We recently featured stylist and photographer Lougè Delcy, otherwise known as Dapper Lou, in a series of docu-style videos on our Facebook page. Lougè is a Brooklyn, NY native of Haitian heritage who experiences life through a creative lens.
He started out working retail while taking unpaid styling gigs to fuel his passion for the fashion industry. Lougè was able to break out on his own through his unique ability to present his style and those of others with a distinct voice and storytelling style. Lougè was a star for us to shoot—he is as natural in front of the camera as he is behind it!
We talked to Lougè about how he got the confidence to go from a shoe salesman to doing what he really loves—fashion and style. Here’s what he said in his own words:
I knew I wanted to have a career in fashion and it was very intimidating because it’s a very big industry and where do you see yourself, where do you sit? I didn’t have the confidence to even apply to a fashion magazine. I didn’t have the confidence to apply to an art school. I thought my GPA wasn’t good, my grades weren’t good so I didn’t really have the confidence. But I think what helped me develop it was just getting out there and just doing the work and over time, I always made sure that I hung out with people that would cheer me on and help me to believe in myself and believe in what I was doing and that gave me the confidence to try and succeed creatively.
We love Lougè’s outlook on getting to your goals—a lot of hard work and surrounding yourself with others who believe in you!
We did the shoot at The Paper Factory Hotel, a restored paper factory in Long Island City, Queens NY, and a place where Dapper Lou finds inspiration and likes to shoot his own work. The hotel is très cool, a real New York City gem! It’s stylish (think loft-style rooms, polished concrete floors, vintage hammered metal doors, huge factory windows, exposed pipes, rustic furniture, and steampunk details) and definitely a little off the beaten path. And better yet, it’s affordable (a weekend in August is $179/night, not bad for a NYC hotel!)
We’ve been working with Dapper Lou, as well as with Ash Cash, Erica Nicole and Yami Mufdi—all influencers in their fields of style, personal finance, entrepreneurship and health/wellness—to show us a thing or two about what they do and share their tools for success—whether it’s going after a dream job or starting a business, or changing habits to live a healthier lifestyle. Who’s someone you consider an influencer? Let us know in the comments below—we might even feature them in an upcoming post!
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