Who? Paul Lowden, IV
What? Financial reporting manager
Who influences your style? My style is pretty conservative. I got that from my father, who always dressed really well—still does. My style icons are Italians—they make everything seem effortless. Also, when I was a fraternity associate, a.k.a. a pledge, I had to wear a shirt and tie once or twice a week. It helped me learn how to work with clothes, get creative, and learn to mix and match.
What’s your involvement with the fashion industry? I started modeling in college at Loyola Marymount University. I ended up signing with an agency that sent me to everything—a lot of commercial stuff, music-video auditions. They even conned me into doing a couple of reality TV dating shows. I kept it going when I moved back here to make some extra cash.
Was modeling always in the cards? Friends and family suggested I give it a shot since I was living in L.A., but I didn’t go right to college. I deferred and moved to Canada to play hockey for three years. It was a semipro, developmental league. Before the last year, I met with my former counselor at The Meadows, who is Mayor [Carolyn] Goodman now, and she suggested that I apply at Loyola. The last year came and went, and I wasn’t happy with the decisions I got offered for Division I [hockey]. I got into LMU and was the 21-year-old freshman.