Eugene Tong is one of the hardest working of the men’s fashion circuit. This past New York Fashion Week: Men’s alone, he styled two shows, the ascendant label John Elliott and newbie Second/Layer. A former editor at the defunct magazines Cargo and Details, Tong, a Jersey boy, also regularly styles Public School’s shows. And beyond that, he keeps the street style paps busy with his perfectly casual off duty looks, or, what he calls “Eugene Tong’s Style.”
What do you do for a living? I’m a free agent and independent fashion consultant.
3 words to describe your style: Eugene Tong’s Style.
Name your favorite store in New York: Sunrise Market.
Name your favorite vintage store: I don’t shop vintage.
Who are your style icons? Hiroshi Fujiwara.
What is your style pet peeve? Anything forced.
Name your best most recent discovery: Japanese cooling face wipes.
And what are you lusting after? Tesla Model S.
What is always in your wallet? ID, credit cards, metro card, emergency $100 bill, and my mom’s 1970s Columbia ID.
Name something you’d never wear: Mandals.
What is the most prized possession in your closet? I love them all equally.
What is your fashion week go-to look? Two white tees, black pants, Chucks or Nike, and a hat.
Who is the OG of street style? Nick Wooster.
What’s a label you can’t wait to wear this summer? Second/Layer.
Name an album you’re listening to right now: Blood Orange’s Freetown Sound.
What is your summer read? Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano by Dana Thomas.
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