Meet Steve Gonzalez, New York City-based digital creator and connoisseur of style. We all have a story to tell, and Steve does just that through his snapshots of his effortlessly-cool looks, go-to closet essentials, and uniquely-cropped details that give us all a peek into roads less-traveled. Join us on the road with Steve as we talk about the best advice he’s received, his style evolution, and what Will Leather Goods means to him.
What does authenticity mean to you?
Authenticity to me is being true to who you really are, to exude style and character, without having to feel disconnected to your persona.
What or who influenced you as a child, and how has that carried on into who you are, how you dress, and how you act, today?
I would have to say that I was influenced a lot by my parents, I used to watch my mom style my father, my father had great style thanks to my mother. A very well curated closet with shoes, jackets, baseball jackets and he mixed formal with athleisure very well. It was during the 80s and 90s; clothing during that era had great proportions, textures and cuts. However I was always very curious since a young age and aware of the way people presented themselves.
How would you describe your personal style?
That's a great question, my style is so diverse, it is an emulation of my experiences, my travels, movies, vintage shopping, etc. At times I can dress formally, then I can also be very eclectic with my personal style, it really boils down to how I'm feeling at that particular moment and what inspires me. Dressing for me is an emotional thing, is an experience and it's also a recollection of memories.
What’s something you’ve recently discovered that you wish more people knew about?
I recently discovered that as with life, style is a journey not a destination. I wish more people would try to educate themselves about what they wear, why they wear it and how things are made, this is very important in my opinion. Anything you do is a journey, embrace it.
When you think of Will Leather Goods, what’s one word that comes to mind?
Timeless. Will Leather Goods has incredible quality, they dare to stay true to their brand DNA. While inviting everyone to own a part of amazing craftsmanship, these leather goods are something that can be passed down for generations. It’s great to see there are still brands out there like WLG.
In three words, describe your best travel story.
Memorable, serene and adventurous.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received, that you’d pass on to a friend?
Anything that you do, do it with passion.