Expert Intro—Jian DeLeon
Jian DeLeon is a men’s fashion and lifestyle writer based in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently the Editorial Director at Highsnobiety. He’s held posts as the Senior Menswear Editor at trend forecasting agency WGSN, the Deputy Style Editor at Complex Media, Style Writer at GQ.com, Shopping Editor at men’s style site Valet, and was one of the first contributors to the tongue-in-cheek men’s lifestyle site Four Pins. He has contributed to publications like Style.com, Man of the World, Business of Fashion and New York Magazine. He has written campaigns and copy for clients like 23Stories, Ledbury, John Elliott, and Nike. In 2014, he contributed to the book Contemporary Menswear: A Global Guide to Independent Men’s Fashion, published by Thames & Hudson.
Where in the world are you right now? Where will you be next?
I’m always switching locations, but I’m proud to call New York City home.
What does “education” mean to you? How would you define it?
Education is the ongoing journey to better yourself through any means necessary. Even if you’re done with school, the homework never stops coming. The information revolution has left so much knowledge out there for the taking, but that’s only the first part. The second comes through the perspective that comes from experience, whether it’s firsthand or through mentors that can pass on the lessons they’ve learned along the way.
Where is education headed? Where will it be in 10 years? 100?
The means by which you can educate yourself will only become more accessible, but what will change is the desire to learn things of substance versus getting caught up in the flash. We’re already inundated with so much information that it becomes hard to discern what we should actually be paying attention to — not just in the context of hype culture and unconscious consumption, but also the “fake news” era where even trying to figure out the truth can seem like an arduous task. As the lines between information, entertainment, and advertising continue to dissipate, the “canon” of education is getting murkier and trickier to navigate.
Most frequently received (advice related) question?
“How can I buy x?”
Why did you join th-oughts?
It’s not hard to make it in this industry if you work hard and have the right people show you the way. I was fortunate to work with a lot of people who fostered my inquisitive mindset and particular array of skills to help me find the right fit. And I think there are plenty of like-minded people in the younger generation who have the drive necessary to succeed, but might need a guiding hand to feel fully empowered to pursue their goals.