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Stories | Rising Star: Max Leo

Rising Star: Max Leo

Max is a 20-year-old photographer and design student. His interest in fashion and all things ‘aesthetic’ developed from an early age whilst growing up in Singapore. With Cologne, Germany currently his home, he loves to travel to experience the cultural differences that neighborhoods around the globe bring. Time to meet him for a quick Q&A:

Describe your personal style…
I would describe my style as versatile and diverse. I will go anywhere from black chinos and a black turtleneck to a brown velour bomber jacket with sneakers. It depends on my mood.

What´s the most important item of clothing in your wardrobe?
Probably one of my many jumpers. When deciding what to wear, I pick a jumper and put an outfit together around it.

Did your parents ever give you any styling tips?
My mother would always tell me not to mix black and red. Other than that, I had free reign to wear what I wanted.

The Bench #LoveMyHood campaign focuses on city neighbourhoods and the creative people that thrive in them. Where´s your ‘hood?
I currently live in Cologne, a City in Western Germany.

What do you love most about your neighbourhood?
Apart from the High Gothic architecture, the aspect I like most about Cologne is the people. Everyone is so unique and open minded. They show me the true definition of tolerance and appreciation of others.

What’s your favourite local place, and why?
As cliché as it may sound: The Cologne Cathedral. It’s majestic and quiet – a great place to think. Trust me, I’ve been there a fair few times!

What word describes your ‘hood best?
“Jeck”! It’s a local term for slightly crazy but fun!

Check out Max´s Instagram account to get a glimpse of his creative work. Also don´t miss our latest Rising Star Interviews with fashion blogger Erik Scholz and BMX Pro Gilles Gilles. Want to be featured on our website too? Just reach out to us via Instagram ,Facebook ,Twitter.