I’ve been to Fashion Weeks. Plenty of them. But I’ve only done one at a time and hence they have been easy to handle. Or wait, no they haven’t. 4 days in one city and I’m totally exhausted when they’re over. This time I’m going to be on the road for 22 days in a row to do Fashion Weeks For Men starting off with London, then to Pitti Uomo in Florence, then Milan and ending up in Paris. After that I get a week and a half’s worth of time to prepare for the last one I’m attending this summer which is New York Fashion Week For Men in July. My journey begins today and I’ve been preparing for this for months. I’m talking roundabouts 40 outfits + 20 emergency outfits in case it’s too hot, too cold, rains or what not. I’m already exhausted before I’ve began my trip, but the adrenaline of doing this is going to keep me going.
When I decided to start blogging full time I also decided I’d attend the Big Five mentioned above. This is a dream come true for me, but don’t be fooled. All the fashion, glamour, and fun aside, this is what I do for a living. I am going to work 24/7 for more than a month. I’ll enjoy it immensely, but after that I do need a vacation where I don’t need to smile 24/7, look good 24/7 and most of all, sell myself as the brand I am 24/7. When all of this is over I just want to be Thomas for a while. I don’t want to repeat a quick resume of what I do several hundred times a day. This is the last blog post until I begin recapping all the fashion weeks and I can’t tell you when I’ll be back, but don’t be afraid knowing me it won’t take long at all. .
Although fashion weeks are about seeing what’s trending next season (in my case this summer I’ll see what’s trending Spring/Summer 2018) it’s as much about the street style you’ll see outside the venues. This outfit is actually what I’ll be traveling in, but to be captured by street style photographers and be featured in publications around the world you do need to stand out a bit more than this. You’ll see what I mean when I showcase some of my nearly 60 or so outfits in future posts or on Instagram.
Every city is different when it comes to street fashion. Whereas you could wear yellow nylon stockings and a bath robe in London (yes, as a guy), the outfit I’m wearing would be more fitting in Milan. However stylish it is however, it needs to be a bit more extravagant to stand out even there. But for traveling to London it’s perfect. The blazer and shorts combo is from American Vintage. Just like I said in my last post this brand is so versatile, yet sticking to the basics.
The shirt on the other hand is from a Swedish brand called Clubs and Spades. The founders have worked in the fashion industry with production and sales respectively. With their deep insight in the business they know the complexity and the dynamics of the business, but also know that it is really weird that a 100% cotton t-shirt has to cost €50 in order to get a decent fit. Of course there are options where you can buy clothes at a lower price range, but then the fit, the look and, the quality are often set aside. This is not necessary. Clubs and Spades knows that it is possible to sell nicely fitted and clean looking clothes at an ok price. Remember my tagline “Making luxury affordable”?…
So wish me luck all you lovely readers, followers and friends who read this as I’m about to embark on one heck of a journey that will be mentally and physically challenging, but probably the most fun thing I’ve ever done and something I’ve always dreamt of doing. This is where I add a bit of self reflection. 2 years ago when I got sober this was utopia. Starting today, this is my new reality. This goes to show that you should never give up on your dreams as dreams can come true as long as you work hard, have a few tricks up your sleeve, are somewhat talented and, oh, work hard. Nothing in life is free, success included.