We had to chance to speak with Donaldson, 30 years old fashion designer from Germany, who is experienced in the fashion industry and specializes in high-end brands. We found out some of his top brands as well as which cities have influenced him the most throughout his fashion journey. See his thoughts on Chelsea boots and 80's & 90's fashion, all in our conversation with Donaldson.
What are your interests/hobbies?
Playing football, Netflix and chill, meeting with friends and of course everything which has to do with fashion.
Current Occupation or school that you attend?
I'm a fashion designer, creative director, architect and entrepreneur. Just finished my course in architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design this year.
How long have you been into fashion?
Since I'm 14 but break thru the industry a few years ago.
What got you into fashion?
I think the main factor was my Dad which has a great taste in fashion but I feel like I'm born with it. It wasn’t something I needed to search for it was just there in my mind. So in my teenage years, I started to find my taste in fashion.
How would you describe your sense of style?
I'm someone which will put things together which you won't wear together. I will make it look attractive and you won't even remark that normally it doesn’t go together.
How has living in Hamburg shaped your style and your fashion sense?
I think Hamburg is not a city of style is more a city of luxury and chic. So I was more inspired in cities like London or Paris. During my time there I discover a lot.
Where do you find your inspiration for your style? And what influences you the most?
I think my style is more a reflection of myself I like putting things together. I don’t really have a fashion icon or something like that. I more get inspired from old movies like Miami Vice or even 80s, 90s.
Who is your fashion spirit animal/who inspires you? And why? (artist, athlete, actor etc.)
There are a couple of them but I would say Pharell Williams, Ozwald Boateng, Raf Simmons and Jean Paul Gaultier. I think these are very creative people but not only in one sense they have achieved a lot but still focusing on their work.
What are your favorite fashion pieces? (hats, belts, hoodies etc.)
My faves are Chelsea boots, leather jackets, and hats.
What are your favorite brands?
Saint Laurent, Acne, Comme des garcons, Tom Ford
What current fashion trends are you loving right now? Which ones are you hating?
I'm in love with oversize suits like the latest Dior collection. I'm tired of ripped jeans and sneakers.
The most important piece of an outfit is my LV x Kanye West sneakers. Why?
Cause you won't find them anymore so easy.
Do you have a dream fashion piece? (a specific coat, belt, pants etc.)
No, I don’t have a dream piece.
What are your goals and aspirations with fashion? Where do you see yourself ending up?
I'm already having my own brand and also designing for Wu Wear I think the next big step will be taking off a luxury house and expand my brands. My goal is more to inspire others with what I do and showing them that everything is possible.
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