Janiva Ellis, a figurative painter based in San Francisco, stands against a backdrop of Brooklyn graffiti bundled up in a Mongolian lambs wool coat. She works the layers with a hand-bleached plaid Ralph Lauren shirt and Jesus print t-shirt. A leather mini skirt and weather-worn Dr. Martens complete the outfit.
Janiva shops at Goodwill, Salvation Army and various vintage stores around San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
She spends between $200-300 a month on clothing and accessories.
“Fashion,” Janiva says, “is an extension of one’s self.”
This is her sporty gothic, or “gothletic” look.