Gary Clark Jr. joins John Varvatos' 'Indivisible' fashion campaign
Austin guitar great Gary Clark Jr., his wife Nicole Trunfio and their two young children are featured in portrait photos for fashion designer John Varvatos' new "Indivisible" ad campaign.
A short feature posted this week on the Esquire magazine website shows Clark, Trunfio and their son and daughter in a series of black-and-white images taken by noted music photographer Danny Clinch. The location appears to be Central Texas, likely on or near Clark and Trunfio's property outside of Austin.
In the Esquire article, Clark says Austin drummer JJ Johnson first made him aware of Varvatos' menswear, which eventually led to Clark and Varvatos becoming friends. Clark and Jimmy Page appeared together in a 2013 Varvatos campaign. There's natural synergy in the addition of Trunfio, a prominent fashion model who was born and raised in Australia.
Varvatos is quoted as saying he chose "Indivisible" for his current campaign because the word "means like an unbreakable spirit. When I think about that, the first thing I think about is family."
For his part, Clark said the "Indivisible" concept "resonates with who I am and what I think about as a person. And to include my family — a diverse family, and my wife who’s from a different country — there’s something about love that can’t be denied."
"Indivisible" is also the name of a progressive movement that formed after Donald Trump's election to the U.S. presidency in 2016. The movement's roots are in a "guide for resisting the Trump agenda" written by Austin's Ezra Levin, a former staffer for U.S. Rep Lloyd Doggett.
Clark's new single "This Land," released with a striking video earlier in January, addresses racism head-on through his own personal experiences. The song references an encounter he had with someone near his home on the rural outskirts of Austin — "right in the middle of Trump country," one line in the song specifies.