Monday, July 25, 2016

S'WONDERFUL |TRES WUERFFEL


































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IN CONVERSATION|TRES WUERFFEL

Name|Tres Wuerffel
Age|22
Hometown|Minneapolis, Minnesota

How did you get discovered?
Photographer friend wanted help to expand his portfolio so I modeled for him. My friend Jesus published a artistic signature and style photograph of me in a local art magazine. I was approached by an agent who inquired about me.
What were you doing prior to modeling?
I was studying engineering, as well as working at  a few jobs. I was feeling so burnt out because I haven't taken a single semester off. Coming to NYC seem like a much needed change of pace.
People would be surprised to know that I...
When I was seven I survived brain cancer. It was an experience the summer after my second grade. When I considered it later, I often thought about the neurosurgeon. If he hadn't suffered through medical school, it is highly unlikely I would be alive today. So, I owe it to that person to go through engineering school.
What's your latest obsession?
Spanish and Dominican culture. Living in Washington Heights, everyone speaks Espanol. I've been building upon my high school Spanish courses, learning dominos and trying to score some salsa and other Latin dancing courses. Flamenco guitar is hard!
Your most prize possession?
My navy backpack. Mysteriously left at my apartment in Minnesota. The pack has seen quite a few miles. I have lived out of it.It is always stack with tupperware lunches, notebooks, textbooks, clothes, electronics, resumes, cosmetics, art supplies and whatever else I need that day...
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?
I had a few heroes growing up, and was never star struck or involved in sports. I would have to point to the video game character, Link from The Legend of Zelda franchise. He is dogmatic, vigilant and equipped. I have always admired characters strong, silent archetype, and hope to be remembered that way someday.
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone?
The last person that I told I loved is my very cosmopolitan sister, Cydney. Yo Tengo Dos Hermanos, Cydney & Stephanie. Cydney is my eldest sister , when I was younger, she protected me from bullies. My other sister, Stephanie, she is supportive, good humored and married to a wonderful man whom I called my brother-in-law.
Three adjectives that best describes you:
Aloof, Industrious and Friendly
Describe your personal style:
Somewhere between Dadcore or Indiana Jones. I usually dressed in rugged clothing, boots, tucked button downs, leathers and breathable cottons.
Your favorite place you have travel to:
Northwest Montana, specifically a town called Troy. I went there on a whimsical summer road trip with a friend before he left for college. His friend, our host, was so warm and fun. We found abandon mine shafts that were 200 years old, found silver, climbed to alpine lakes and climb permafrost mountain glaciers. Montana changed my life. I learned about the sustainable house our lost lived in and suddenly knew what I would do with my time left on this earth.
Your favorite film and scene from the film:
Forrest Gump—Scene: All scenes with Lieutenant Dan. I was young when I pulled the movie off the shelf on a whim and watched it with no prior knowledge. I felt emotional watching the character experienced hardships and adversity, both personally and vicariously.
Your favorite sport:
Sport: M.L.G.—Major League Gaming—Fighting game genre, Justin Wongggg!!!
If there's a destination or item you would recommend us to check out or visit about your native country/city or town, what would you recommend?
Minneapolis, Minnesota—I will take you to Minnehaha Falls & Fantasy Flight Gaming Centre in Rosedale, a beautiful park of waterfalls and bridges. Big sleepy Hobby Shop with a killer cafe and great company.
If you were given a indie cable show, what type of show would it be? Which song would you choose as your theme song?
Part of me wants to be a smart ass and run a special about how no one watches cable television anymore. I'd run a  panel of philosophers and scientists to discuss adversities facing humanity (guests such as Neil DeGras Tyson, Carl Sagan's ghost, Bill Nye and Noam Chomsky etc.) Theme song: They'll Need A Crane by They Might Be Giants
Craziest thing you ever did:
In Montana, I swam across the Kootenai River, which is apparently quite dangerous. I cliff jumped into a waterfall reservoir. I used to climb on top of my high school's roof and stargazing and have picnics there in the winter.
Your wish for the remainder of 2016?
That I would know how to help everyone I meet, in one way, big or small.

MODEL AGENTS|AGENCY: 
Wil Hill|Shawn Zane|Fusion Models
IMAGES|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Tres Wuerffel|Fusion Models
Special thanks to Wil Hill, Shawn Zane and the men's board at Fusion; Tres for his openess, great conversations and time spend with JTC!
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TRES WUERFFEL' S SELF PORTRAIT

Friday, July 22, 2016

RAISED THE BRANNER|AVERY BRANNER





































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IN CONVERSATION|AVERY BRANNER

Name|Avery Parker Branner
Age|17
Hometown|Huntsville, Alabama

How did you get discovered?
I came across watching the Ellen Show on YouTube and saw star model Lucky Blue Smith and Matthew Noszka. It  motivates me to give modeling I try!
What were you doing prior to modeling?
I was in school before modeling and played sports
People would be surprised to know that I...
can have a conversation with anyone I come into contact with. Everyone got a story to tell! 
What's your latest obsession?
Working out, it consists of focusing on each muscle on my body and I try to stay fit as much as possible.
Your most prize possession?
A photo book of my family because if you lose that, that is memories lost.
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?
I would want to grow up and be like my father because he sets such a good example for my family.
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone?
My little sister before I walked out of the hotel room.
Three adjectives that best describes you:
Funny, Competitive, Humble
Describe your personal style:
Hipster look. I like the feel of dressing up.
Your favorite place you have travel to:
NYC. It is very different than the lifestyle in Alabama
Your favorite film and scene from the film:
Conjuring 2—Scene: The end when everyone is safe
Your favorite sport:
Sport: Basketball
Team: OKC
Player: Kevin Durant
If there's a destination or item you would recommend us to check out or visit about your native country/city or town, what would you recommend?
Huntsville, Alabama—I would take you to Bridge Street which is like this little strip of outlet, malls and movie theater.
If you were given a indie cable show, what type of show would it be? Which song would you choose as your theme song?
I would host a funny tv show like Impractical Jokers Theme song: Needed Me by Rihanna
Took my mom's car out at 2am with my friend so he could meet this girl.
Your wish for the remainder of 2016?
To make my family proud of me!

MODEL AGENT|AGENCY: 
Jordan Morris|MSA Models
IMAGES|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Avery Branner|MSA Models
Special thanks to Jordan Morris and the men's board at MSA Models; Avery and his mom for doing late night photo shoot with JTC during pre-casting days prior to NYFW SS2017 !
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AVERY BRANNER' S SELF PORTRAIT

Thursday, July 21, 2016

JTC RECOMMENDS: MAX KONING|BROOKS MODELING AGENCY (THE NETHERLANDS)


























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IN CONVERSATION|MAX KONING

Name|Max Koning
Age|17
Hometown|Breda, The Netherlands

What are your other interests besides modeling?
Technology and sports
Favorite pastime:
Hanging out with friends 
Who would you like to meet through modeling?
No one specific, I am open to meet and make new friends
What are your favorite sports to do on your past time?
Volleyball
Favorite brands of clothing:
Tommy Hilfiger and Pull & Bear
Instagram: @max_076

MODEL AGENT|AGENCY: 
John Brooks|Brooks Modeling Agency (The Netherlands)
IMAGES|VIDEO|Provided by Brooks Modeling Agency
CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Max K|Brooks Modeling Agency (The Netherlands)
Special thanks to John Brooks at Brooks Modeling Agnecy (The Netherlands); Max for doing this Q&A, looking forward to meet you soon!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

JTC SPOTLIGHT: ADAM WILK|BANANAS MODELS (PARIS)





































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IN CONVERSATION|ADAM WILK

Name|Adam Wilk
Age|17
Hometown|Brwinow, Poland

How did you get discovered?
My mother agent spotted me on the street and I am forever grateful to him since he changed my life.
What were you doing prior to modeling?
Just trying figure out my purpose in life really is.
People would be surprised to know that I...
kept my bloody socks somewhere in my room, don't ask me why...
What's your latest obsession?
Andrzej Bursa poems, "Luiza" i inne utowory
Your most prize possession?
A black roe broach with white dots on it.
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?
My childhood hero was the cartoon character, Donald Duck
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone?
To my first girlfriend
Three adjectives that best describes you:
Thoughtful, Open-minded, Pessimistic
Describe your personal style:
Skater mixed with things that I like
Your favorite place you have travel to:
Rooftops in Paris
Your favorite film and scene from the film:
300—Scene: The entire film, it is sublime
Your favorite sport:
Sport: Skateboarding
Skater: Jay Adams
If there's a destination or item you would recommend us to check out or visit about your native country/city or town, what would you recommend?
Brwinow, Poland—Walking down the street of my town in the evening
If you were given a indie cable show, what type of show would it be? Which song would you choose as your  theme song?
Quiz show Theme song: Roundabout
Craziest thing you ever done:
Breaking and entering into some restricted places
Your wish for the remainder of 2016?
Staying forever at the age of 16! Love my youth!

MODEL AGENT|AGENCY: 
Berix Enesa|Patricia Cardiou-Diehl|Bananas Models (Paris)
IMAGES|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Adam Wilk|Bananas Models (Paris)
Special thanks to Berix Enesa, Patricia Cardiou-Diehl and the men's board at Bananas Models (Paris); Adam for his time to do this blog feature with JTC during menswear fashion week!
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Monday, July 18, 2016

THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST|ANDREAS BIRONT






































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IN CONVERSATION|ANDREAS BIRONT

Name|Andreas Biront
Age|18
Hometown|Antwerp, Belgium

How did you get discovered?
I have been scouted in Belgium twice but it never really went any further than a preliminary meet and greet. I am in NY on holiday and was approached by my mother agent, Demanti O'Bryant. Perhaps the third time is the charm? Demanti said he saw something in me so I thought to myself, why not give it another shot?
What were you doing prior to modeling?
I just graduated in Science/Mathematics. I am really into fashion and love to check out new designers and their work. I also love sports, my favorite is tennis.
People would be surprised to know that I...
Since I was very young, I have been bullied because of my hair color (red head) and I really hated it initially. As I grew older, I started to create a little ego as a way to defend myself from those people.
What's your latest obsession?
Fashion. In particular, designers who utilized high tech fabrics and techniques. I find it fascinating!
Your most prize possession?
The ring from my grandfather because he meant a lot to me.
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?
I always wanted to be original so I didn't really look up to anyone in particular.
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone?
My girlfriend, Lina.
Three adjectives that best describes you:
Social, Kind, Confidence
Describe your personal style:
Here are my favorite designers: Gosha Rubchinskiy, Raf Simons, Vetements, Dries Van Noten, Adidas, Nike and J.W.Anderson. Hope that gives you an idea of my style! :)
Your favorite place you have travel to:
Los Angeles, New York City and Antwerp. I am really into hiking on mountains and visiting the Yellowstone Park.
Your favorite film and scene from the film:
Kill Bill—Scene: The final samurai swords fighting scene
Your favorite sport:
Sport: Tennis, soccer, karate and swimming
If there's a destination or item you would recommend us to check out or visit about your native country/city or town, what would you recommend?
Antwerp, Belgium—I will take you to Vrijdagmarkt6 a clothing store that sells second hand design clothes. Antwerp Tower has a really good club called Klub Goud to party. The Meir is a really good street to shop and as a final destination, go to a local Antwerp coffee shop for a great cup of coffee!
If you were given a indie cable show, what type of show would it be? Which song would you choose as your theme song?
It would be a show about fashion. Theme song: Chinoiseries Part 2 by Onra
Craziest thing you ever did:
I guess what I am doing right now...doing this photo shoot/interview because I never expected this. I was on holiday, remember?
Your wish for the remainder of 2016?
That I would graduate. For the future, a family with wife and kids!

MODEL AGENT|AGENCY: 
Demanti O'Bryant|St. Claire Models
IMAGES|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Andreas Biront|St Claire Models
Special thanks to Demanti O'Bryant and the men's board at St. Claire Models; Andreas for taking the time out of his tourist schedule while in NYC and spend it with JTC to do this blog feature!
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ANDREAS BIRONT' S SELF PORTRAIT