A local graphic designer has been accused of appropriating blue collar culture this morning after turning up to his swanky desk job in a dockyard beanie.

An article of headwear originally worn by deep sea fisherman, dockyard workers and blokes with a forklift licence, Albert Bard, 26, was spotted outside a new trendy cafe in the French Quarter over his brunch break rocking the black cable knit beanie with a heavy fold.

Standing outside ‘Hey Seoul Sister’, a new French-Korean bakehouse that’s become famous on Betoota’s Instagram feeds for serving up Bulgogi stuffed croissants, Albert was seen taking some arty snaps of his stir-fry infused croissant as he waited for his third espresso for the day. 

A graphic designer by trade, it’s believed Albert’s choice to rock the heavy knit was due to the freezing temperatures he battles everyday inside his loft-style office, where he freelances twice a week on an iMac computer forklifting around images on the Adobe suite.

However after years of hard optical labour, Albert told our reporter his decision to also wear a pair of crystal framed blue light glasses from Bailey Nelson was due to the damaging glow he has to withstand as he designs new packaging for a toothpaste brand.

Asked what had inspired today’s dockyard aesthetic, Albert told The Advocate a recent rewatch of some Martin Scorsese films encouraged him to try and rock some forklift-core.

“I was watching The Departed the other day and it reminded me of that gritty Boston vibe, manual labour chic is so in right now.”

“I’ve got some Carpenter pants from Carhartt coming too, but I might need to ride my fixie over them a few times to scuff them up a bit, I don’t think they come pre-stained with any oil marks when you buy them brand new!”

More to come.


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