What year are you?
I’m a Freshman.
Where are you from originally?
My father is German, my mother is American and I was born and raised in Munich, Germany. My ancestors are from Australia, England and Scotland so I’m eligible to wear both the Bavarian “Lederhosn” (don’t worry, I’ll be sporting that soon enough) and a Scottish kilt in the colors of my family tartan. Nowadays most of my family lives in the U.S. but more than anything else, I feel European.
What are you studying here?
Politics, Philosophy & Economics.
What’s your favorite piece in your closet right now?
A grey sweatshirt from Folk Clothing, a brand from London that I used to work for. It’s an American sportswear classic but I like to dress it up with a button-down, chinos and suede desert boots. I’d like it to look like something JFK would wear to the beach (preferably while trying to seduce Marilyn). It’s a beautifully simple garment, but it was made by people who love what they do and do it well. Folk is a little family that I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of and I keep everyone there in dear memory. I’ve seen a couple people here on campus wear our stuff and I freak out every time.
Who are your main style influencers?
I don’t have a consistent influence but I admire the style and class of Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Miles Davis, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Arnold Palmer, Andre 3000, Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali. I feel like style has a lot to do with the way you carry yourself. It is also a great way of communicating; who are you, where are you from, where do you want to go and what do you care about? I also draw inspiration from movies like Blow Up, Fitzcarraldo, A Clockwork Orange, Trainspotting and A Single Man.
As a kid, I enjoyed raiding my parents’ vinyl collection. Some of my favorite records were Johnny Cash live at San Quentin, The Who and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Now I like The National, Fleet Foxes, The Black Keys, Bon Iver, Franz Ferdinand and The XX a lot, but recently I’ve been listening mostly to hip hop, funk and soul like Outkast, Mos Def, Kanye West, Otis Redding, Al Green and Gil Scott-Heron.
Two colors you would never combine?
I don’t like to limit myself. I prefer trying to make colors work together that don’t seem like obvious matches. At the moment, I like navy-black and brown-black and a monochrome beige-brown palette. That said, I don’t combine different shades of red like because that seems overpowering and inharmonious.
Photographs by Ethan Moltz