For our latest Jacket Fanatics feature we caught up with the Manchester based Stone Island collector & stylist, Eve Carol Kelly, to explore her love of clothes & getting creative in Cottonopolis.

If you’re into your clothes and you’re a regular user on the gram, you’ve probably comes across Eve Carol Kelly aka @steezyy_steve_ at some point. A social portfolio of her latest stylist projects as well as the very latest garb from brands like Stone Island to Salomon. Based out of Manchester, Eve has recently styled shoots for the likes of Belstaff, Hikerdelic & 7 Layer to name a few. We caught up with the Manchester based stylist for our latest Jacket Fanatics feature.

Eve Carol Kelly Stone Island stylist

So first of all tell us where your own personal passion for clothes came from?

My personal passion for clothes originally came from my teenage years growing up around football culture, followed by my love for the music that was associated with it. This introduced me to brands such as Stone Island, C.P. Company and adidas which I still wear and appreciate today. My passion fully came about when I moved to Manchester and started to get involved in projects that challenged me to get more creative with clothing.

Based out of Manchester how do you think we differ to the rest of the country when it comes to style?

Manchester’s culture is so unique due to it being the home of so many things past and present. The indie music scene, both its football teams, the Hacienda and rave culture in general. All of this births its own style which hasn’t seemed to die out. I believe Manchester will always carry it forward.

If you had to explain your own personal style what would it be?

Believe it or not I feel like I’m still figuring it out. I love experimenting with my style so much that I feel like every outfit I create is very different from the last. Even though I usually wear the same items of clothing in rotation.

Eve Carol Kelly Stone Island stylist

How did you get into the styling game and what advice would you give to people looking to break into it?

My advice would be to network as it all started for me through modelling which allowed me to meet other stylists and creatives in the industry. Manchester is a great place as its such a creative city, even if I’m out for a drink with my friends I’m constantly making new connections. Social media has also played a huge part as it has given me a platform to showcase my style and what I’m up to. I see my social media platforms as a portfolio which can reach anyone in the world.

What is it in particularly you like about brands like Stone Island & C.P. Company?

Iv always loved both brands for many reasons, one been the sense of community and uniform. It’s so symbolic in the culture I’ve come from and everyone wears it with such pride. I also have to mention the quality, the fact I can walk around in vintage pieces that are sometimes up to 20 years old says it all. Due to its involvement with all age groups I believe this cycle will carry on. When I first started dressing more street style I still wore my Stone Island and C.P. Company pieces, which is why I love to see C.P. Company collaborate with brands such as Palace Skateboards as I love to merge the military style with more laid back skate/street style. I think the mix gives my outfits sick silhouettes.

What plans have you got for the rest of 2023?

For the rest of 2023 I’m just planning on building my portfolio and getting my work out there. I’m also really exited to save some money up and enjoy my summer travelling and going to festivals I haven’t experienced yet with my friends.