of shoes. I’ve been super into sneakers for the past couple of years. I have a pretty strong collection. My semi-favourite shoes are probably my Margielas. I have low combat shoes from Maison Margiela that I really love.
Do you have any style icons?
There’s a YouTube artist—his name’s Skepta. He has really cool style.