Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Influential Individuals: Sean Avery
“Influential Individuals” will be an ongoing post of people that for one reason or another I find interesting and influential; and as I am Canadian and this blog deals with design and a passion for it, I decided to start with Sean Avery – yes the hockey player.
The reason for this is that many feel an interest in fashion or design somehow lessens a man’s masculinity, and Sean Avery contradicts just that. Sean Avery a hockey player known for his skills on the ice, “distracting” other players, among other things, has made him a reviled player; and yes, he admits he like clothes and always has. He doesn’t watch or read about sports, and over breakfast when on the road with the Rangers he read the Style section in The New York Times. This passion or interest led him to pursue an internship at Men’s Vogue – which he did in summer 2008 (I’m somewhat jealous!).
Sean Avery said it well when discussing the verbal abuse he takes from others about his interest in fashion: “I think it sounds a little frightening to narrow-minded blockheads… they think it's what they're supposed to think”.
Thanks Sean Avery for broadening the minds of those blockheads!