IN CONVERSATION WITH IAN JEFFREY
Ian Jeffrey began his career on social media. Since then, he has made a name for himself in the fashion industry, gracing the covers, walking the runways and being the face of many campaigns. In 2019 he founded his gender-neutral vintage clothing store ‘Dusted Garments’.
Ian, how has social media played a part in your career?
Social media has allowed me to look at everything through a different lens. I feel I’ve learned so much at an early age. It’s also given me a bit of financial backing, allowing me to chase my true aspirations.
What influenced your transition from social media into the fashion industry?
The fashion industry was always in the picture. It took some trial and error to find out what truly makes me happy. I’m blessed to now be in a position where both mediums are heavily influencing my career.
What made you passionate about fashion and modeling? Why did you choose this career?
Growing up, fashion had me in an absolute chokehold. Skate culture and music piqued an interest from a young age, allowing me to express myself through my outfits. It’s something that hasn’t changed. The years went by and my passion for fashion and lifestyle have only increased. It wasn’t until I was 16 and watched Virgil’s first Louis Vuitton show when I was immediately captivated and my entire view on fashion changed. At that moment, I knew I wanted a taste.
What excites you the most about fashion?
The unknown in an industry that is changing each day. It’s a blessing to be a small part of something so huge.
How has your style changed throughout the years?
My style is constantly changing. My younger self would have been seen wearing popular streetwear brands, expensive sneakers and boasting over brand logos. I feel now I’m in a place of pure comfort and confidence. Well fitting essentials mixed with worn in vintage pieces fill my closet from floor to ceiling. Military boots, distressed jackets, flared pants and a black leather purse is my day to day ‘uniform’.
Which moment from your modeling career stands out the most so far? And why?
The Gucci Love Parade. A night I will cherish and hold dearly for the rest of my life. Being able to work with Alessandro was an absolute dream come true. The alluring energy of Hollywood Blvd, the collection, the cast and the overall essence of being able to work alongside so many familiar faces made the whole experience delightful.
You’ve played basketball before you started modeling. How do you take care of your well-being and physique, which is both important in your line of work?
I try to eat as healthy as possible, as well as routine trips to the gym and sauna. I’ve also begun to cherish a good night’s rest, which has been a necessity for my mental well-being. With a lifestyle that’s constantly on the go, it’s a blessing to have downtime to relax.
Who is your biggest inspiration in life and in fashion?
There isn’t just one person. My family, friends and the people I surround myself with inspire me everyday. On the fashion side of things, films, old imagery, as well as my close friends are some of my biggest sources of inspiration.
In 2019, you founded a gender-neutral vintage clothing store ‘Dusted Garments’, that has now grown into a thriving business. What inspired your decision to found ‘Dusted Garments’?
‘Dusted Garments’ was launched with the intention of creating a selective marketplace of well curated vintage garments. Each item is sourced based on my personal preferences. Paint stains, repairs, alterations, patches and distressing all reflect memories of the previous owner’s lives. These markings are what keeps bringing me back for more. The feeling of owning an 80-year old pair of pants that have been worn, patched and worn again cannot be replicated.
What are your plans and goals for the future, both in your modeling career and for ‘Dusted Garments’?
That’s something I don’t have a definite answer for. On the modeling side of things, I wish to continue to walk major shows, as well as grow an overall base for a long lasting career. On the ‘Dusted Garments’ end, one of our goals is to release our first cut and sew collection and produce look books. Opening our first retail location in July was a dream of mine that I can now check off my bucket list.
interview by JANA LETONJA @janaletonja
talent IAN JEFFREY @ianjeffrey @imgmodels
photography ANNA GARBOWSKA @anka_garbowska
styling WOJCIECH CHRISTOPHER NOWAK @wojciechchristophernowak
hair MARK ALAN ESPARZA @mark.alan.hair @kramerandkramer
editor TIMI LETONJA @timiletonja