Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Real Style

Rocker gets hip look from classics

By Joy Kraft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        “Rock 'n' roll hip” is how nominator Jaime Pflum describes Chris Rebholz, 25, who works by day at Transitions Droege House, a residential chemical dependency treatment center in Newport, and by night as a bass player in the band Spindle.

Chris Rebholz in an embroidered western shirt, jeans and Converse Chuck Taylor shoes.
(Brandi Stafford photo)
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        His rock career started about four years ago when a guitarist friend picked up a bass and demanded Chris learn how to play.

        “I couldn't even read music, but we had similar tastes, and after about a year, we started playing,” Mr. Rebholz says.

        “Now, we have a Web site, www.spindlefamily.com,” and have appeared at the Mad Frog in Clifton and the Southgate House in Newport.

        Fashion philosophy: I like to take classic things, like black leather shoes, a black leather jacket or Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars, and make those the cornerstone of my look.

        You can be found shopping: At Village Thrift at Newport Shopping Center and the Gap Outlet in Hebron.

        You wouldn't be caught dead in: I try to avoid things with brand names strewn across the front.

        Earliest fashion memory: Probably when this whole grunge look started ... going to thrift stores and buying flannel shirts when I was a sophomore at Bishop Brossart High School in Alexandria,

        If you had big bucks you'd buy: A nice leather jacket, if I had the money, but I'm really not a mall-hip kind of guy. I usually rely on my folks or friends at the holidays for something more conservative.

        You are never without: My Doc Martens or Chuck Taylors, low-cut black shoes.

        Onstage vs. offstage look: For work I'd wear a pretty conservative pair of Doc Martens, boot-cut pants from the GAP outlet and a sweater. Onstage, I'd wear black boots with tighter-fitting boot-cut jeans with a bulky belt and a tight black shirt. We try for a little sex appeal.

        Send nominations to Joy Kraft by mail: c/o Cincinnati Enquirer; fax; 768-8330; e-mail: jkraft@enquirer.com. Include their name, age, daytime phone and why they should be featured.


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