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How to live in style with Raffael Payr alias 'The Lionheaded'

Raffael Payr, the man behind the curious and cultivated travel/lifestyle blog, ‘The Lionheaded’ has broken conventions and promotes sophistication in creativity.

Based out of Aus­tria and now expand­ing into new hori­zons of style as a result of his pic­turesque jour­neys, he is one excit­ing char­ac­ter that we want­ed to get to know better.

His effort­less style, view­point of look­ing at trav­el and a humor­ous man­ner of describ­ing his own expe­ri­ences — and him­self — make him stand out from the hoard of blog­gers storm­ing every fash­ion week. He agrees that he is dif­fer­ent and is cer­tain­ly on board for all things sleek, cool and out­door-sy. Meet Raf­fael alias The Lionheaded.

How did you name your blog The Lion­head­ed’ and why?
It’s actu­al­ly refer­ring to my nat­ur­al curly hair which I usu­al­ly con­ceal to a bun. But when I open it I look like I’m wear­ing a lion’s mane!

You write about being a tad dif­fer­ent from your peers. How did you get the idea to become a blog­ger instead?
Clothes became pret­ty impor­tant for me ear­ly on while oth­ers were more inter­est­ed in foot­ball and oth­er things. So I also always spent my last pen­ny for clothes. Work­ing in the clas­sic fash­ion indus­try was not real­ly ful­fill­ing to me. I felt caged like a lion in the zoo and I knew there must be more out there. So one thing led to anoth­er and when my friends told me I should start a blog I just started!

What’s the one trav­el expe­ri­ence that has devel­oped and changed your view­point in terms of every­thing?
I think most­ly it’s not just one fac­tor chang­ing views. There are so many great coun­tries with great his­to­ry and dif­fer­ent cre­ative peo­ple and visions — I think with every jour­ney you will learn a lit­tle bit more about oth­ers and yourself!

Why do you always come back to Aus­tria?
I don’t know — it just hap­pens. Aus­tria is some­how like a safe har­bor. It’s wealthy and safe — some­thing quite unique in the world. And it’s all a lit­tle bit slow­er, like Gus­tav Mahler already rec­og­nized When the end of the world is near, I will move to Vien­na because every­thing hap­pens 50 years lat­er there.“ I kind of like this qual­i­ty about the city, while I’m always in fast forward.

Where can we find you when hang­ing around in Neubau?
Of course at the Muse­um­squarti­er where you can find nice places to hang around and meet friends. But also at the cool stores like Peng! shop, Com­erc store and oth­er excit­ing stores with inspir­ing fashion.

What is some­thing that we would be sur­prised to know about your cre­ative jour­ney?
Already 20 years ago I had a home­page“ (that’s what it was called back then) just with pic­tures from my dai­ly life — so it was basi­cal­ly an Insta­gram prototype!

How can we imag­ine the col­lab­o­ra­tion with your wife?
Hon­est­ly, it’s great! With­out her I would not be where I am now. Togeth­er we are real­ly the best team I can imag­ine. But of course we also argue a lot — espe­cial­ly dur­ing pho­to shoots — just like nor­mal’ cou­ples do.

Out of all the labels, what makes neubau eye­wear a real eye­catch­er?
I love that the frames are also avail­able in spe­cial col­ors like teal (which is my per­son­al favorite)! Life should not just be black and white.

Choose: either one clas­sic frame for the rest of your life or one new crazy frame every day?
Since my whole cre­ativ­i­ty is based on con­stant change I vote #crazy­forevery­day!

Your favorite eye­wear moment in pop­cul­ture?
Kurt Cobain’s round shaped white shades are num­ber one! Hope I will get a remake from neubau eye­wear soon.

Read every­thing Raf­fael has to say about neubau eye­wear here.

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Mar­i­on Vicen­ta Payr

14 Jul 2016 · neubau eyewear