Sergio + James Interview x ToArtC.com

1] TELL ME ABOUT THE SHOW THAT YOU GENTS DO AND HOW IT WAS CREATED, WHY, AND WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS FOR IT ?

JF: The Sergio + James web series spawned from a mutual decision to create a live and exciting outlet to discuss and appreciate all things creative. It was also in a sense a marketing tool for our brand.

2] HOW DID YOU TWO MEET? AND WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF ONE ANOTHER?

SW: Oddly enough, we were introduced through womenswear designer Ellie Owen and we’ve been pretty tight ever since.

3] WHAT ARE YOUR LIVES LIKE IN NYC?

SW: New York is the home of the hustle, and there is absolutely no substitute for the hustle. Therefore we do so in order to succeed in specific areas of our lives.

JF: New York City is a very intense place. Everything is big and bold here, and I feel like if you going to make it, you should be the same. Its been great living in New York, its made me way more tough and savvy with life decisions. That’s why it’s the perfect place to launch Sergio + James.

4] WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS? OR INDIVIDUALLY?

SW: Success will always be the ultimate goal. If we ever stop aiming for it, then we might as well stop what we’re doing. I, personally see whatever we do becoming a legitimate lifestyle.

JF: Of course I wish nothing but the best for our brand and I know that it will flourish and grow into something larger than life one day with lots of hard work. However I have many personal career goals I wish to achieve as well, top among them will be the launch of my own Fashion Publication, an art gallery, and a prominent Public Relations company.

5] WHAT MOTIVATES YOU GUYS DAY TO DAY?

SW: My peers will always be constant motivation.

JF: My family

6] WHAT ARE YOUR INFLUENCES TO BE GREAT?

SW: When I see how incredible our legends are, I have no choice but to choose the same journey. [Not that I can compare myself to him] When I think about how much Karl Lagerfeld accomplishes in one day, I immediately feel behind and kick my mind into overdrive.

JF: I believe the pure passion and strive to succeed is a strong influence in itself. I also take note to many of my personal icons of inspiration such as Daphne Guinness, Tom Ford and Kelly Cutrone to name a few.

7] WHAT ARE YOUR FIRST THOUGHTS IN THE A.M.?

SW: Once I express my gratitude for another day, I normally rethink all the ideas that put me to sleep the night before. Then naturally, the wardrobe always pops up between breakfast and how much time I have left before I’m late.

JF: First I think about how hungry I am, and after that what I will wear for the day. My mind is very blank in the morning; I don’t like to be bothered. I was the one to have a mean look on my face and sunglasses at the table when breakfast was served at my family home.

8] AT WHAT TIME IN LIFE DID YOU GUYS START SAYING ” THIS IS WHAT I WAS MADE TO DO I WILL DO THIS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE , AND WHAT WAS IT?

SW: Studying in London under Michael Azu was my point of realization. I was surrounded by fashion students who were only there for simply the title, Azu made me realize that I was actually “playing to win”, and that I actually had what it takes to reach a point of achievement.

JF: Volunteering for my first Fashion Week show for the designer Kati Stern. I was so awe-struck by the wonderment of it all and yet I was more attracted to the business side of it. I wanted my own brand, I wasn’t sure what type, but I knew I wanted to be in the Fashion industry and make big a wave, not just a splash.

9] WHATS IS ONE QUOTE THAT YOU LIVE BY?

SW: “If a human dares to be bigger than the condition to which he or she was born in, than so can you.” – Maya Angelou.

JF: “Fortune favors the bold” – Roman poet, Virgil

10] WHAT INTERVIEW SESSION HAVE YOU HAD ON YOUR COUCH THAT WAS UNFORGETTABLE?

SW: Everyone we’ve had so far has brought brilliant energy to the orange couch, but if I had to choose, it would have to be Glenn J. Dodd. He’s such a conversationalist and made me think. Anyone that possesses such a quality is good in my book.

JF: I would agree that all of our guest possessed such a strong charisma and charm, I loved having all of them.

11] WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR UP AND COMING CREATORS?

SW: Never abandon your dreams on the account of those who don’t believe in you.

JF: Never take NO for an answer and choose who you associate yourself with, because not everyone is out to help you. Trust your gut instincts, learn from your mistakes, and laugh, laugh a lot with close friends. Finally, stay grounded.

Stay tuned for the  Sergio James Spring 2012 Introduction Collection.

 

Special thanks to Chan Rock!

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