Francis Kenneth is that guy we imagine to be the ultimate down-to-Earth friend who's nothing but authentic. His roots, background, and passion illustrate that he's got the never ending drive to explore more of the unknown, while contributing everything to what he loves. Followed by many for his style and fashion, here is Francis's Personal Story with us...
What did you want to do when you were young? What was your earliest ambition?
I'm technically still young (or I look it at least), but growing up I wanted to either be an NBA athlete, psychiatrist, or a touring musician. Neither of those really panned out, but I still play basketball, enjoy psychology, and write/play music. I'd say my earliest ambition was to just make my parents proud and be a good role model for my siblings, and though I can't say for sure, it seems like I'm headed in the right direction, slowly but surely.
Where did you grow up and what was it like?
I grew up in the South Bay (Lomita/Torrance to be exact), and it was pretty interesting, for lack of a better word. I'd like to think that the area is culturally diverse and relatively safe (not so much in the 90s for an undersized Asian kid), so I was exposed to a lot of different people and places and experienced a lot of different things. Vague, I know, it's just that all the "trials and tribulations" I faced early on are all so trivial in the grander scheme of things. Not saying they were insignificant, but I prefer not to dwell on the past. I guess the reoccurring/underlying theme was that of the underdog. /endrant
Where did you go to college and what did you study?
I went to CSU-Fullerton for two years right out of high school, decided to join the US Navy for about six years, then got out and finished my bachelor's in Behavioral Science and minor in Psychology at CSU-Dominguez Hills.
What are your biggest interests besides fashion and how do you integrate them altogether?
Music and food, equally. Thanks to my blog and various social media channels, I'm able to showcase all of the above. That said, I'll be able to further integrate these in a YouTube channel that I plan on doing sooner than later. Stay tuned!
How did you start becoming interested in blogging and sharing your unique sense of style with the world?
One of my exes was/is a photographer and influencer manager, who suggested I combine my affinity for fashion and writing into a blog (shout out to Sylvia G), and well, the rest is history...
How has being a US Navy Veteran influenced you and perhaps your style?
My pride for most things military related/inspired, especially camo, stays true and a little over the top at times. Who am I kidding? It's a bit obsessive. All jokes aside, my experience in the service helped shaped who I am today, in every aspect, for better or worse.
What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of your day-to-day of being a blogger/ influencer?
Time or lack there of.
What do you wish to explore more of or experience to further your career?
Anything and everything, literally. The importance of every moment is immeasurable because you never know what it will lead to in the near and/or distant future.
You do a ton of traveling, is there a particular culture you wish to know deeper about?
That of my own. I've been to the Philippines a few times, but my last visit was in 2001. A lot has changed since then, so going back to the "motherland" to immerse myself in my own culture as an "adult" is long overdue.
What is your dream for your career?
Dreaming implies sleeping, and I don't like to do much of either. I just hope to be a good friend, brother, son, and eventually a husband and father to my loved ones. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Is there a best piece of advice from someone that you go back to all the time?
William Ernest Henley - Invictus
Top 3 items in your wardrobe: Long tees, jeans, and desert boots.
Most interesting food you’ve had: Balut
Favorite book: Where the Wild Things Are
Preferred musician/performer: Michael Jackson
Greatest invention of all time: Internet