The headline is actually the mantra of Lowell North, founder of North Sails who I’ve teamed up for this post. The company also has a motto which reads “Go where others can’t follow”. Both the mantra and the motto are part of my daily life and help me to set my goals and visions for the future.
I’ve always walked my own path, both in good and bad. I’m not saying I’m going places where others can’t follow, I’m just saying we’re probably taking different paths to getting there. If you’ve read my blog for a while you know I couldn’t in the wildest of my dreams have imagined that I’d rise from whatever hell I’ve been to and be doing London Fashion Week Mens (some still call it LCM, but that’s not the right name anymore, peeps) and enjoying it as much as I did. And it doesn’t stop there. I’ve already booked the big four in June (London, Milan, Paris) and will go to NYFW as well. Others can follow and do, but on my individual trip in life, these are milestones unheard of for me and I am so happy I’m finally getting back to the life I once had, now with all the knowledge and experience I didn’t have then. But this posts starts off my recap of LFWM which I’ve just came back home from.
Even when it comes to fashion everyone wants to stand out, but in their utmost crazy ideas to stand out they actually all look the same. London Fashion Week was no exception. The ones who have been to fashion weeks know there will always be that group of Asians all dressed in crazy outfits looking like they’re part of Yakuza, the fashionistas using as much color as possible to look like something out of a LSD-trip or the ever so “different from everyone else”-fashion people who always dress in black. As much as I enjoy looking at these people, I also love doing my own thing. Here’s one of the outfits I wore in London. Let’s call it the “Russian oligarch goes streetstyle”-look. I don’t stand out too much, but I am making numerous statements here. It’s a mishmash to be honest. I’m wearing a fur hat for that oligarch look combined with a tuxedo scarf. Under that a simple shirt topped with a beautiful necklace and then my trademark: sneakers. The base of the whole outfit is my pea coat from North Sails which brings sobriety into this mishmash. When North Sails first reached out to me and asked me to pick out a coat in their store so we could work together I was overly excited. Here I was going to get to work with a brand founded in 1958 which still is a top brand especially among sailors and outdoorsy people (if you wanna read the sailing bits of North Sails, read about it here), but also for fashion urbanistas such as myself. Walking through the store I tried on some jackets, but felt that this sailor pea coat was the jacket for me. It wasn’t until I read more about the jacket itself, I realized it is named after me!! Or maybe not, but it is still called Thomas and you can find it here!
In the days of old world sailing, the authentic pea coat was a must. Its double breasted front added a military feel, while the heavy wool finish protected from the wind. And that my friends is something that is totally needed in London. Standing in front of the ever so touristy spot (The Parliament) I was actually thinking about all the sailors who sailed across the world from the British Empire back in the days. As a total history geek it gave me goosebumps.
Then there’s the part of my spirituality. I believe in God, but I also believe in spirit guides, the power of Mother Nature as well as a firm belief in universe itself. My best friend, who also is a jewelry designer, Renata Capettini, has created these beautiful necklaces called “Angels of Love” that keep me safe and protected wherever I am. She also makes a lot of jewelry with gem stones with different kinds of healing powers and you should check Love Gems by RC Jewelry out too if you’re into all this stuff as much as I am.
As my white sneakers got a bit dirty during this shoot I changed into these beautiful ones from Washed Rocks Footwear. They go so well with the look that I’m kinda gutted I didn’t have them on in the first place. To sum up: The mantra of Lowell North who founded North Sails back in 1958: “You make history by looking ahead” has become my mantra as well, but it is now combined with all the experience and knowledge i have from the past. More of LFWM to come in the next few days so stay tuned!