In a largely female dominated industry, Toni Tran of the Fashitects blog has made a name for himself as a menswear fashion blogger and travel photographer. The main focus of his blog is fashion, travel and lifestyle, all inspired by the theme of architecture, which is Tran’s other passion. We sat down with him to find out more about what it’s like to be a male in the fashion/blogging industry, as well as his plans for the next year.
What’s your ideal Friday night out?
Just a nice evening eating dinner in the hotel restaurant, drinking by the bar and crawling to the hotel room (that’s if you’ve passed the point of having too much to drink), and then a movie in bed.
If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My bespoke tailored suit.
What’s the most precious/sentimental thing in your wardrobe?
My bespoke tailored suit which has been personalised with my name, by Angelo Galasso.
How many suits do you own?
Too many. I’ve lost count, but definitely over 50.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Surround yourself with the right people, never limit yourself and always challenge yourself further.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for anyone wanting to get into fashion/blogging?
Share a different perspective in the industry and be yourself/unique.
You blog about several categories, but what’s your favourite one to write about?
My favourite category to write about is travel because I get to share my experiences of places and make recommendations based on that.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Watching Prison Break.
If you could be successful in another profession, what would it be?
Manufacturing and Product Design.
Tell us the most surprising thing that people may not know about you.
My name is not Toni, it’s really Jackie Chan. I’m joking.
What’s the biggest misconception about the blogging industry?
Blogging is a full-time job for some; it takes time and commitment, sometimes more than your traditional 9-5 office job.
What’s the most stressful thing about your job?
Planning outfits in advance for big trips, and coming up with new concepts.
What are the best and worst things about being a full-time blogger?
The best things are experiences, working with brands and travelling. The worst things are emails, admin stuff and spam.
Have you always had an interest in fashion?
Nope, but I’ve just always had an interest in design and style.
What were you most proud of achieving in 2015?
Opening more doors and opportunities, which allowed me to do what I love full-time.
Leading on from that, what are your aims and goals for 2016?
To build my brand with a designer bespoke collection, and to travel to as many new countries as possible.
Assuming ‘Fashitects’ is a combination of ‘fashion’ and ‘architecture’, can you tell us a bit about where/how you see a crossover of the two?
Design and style should sum them both up; they start from the foundation, and you build the structure from there, just like you do with human figures.
Based on your Instagram, your life looks very busy – is there anything in particular you enjoy doing to wind down or relax?
Having a drink or two…or three. It’s definitely the cure to my stress.
Do you have any particular style inspirations?
Traditional tailoring mixed with Asian elements.
What emoji are you?
Definitely the one with the big hair – the guardsman emoji face.
Would you rather walk around LCM/any fashion events in a bin liner, and have people think you’re serious, or have your blog deleted?
My blog has become my life, so it wouldn’t be so easy to just click delete in a second. Let’s go for LCM and the bin liner, it’s much more fun to mess with the minds of fashion.