Who made this shit?

“Everything about me is a contradiction, and so is everything about everybody else. We are made out of oppositions; we live between two poles. There's a philistine and an aesthete in all of us, and a murderer and a saint. You don't reconcile the poles. You just recognize them.”

- Orson Welles


aesthete and philistine's mission is to acknowledge that we are. To accept that we are is to appreciate that which we find beautiful and that which we misunderstand.

Who is it?

aesthete and philistine was created by Marcus Chapman, now a cook, but once and always many other things.

aesthete and philistine is the realization that we are not one single identity. That we hover between the poles of recognizing beauty and beauty not yet understood.

This change in ideas led to a change of clothes. These clothes represent not one identity, but the idea that we have the potential to be and continually are many different things. We are the AND between aesthete and philistine.

aes·​thete | \ ˈes-ˌthēt British usually ˈēs- \ variants: or less commonly esthete

: one having or affecting sensitivity to the beautiful especially in art   


Phi·​lis·​tine | \ ˈfi-lə-ˌstēn  ; fə-ˈli-stən, -ˌstēn; ˈfi-lə-stən \

1 : a native or inhabitant of ancient Philistia
2 often not capitalized
a : a person who is guided by materialism and is usually disdainful of intellectual or artistic values
b : one uninformed in a special area of knowledge

aesthete and philistine is an acknowledgement of both the loftier and depraved sides of humanity. A nod to all of us. Recognizing that all humans are tragically and triumphantly both. Never praising or devaluing one over another, we simply acknowledge that we are all at once both aesthete and philistine.

fork pierced hand aesthete and philistine logo

What is it?

There is no better place to see the fusion of aesthete and philistine than in the personalities that make up the professional kitchen. As its first clothing collection, aesphil shows respect to the cooks.