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Miles Christian, 17 (@flossycoke)
Location: Richmond, VA
At a young age, Miles is making waves in fashion. He is way ahead of his time and takes fashion risks that are often misunderstood by his counterparts. The Lost Culture met up with him to find out what sparks his creativity. Get to know the next big thing.
Q: How did you get into fashion?
A: I got into fashion with my friend, Natalia Castellar. She told me to basically do what I wanted to do. And my brother, Tyler Christian, really talked to me about basically doing what I want to do because everybody’s not the same. And looking at people like Ian Conner and Luka Sabbat. That’s how I got into fashion.
Q: Where do you get your fashion inspiration?
A: Now, it’s nobody. I don’t get my fashion inspiration from anybody. I’m aware of what I want to wear. I guess what inspires me is when my parents say that this is not a lifestyle and that I need to go to school and I need to be a doctor, be something. That inspires me more to do crazy stuff.
Q: How has your style evolved over the years?
A: At one point, I was a f*ckboy, as they call them. I used to wear True Religions, Hollister jeans, Jordans. I waited outside for the Concords. My mom actually got pushed over in the line for the Concords. So that can tell you I was a sneakerhead at one point. I was wearing Hundreds, Hollister, True Religion, Polo. My name was “T Polo” or “M Polo” they called me. It was “T Polo the Dun.” We used to call each other “T Polo the Dun” because we used to be Polo from head down to toe. I used to have Polo boots, Polo pants, Polo shirt, and a Polo cap. Sometimes we had Polo glasses. Sometimes we had the Polo phone case, the Polo umbrella. We had Polo bookbags and Polo water bottles. In school, we were called “Polo the Dun.” I was called “T Polo.”
Q: You’re a high school senior. What do you aspire to do once you’re out of school?
A: Once I’m out of school, I want to get a bookbag. I want to get an airline ticket to Paris. And I want to live on the streets and be homeless.
Q: Would you say you’re the best dressed guy at your school?
A: No, because that’s kind of conceited, but people say I’m the most expensive person at our school.
Q: Do you have a job right now?
A: I don’t really have a job because all of my paychecks and stuff are in the car in my glove compartment because I don’t cash them. So I wouldn’t say I have a job. It’s more like an after school event. They’re like $30 checks because I work for like two days, so there’s no need to cash them. I don’t plan on doing anything with them I guess until I need them. I don’t know. I don’t even know what I’m going to do with them. They just sit at this point.
Q: What do your parents think of your fashion style?
A: I started painting my nails at school and I had one girl who was like, “Are you transgender? Are you transitioning?” My parents think it’s either gay or wonder why I’m doing all this. Sometimes they like the stuff I wear and sometimes they don’t. They think it’s gay.
Q: Do you feel like fashion determines your sexuality? Or should you dress however you want to feel?
A: I don’t think fashion has anything to do with sexuality. If you want to come outside with a damn dress on, you come outside with a damn dress on. I mean it depends on who you’re f*cking at the end of the day. That’s your sexuality. It’s not depending on what you’re wearing or how you dress. If you want to wear a wig out the house, wear a wig. F*ck what they heard. F*ck what they said. Recognize what you see. If you’re paying and you can dress, then just don’t give a f*ck. It doesn’t even matter.
Q: Do your parents dress as cool as you?
A: No, my dad wears Skechers. My mom wears Louis Vuitton pocketbooks and stuff and Ugg boots. Other than that, she gets her dresses tailored. But no, they don’t dress like I do or in expensive clothes.
Q: What do you think about the Supreme x Louis collab?
A: I love the Supreme x Louis Vuitton collab because my mom’s favorite designer is Louis Vuitton and my favorite designer was Supreme. So when they collabed it was just sweet. I have an associate that walked for Louis Vuitton. It was just sweet. I thought it was lit. I wanted to see the prices when it came out. Supreme is not getting my money anymore. Vetements is getting my money.
Q: You said you’re done with Supreme. Why are you done with Supreme?
A: I’ve got scammed so many times with Supreme. It’s crazy. I’ve lost probably $5000 all added up together being scammed.
Q: What do you like to wear when it comes to your personal style?
A: Vetements is my favorite designer, then Gucci. And that’s it.
Q: You definitely know how to style your pieces and put them together. Is it just how you feel?
A: Yeah, basically how I feel, how India feels [my assistant], how I want the next picture on my Instagram to look like. If I see a yellow background downtown, I’m going to go buy a yellow shirt, yellow pants, yellow shoes. Basically what I want to do next.
Q: So you style according to your surroundings?
A: Yeah, basically, yep. I style by what I’m doing.
Q: Where do you do most of your shopping?
A: Most of my shopping is online because I live in Richmond, Virginia. There’s no Gucci. There’s no Supreme. There’s nothing. You have to go on Grailed. I used to do eBay. Supreme.com. Gucci.com. LouisVuitton.com. GoYard.com. Vetements.com. I use Ssense.