Lets meet envi­ron­men­ta­list Alex­an­der Wolf

At our first attempt to have a chat with Alexander Wolf he was stumbling out of a university lecture on environmental policies.

A few days later, as we meet him again for a more tho­rough con­ver­sa­ti­on, he is on his way to a pho­to shoot in the Ukrai­ne. You can tell that Alex­an­der Wolf is not your run-of-the-mill stu­dent. In our inter­view he reve­als how he mana­ges to com­bi­ne a master’s degree cour­se in Orga­nic Agri­cul­tu­re Manage­ment with a suc­cess­ful fashion care­er, while enga­ging in social acti­vism on the side.

You have com­ple­ted a Bache­lor in Envi­ron­men­tal Engi­nee­ring, and now you are doing a Mas­ters in Orga­nic Agri­cul­tu­re Manage­ment”, what does that mean?
Basi­cal­ly, it’s eco­lo­gi­cal agri­cul­tu­ral manage­ment, like hel­ping farms to make the tran­si­ti­on to orga­nic far­ming, for examp­le. That might inclu­de ever­ything from mar­ke­ting orga­nic pro­ducts to ani­mal wel­fa­re and impro­ving the animal’s living conditions.

At first glance your stu­dies and mode­ling seem like chalk and cheese. How do they go tog­e­ther for you?
They’re com­ple­te oppo­si­tes. Recent­ly, one of my col­leagues came up to me and said that I’m lea­ding a com­ple­te­ly dif­fe­rent life becau­se I’m obvious­ly try­ing not to men­ti­on mode­ling too much when I’m at uni­ver­si­ty. It might come across as con­cei­ted. So I guess a lot of peop­le don’t even know about it. I’m sure that in the future, fashion will beco­me more sus­tainab­le as well, and so I belie­ve that at some point the­re will be a good way to put the two things tog­e­ther. Alrea­dy I can see that peop­le aren’t eating meat at pho­to shoots any­mo­re, and a lot of labels are kee­ping an eye on sustainability.

Whe­re could we bump into you in Ber­lin?
Actual­ly, I always stay in the same quar­ter. For a start I moved to Neu­kölln like a pro­per hips­ter. And that’s whe­re I spend most of my time. Other than that I’m in Kreuz-Kölln or Mit­te. One of my hot spots is the Doner stall round the cor­ner. In terms of par­ty­ing, some­ti­mes I’m out a lot, some­ti­mes less so, and it doesn’t always have to be the same club. From the King Size to the Sisy­phos or some bar. I’m ever­y­whe­re, really.

Your favo­ri­te neu­bau eye­we­ar frame?
Edmund in bron­ze mat­te.

Tomor­row you’re off to the Ukrai­ne again for a pho­to shoot. What does a nor­mal week look like for you?
The­re is no typi­cal sche­du­le. Unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly, I often have to can­cel a lot of uni­ver­si­ty lec­tures, but luck­i­ly I have my col­leagues who help me out. This Mon­day, for examp­le, I should real­ly be at a farm for a group pro­ject. Unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly, I can’t come along. I have alrea­dy pre­pa­red some­thing over the wee­kend so I can still sup­port my group.

What do you do to wind down?
At the moment I’m working at Tier­ta­fel in Ber­lin. That’s a place for ani­mal owners who have run into some kind of emer­gen­cy situa­ti­on, but they could also just be pen­sio­ners or homeless peop­le. They offer free food for ani­mals the­re. I often go help collect the dona­ted food, work in the wareh­ouse or on Satur­days I will assist at the hand-outs.

Blog 1711 Alexander Wolf 5
24 Nov. 2017 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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