Take the Risk | Jean Cozier

Take the Risk | Jean Cozier

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“For everyone that has a dream, that is talented, and is in constant pursuit of their dream, never give up!  There are risks and sacrifices you will have to make, do not be scared to make them!” -Jean Cozier

Passion is a powerful thing and the need to follow your heart is simply human nature. Not only that, but following the guidance of your soul often leads you to a happier life overall. But what hinders a lot of us from doing that is the fear that things may not work out. It’s the fear of leaving security and taking a risk on something that is not guaranteed.

Risk

Jean Cozier is no different from the rest of us. He was faced with the tough decision on whether to stay in a place where he was financially secure and stable, yet unhappy or pursue his dream of working in the fashion industry, but having to give up the security and stability of his job. Ultimately, his burning passion took over and he decided to leave his job and go for his dreams. “Being at a job that I didn’t really care for and knowing that I really wanted to do something in fashion is what drove me to this journey.  I wanted to do something different I didn’t want to follow the same path as everyone else and get stuck in a corporate job, I felt that there was so much more out there, so much more for me to do,” Jean says.

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Influence

Jean dived into the world of fashion with creativity, style and the ability to capture everyone’s attention. “My goal is to really inspire and motivate others to take risks and follow their dreams. I do that by showing myself following my dreams and displaying the art and creativity of a gentleman,” Jean says. As a gentlemen’s influencer,  another one of Jean’s goals is to inspire men to dress well and take care of themselves. He uses his blog to dish out tips and display his personal style. “My content is made to be interesting and capturing so it raises questions of what is he up to? How can I be part of that journey! Etc etc,” Jean explains.

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Inspired

“I been interested in fashion and style starting at a very young age.  Probably around 7 or 8, pretty much from watching my father dress and seeing  the clothing styles on T.V, is what got me interested.” – Jean Cozier

In Jean’s case, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. His biggest inspiration to go out and pursue a fashion based career was his father. His father wasn’t afraid to take a risk and go after the things he loved as well. Having him as an example gave Jean the courage to go make his own dreams come true. “From my upbringing I can link risk taking to my inspiration.  My father was a man that took risks to follow his dreams, he was so determined and did everything he could to follow his dreams and make sure his passion was his career,” Jean exclaims!

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Style

Jean has an undeniable stylish flare. His unique and bold style sets him apart from many other men, but he has a great class about him that men are inspired by. “I like a lot of loud pieces and designs, but I don’t add too much accessories because I like to keep it simple.  I might add something that makes the outfit pop and standout even more, but most of the time the suit or outfit I’m wearing is already loud enough,” Jean explains.

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Think about the 80/20 rule; if you get 80% of your impact from 20% of what you do, what is that 20% for you as it pertains to developing and expressing your personal style?  

I guess the 20% would be just making sure I got something on that makes a statement.

Who do you consider the icons in the fashion & design industry?

People who inspire me when it comes to fashion would be Jidenna, Pharrell, Ryan Gosling, Idris Elba

What’s the next frontier in building your tribe?

To go where no man has gone before lol, honestly to grow in the community and actually educate children about being a gentleman.

What’s next?  & why?

 Next create more collaborations,  I did start acting a little bit, so maybe go out for some auditions.

What are you reading these days?

 I was reading Archer lol, but nothing at the moment

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Trend Setter| Francis Kenneth

Trend Setter| Francis Kenneth

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Born and raised in the South Bay of Los Angeles, fashion influencer, Francis Kenneth, is bold, creative and doesn’t always play by the rules. Francis has had an affinity for fashion for as long as he can remember. Over time he has definitely learned a thing or two about style.He shares his knowledge of everything from fashion, travel, food and music with the world through his blog, ‘Francis Kenneth.’ Francis shows us that style is much more than what you wear.

“Style is reflected in the way you live.”

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My lifestyle is a reflection of all the people, places, and things I’ve encountered, and I’d like to think that shows in how I present myself (both in the real and digital world).” Being raised in such a diverse city and having the opportunity to travel in the military, Francis has been exposed to a multitude of cultures to pull inspiration from. Francis pulls from those cultural experiences and pieces them together in any way he likes!

No Rules

Setting trends doesn’t come naturally to most. It takes a unique outlook, a personalized vision. You sort of have to think ahead of everyone. You have to live in a manner that’s beyond the time of your peers. “I wouldn’t consider myself an expert in any area of style or fashion, but I do have a knack for forecasting trends.” When it comes to creating trends, the number one rule seems to be, you shouldn’t always play by the rule book. This especially applies to the world of fashion.

Forget the rules, it can’t be calculated into percentages. Personal style will come naturally once you decide who you want to be and start living the lifestyle that you want, for better or worse,” Francis says.

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Defiance is written all over Francis’ style! From his funky hats to the blending of formal and street-ware. Francis definitely dresses by his own rule! “I’ll let you in on a little secret: 90% of the time I wear hats is because I’m too lazy to do my hair. I prefer earth-toned wide-brimmed fedoras that aren’t flimsy. Stick to that, and you’ll find the right piece of headwear.” Besides hats, it’s not uncommon for you to catch Francis rocking ripped jeans with a buttoned down shirt and you can’t forget his infamous ties. His style has a certain spunk to it that gives his personal style his own stamp.

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Lifestyle

His rebelliousness goes beyond just his choices fashion. Rebellion to the status quo is a part of his lifestyle. Francis invest time and passion into a variety of area. Besides his love for fashion, Francis has an interest in music too. “Im working on putting out some new music and a video. I love both music and video, but have yet to really do anything with either.” Francis has also taken interest in tattoos and piercings. His arms and chest are dressed with amazing art work. Tattoos are yet another form of Francis’ expression of creativity.

In fact, Francis feels that it is important you let your style shine through in all aspects of life. “Sure, your outfit speaks volumes about you, but it will only get your foot in the door…After all, the impression you make on the world has more to do with who you are as a person and what you’ve accomplished. First impressions are overrated,” Francis explains. According to Francis, no one exemplifies this better than his idol, Pharrel Williams. “He’s a good example of iconic style on the inside and out.” It’s important to remember style is much more than just how you dress. “Figure out who you want to be. Look and sound the part.”

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