A lifelong photography fan, Barcelona-based Spanish content creator Daniel Illescas now puts his talent to work on the go. All year long, he travels around the world in search of real and almost intangible experiences. Between two flights, he takes time out to talk to us about his style and his home.
What have you learned from your experiences?
I’ve learned how to interact with locals and talk in other languages. I think it’s made me more mature today. I also realised that I could react to complicated situations in a positive way.
Which trip was your favourite?
That’s a question I get asked a lot and one that’s not easy to answer. I get very different things out of each trip that I make. But, of course, I prefer certain places to others. The continent that inspired me most was Africa. I do everything I can to make each of my trips unforgettable.
You recently renovated your house in Barcelona. Is it important for you to have your own space?
Of course. My home is a place where I feel good. It’s crucial to be able to recharge my batteries there between my trips, so that I’m calm and rested enough to make the most of everything.
Your wardrobe usually has to fit in one suitcase. What are your essential pieces?
A hooded sweatshirt, comfortable trousers, a sleeveless top and a windbreaker. These are the pieces that I take with me all the time because I know I’ll wear them often. The good news is that this is exactly what American Vintage offers.
How would you define your style?
In a few words: comfortable, versatile, neutral, urban and modern. I generally try to appropriate trends in my own way.
What is your favourite piece at American Vintage?
It’s hard to choose because it’s a brand that really suits me well. But if I had to pick one, I’d say the PADOW corduroy shirt. In winter, I wear it over a sweatshirt. I love the way it falls on my body.
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