The 22-year-old photographer from Indonesia definitely has a great eye for fashion. We had a chance to speak with him about his unique styles and his perspective on fashion today. See what has influenced him to be where he's at today and why sunglasses are so damn important, all in our convo with Sofyan.
Where are you from? How old are you?
I born in Bali and raise in Malang. Now I work and stay in Jakarta, Indonesia. Now I’m 22 years old.
What are your interests/hobbies?
I love photography, fashion, and watching movies on weekends. I learn photography since I was 12 and now I’m still passionate about it as well as fashion of course.
Current Occupation or school that you attend? (if you do not feel like sharing you do not have to)
I’m currently working at Digital Startup Company in Jakarta as a Videographer, and Post Production Editor on weekdays, and a Content Creator and Photographe part-time.
How long have you been into fashion?
I’ve been into fashion for as long as i can remember. I’m not sure since when but since I've known about Instagram and Pinterest, I started to learn and explore more about fashion. I started to like to mix and match my outfits and try different looks to find my taste and style.
What got you into fashion?
Maybe Pop Culture. When I see celebrity or fashion blogger dressed well really inspire me to be like them as a fashion inspiration. But you know, sometimes it’s way too pricey for me and I love to explore their look in a lower budget. That’s the interesting challenge of being a fashion inspiration for me.
How would you describe your sense of style?
Honestly, my style always changes depending on the mood and what's in my head at that time. But overall, I love 90’s and minimalist look. I love wearing something that doesn’t look “too much” but still looks “stand out”, and I love something vintage at the same time. So I describe my style as a 90’s Minimal look.
How has living in Jakarta shaped your style and your fashion sense?
Living in a big city like Jakarta helps me and influences me a lot in fashion. There are so many people living with their cool style and fashion. It opened my eyes to dress better and to be more prepared. From there, I started thinking of being one of the people who would influence people with my style and fashion.
Where do you find your inspiration for your style? And what influences you the most?
I think most of my style inspiration is from Instagram and Pinterest actually. There are many people that influence some of my outfits & even some outfits ideas for future. But overall being original and trust your own vision is the most important thing to do, cause that will describe who you really are. So there are no restrictions on what or who can inspire me.
Who is your fashion spirit animal/who inspires you? And why? (artist, athlete, actor etc.)
I got many people who inspire me in fashion especially fashion influencer like Galla, Quyen Mike, David Guison and there’s a lot more you know. I’m not gonna pretend, I can't just look at one or two people only as an inspiration. I always looking for inspiration from many of them.
What are your favorite fashion pieces? (hats, belts, hoodies etc.)
My favorite fashion pieces are Sunglasses and Shoes. You know what? I have some collection of sunglasses and of course, I will never be bored to collect them. Sunglasses are my savior. Savior when my eyes are tired, disguising eye bags from staying up midnight and of course you will look more fashionable and different when you wear sunglasses. The second one is shoes. You know, even with a basic outfit you will look “on point” with the right shoes you choose. Shoes can make your look stand out or even break it. These items definitely can define you as a fashion person.
What are your favorite brands?
For footwear, right now I love Nike, Vans, and Converse.
For outfits, I definitely love uniqlo, h&m, topman and zara.
What current fashion trends are you loving right now?
Well,l right now I like to wear a suit with matching colors like a maroon suit, brown suit or even a little pattern on there.
Which ones are you hating?
I always don't like wearing pants or clothes that are too tight. It's just like wearing swimming trunks in public and your curves will be very visible. I’m not confident in wearing it.
The most important piece of an outfit is ____? Why?
Shoes, definitely. It defines your personality and character.
Do you have a dream fashion piece? (a specific coat, belt, pants etc.)
Actually, I’m dreaming of wearing a “perfect” suit on a red carpet someday lol.
What are your goals and aspirations with fashion? Where do you see yourself ending up?
Well, I want to create my own label. I want to make a local product with local wealth to be able to go international. Indonesia has a ‘batik’ fabric that is a cultural heritage from Indonesia. I want to create something new breakthrough from there.
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