Krammer & Stoudt presents Joseph Lucido, a young professional who is living his dreams as a Strategy Consultant, Blogger, Occasional Model, and GQ & Vogue Insider.
With a bustling career in the fashion industry, Joseph Lucido is living out his dream. A fashion, lifestyle, and travel influencer (with 169k followers on Instagram!), he is living the dream.
We caught up with Joseph recently to get an insight into his day today.
Exclusive Interview with Joseph Lucido
KS: What your responsibilities are as a full-time consultant? What are the challenges, and what are the best parts of the job?
JL: One of the things I like most about being a consultant is that things change from one day to the next. That includes your specific role on the project, the kind of work your doing, and even sometimes where you’re working! This dynamic nature of the job keeps me excited and engaged in the work that I’m doing and always keeps me on my toes. One day I can be doing market research and competitor analysis and the other I can be doing client interviews. My responsibilities really can change very quickly. Some challenges can be the long work hours, work that is sometimes tedious and not very interesting to do but needs to be done by somebody, and honestly traveling that often can sometimes be tiring.
KS: Being an insider at Vogue and GQ, you already have extensive knowledge about fashion. How did your experience with both companies help you as a professional now?
JL: Working for both companies has really allowed me to keep my finger on the pulse of fashion, but also to have a deeper appreciation for fashion as an art form! As a professional, I’m able to dress perfectly for any occasion that work throws at me. I also have been able to use this credibility to really establish my influencer accounts.
KS: We completely agree with you on your comment that fashion is a form of art!
KS: You have a huge following on social media. How do you commit to your followers and stay relevant as a fashion influencer?
JL: I’m committed to my followers in that I am unabashedly myself on my social media pages and by not altering my style or sense of fashion simply based on what is trendy at the moment. I believe that good style will always stay in fashion, so this is the kind of content that I strive to create as a social media influencer. I also try to stay as active and engaged as I can with my followers, while still maintaining my full time career.
KS: We believe that your followers appreciate the fact you believe good style will never go out of fashion. In today’s world trends have completely taken over and have pushed aside the appreciation of personal style, which is such a shame!
KS: You’re obviously a well-traveled man. Aside from New York and Paris, what other countries would you consider as fashion havens?
JL: To me, some of the other places in the world that have a thriving fashion scene are Milan, Florence, Cape Town Hong Kong, Miami, and Tokyo!
KS: Traveling entails a lot of packing. What items can you not live without when on the road?
JL: Well I’m notorious for overpacking! But my philosophy is that it is better to be prepared for any fashion situation that you might encounter. I don’t go on any trip without a pair of dress shoes, a white button down, a tie, and a blazer because you never know if you’ll have to dress up. I also almost always have a pair of swim trunks, an all black outfit, and a hat of some sort.
KS: In a previous interview, you’ve mentioned that you’re a suiting and tailoring type of guy. Why do you prefer tailored clothing?
JL: You’re right, I do really prefer the suiting and tailoring look as opposed to more street style fashion. I think it partially stems from the way that I grew up and how well dressed my mother would keep both my sister and I. But once I was old enough to start picking my own clothes these are the kinds of things I just gravitate towards. I can’t think of another feeling in the world quite like knowing you look impeccable in a perfectly tailored suit. It makes you feel so powerful and confident, almost like you could do anything!
KS: Do you have a fashion icon or someone who influences you when it comes to styling?
JL: There are more fashion icons that influence me than I can name in this one interview. To me, I am actually really inspired by a lot of female icons, like a Coco Chanel or Diane Von Furstenberg or Audrey Hepburn, because of their overall impact on fashion as a whole. Other amazing icons like Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford have done so much for fashion. And I think Rene Lacoste may be one of my favorite designers ever because of his invention of the polo and really bringing sport and fashion together in a way that hadn’t necessarily been done before.
KS: Do you have bigger goals for your future?
JL: I have goals so big that sometimes they scare me! But I think that if you aren’t challenging yourself in that way that you won’t be able to achieve something truly astounding. I have my consulting and typical career path goals but then I also have my influencer goals, which don’t necessarily overlap. One of my shorter term goals (within the next 5 years) is to get my MBA at either Harvard, London Business School, or HEC Paris. Eventually, I want to become the CEO or Chief Strategy Officer for LVMH or a conglomeration of brands that is similar. As an influencer, I want to keep growing and being able to share my point of view with more and more people.
KS: Although it’s still summer, many are already looking forward to the next spring/summer season for 2019. What are the biggest trends to look forward to this coming spring?
JL: It is crazy that I’ve already been talking about next season and what is up next! So sneakers are still going to be huge thing in the spring, I’m about 99% positive. And I mean those chunky branded sneakers, which people love but I’m not actually sold on quite yet. Statement stripes have also been everywhere so I think that these will stick around and get another iteration this coming spring. Lastly, men’s bags / wearable luggage has been all over the runways this season, so I think that will continue to be a trend this spring.
KS: As a professional, can you share with us some useful styling tips and hacks?
JL: So I’ll answer this question in 2 parts. First, is dressing as a professional. As you all know, I’m a strategy consultant full-time which means either business casual or business professional everyday, which luckily I love! I keep things interesting by incorporating fun colors and patterns in the shirts, pants, and jackets that I wear. I always make sure it is never too loud though because at the end of the day I am there to help my clients, not make a fashion statement.
As for the tricks models have to instantly look good in clothing, this is a bit unfair. A lot of people forget that it is literally a models full-time job to always look great! Since this is the case they can spend a lot of their time at the gym, eating healthy, doing their skin care routines, etc. For people who don’t have that luxury it really is about persistence and making sure you make time for you to get in that workout and that you don’t get lazy and skip your skincare routine a few nights a week. Then another thing models also really master is confidence and dressing for their personality and body type. I mean it’s true that they can wear basically anything and look great but they also have endless confidence, which makes any outfit look even better!
KS: Lastly, any words of inspiration for those who want to pursue a career in fashion?
JL: Never give up and be as persistent as you can! Nothing in fashion is given for free, so you have to hustle as hard as you can to get that chance for your big break. It’s a difficult journey but it is a journey that teaches you so much about yourself and pushes you to accomplish things you might not have expected yourself to be able to do, then the end rewards are pretty nice too!
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Images Source: Instagram @joseph.lucido