Photo by: @colalacayepapi

OMAR PARKMAN… If his name doesn’t ring a bell I’m sure this super stylish bearded Boston native has graced your Explore Page a few times via Instagram. From being named as Essence magazine’s #MCM (Men Crush Monday for those still living under a rock) to landing a few roles on FOX’s Empire; Omar is an upcoming wardrobe stylist, style influencer, and an actor.

Row A Seat 1 linked up with the Insta-Style Crush for some thrifting, views of the city, and upcoming opportunities during his recent visit to Chicago. Check out the interview below and be sure to connect with Omar on social media.

Omar thrift store thuggin’ in Chicago.

Row A Seat 1: When did you fall in love with fashion?
Omar Parkman: I first fell in love with fashion at the age of 17 around my junior year of high school. I began experimenting with various looks trying to find my own individual style.

Row A Seat 1: My personal style is unique because…
Omar Parkman: I think my style is unique because it’s versatile. I can rock streetwear one day, classic the next or casual. There are many sides to my style and each stands out in its own way.

Row A Seat 1: Who are your favorite designers? Why?
Omar Parkman: My favorites are Gucci, Alexander McQueen, and Lolu. Each of these designers brings innovative designs to the fashion world. From unique embroidering to craftsmanship, and colors that pop to timeless pieces. I love it all! I would love to model for each designer one day.

The last thing I googled was… The new Gucci collection!
I am currently listening to… Drake and Party Next Door. These are my favorite artists!
Name the one person you’d love to meet… P. Diddy.
My favorite places to shop… Zara, H&M, thrift shops, and online stores like Etsy.
The best thing about me is… My personality. I can get along with almost everybody I come in contact with. I’m very outgoing and exuberant.
Style vs Fashion is… Fashion is a trend, and style is forever. Fashion has rules and style is freer. Fashion is business, style is both pleasure and personal.
My 2018 will be… Epic! Nothing, but success!

Photo by: @marvinbienaime

Row A Seat 1: I am inspired by…
Omar Parkman: I am inspired by different regions and time eras. I love European cuts and tailoring, but I also love African prints. I love the influence of music in fashion as well. Those things inspire me to become more creative in my styling, and modeling.

Row A Seat 1: The most valuable advice I’ve received about life…
Omar Parkman: Here’s one of my favorites, “our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Nelson Mandela

Photo by: @travyhayes