In conversation with Timotej Letonja
At only 26 years old Timotej Letonja is the editor-in-chief and creative director of Numéro Netherlands, one of the most influential fashion magazines in the country. Over the past years, Timotej has built a strong network of creatives that collectively creates Numéro’s very distinct Identity. His social media expertise and his strong connection to print media make Timotej’s platform very versatile.
His openness and creativity make him a very progressive and innovative person who is always up for a challenge. Timotej is very ambitious to share his experiences and thoughts with his peers to maintain a constant flow of new ideas.
We talked to Timi, that is how his friends call him, about day-to-day life, working in print media, and what he would tell his 18-year old self.
What are three things you would most like to accomplish in the next 5 years and what is your biggest wish for the future?
Definitely to continue growing our brand and the magazine as well as learning how to drive a car. I also want to learn more languages including Dutch as I plan on staying in The Netherlands.
My biggest wish for the future is to have a healthier planet for all to live on.
What’s your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is my surrounding, new places and new cultures around the world, nature, the mind, colors, interior, and fashion design and so much more.
What do you like most about your job and the industry?
It is full of creativity, which is fun most of the time but it can also get a bit overwhelming. I adore the fact that I have had the opportunity to meet so many incredible people next to all those beautiful places I get to see.
Many of the topics that I truly care about, like sustainability and genderless fashion are also tackled in my work field which is a fact that makes me love my job.
How do you define Happiness?
Happiness for me is when I am around people I care about, traveling, relaxing, and enjoying life which is not always easy when you are constantly busy. Happiness is all about living life passionately.
Do you have a personal mantra or motto that keeps you motivated and helps you in your daily life?
Stay active and live life passionately and take breaks and time for yourself. Dream big.
Tell us 3 things that is left on your bucket list?
1. To see the world,
2. To go skydiving,
3. To climb a mountain.
if you could have any super power, what would you choose and why?
To be able to teleport myself and see the world without having to use transportation 🙂
What does Freedom mean to you?
Freedom to me is the emotional and physical feeling of not being restricted by any boundaries. Emotional openness and connecting with oneself and with others is the first step to self-liberation and acceptance. After a long period of conscious reflection we are now, more than ever, able to understand ourselves, articulate our thoughts, and share them with the world. The privileges of self-expression and individuality are key elements to living a life outside of the limitations built by societal judgment and rejection. Everyone should have the opportunity to be confident with who they are or who they want to be.
What is your favorite color and is there a reason for it?
My two favorite colors are blue and green. Blue reminds me of the sea and the sky while green makes me think of home and nature.
What was the biggest turning point in your career?
Definitely when I launched Numéro Netherlands in 2019.
What would you tell your 18-year-old self?
To explore more, to try more things, and to stress less.
Can you describe your character with one adjective?
What’s the role of print media in this fast-paced industry?
The role of print media is to inspire, create long-lasting products, publish less frequently and share relevant stories and news while maintaining low usage of natural resources. Quality over quantity in any case.
What’s the first thing you want to do when you retire?
I want to travel, simply enjoy my free time, and see friends and family as often as possible.
What’s the best and the worst thing about the fashion industry?
The best is all the creativity around.
The worst is the speed of how fast fashion is made and how unsustainable it is.
Magdalena Roe & Jan Schmid