Campus Chic: Suave and Sophisticated Irigoyen

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Picture by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

The suave, sophisticated and Peruvian, Erick Irigoyen, was on his way to lead a marketing research focus group on a Wednesday afternoon.  But he of course had time to stop, talk fashion and pose for some glamour shots.

Erick was wearing a button up Filipa K. shirt, purchased in Sweden, which he tucked into his Italian designed Garbo trousers that he purchased on a trip to Paris two weeks ago.   And although it was a warm day, Erick had with him a cashmere coat he had custom made. “The coat is my own creation,” he said, describing how he picked out the fabric, design and other accoutrements and had it made in Peru three years ago.

His brown suede shoes are from Banana Republic. “They were $90 so they were very cheap,” he said.  He does not recall where he purchased his argyle socks.

Erick is a minimalist when it comes to accessorizing. His brown belt is vintage from Wasteland and his Ray Ban wayfarers he found online. Erick carries his important school documents in a dark brown leather Kenneth Cole Reaction bag.  On his finger he wears a platinum ring from Tiffany’s.

Erick loves going to places like Paris to shop and tries to go as often as he can.  “I observe people when I go to Paris and how they experiment with clothing,” he said. Aside from shopping in Paris he attends the fashion shows, such as Dior and Emmanuel Ungaro.

“At USF I don’t feel inspired to come out with the crazy outfits that I would wear in Europe,” Erick said. “At USF it’s like ugh, it’s okay. I learned to wear jeans and t-shirts when I came to San Francisco because it is more convenient for school.  I needed more time to study and getting ready in the morning takes a while.”

Photo by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

Erick is a fan of Yves Saint Laurent who he said, “used fashion from the street and used it in couture.  His first collection was navy-inspired, which was originally only for working class, but he made it couture for women.  He transformed a lot of garments into high couture fashion.”  He also loves Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix and Coco Chanel.

He said, “People who break with tradition I tend to admire very much because they challenge people.”

An important trick Erick applies to getting dressed is only wearing clothes he has purchased in other countries.  He will wear clothes from Peru, Argentina and Paris in San Francisco and his San Francisco purchases in Peru.   Erick is currently on the hunt for a pair of military boots. “I have a lot of shoes. I probably have 35 pairs. I probably wear only five.”

Photo by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

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