Fashion forward: An interview with Lowell’s fashion aficionado Nick Fung BY MILA SALL (GIUEST WRITER), XARIA LUBENSKY AND LAUREN CALDWELL

Above: Photo by Lauren Caldwell

How would you describe your style in three words?

Understated, elegant, and sophisticated.

What is your stylistic and/or buying process?

I don't really have one. If I see something I like, I’ll just buy it. Normally I’ll go to the sale rack first. It actually has really good stuff, and a lot of the time it’s not just seasonal stuff, it’s timeless pieces. Then I’ll go walk around but I basically buy just whatever. I don’t have a shopping method that I stick to.

What are some of your favorite brands?

That’s a really hard question because it’s always changing! It also really depends on the category. I would say for bags and leather goods, Hermés. But, you know, for women's ready to wear and couture I would say Valentino. And for menswear, Loro Piana.

Photo by Xaria Lubensky

What’s something you have your eye on at the moment?

I feel like I need to take a break from shopping but I really want a gorgeous cashmere sweater. Especially for the winter, preferably navy blue. Everyone needs a cashmere sweater—except I don't have one. But I will get one someday!

What do you think shaped your personal style?

I don’t really know because my parents are not stylish people. I think just seeing bloggers on social media and, I know this sounds so bad, but like seeing people in advertisement campaigns. You just gravitate towards them, you want to have what they have or you want to wear what they’re wearing.

What’s something in your wardrobe that you couldn’t live without?

I love baseball caps. I have this gorgeous cashmere baseball cap from Loro Piana. It is stunning! Like, if my house was burning down I’d run and grab that.

How do you keep your clothes looking nice for so long?

It takes a lot of work, it takes a lot of time, it takes kind of a lot of money. I send basically all of my clothes to the dry cleaners and for shoes I’ll have shoe trees. That really helps the shoe keep its shape and smelling fresh. I’ll use shoe horns so that the back of the shoe doesn’t get creased when you put on your shoe.

Why is it important to you to take such good care of your clothes?

I invest in a lot of pieces that are a little bit pricier but I know that if I take care of them, they are going to last longer. I’m not at the level where I can afford to just keep replacing expensive things all the time. I just try to maintain their condition.

Fung wears Oliver Peoples glasses, a Brunello Cucinelli sweater, Boglioli trousers and Valentino shoes. Photos by Xaria Lubensky

Where do you see your style evolving?

My style hasn’t changed for awhile now, I still like the same things that I have liked for years now. That’s a hard question because I’m really not sure. It’s something that just happens, it’s not like I choose what my style will be in some amount of years.

What are some new trends from the runway this season that you want to implement into your own style?

I don’t really do trends but, I think there's a lot of eighties inspiration going down the runways. And I’m kind of living for it because I really like things that are tacky and the eighties are definitely very tacky.

What are some tips for someone who wants to start buying designer or luxury items?

My parents haven’t paid for any of my fancy clothes. I had a job, [and] I saved up my own money to buy things. Maybe some people spend all their money on food, some always go to concerts or movies. I choose to invest in clothes and I know I will have to compromise in other areas.

Photos by Lauren Caldwell

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