It's been a year since we last spoke to Norman Trotz, and as we all know, a lot can change within a year. So we figured we stroll thru the Lower East Side, and get brought up to speed on the happenings of the dapper gent, better known as Trotz.
AI: We interviewed you for "What He Wore Today," nearly a year ago, could you fill us in on what's changed since then?
Norman: Well, for the past few months, I was living in Germany and being over there, changed my whole perspective on what I considered was good quality. Let's just say my taste level has risen to new heights! [Laughs] Also, while being over there, I became a real shoe fanatic, especially since I was able purchase such great quality shoes, that you just can't get in America.
AI: Sucks for us Americans, huh? Now, I also understand that you're working with BMW! So how would you say working with BMW, has changed the way you dress on the daily?
Norman: Working with BMW helped me realize the importance of building your brand. Since BMW is a premium brand, and I represent them on the daily basis. I know I have to carry myself in a premium way, no matter where I am or go.
AI: Who would you say are your sartorial influences?
Norman: I would have to say my personal tailor, Penny, she always tells me "I tailor it, to how you want it, because it's what make you happy." It's simple I know, but if more tailors thought like this, life would be easier. But really I love her work so much, I get everything from shirts to my sweaters done by her.
AI: What's your morning routine for getting dressed?
Norman: My morning routine for getting dressed is all about the details. I make sure my metals match, and that I am able to blend my colors so that they are appealing to the eye.
AI: A well-dressed gent like yourself must have some sort of code that you live by, if so, do you care to share?
Norman: DRESS ITALIAN, DRIVE GERMAN, SPEND ARAB. No exceptions.
AI: Powerful statement. Well, with that said, I have to ask what is success to you in one sentence?
Norman: If you don't stand out you will never be remembered.
AI: What's one piece of advice you would give to anyone reading this?
Norman: Do well, live well, and dress really well.
AI: Love it. What's next for Trotz?
Norman: I'll be moving to South Africa for a few months, and while I'm there I'm going to try my best to take in as much fashion as I can. To bring back to the states. What I love most about fashion and style, is what you can learn from other cultures as you travel. Can't lie I'm also looking to revamp my suits by purchasing a few more bespoke pieces. I have one other surprise that I want to share, but you'll have to wait for that [Laughs]!
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