The best thing we can do for young people, in my opinion, is encourage them to pursue their interests. Because whatever they find engaging – whether it’s music, photography, hunting, skateboarding, or design – the practice of honing any skill is going to serve them well later on in life.
Last weekend, I sponsored a small fashion show at the High School for Recording Arts in St. Paul. The philosophy at this alternative school is similar to my own. In addition to the traditional curriculum, students are mentored in music production and other creative endeavors they choose independently.
To put on this fashion show, the students work with local designers, merchants, musicians and promoters to coordinate the event. I supplied our model, Isaias, with a green vintage sport jacket, gray wool trousers, brown Allen Edmonds balmorals, a sea green Gant oxford, and a brown wool tie. He added some aviators to the mix and walked the runway like a pro.