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Illustration by: Mia Coleman Stylist, Fashion Director and former Complex Fashion Editor, Matthew Henson discusses his professional journey, what he's currently crushing on and what its like dressing two of the biggest males in music.  Read about his advice for aspiring stylists and what he thinks every stylish man should have.

Illustration by: Mia Coleman

Stylist, Fashion Director and former Complex Fashion Editor, Matthew Henson discusses his professional journey, what he's currently crushing on and what its like dressing two of the biggest males in music.  Read about his advice for aspiring stylists and what he thinks every stylish man should have.

1. Name:

Matthew Henson

2. Where are you from?

Jersey Shore, but not the fist pumping part. 

3. What is your sign?

Pisces

4. What do you do? Can you tell me about your journey? 

I’m a celebrity stylist, and Fashion Director for AWGE. I started out interning for PR firms, and at magazines because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but I know I wanted to work in the fashion industry. After sorting out that PR was not really for me, I focused all of my energy on becoming an editor. I landed my first job as Fashion Assistant to Long Nguyen at Flaunt magazine. I left Flaunt as Fashion Editor and left to focus on menswear and got hired at Complex as an editor where I worked for several years. 

5. How did you make transition from working for Complex to being an iconic celebrity stylist?

Complex was an amazing opportunity because I had a lot of creative freedom more or less, and I was also fortunate enough to have direct contact with a lot of the cover talent, and styled numerous covers through the years. That type of experience is invaluable because you learn so much from each experience. You also learn what you want for yourself, what you want to avoid, and how to turn it into a career. I transitioned from working at a magazine to being freelance by taking a leap of faith mostly, but aligning myself with people who recognized and respected my talent and wanted to make sure that I was successful. 

6. You work with two of the biggest males in music, A$AP Rocky and The Weeknd. What is your selection process when choosing your clients?  How is it working with them?  How are they different in terms of style?

There is no real method in the selection process, it’s a very organic process for both, and lets be honest, I would never give the details on how I does what I does! They are two unique guys, both with great personal style, and it’s my job to accentuate and help evolve what is there naturally, and turn that into a business. 

7. Can you talk about your new Styling/Image Consulting firm?

No I actually can’t lol. Contractually. 

8. What advice would you give an aspiring stylist?

For anyone aspiring to be a stylist, I would first say, that interning, assisting, and humility are the keys to success on your journey. 

9. Would you say you have a uniform? If so what is it?

I don’t have a uniform, I wish I did. I dress pretty much for how I feel in the morning. Sometimes I feel all-black, and sometimes I feel neon. Clothing and style should be fun, whatever that means to you. 

10. What 3 clothing items should every stylish man have?

Every stylish man should have a nice smile, self-confidence, and a point of view. The clothes just accentuate that. 

11. What/who are you currently crushing on?

I’m constantly crushing on my friends. It’s great to have your inspirations close to you, I’m lucky in that way. I would name names, but I don’t think there is enough room in one article. 

12. What artists are you currently listening to?

Right now i’m into DJ’s more than artists. Anything DJ Kitty Cash, DJ Bambii, or The Cozy Boys, mix up is what I vibe out to. 

13. You always have a book in your hand, what are you currently reading?

I do always have a book. I just finished reading a book called “How To Live: A Seach for wisdom from old people” by Henry Alford. It’s so funny, insightful, and offers encouragement through difficult times even. 

14. What is your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is nutella. I eat it almost every day. 

15. Your motto?

My motto is “Rates are a universal language.” 

16. Your biggest regret?

I don’t have any regrets. I am constantly learning from what the universe brings me. 

17. Do you have any hobbies? If not is there anything new you would want to try out?

Hobbies are hard to maintain at the moment, but when I have more personal time I’d love to learn how to cook!