Big Favorites: Jessie English & Eric Feigenbaum
Posted by Eleanor Turner
Interview by: Jessica Schiffer
Name, Claim-to-Fame: Jessie English & Eric Feigenbaum, Capturing Today’s Dreamers or 'The Visual Dream Team'
Relationship to TBF: Creative collaborators and friends with TBF founder, Eleanor
Bio: Founders of Remedial Media, Jessie and Eric are a creative duo de force who merge the mediums of film, photography, and music to capture some of today’s most talented faces, from Lil Yachty to the Parkland student activists, in stunning visuals that propel their subject’s stories off the page. Under their company Remedial Media, the partners in love and life push editorials and brand campaigns to a more exciting place that’s warm, colorful and always inclusive. Oh, and, they’re really damn funny.
What excites you about The Big Favorite?
Jessie: Eleanor first told me her idea for the brand over Margaritas a few years ago and I was ecstatic. Upending the cotton basics industry and bringing an element of responsibility to that is just genius.
Go-to underwear fit:
Jessie: A bikini is my vibe.
Eric: Boxer briefs, or as Jessie calls them, the “huggies.” Like boxers, but tighter. I also wear t-shirts under other shirts every day, both for sweat protection and style.
Favorite TBF item:
Jessie: I stole the underwear after our photo shoot, they were so comfortable and breathable.
Eric: The t-shirt is the only non-Uniqlo t-shirt I’ve worn in the last 8 years, it’s great.
Eric: "I do buy new [under]pairs with regular frequency – I just don’t think they’re items that are meant to become vintage."
How do you handle a wedgie?
Jessie: I go through a really elaborate leg shuffling maneuver while walking down the street in the hopes that it will dislodge and oftentimes I’m forced into furtively looking around before pulling it out – I can’t leave it!
Eric: I go for brazen public picking. We’ve all been there! I’m not going to judge you so please don’t judge me.
Favorite word for butt:
Jessie: Tuchus and heinie. I’m Australian and we don’t have many of these sayings so being introduced to all these terms when I moved here was great.
Eric: Ham-pads. It’s an old Irish expression (that I literally just made up right now).
Undergarment shopping habits?
Jessie: I try to get a solid couple of years out of my undies but, you know, many things happen to underwear so I audit them at least once a year.
Eric: I’m pretty sure I have an 8-year-old piece of underwear in my drawer but I do buy new pairs with regular frequency – I just don’t think they’re items that are meant to become vintage.
Have you ever forgotten your underwear?
Jessie: I used to forget my underwear a lot on trips when I was younger so now I’m obsessive about checking for it when packing – I usually bring about twice as much as I need. I don’t want to have to go to Walgreens to buy underwear that I won’t want to keep after the trip.
Eric: I don’t think I’ve ever forgotten my underwear, it’s just a priority for me!
Jessie: To be fair, he was a touring musician for years, so he has a packing method down.
Jessie: "I hope that everyone I ever touch ends up loving the completely miraculous quality of all life on this planet as much as I do."
What do you want your legacy to be?
Jessie: I hope that everyone I ever touch ends up loving the completely miraculous quality of all life on this planet as much as I do.
Eric: Somewhere along the line, I'd like to make people think, even just a little more than they may have if I hadn't come along. I guess that should come by playing a meaningful contributive role in the great conversations of society – I can't say I've quite figured out how best to do that so far, but I'm working on it.