Stylist + Designer
THERE'S A LOT OF RISK WHEN YOU'RE STARTING SOMETHING NEW. THE WAY I DEAL WITH IT IS I JUST FOLLOW MY HEART AND MY INSTINCT AND I GO ON THAT.
Very few people start out with a singular vision of who they’re supposed to be. Most of us, like wardrobe stylist and accessories designer Christian Stroble, try on many different hats (or in his case, leather bags) before figuring out what we truly love to do. Christian studied interior design, modeled, studied fashion design and had his own clothing label before establishing himself as a wardrobe stylist. All of this eventually led to him launch Stroble New York, his own line of leather bags made with vegetable-tanned leather and made in the USA.
So many different careers already packed into one young life—and, thanks to his natural fearlessness, there are probably more down the line. “There’s a lot of risk when you’re starting something new, and that can be really stressful,” he says, “but I just follow my heart and my instinct. As long as I’m prepared and organized, and have the right structure in place, then it just moves.” In that sense, Christian embodies the traits necessary for any creative committed to living life on his or her own terms—adaptation, diversification and reinvention. That kind of freedom means you have to roll with the punches of an uncertain world. Luckily, when the chips are down, Christian knows how to do just that.
“It started with my leather jacket, this beat up old motorcycle jacket, and that really inspired me to start creating bags that had that same drape, stiffness and history,” he says. Now that he’s designing bags, he has a new appreciation for styling. And, branching out into design again has allowed him to look at his day job with a fresh pair of eyes.
Bag design is the most recent expression of Christian’s boundless creativity, and trial and error remain his greatest allies. “I’ve worked in so many facets of the business, and the mistakes I’ve made in the past helped me grow and change and fix things so that the next venture can move smoothly.” The greatest lesson of all, he says, is to trust his instinct, no matter what. “I just follow my heart,” says Christian, “and it just leads me to the right place.”
Stories & Surroundings
"This [stuffed owl doll] was a gift."
"Detail shot of the messenger bag."
"Crystals and a cleansing stick. This is for cleaning out energy fields."
"This is my shrine to bring good fortune to my brand. You have to visualize to materialize."
"A photograph taken by a dear friend of ours, Vera Comploj. Matthew Brookes and I lounging after a Halloween party we hosted at our old apartment in the Westbeth building."
Directed by Aliya Naumoff Written by Caroline Ryder