Joshua became interested in fashion at a very young age. Growing up, his father worked within the FILM/TV industry and would spend a lot of time hanging out on set with him. Whenever Joshua was missing, you only had to look at the wardrobe trailer; where he could be found hanging with the stylists and playing in the racks of clothing. His mother was also a huge source of inspiration in how she would collect and archive special pieces, but also in how she would style her outfits blending luxury designer clothing with thrift and vintage finds.
Joshua started freelance writing for a few publications before starting with The Social Life as their Vancouver editor. In the last 5 years he has done 10 season of NYFW, interviewed some of the top designers and fashion personalities including Nick Wooster, Leandra Medine (The Man Repeller), Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne – The designers of Public School, Anine Bing, etc.
K: What do you attribute your success to?
J: For me there have been a few factors that have contributed to my success, like the support of my friends and family. I’m fortunate enough to have an incredibly inspiring and supportive group of friends that are always willing to push me. The other factor is not being afraid to be authentic, and be true to who I am. I feel that everyone measures success differently. For some people success is just about making money, while others may consider success to be a barometer of everything you have done from the inception of an idea to it’s fruition. For me, it’s closer to the latter of that statement. I think one thing we all need to do is to stop measuring ourselves against other people, because if you continually compare your success to other people, you lose focus on your own journey.
K: Why is personal style important to you?
J: For me personal style goes beyond clothes and trends; it relates more to how I feel and how I want the world to see me. I have always been someone with an eclectic sense of style, that literally changes day to day. Some days I just want to wear a pair of joggers, high tops and a leather jacket, other days I’ll want to wear a suit and a great pair of shoes. Personal style goes beyond clothes, it’s how you put them together and how you wear them. You could give two people the exact same clothes, but how they wear them will be completely different. Confidence is the best accessory you can wear, it will literally make any outfit pop.
K: How will you be pushing yourself in 2017?
J: For me, 2017 is about growing upon what I am already doing. I have a few projects in the works that I can’t speak on as of yet. Another huge push for 2017 is to travel more, I have always found that travelling has really helped me to find inspiration.
Bauhaus makes some of the best cocktails in Vancouver. While chatting with Joshua we got to try a few of them. There was one with a particularly beautiful presentation that I’d like to share with you.
1 1/4 cognac
1/2 sweet vermouth
1/3 Averna amarro
Garnish with dry blood orange and sunchoke shell stuff with sunchoke purée.
On the rocks.
Watch next week for the final installment of my New Years Cocktail Conversations with the third stylish guy, Viranlly.
Location: Bauhaus Restaurant
What Joshua is wearing:
Pants: Frank + Oak
White Shirt: ASOS
Blazer: The Kooples
Watch: Karl Lagerfeld
Bracelet: Brass and Unity
Pin: Wooster x Lardini
Pocket square: Indochino
Leather jacket: All Saints
What I’m wearing:
Dress: BCBG MAXAZRIA
Shoes: Nine West
Bracelet: Lele Sadoughi
Ring: Club Monaco