The modernist geometric painter Piet Mondrian dressed immaculately in formal attire. If you were to encounter free-ranging genius Buckminster Fuller on the street you might assume nothing, other than he dressed conventionally yet not spectacularly for the era. Yes Einstein was rumpled, though no more rumpled than many another citizen.
Originality is not to be found in mode of dress.
Almost solely it is found in mode of expression.
The expression itself can take innumerable forms: ideas, lifestyle, art, an ideal, commerce, creations of all sorts and types and varieties, the most subtle being the most spiritual — how one embraces others with one’s presence.
Excerpted from the forthcoming bookito Bohemia in Suburbia (and Beyond).