The Interrogator with Jeff Carvalho

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There are some people out there destined to lead the masses, to kindly hold them by the hand and guide them towards the better. These are the arbiters of great taste, the early adapters, the ones who are able to see what’s coming down the cultural pipeline and predict trends like soothsayers. Jeff Carvalho is one of those people. Standing at the helm of popular menswear/lifestyle/culture blogs Selectism and Highsnobiety, Carvalho serves as a conduit between the sneakers, the music, the products, the gear, the places to travel in this world… and the people who haven’t heard of it yet. SIXTY got a chance to put our Interrogator questions in front of him. Here’s what he said:

Place of residence:

Brooklyn, NY

Current occupation:

Managing Editor, Selectism, Highsnobiety. Partner Titel Media.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A nice guy.

Quote to live by:

“The god I believe in isn’t short of cash, mister.”— Paul Hewson (Bono)

First job you ever had:

Drugstore clerk.

Least favorite part of your day:

First hour in the office.

Windows down, the song you’re playing is:

“Fuck Forever” by BabyShambles

Three guilty pleasures:

Cycling at night with no lights on, walking to bathroom with my eyeglasses off, sweating in the winter.

If you had to watch one movie on repeat for eternity, what would it be?


You have a million dollars to spend on art, you buy…

A million pads of paper and pens for kids everywhere.

Plane, train or automobile for a road trip?

Cars for trips < 3. Trains for > 3. Planes for > 4.

What IS your favorite road trip?

The ride to Killington, VT.

Personal travel ethos:

Pack as little as possible and overpack on enthusiasm.

Drink of choice:

Vodka (Titos or Ketel One) and tonic.

Beach house or tree house:

Beach house

Where was the best meal you ever had and what was it?

Haven’t had my best meal yet. Still waiting.

What is the best news you ever received?

This year they opened a Dunkin Donuts a block from the office. I’m still celebrating that one.

Who or what is largely overrated. Explain.

The word “hipster.” It’s a term used to categorize a group of kids who haven’t found their own way. I find that unfair.

Briefly describe the best concert you have ever gone to.

My first U2 show in Hartford, CT on March 10, 1992. I was 17 and it was the greatest thing I had experienced to that point. Runner up: Mighty Mighty Bosstones on June 28, 1991 in New Haven, CT at The Moon. I was 16 and amped.

Where do you go for inspiration, peace of mind?

A bicycle ride.

Photo by Atisha Paulson.

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, specializing in music, fashion, the arts, and culture, both high and low. Her work has been featured in Cereal, Lenny Letter, and more.