Ten years and about 700 pieces in, there’s no other way to put it: Joey Arias is deeply devoted to Jeremy Scott. “I’ve amassed what seems like a ridiculous amount of clothes for one person,” Arias tells Vogue in this latest episode of “Devoted.” As if to prove his point, he’s wearing a silver metallic leather crown from Scott’s first men’s collection for Moschino for fall 2015. “But truly, it’s an archive that’s a labor of love, and I wear the pieces on a daily basis.”
Off-business hours, that is, because Arias is a Dallas-based clinical operations manager for a mobile dental company and he usually wears a uniform–blue scrubs, to be specific. (No, this is not Joey Arias, the legendary New York-based performance artist.) This Arias’s collection encompasses toys, accessories, jewelry, and ready-to-wear, the full gamut of Scott’s tongue-in-cheek world. It all started with a jacket, Arias says as he walks around the room he’s dedicated to his collection, showing off a silver leather, angel-winged number from Scott’s Adidas Originals collection for spring 2012. “His work just speaks to my heart and soul, it just makes me feel complete.”
Many of the pieces in the collection are personal to Arias, items from Scott’s universe he deeply relates to. Some shining examples include the two handbags he shows Vogue. The first, his favorite item, is a McDonald’s Happy Meal bag from the designer’s first collection for Moschino. The second is a toothpaste tube crossbody bag. “Working in the dental field, I just had to have it!” he quips.
Another piece Arias singles out is a Moschino fall 2017 menswear harness sweater. “I was prior military, I was in the Air Force,” he reminisces while looking at the piece. “And I was always fascinated by the harness gear that some of the emergency vehicle drivers would wear, or the stuff that the pilots had. It’s a bit bondage inspired, but it’s directly inspired by flight suits and the harnesses for their parachutes.” The piece had sold out before he could buy it, but, devoted as he is, he tracked it down through Instagram to another collector and traded in “a considerable amount” of pieces in exchange for it. Going by the look on his face, the trade off was more than worth it.