Who Am I ?
1. Who am I?
Baristas around the city know me by different names, but for all intents and purposes, I am Alexander Patino.
2. What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I am a freelance writer and editor and for the past three and a half years, I’ve been at FashionQandA.com where I serve as Associate Editor. I do a bit of everything. I build style and trend shopping guides, work on fashion editorial shoots, conduct interviews with established and emerging designers, model, photographers, etc. Living in a fashion Mecca is the best; there’s never a lack of industry parties and events to report on, but my heart is on the runway. Fashion Week stateside and across the pond is my joie de vivre. Right now I’m prepping myself for an interview I want to conduct on behalf of a great new fashion publication I’m working with – Virgine magazine. I’m a bit model-obsessed and they’re pretty much giving me free reign to tackle whomever I please. Guinevere Van Seenus–I’ve got my eye on you.
3. Where are you from and where are you going?
Miami native, born to Colombian parents. As to where I’m going–in time, to a head honcho desk at a fashion magazine in Paris. Right now–to the bodega downstairs for a golden apple.
4. Who is your biggest hero?
Yes, my parents of course, but that answer exasperates me. As an interviewer, no response elicits more internal eye-rolling on my part than that one. So I’ll say: Virginia Woolf.
5. What book is your bible?
My personal library is my most prized possession, so that’s a bonafide toughie. It’s a tie. James Joyce’s Ulysses and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. I have an original first edition, first print copy of the latter that my grandfather gave to me when I was sixteen.
6. What are some things you love? What are some things you hate?
Love: my grandmother’s sancocho, anything Nicolas Ghesquiere produces for Balenciaga, tormented artists, Michel Gaubert’s runway music mixes, bottomless mimosas, typography books, best and worst lists, The Strand, Belle’s library in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Hate: When people forget they have shoes and insist on wearing flip-flops every single day, eating while riding the subway, when people spell Colombia the country like the Ivy League university [Columbia], those who pluralize Barnes & Noble, pickles, olives, and complacency.
7. What is your raison d’etre?
This is my uber-geeky dream: to one day win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
8. What is your favorite color?
The green of Uma Thurman’s Chopard earrings at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Also known in slightly less gay circles as emerald green.
9. Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
My favorite comic book is Batman, and my favorite graphic novel is Neil Gaiman’s hyperbolically emo, but oh-so-cool, Sandman.
10. What is your favorite NYC hotspot?
I’m wary of “hot spots” since I really have no patience for being in a crowded space. But there are two new places I had never been to before, which I have immediately fallen in love with. The Outpost Café in Brooklyn and a nice summer night stroll along the Brooklyn Promenade.
11. What turns you on?
12. What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
“Whose artistic oeuvre would you most like to claim as your own?”
Alexander Patino is a lifestyle and culture writer living in Brooklyn, NY. He is a regular contributor to FreeStyle magazine, Cinespect.com, Virgine magazine and serves as Associate Editor of FashionQandA.com. Being Colombian, but dressing like he’s from Connecticut, he describes his style as ‘Wet Wasp’. When he’s not being distracted from his reading on the subway by a band of Mariachis, he can be seen power-walking through three out of the five NYC boroughs.
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Alexander Patino, Outpost Café, Brooklyn, 2011, Photography by Jennifer Sweeney