And by “Jack of all Trades” we mean.…he does everything. After establishing himself in the modeling industry, he utilized his talents, experience and love of art to develop his own world of fashion, unique independence, and an overall brand to make himself not only one of the most versatile individuals in fashion, but one of integrity and passion.
In the midst of his busy schedule, Brandon gave Emerald Chic’s fashion correspondent, Patrick, a few moments of his time for some insight into his career, his expansion, and even a few pointers for you men out there looking for some fashion advice.
PH: What can you say is an “unforgettable modeling moment”?
BT: That’s a hard one for me to answer and narrow it down, I thank God daily for what he’s given to me in this business. Most of my guy friends would say its probably a job I’ve had playing Heidi Klum’s lover for Vogue over a few days work, a sexy rolling around shoot with Alessandra Ambrosio on the beach, sleeping in Elle Macpherson’s house or having Gisele Bundchen topless on me for a shoot for a jeans company campaign but that (as crazy as it sounds) became normal. I would probably say it was staying in a 17 bedroom Igloo in the top of the Alps in Switzerland for work for two weeks and getting paid to be in the most beautiful place I’d ever seen while snowboarding, snowmobiling, and eating fondue daily!
PH: So, what’s new with you? You are quite the DJ-in-Demand. How is the dj career going?
BT: The career is amazing! It’s moving a little faster than I wish but how do you complain about that? The problem with being a jack of all trades is God only made 24 hrs in a day. Recently, I’ve been spinning fun stuff like Sunglass Hut Store Opening with the Strokes, a celebs birthday party with The Fugees, and a one on one gig with R Kelly with me mixing and him performing for the club (he’s still got it).
PH: Like a number of models, you have branched out into another business. For me, it has been journalism and event production. And I hear rumors of you dabbling in interior design. Fill us in on this. What is the name and what are the origins?
BT: Well I grew up with a dad that taught me how to make everything with my own two hands. I watched him single handedly build our house and teach me all of this along the way. I love being a handyman and actually thinking outside the box for different ideas. Such as my old walking stick as my curtain rod and recycling old pieces and turning them into my creation.
PH: What is the focus? Are you like Cindy Crawford Home and Kathy Ireland’s line, focused on developing products for the home, or are you more focused on designing interiors by shopping for items that fit into a client’s particular style philosophy.
BT: I am actually trying to do a triple play. I want to make my own art, sell them their apartments or condos (yes I also do real estate too), and design their apartment with my art inside.
PH: What are your upcoming design projects? Any clients of note that you can mention?
BT: Well I’ve actually now been asked about putting my art in a gallery here now and I’m prepping for a hair salon I’m designing in SoHo, which should be very interesting as I have full leeway to do as I wish.
PH: CONGRATS on both counts. What were the design cues/inspirations for your space?
BT: I have always been in love with designing to look like you stepped foot into another country or time era. My place is now really Moroccan style with colors and furniture that I’ve made.
PH: What else is going on in Brandon Trentham’s life? I hear a charitable organization is on the horizon, fill us in.
BT: My Favorite Subject to talk about!!!!!! I have been working with so many different charities and groups for many years now but never had a sole purpose or project. The “Hope House Honduras” is just that, a Christian run orphanage that gives them hope and light at the end of the tunnel. I am working full time with it now as well and just built the website for it myself. People can find out on the site how to become a part of it and see the blessings that I have gotten to. www.Hopehousehonduras.org
PH: Finally, no one can deny that you are one of the most stylish models around. While the rest of us fall back to the “Reliable Model Uniform” of white v-neck t-shirt, jeans, boots, and a really good watch, you are always turned out in something über-tasteful and edgy. Be it seeing you on the red carpet, bumping into you at a restaurant, or even training with you at the gym (yes, we are training partners…lifting upper body today), you always get it right. What is your personal style philosophy?
BT: It’s not about being on the brink of the new trend, it’s about being different from everyone else. By the time people start wearing the same thing as me I wanna be over it. I like to buy a nice piece and change it to my liking, whether its patches and new buttons or cutting off a collar or half the sleeves. I once cut a whole in the top back of my jeans to have a place for my bandana to go through and tie. Different is good. Your style should match your personality and never conform. That’s BORING!
PH: What is your present fashion obsession? That one piece you have/want to get? Mine is a Peyman Umay bespoke suit, I wore one on the red carpet and have coveted one ever since?
BT: HHHMMM well in the winter it was my heated underwear (lol), but now my new bowtie obsession for the summer. The website is called www.tiesforcharity.com and just as it sounds when you purchase them money gives back! What better way!
PH: What tips would you give guys out there for “getting it right”?
BT: Well that’s a broad question but if it’s about fashion, only wear what your comfortable in, if your not people can tell. If it’s about women, be yourself and never use a line, a simple hello goes along way. If it’s about life, I’ll have to get back to you I’m still reading the book now.