FAULT In Conversation with Seth Travis – the man behind Man Of Metropolis

Seth Travis has a myriad of experience within the creative industry, working with names such as Ralph Lauren NBC and Bloomingdale’s to name but a few. Previous experience aside, Seth somehow found the time to create MAN of METROPOLIS Magazine, a publication centred around fashion, grooming, travel and all things of interest to the modern man. Now in their third year of publication, we caught up with Seth to discuss his career, motivations and meet the man behind MAN of METROPOLIS.

 

You’ve been in this industry for over 15 years, for you what’s been the most positive change within the fashion industry for you?

I think a lot of people think Fashion is supposed to be this cool elite group that very few get access to. But I would say technology with the use of social media and other web platforms has empowered entrepreneurs like myself to combat that notion head on; not a great change for rule makers but an awesome change for the rule breakers like me. You don’t need an ivy league education, or need to know somebody at a massive brand or publishing house to break into this industry anymore. It’s all about talent again. The will to succeed is the ultimate equalizer.

 

When and why did you decide to set up Man of Metropolis Magazine?

I was working on the Ralph Lauren brand in New York in 2010, it was a dream company; but not a dream job. So I started blogging under the name MAN of METROPOLIS, a few years later we turned it into a MAG and now we are 8 issues in ending the year with 3 huge celebrity covers; Edgar Ramirez, Gregg Sulkin, and Brittany Snow.

 

Where do you go to find inspiration?

Growing up it was music videos and films. I think those formative years were really critical in how I develop my taste. I know everyone thinks their generation was the best for one reason or another, but man the 1980’s and 1990’s were the golden age of music video making. And the movies! Top Gun, Indiana Jones, Red Dawn, The Karate Kid, Footloose, etc. Those characters really meant something and were iconic. So I think movies and music will always be the first places I go for inspiration.

 

What makes a person a Man of Metropolis?

We do a lot of fashion editorials. So the MAN of METROPOLIS has to have a strong sense of style while being open to taking a fashion risk or two. That said he’s also one of the good guys. He is relentless in the pursuit of the best version of himself, always. He wants to look great, free great, be great. So this should permeate in the way he treats others, his impact should be positively felt throughout his daily interactions from work to his personal life. He is MAN ELEVATED.

 

What do you look for in the editorials you feature and the talents you interview?

I am always going to look for a well-produced project from start to finish; this starts with great communication and ends with impeccable execution. In terms of the look and feel of the story that varies we produce with a lot of talented people and there is no reason to ask them to all shoot like Mario Testino or whoever; we want their point of view because our reader isn’t always in New York, he may be in Nashville, or Chicago, or Miami. So the stories have to be interesting and applicable to several kinds of guys. For interviews, it really is about the timing of our issues. We try really hard at building content around a theme for any given issue. Our NEW Hollywood Issue is a wonderful way to close 2017 for us. It comes out December 4th. I am very proud of it and very grateful to the incredible team of people who helped on it.

 

You wear many hats within the creative industry, what keeps you motivated to stay active with Man of Metropolis when you already have an established career?

Ya know the American Dream is to be your own boss, right? Or at least that is what my American Dream is. I am motivated by the freedom to create. Every issue we have challenges me, but ultimately I think overcoming these challenges and bringing life to new ideas with other talented people is extremely rewarding.

What’s next for the magazine?

2018 looks really big for us, especially now that HQ is in New York. MAN of METROPOLIS has really hit it’s stride back in New York and we continue to get the right attention from all sides.

 

What is your FAULT?

At my core, I’m an artist, but I also have a very strong entrepreneurial side. That said I am super sensitive. The great part of that is I connect really well with creatives and the talent we feature; the other side of that coin is if you don’t come through on a commitment it can really take a toll for a few days. I think our words should hold more weight more value. The kinds of promises people break in this industry can be remarkable. So I sift through that group quickly as possible, dust myself off and move on; but yeah I am a sensitive guy. It hurts my feelings when people don’t come through.

FAULT Magazine Exclusive Editorial ‘Beyond Waterlow’

Jacket: Les Petit Anges Sweater: Ralph Lauren

Jacket: Les Petit Anges
Sweater: Ralph Lauren

Coat: Stylist’s Own

Coat: Stylist’s Own

Coat: Stylist’s Own

Coat: Stylist’s Own

 Coat: Johnsons Trousers: Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony  Boots: Saint Laurent

Coat: Johnsons
Trousers: Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony
Boots: Saint Laurent

 Coat: Johnsons Trousers: Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony  Boots: Saint Laurent

Coat: Johnsons
Trousers: Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony
Boots: Saint Laurent

Coat: Loro Piana

Coat: Loro Piana

Dress: Alexander Wang Cape: Joseph

Dress: Alexander Wang
Cape: Joseph

Jacket: Apostrophe, Trousers: Alexander Wang

Jacket: Apostrophe, Trousers: Alexander Wang

 

Photography: Yolanda Y. Liou
Styling: Zoe Marie Springer 
Make Up: Maria Vez 
Hair: Waca Adachi
Model: Dido Jakel @ Premier (@premiermodels)

‘She dreams in colour’ – Dan Kennedy’s FAULT

Top: D&G Earrings: stylists own

Top: D&G
Earrings: stylists own

Top: D&G Lingerie: Myla

Top: D&G
Lingerie: Myla

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Neon bra: Playful Promises
Trousers: Haute couture stylists own
Earrings: Erickson Beamon

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Bralet: Playful Promises
Trousers: Jaeger

 

Berry lace bra: Agent Provocateur  Pinstrip trousers: Ralph Lauren Ankle strap platform sandles: Prada  Bangle: Pebble London

Berry lace bra: Agent Provocateur
Pinstrip trousers: Ralph Lauren
Ankle strap platform sandles: Prada
Bangle: Pebble London

Berry lace bra: Agent Provocateur  Pinstrip trousers: Ralph Lauren Ankle strap platform Sandles: Prada  Bangle: Pebble London

Berry lace bra: Agent Provocateur
Pinstrip trousers: Ralph Lauren
Ankle strap platform Sandles: Prada
Bangle: Pebble London

 

Photography: Dan Kennedy 

Stylist: Rachel Gold @ LHA Represents 
Hair & Makeup: Malin Coleman using Este Lauder and Paul Mitchell
Model: Eva P @Lenis model management
 
Photographers: assistant Hamish Melville 
Post Production: Mariel Montaner
Digital-Tech: Anthony Yates
Producer: Laura Cannon 
Shot at A Black Lie Studio www.ablacklie.co.uk

Sometimes you have no choice other than throwing money at it –

Blazer, Trousers, & Button Up Shirt: COS

Blazer, Trousers, & Button Up Shirt: COS

Suit Jacket: COS Button Up Shirt: Armani Exchange Bow Tie: H&M

Suit Jacket: COS
Button Up Shirt: Armani Exchange Bow Tie: H&M

Blazer, polo, & Trousers: COS

Blazer, polo, & Trousers: COS

Sweater: A.P.C. Polo: Ralph Lauren Trouser: COS

Sweater: A.P.C. Polo: Ralph Lauren Trouser: COS

Blazer & Trousers: COS Turtleneck: UniQlo

Blazer & Trousers: COS Turtleneck: UniQlo

 

Photographer: Joan Michel

Wardrobe Stylist: Dylan Hogelin

Hairstylist: Netty Jordan

Model: Yulian @ New York Models

New Timebending shoot ‘Face of the 60’s’ by Carla Guler

Knit: Issa

Knit: Issa

Jacket and trousers: Issa Black turtle neck: J.Crew Shoes: Christian Louboutin Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren  Ring: Vintage

Jacket and trousers: Issa
Black turtle neck: J.Crew
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren
Ring: Vintage

Top and cropped shirt: Neil Barrett Skirt: Cacharel  Pearl bracelets: Yael Saloman

Top and cropped shirt: Neil Barrett
Skirt: Cacharel
Pearl bracelets: Yael Saloman

 

Dress: Ashish Earrings: Vintage

Dress: Ashish
Earrings: Vintage

Jacket and skirt: Tory Burch Earrings: Monica Vinader Ring: AIDA BERGSEN

Jacket and skirt: Tory Burch
Earrings: Monica Vinader
Ring: AIDA BERGSEN

Coat and gloves: Carven Boots: Christian Louboutin Earrings: Vintage

Coat and gloves: Carven
Boots: Christian Louboutin
Earrings: Vintage

Jacket, skirt and belt: Tory Burch Bag: Rebecca Minkoff  Boots: Christian Louboutin Earring: Model's own

Jacket, skirt and belt: Tory Burch
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Boots: Christian Louboutin
Earring: Model’s own

Ring: AIDA BERGSEN  Bra and briefs: La Perla

Ring: AIDA BERGSEN
Bra and briefs: La Perla

Knit: Issa Earrings: Vintage

Knit: Issa
Earrings: Vintage

 

Photographer: Carla Guler
Stylist – Victoria Wright

Make-up – Scarlett Burton using MAC cosmetics

Hair – Terri Capon using Balmain Paris Hair

Model – Stefani from FM 
Retoucher – Paul Snyder

FAULT Online Exclusive Fashion Editorial – Vincent Binant’s FAULT

Black Hat: Rag & Bone  Black Jacket: Ralph Lauren T-shirt: Barbara Bui Black shirt Jeans: Chloe Black tights: American Apparel Black Low Boots: Rosegold

Black Hat: Rag & Bone
Black Jacket: Ralph Lauren
T-shirt: Barbara Bui
Black shirt Jeans: Chloe
Black tights: American Apparel
Black Low Boots: Rosegold

Tank Top: Barbarui Bui Gold Earring :Vintage

Tank Top: Barbarui Bui
Gold Earring :Vintage

 black hat: Rag & Bone, black jeans jacket: Ralph Lauren  T-Shirt: Barbara Bui Black shirt: Chloe?, BlackTights: American Apparel black low boots: Rosegold,

Black Hat: Rag & Bone,
Black Jacket: Ralph Lauren
T-Shirt: Barbara Bui
Black shirt: Chloe?,
Black Tights: American Apparel
Black Low Boots: Rosegold,

Black Shirt Jeans : Chloe?, Gold Earrings: Vintage

Black Shirt Jeans : Chloe?, Gold Earrings: Vintage

Coat: Zara Tights: American Apparel

Coat: Zara
Tights: American Apparel

Gold Earrings: Vintage

Gold Earrings: Vintage

 

PHOTOGRAPHER : VINCENT BINANT

HAIR AND MAKEUP : ANGIE MOULLIN

MODEL : SADIE AMES @ MUSE NEW YORK

LOCATION : BASKETBALL PLAYGROUND, NEW YORK

‘Touch of Grey’ – Victoria Stevens’ FAULT

Grey coat: A.F. VANDEVOORST,  Grey cardigan: JIL SANDER, Grey striped pants: EDUN

Grey coat: A.F. VANDEVOORST,
Grey cardigan: JIL SANDER,
Grey striped pants: EDUN

 

Tan sweater vest EDUN,  Brown wide leg trouser MARNI

Tan sweater vest EDUN,
Brown wide leg trouser MARNI

 

Grey vest MAXMARA,  Grey coat layered underneath EDUN

Grey vest MAXMARA,
Grey coat layered underneath EDUN

 

Brown knit turtle neck THE ROW,  Brown knit wrap skirt THE ROW

Brown knit turtle neck THE ROW,
Brown knit wrap skirt THE ROW

 

White turtle neck RALPH LAUREN,  White wide leg pant RALPH LAUREN

White turtle neck RALPH LAUREN,
White wide leg pant RALPH LAUREN

 

Camel trench coat PHILLIP LIM,  Camel turtleneck EDUN,  Camel pant EDUN

Camel trench coat PHILLIP LIM,
Camel turtleneck EDUN,
Camel pant EDUN

Photographer: Victoria Stevens
Styling: Marcelo Gaia
Hair: Yusuke Miura
Makeup: Maria Nguyen for MAC Cosmetics
Model: Brit @ Wilhelmina

Bygone Days – Cochi Esse’s FAULT

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Dress, Cardigan, Belt: all Prada
Nail Varnish: Le Vernis Chanel.

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Coat: John Rocha; Boots: Ralph Lauren.
Nail Varnish: Le VernisChanel.

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Dress: Mario Griffoni; Shirt: Brunello Cucinelli;
Socks: Calzedonia; Shoes: Formale; Bag: Chanel Vintage.

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Coat: John Rocha; Boots: Ralph Lauren.
Nail Varnish: Le Vernis Chanel.

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Leather Jacket: Acne (men); Shirt: The White Pepper;
Pants: Ralph Lauren.
Nail Varnish: Le Vernis Chanel.

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Dress: John Rocha; Leather Gloves and
Belt: Hermes vintage.

Photographer: Cochi Esse
Stylist: Nicoletta Cianci
Art direction: Nicola Gaudenzi
Make up Artist: Kamila Siemiatkowska
Hair Stylist: Patrick Forini