I’ve interviewed my share of rock stars over the years, but none of them have the kind of cool, kicked-back, charming elegance of fashion designer, John Varvatos.
He’s affable, completely unaffected and beyond talented.
The designer, who’s been dubbed “The Rock Star of Fashion,” not only has a penchant for all things glam and edgy, he’s collaborated with and dressed the likes of Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Velvet Revolver, Dave Matthews, The Roots, Green Day and most recently, Kiss and Ringo Starr.
John’s rock ‘n’ roll pedigree goes back to his roots: he was born in the “Rock City” itself, Detroit. Not only that, one of his three Manhattan shops is located in the former temple of punk rock, CBGB. While he’s solidified himself in the rock world, you won’t find this hard working designer hanging out with groupies or partying all night long.
Instead, he continues following his fashion dreams at events like the opening of his newest store in the Bal Harbour Shops. Despite interviewing a king’s share of famous people through out my career, John had eluded me, until that night. Before our encounter, he was so normal and unassuming, I walked passed him several times before realizing who he was. Once we started talking, though, I immediately fell into his bright eyes, great smile and kind spirit.
Although, John’s made a life and career in fashion look easy, he’s serious about his work and is equally devoted to his family. What’s more, he gives a lot of his time, money and energy to charity; making him, perhaps, one of the most well-rounded, accomplished celebrities I’ve met in a long time.
Bal Harbour Shops
Bal Harbour, FL. 33154
Monday – Saturday 10am-9pm