in the blood

Brad Kroenig de­scribes what it is re­ally like to Be the muse of a le­gendary de­signer and hav­ing sons who fol­low in his foot­steps

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Brad Kroenig de­scribes what it is re­ally like to be the muse of a le­gendary de­signer and hav­ing sons who fol­low in his foot­steps. Pho­to­graphs by Nick Heav­i­can

Some peo­ple in­spire oth­ers to achieve greatness; oth­ers in­spire those who have al­ready achieved greatness. Amer­i­can model Brad Kroenig is one of the lat­ter. As a long­time col­lab­o­ra­tor of de­signer and pho­tog­ra­pher Karl Lager­feld, Kroenig is es­sen­tially one of his muses—a source of in­spi­ra­tion much like how a star ath­lete will in­spire a top coach.

It would seem, how­ever, that Kroenig has been do­ing quite a bit of coach­ing him­self, as his two sons— Hud­son (who is Lager­feld’s god­son) and Jame­son Karl Kroenig (guess where his mid­dle name comes from)— are fol­low­ing in his foot­steps. Hud­son, in par­tic­u­lar, has be­come a dar­ling of the fash­ion world ever since he walked for the 2011 Chanel ready-to-wear fash­ion show in Paris, hand in hand with his fa­ther.

Of course, all of this sim­ply serves to show just how good a model Kroenig re­ally is. You don’t be­come one of “Karl’s boys” by luck and a ma­jor brand like Chanel wouldn’t have en­ter­tained the idea of hav­ing a tod­dler walk on one of its ma­jor run­ways if it didn’t have com­plete trust in the fa­ther. This is how “an in­spi­ra­tion” ac­tu­ally looks like. DA MAN: Hi, Brad, great to have you with us. So, the big news this year is that you fi­nally ... joined Instagram. What prompted you to fi­nally sign up? Brad Kroenig: My sons, Hud­son and Jame­son, fi­nally talked me into it! [ Smiles] DA: Now, last time we checked, more than half of your posts are fam­ily pic­tures or pho­tos of your two sons. How are they do­ing, by the way? BK: They are good! They are both re­ally well-rounded, great kids and I’m so proud of them. DA: Your son Hud­son is also quite the fash­ion star. What’s it like shar­ing the same line of work with your son so early on? BK: I think it’s great! Hud­son loves to model, es­pe­cially with Karl, who is his god­fa­ther. He has learned so much from all the travel and amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. He has a pas­sion for it and re­ally en­joys it, so I sup­port it. DA: Any signs of his brother, Jame­son, fol­low­ing in your foot­steps as well? BK: Yes! Jame­son did the Chanel Show in Rome, Tif­fany’s Hol­i­day Cam­paign and two Lands End shoots. He loves model­ing, just like his brother and I. It must be in the blood. [ Laughs]

DA: Have you ever been wor­ried that your sons might be miss­ing out on hav­ing a nor­mal child­hood?

BK: No, not at all. Glob­al­iza­tion is the new way of life. He is just start­ing a lit­tle ear­lier and has learned so much. On a Tues­day, Hud­son is walk­ing on the Chanel run­way and on Wed­nes­day he is on the play­ground play­ing with his friends and do­ing all the “nor­mal” things that seven-year- olds love to do.

DA: Speak­ing of fam­ily, you’ve been work­ing closely with Karl Lager­feld for more than a decade. Can you tell us how you be­came his num­ber one muse?

BK: I met Karl 13 years ago in Biar­ritz. We had an in­stant con­nec­tion. One of the many great projects we have worked on to­gether was an amaz­ing book called “The Meta­mor­pho­sis of an Amer­i­can.” We did pho­to­graphs al­most ev­ery week for five years shoot­ing all over the world!

DA: In your opin­ion, what does it take for a model to be no­ticed by the in­dus­try’s movers and shak­ers?

BK: Most im­por­tantly, you have to want to be a great model and love what you do. It shows in the pho­to­graphs and on the run­way. You have to have a lot of dis­ci­pline and drive. It’s so im­por­tant to take care of your­self. Keep up with a very healthy life­style and al­ways be pro­fes­sional.

DA: How im­por­tant is it, as a model, to have a dis­tinc­tive phys­i­cal trait or a unique look? Would you say that you have one?

BK: I don’t think so. Look at all the top mod­els over the years; there is a huge range of looks and traits! The fash­ion in­dus­try is al­ways evolv­ing and chang­ing. DA: One last ques­tion: One of your more well-known habits is how you keep a run­ning tally of miles trav­eled on the job. What’s the count now? BK: 2.7 mil­lion.

“Look at all the top mod­els over the years; there is a huge range

of looks and traits”

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