What did you want to become when you were a child?
When I was really young, I wanted to become a train conductor, but as I progressed throughout high school I realized I was really interested in architecture.
How long have you been modeling for?
I started a little more than 3 years ago, first starting in Oregon, then Miami, NYC, Milan, a bit of LA, and now I’m really well based in NYC.
Tell us how/where did the idea for LucasPlus come about:
I was teaching myself a lot about spirituality about 3 years ago, something that I lacked in my life since I was raised with no belief in God or religion. I read books left and right about the power of positive thinking, and how love is the ultimate force in the universe. One day, after feeling really good about life, I bought myself a ring to represent my newfound happiness. I became obsessed with that ring and how it meant something to me, but the more I looked at it, the more I realized I wanted to make my own! So I did it the only way I knew how: with some 3D modeling skills I learned in high school, a 3D printing company called Shapeways, and the plus symbol was my inspiration to remind me to exercise positivity. The process of creating that ring became addicting, and soon I found myself designing a collection, with the help of free computer design programs and free educative youtube tutorials on how to use those programs to your advantage.
How did your friends/family react when you told them you wanted to become an model/entrepreneur/jewelry designer?
When I became passionate about designing jewelry, I think everyone was very happy for me to have found such a perfect niche! After all, being a model, I’m surrounded by everyone who loves jewelry: artists, stylists, editors, taste-makers, photographers, other models, art directors, brand presidents, sales associates, make-up artists, fashion designers, you name it!
What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?
I think being written about in the New York Times, “Handsome Is As Handsome Does” (an article about male models in NYC that have started their own fashion business) was quite the accomplishment for me.
Who inspires you?
Tom Ford. No question about it.
What aspects of your job do you like best / least?
I’m always meeting new people, or working with the same people, and the job details are always changing. I like variety and change, it keeps life interesting. I’m not at all a 9-5 kinda guy, and although there are some times where I wonder what the hell I’m doing waiting (and waiting, and waiting…) in line to be seen by casting directors, it doesn’t bother me. Frankly, I feel very blessed to be able to model, it’s allowed me to support my real passion for jewelry!
Anything else you would love to do? Acting? Fashion Design?
Well other than my modeling career and my jewelry passion, I’m really into the whole 3D printing movement. I find all kinds of technology fascinating, and I’d like to take a part in making wearable technology fashionable!
What misconception from the public do you wish would stop in regards to the fashion industry?
I’m not aware of any misconceptions, everyone views it differently.
Describe your style in terms of fashion:
I tend to wear an outfit based on what little clothes I have. I don’t shop a lot, but when I do, my one rule is to “fall in love” with something, and pay the price. Right now, I’m loving my John Varvatos steel-tip Converse, and a pair of nice-fitting Golden Goose jeans. I also got the best peacoat ever designed by Belstaff this winter, I have them as a showroom client and I fell in love with the navy double breasted peacoat with a huge popped collar and black leather details. I was going to buy it at one of their sample sales, but I got it in exchange for a few hours of work one day. Totally worth it, I’ve been wearing it almost every day since it’s been a really cold New York winter this year. Oh and to top it all off: I always wear a few of my LucasPlus pieces.
What makes you happy?
Family and friends, good food and drink, and stimulating conversation!
What is your favorite song at the moment, and of all time?
I’m listening to George Harrison’s “Give Me Love” and “My Sweet Lord”, a few Keane songs, and always The Killers. I go through phases.
What are some of your favorite movies?
Any Quentin Tarantino movie (Django Unchained, and Inglourious Basterds especially), No Country for Old Men, A Single Man, Mr Nobody, and Jurassic Park.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
Describe yourself in 5 words:
Energetic, motivating, tech-loving, creative, thankful.
What do you most value in people?
The way they treat others.
Name 3 things people don't know about you:
I eat chocolate like there’s no tomorrow,
I used to make my own biodiesel with recycled restaurant oil for my diesel car,
I make my own deodorant with coconut oil and baking soda!
What is your motto?
Kill’em with kindness.
Any last words?
Make a positive impact on the people that surround you, and stand up straight!