V’s Class of 2018: Thistle Brown

V’s Class of 2018: Thistle Brown

The stylist and art designer is navigating the New York fashion scene with ease.

The stylist and art designer is navigating the New York fashion scene with ease.

Text: Staff

There must be something in the water in New Zealand. Thistle Brown is the latest transplant from a tiny Kiwi town who is aiming to make his mark on the American scene. The stylist and art director established a creative collective in Auckland before trekking to New York to continue moving up in the fashion world, making him one of our picks for the Class of 2018. He was presented as one of the first inductees at our party with Uniqlo to celebrate the class and the new Uniqlo U Spring/Summer 2018 collection.

What's your vision for the industry you work in for 2018?

Transformative, Perceptive and Exchanging.

What's the best advice you've ever received and why? 

This isn't just it.

What social/political issues or causes resonate with you most, and why? 

Call it out. Listen.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far? How did you overcome it? 

Isolation was a challenge for me, especially in my formative years growing up in such remoteness. Breaking down social conditioning and understanding that those pressures and projections on what society expected from me early on, was not my dream but theirs.

How did you get your start?

Leaving my hometown.

How do you define success for yourself? Is it different than happiness? 

Success is a slippery word. Once you can decipher what you are here to do and contribute to in this life, that induces clarity, discovery and happiness. I'm still yet to find this but I will.

When and where do you feel most creative?

When your instinct and impulse are dancing.

Who is your dream collaborator, in any field (music, art, fashion, etc.) and what kind of project would you love to do with this person? 

Making a warped thriller with David Cronenberg, along with a beyond soundtrack by Rowland S Howard. That would be cool.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job(s)? 

I enjoy working with a team and people that inspire me.

Thistle wears Uniqlo U.
Credits: Photo by Tyrell Hampton. Casting by Harbinger Creative.


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