Isaac Hindin-Miller is an inspiration to any creative New Zealander wanting to escape the small town lifestyle and achieve their goals on a global scale. Now based in New York City, Hindin-Miller writes fashion pieces for a number of big time publications including T Magazine, GQ, Esquire, Style.com… the list goes on.
He also devotes a good chunk of his creative skills to his own blog www.Isaaclikes.com which has been running since 2008. I have drawn inspiration from this author and read every post published. This blog is not just a dedication to men’s fashion but also an insight into his life in the fast lane, a plethora of relationship advice, interviews with fashion industry leaders and a collection of images from around NYC.
After reading so regularly for a number of years I was filled with so many questions about all Isaac’s glamorous lifestyle.
Here what he had to say:
Was there a particular moment or event that made you realise the direction you wanted to take your career?
I used to go to New Zealand Fashion Week every season and I had this obsession with getting to sit front row (social climber since wayyy back). I noticed that the journalists and critics and magazine editors got the best seats, so getting into that line of work seemed like a smart way to achieve the goal. That, and I always had a knack for writing and a fairly obsessive nature, so starting the blog and sticking at it came quite naturally to me. And finally, I had a real issue with the way that New Zealand’s fashion media wrote in such pathetically fluffy ways about everything like every single thing coming out was wonderful and fabulous darling, when in reality it was often just shoddy reproductions of what international designers had done three seasons ago. So I decided to jump in there and tell the truth. Once I started ruffling feathers, I knew I was onto something.
Can you tell me about your proudest achievement?
Being published in The New York Times was a lifelong dream, and achieving that ( http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/author/isaac-hindin-miller/ ) was a pretty huge moment for me; getting my first American 0-1 Visa was awesome because it meant I was allowed to stay in New York; as far as I know I was the first person in New Zealand history to be fired from a publishing company (AGM Media) for writing a blog post, and that’s not a bad claim to fame; and finally, doing the fashion week circuit in Paris, Milan, New York and London and being legitimately invited to shows like Prada and Saint Laurent Paris and Marc Jacobs as opposed to having to sneak in is always a good time.
Do you have any career regrets?
Yeah definitely. After I achieved my lifelong dream of writing for The New York Times I really fell into a slump where I didn’t know what I was supposed to do from there. I ended up not really doing anything for about 12 months, and I got caught up in the party scene in New York and going out till 4am every night of the week became my be-all and end-all. Obviously my blog/career suffered as a result. I’m now having to play catch-up because of wasted opportunities, and that’s a regret. But that was all part of the experience of moving from New Zealand to New York and trying to figure out how to live in a city where there’s an opportunity to behave badly at every turn. Or maybe that’s just becoming an adult. Who knows? The good thing about hitting rock bottom is there’s only one way to go, and that’s up.
Living in New York how do you feel about New Zealand? If I gave you the option of moving back permanently or setting fire to your wardrobe what would you do?
I love New Zealand and I appreciate it more and more the longer I’m away, but I don’t want to move back. Never say never, though. So I’d burn my wardrobe. (I’m not a particularly materialistic person so I don’t care a huge amount about possessions.)
In terms of fashion, do you think you set trends or just follow them?
I think I might have set some trends in New Zealand — I like to think that I was the guy who sparked the trend of rolling up your chinos over your high top Chuck Taylors, and I used to see guys rocking colour combos that I’d wear all the time (like maroon sweaters with khaki pants) but it’s not like I started those trends from scratch, I would’ve picked them up from someone else along the way. I think of myself more as an early adopter than as a trend setter for sure. I feel like I have a good eye for what’s going to be cool next, but I don’t think I’ve ever just materialized an idea from scratch and introduced it and it’s taken off. Even those THUGGED OUT SINCE CUB SCOUTS tee shirts Katherine Lowe and I did — I came up with that concept from scratch and directed the design and everything, but we introduced them at a moment when the varsity throwback thing was about to become very big, and I knew that because I’d seen glimmers of it on my travels.
Are there any ‘trends’ that you think are just god awful? (I’m still not sold on the white socks and Birkenstocks)
Yeah I don’t like obnoxious streetwear with logos emblazoned all over the chests and arms and everything that every rapper is wearing right now. I cannot stand that stuff.