We had the good fortune of connecting with Louis Quantrille and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Louis, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think that taking risks has a pretty big role in my styling. I don’t ever want to play it safe or stick to what I’m comfortable with. I am always trying to push the envelope and do something different. As much as I love trends I try to steer away from them and draw inspiration from past eras and my Seattle grunge roots (this is how I believe I take risks).

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a beginner free-lance stylist/creative director. I have been styling and assistant styling for a little under a year. I feel like my experience as a free-lance model and my PR internship really helped me with my knowledge. Modeling gave me some insight of what to expect at shoots, while my experience in PR helped me develop better communication/networking skills. I would highly recommend a PR internship to prospective stylists, it gives you more knowledge and respect for the craft.

Starting out I believe I was very ambitious and a little impractical. I wanted to do elaborate shoots with very small budgets. Eventually I learned to work with the resources I have. I think its possible to do amazing shoots with small budgets; I think what I’m trying to say is I had a reality check that helped me work with what I have.

An important part of my work is storytelling. I’ve always been drawn to fashion with drama. I think with my styling and creative direction I always have a story or situation in mind. Sometimes its obvious, other times maybe its only apparent to me. I think a story helps put things into perspective, it gives a feeling, a tone, a mood.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
– Splat Coffee: Nice baristas and the BEST dirty matcha lattes. – Magma Vintage: Friendliest queer POC owned vintage store.
– The Last Bookstore: Favorite bookstore, great fashion and photography books for cheap.
– The Bourgeoise Pig: Favorite cafe because of the interior decor and how late they stay open. I’ve gone here at midnight just because a couple of times.
– The Hollywood Forever Cemetery: I’ve brought a handful of people here. I know it might sound weird but I find this cemetery calming and beautiful.
– Hollywood Blvd: I used to walk around Hollywood Blvd a lot at night when I first moved out here. The neon lights are nice and visiting all of the sex shops is fun.
– Redline Bar: I used to live right above Redline, I went once right before lockdown and it was really cute. If you’re LGBTQIA+ or an ally then I’d suggest you’d check it out for the culture!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to my mom. She is such a trailblazer to me. She came to the U.S. with close to nothing, learned English, started a business, and gained citizenship (all while raising me). Her drive has always been an inspiration to me. I hope to be half of the person she is.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louisquantrille/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/louis-quantrille-57991a145/

Image Credits
Will send more photos soon! I’m waiting on photos from my roommate and I’m currently using airport wifi! Will send by the weekend latest!

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