Norwalk teen designer hosts pop-up street fashion show

Phil Post’s clothes have been on the backs of rappers Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt and Robb Bank$.

And come this weekend, you’ll have the chance to try on his T-shirts and hoodies for yourself.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, the 17-year-old Norwalk designer and owner of Dertbag will host “Everythang Wavy,” a one-day pop-up street fashion show and sale at the Factory Underground, 16 Isaac St., Norwalk. Tickets, which cost $20, can be purchased at the door or by calling 203-275-8672.

The event will also feature apparel by two other up-and-coming designers: Elvin Roman of Bridgeport, owner of Unico; and Jakobi McLemore of Edgewater, N.J., owner of Death Precision Inc.

Bank$, a Florida rapper and friend of Post’s, will perform live on the Factory Underground stage.

Post (above, right), a senior at Norwalk High School, got his start in fashion working for Kultjah Dezigns, a Norwalk-based company that was “a big inspiration” to the fledgling designer. In seventh grade, he began screen printing his own T-shirts, attracting customers to his online store and selling apparel around the world.

One of those customers was, and still is, Tyler, The Creator, the de facto leader of the Los Angeles hip hop collective Odd Future.

“(Tyler) supports me by wearing my stuff and I support him by letting people who know what he’s about,” Post said in a phone interview today. “I see him and the other people who wear my clothes as friends and family. I don’t see them as musicians or celebrities.”

Post took inspiration from Odd Future, who urged him to ignore the trends and do his own thing. The advice has proven invaluable: Post has already enjoyed a successful career before even graduating high school.

Scott Gargan