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How Justin Townes Earle became muse for the Sinclair

The picture of Justin Townes Earle that inspired the Sinclair’s look now hangs at the nightclub.

For all their similarities, the two had never met face-to-face. Nevertheless, Martyak has, well, a perspective on Earle — the musician son of singer-songwriter Steve Earle — that goes beyond that of the average fan. The Fenway-based designer was brought onto the Sinclair’s team in 2011 to create a space that bridged music and dining, hold the cliches. A promotional headshot of Earle, wearing a pair of thick red German-made specs and layers of flannel and leather, was dropped into Martyak’s hands and almost instantly a muse was declared.

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