Walter Harvin (@soberyungwalter) is a 21-year-old stylist, magazine editor and entrepreneur from New York who has an astonishing style, maybe not appealing to everyone but truly unique.
We asked him about how he comes up with such crazy combinations and he told us he gets inspired by movies and also “personally putting myself in the shoes of the model styling on the runway” as he said. He also stated that his style could be considered “experimental” and that is the feature awesome styles must have. Design and a great style should be experimental in order to adapt to new trends and change every time to surprise everyone with each creation.
“I enjoy wearing very loud pieces that stand out, either me wearing colorful garments or crazy puffers & pants.”
Seeing how unique his style is we dared asking him if he thought whether it was for everyone’s taste or not, and he gave us the better response he could possibly have given:
“I’d say my style is for people who just want to have fun with the clothing, nothing more, nothing less.”
And that is what everyone should be doing. Just do yourself and have fun creating what you like the most and being happy. There is no doubt this person knows how to live his best life.
When speaking about fashion he told us that he’s not happy with this industry right now because it is influenced by social media, which doesn’t let his style shine. He also adds that fashion now “feels too fast. It’s like luxury is now Fast Fashion” and he’s got some points in that statement. We are in a very fast society where everything is instant. Now, more and more high fashion brands are launching more collections per year, making what was exclusive a little more common because of mass production.
Having this in mind, Walter created a brand called “Wagyu” inspired by a vibe he has created trough life and traveling experiences in which he will “be making clothing, sneakers & special video projects inspired by American, Japanese & African sub-cultures”
He plans to release some products for this brand this summer and it really feels like it is going to be great!
Q: Judging from your Instagram feed we can see that you are a very outstanding person in fashion matters. Tell us more about your style.
My style ranges from various influences, either it comes from movies, or me personally putting my self in the shoes of the model styling on the runway. Most of the pieces I invest in are runway pieces or extremely limited.
Q: How do you think your style is perceived and how would you define it in a few words?
A: I think my style is perceived as very experimental. I enjoy wearing very loud lives that stand out, either me wearing colorful garments or crazy puffers & pants. I define my style as Wagyu.
Q: How do you choose what to wear in order to create these jaw-dropping outfits? Where do you get your inspiration?
A: I choose what I wear depending on the mood I’m in for that day, I know it’s a very cliche thing to say because that’s what “EVERYONE” says, but it’s true. How can you be Angry wearing a bunch of happy playful pieces ???? Lol, it doesn’t make sense. My inspiration comes from family & friends tbh. I really LOVE pro-athlete fashion, NBA players especially. Not for influences just for self-esteem purposes. Like they’re abnormal with their size & Height, so for me, it gives me “hope” in a weird satisfying way. I guess it also helps because I’m actually working with a few NBA players doing image consulting & wardrobe styling.
Q: Would you say your style is for any kind of taste?
A: I’d say my style is for people who’d just want to have fun with the clothing, nothing more, nothing less.
Q: What do you enjoy the most about fashion?
A: To be honest I’m not very happy with “Fashion” right now. Although “social media” plays a big part in people finding out about my fashion, some days I feel like it waters me down. “Me” as in people who have some similar interests as me, whether that’s posting pictures daily of your outfits on IG, or personally just investing in certain pieces because you want to build a personal connection with those specific pieces. I just honestly feel like everything Is moving too fast. It’s like luxury is now “Fast Fashion”
Q: We are going through rough times. Is there any message would you like to send to the world?
A: I’d like everyone to continue to stay humble, positive & grateful. This time has definitely opened my eyes to what’s much more important than the things we devote our time to daily.
Q: Which is your daily routine and how have you been handling this tough situation ?
A: I’ve been taking daily walks, constantly working on new ideas and trying to stay in shape lol. It’s been a real eye-opener for me overall.
Q: You seem a very creative person with lots of ideas in mind. Which future projects do you have in mind at the moment?
A: Well, I’m still running The Uncommon Magazine, we’ve been converting a lot of our content to more video-based content on YouTube & as well as Printing a physical issue annually. I really enjoy making content with the team. It’s just something fun to do, that I plan on making bigger. I’ve also been doing a lot of Styling, which includes magazine covers with photographer Kenneth Cappello & styling a bunch of music videos for hip hop artists. Just keeping everything “WAGYU”.
Q: What is Wagyu?
A: Wagyu is personal project & vibe I’ve somewhat created through traveling to other cities/countries and trying new foods, with the appreciation of discovering new types of cultures, clothing, & foods. Wagyu to my knowledge is a very rare or “fine “ type of beef coming from a special cattle. So I try to incorporate all of those aspects into everything I do and I’ve built this lifestyle or community where people either call me “Sir Wagyu” or reply/respond to anything I do as “Wagyu”,
It’s kinda cool lol.
Wagyu is also a project where I’ll be making limited clothing, footwear, & special video projects inspired by American, Japanese, & African sub-cultures. Just an overall lifestyle brand or multi-purposed production company rather. I plan to release my first items this summer @wagyu.jp, stay tuned.