What do you do?
I breakdance, I make music, I photograph, I cook, and I’m the Managing Director of THRD EYE – an emerging menswear label in Melbourne I created with my two best friends.
Why do you do it?
Because I love it, and I want to do cool shit. My vision was to create a brand, not for the hype, status or exclusivity. I see a brand as a powerful and influential medium which allows me to work with other creative and exciting people on such a vast spectrum. Having good quality and well designed products is of the highest importance, but creating THRD EYE has given me a platform to collaborate and support others in a way that has endless variety and possibility.
What do you love about the city you live in?
The Food, the fashion, the culture, the music
Where did you go for your last holiday?
My cousin recently got married in Paris, so I travelled there for the wedding and stayed about a month. I stopped over in Shanghai on the way home. I travel to Shanghai every six months, I lived there for a brief period for my previous job. I’m not the type to go on holiday and jump from country to country, I like to take my time and really explore the life of the places I visit.
What's your favourite item of clothing? Why?
It would have to be this vintage YSL shirt I have. I don’t wear it that much but it use to belong to my dad. My mum bought it for him when they went on their first trip to Paris, when they were young and in love. I had it altered to fit me and I will have it forever.
What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
Cartoons growing up were 'Transformers' and 'Ninja Turtles'.
If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
I’d love to travel back in time to a smokey night spot in New York in the '30s. I’d be dressed like a gentlemen in a three piece suit, be charming and dance with sophisticated ladies, and be a devil in the sack.
If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook for us?
I like to cook from scratch, so expect something slow cooked, meat falling off the bone! My father is Italian and my mum is Laotian, so I grew up with a broad variety of culinary influences.
What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
Working hard takes practice. I shake my head when people I meet have an attitude like “once I get my dream job, that’s when I’ll work hard, day and night, because I’ll love it”. That would be nice, but in reality your work ethic is like a muscle in your body, the more you train the stronger and bigger it gets. You can have the raw talent and skills to do a job well, but applying yourself and dedicating your time and effort to make the most of an opportunity also takes hard work. If you know how to work hard you are gonna make the most of all the opportunities that come your way.
Are you happy with your work/life balance?
For now I am. I’m using my 20s to hustle hard. I’m dedicating myself to achieving a vision, I still socialise and I’m lucky a lot of my passions have a social element like break dancing and making music. Though working 60 hour weeks can take their tole week after week I’m investing into my work and my own business, so I believe it’s the right thing to do. I’m blessed I have a beautiful girlfriend and I’m in love, I make time for our relationship, I see friendships and my relationship as priorities and I always make time for the people in my life. In the future when my business is more stable I’ll readjust the balance and try include a few more hours of sleep!
How do you define success?
Success is when you can wake up and be proud of what you contribute in this world. I want people to judge me on what I have created and contributed to society, not judge me on what I consume or my excess. It’s about achieving your goals without having to push others down to get there, having integrity. Success is not just about financial success, you can be the riches dude and be a scoundrel, a shell of a human being. Lastly, it’s being surrounded by people you love and knowing people love you and your lives are better for having each other.