For those of you who didn’t know- I have officially moved back to NYC. It was something that I’ve been planning for almost a year so it’s pretty surreal that it finally happened. I am a native New Yorker that went to college in Chicago and decided to stay afterwards and build the foundation for my career. Chicago really helped me grow as an individual and I can’t thank my friends and mentors enough for that. I went to college as a sly, sassy know-it-all and *I feel* I’ve left with a good head on my shoulders and clear direction of where I want my life to go. A lot of people asked why I was leaving Chicago at a time where everything seemed to be going so well and it’s true, things were (and are) still going very well. The truth is, I didn’t want to get too comfortable. I was falling into this routine of going to my job, coming home to my cute studio apartment, making dinner and watching Netflix with my cat, Wellington. I needed to get out before it was too late.
The bottom line is the fashion industry is not as up to par as it is in New York and other cities. Chicago was great in a way because I stood out as one of the only guys doing what I do but I wanted more. I wanted to surround myself with like minded individuals who understood the path I had in mind. It was time to take everything to the next level and I knew that Chicago was not the place to do it in.
Another huge part of my move back to the East Coast was the fact that I don’t have any family in the Midwest. It was fine for 6 years but as you get older and learn to appreciate your fam in new ways- you want to be around them more! I felt like I was missing out on a lot and it was time for me to go home. 🙂
“Surround yourself with inspiring people. There’s absolutely no point in entertaining those who don’t inspire you to be great.” -Dau Voire
Ciao for now,