B/ A.M. – Bench Beginnings: Tor Torre & Cholo Laurel, Couple


Clothes by BENCH
Photography by JL Javier
Styling by Ecks Abitona
Produced by Margarita Buenaventura

Words by Margarita Buenaventura

Mornings are sacred. It’s where our rituals begin, whether that’s breakfast with loved ones or our first mouse clicks through what’s happening in the world. It sets the tone for the rest of the day: waking up on the right side of the bed is usually good, while spilling coffee on your favorite shirt or doing the walk of shame from last night’s drunken mistake, isn’t.

For some, sunrise marks a beginning, while for others, it marks a long day’s end. Through this series of morning portraits taken by JL Javier, we stole moments off of 10 people’s mornings to see just how varied we all are at greeting the day.

From the daybreak workout of a martial artist to the midday end of an outsourcing employee’s shift, we realize that our mornings may be different but they all matter, in small but special ways. And that in a year that just started, we’ve got many beginnings to look forward to.


On Cholo: T-shirt & sweatpants from BENCH

10:05 a.m. – CHOLO LAUREL & TOR TORRE 

53 and 32, Filmmaker & Make­up Artist

Cholo and Tor bashfully admit that they met online almost a decade ago. They say that their partnership works because they enrich each other’s lives creatively. They’ve lived in foreign cities to study their chosen professions—together and separately. They also believe that they bring out the best in each other’s work. (Tor says it was Cholo that helped him realize that he wanted to work in makeup.) Today, they like spending their days in their gorgeous home with their dogs, escaping from the world while getting work done in between.

“Most of the time we have breakfast in the kitchen, but we like eating in the garden if it’s our anniversary or something,” shares Tor. “Then we take to our own corners of the house and get our work done.”


On Tor: Sweater & shorts from BENCH









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