style jam: juan-carlos aquino

In our first male-only Style Jam, we had the pleasure of working with the very stylish and incredibly cool Juan Carlos-Aquino.  As a buyer for concept store Konzepp and a freelance stylist, Carlo has a killer unique style of his own that really sets him apart from others in Hong Kong.  His keen eye for fashion and (somewhat) daily outfit choices are all chronicled on his blog, Pronounced [Stahyl]., but be warned: it's an addictive blog that will suck you in and keep you clicking "Older Posts" for hours!  Every time we see this guy, he's always got something really special and interesting going on that we've rarely seen worn by his male peers.  Carlo's got a really specific eye for what he likes, what he wants and what suits him well.  In this three-part Style Jam series, Carlo puts together a trio of looks from the showroom and tells us a little bit about his personal style ethos.

Carlo wears an Insight 51 shirt, ksubi denim shorts and a ksubi sweatshirt over his shoulders, his own sneakers, beanie and jeans.

"I do the buying for Konzepp, which is a lifestyle space focusing on different unique designs and things that aren't so readily available in Hong Kong; it's a platform for designers and upcoming artists to show their work.  For me, it goes hand-in-hand with styling, being a buyer, because you really always have to be on top of your trends and it's all about knowing your market.  The only challenge with the job is to find those new brands!  You have no idea where to begin, because the idea is, 'How do you find a brand that no one knows exists and you can't yet find it in Hong Kong?'  How?  By sitting on the internet for a very long time.  Going through blogs, magazines, everything.  Even things like, if I see something on somebody that I've never seen before walking by, I'll actually go up to them and find out where they got it from. 9 times out of 10 it's not in Hong Kong, so it's a really good way for me to find out about new brands."

"With the brands that we've come across, there has been a lot that I have really loved.  This isn't a recent brand that I've found and it's actually one that I've been following a lot, since when I was in Australia, but it's still not available here and now we're picking it up; it's called Wood Wood.  It should be coming in within the next week.  Both men and women.  Something like that is something that I've always been really supportive of."

We love the contrast between these punk-inspired faded cross print denim shorts from ksubi and the slightly bohemian beach-bum floral print of this Insight 51 shirt.

The view from behind: just as great as the view from the front!

See more from Juan-Carlos Aquino at Pronounced [Stahyl]. here.


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