NO: Can you tell our readers a little about yourself?
NO: Men’s fashion has been making a huge comeback and impact in society over the past year, why do you think that is?
JC: I think it has everything to do with timing. In entertainment, everything has its time and season. We’re coming back around to a time where more attention is being given to men’s fashion and I love it.
NO: In what way do you feel the “Black Man’s” style has influenced the fashion industry?
JC: It is now perfectly normal for fashion designers to put the archetypes of streetwear, like hoodies, tees, and even sneakers on the runway and in campaigns. That is a testament to the influence that black men have on the industry. Consumers of high-fashion brands are comfortable paying high end prices for street wear clothing. That’s influence.
NO: What designers have influenced your style of any?
NO: The climate in the world today is at an all-time high of people showing more hatred. What are your views and thoughts about it? What do we need as a community to improve it?
JC: I could go on for days about my views but simply I would say to find the balance in it all. There will always be hatred in the world but the key is to focus your energy on the positive. Giving the hatred your energy only feeds it.
NO: As a black man in today’s society, what can you tell the young men who are seeing all the hate and racism? What advice would you give them?
JC: Focus on your gifts and your purpose. Try to move through your life with a tunnel vision directed toward your dreams. Don’t let the hatred keep you down. It’s a distraction to keep you from tapping into your greatness.
NO: If you were able to have a 10-minute conversation with Kanye West, what would you tell him?
JC: I would actually like to do most of the listening. I would just like to hear more about his life experiences and views. I’d want to gain more insight on him as a person to better understand him. I feel it’s easy nowadays to chastise people but rarely does anyone care to get to the root of why they are the way that they are. And then of course I’d want to sit in on a few studio sessions just to witness his creative process.
NO: What is one thing you would say to all women?
JC: The amount of pressures that women have to face is insane. I’ve witnessed women deal with so much but carry it so well. Your strength doesn’t go unnoticed. Stay strong. Stay beautiful. We need you.
NO: What do you want your legacy to be?
JC: I want my legacy to be a man who impacted people through his creativity and talents. I want the work that I create and share with the world to last much longer than me. I’ll be happy with that.
10. A Luxe Man to me is a confident man that walks to the beat of his own drum. He lives with purpose and influences those around him simply by being hisself.