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Name: Coltrane Curtis
Occupation: Co-Founder/Partner of Team Epiphany
Top: Ralph Lauren Purple Label (Shirt)
Bottom: Public School (Shorts)
Accessory: Team Epiphany x New Era 59FIFTY Fitted (Cap), Bell & Ross BR 01 in Rose Gold (Watch), Handmade Gold Wedding Band by Mother In Law, Queens College School Ring from his late father
Footwear: Saint Laurent (Sneaker)

Though most people knew him as the first “Style VJ” on MTV, Coltrane Curtis was actually the Editor-at-Large for Complex Magazine at one time. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Curtis helped to facilitate marketing campaigns for the likes of 50 Cent, Eminem, Michael Rapaport, Mos Def and Timbaland through his tenure at ECKO.

Already known as a consummate collector of sneakers, who once listed his collection of 1200 pairs (valued at $40,000) for sale, Curtis also collects old school Motorola Star TAC phones, sunglasses, and timepieces. But these are more than just showcases of material wealth. Each of the items has a value more than its cost. Take something simple like his Team Epiphany fitted cap by New Era, a nod to the marketing agency he established with wife Lisa Chu and fellow influencer Sky Gellatly. There is also the Bell & Ross BR 01 in Rose Gold, the first luxury watch he bought and a symbolic gesture that he finally “Made It”. Then there are the two rings, accessories he will not leave the house without - a simple gold band fashioned by his Taiwanese mother-in-law and a Queens College school ring belonging to his late father, John Curtis. A story of self, a personal journey of past, present, and future, that would be the Style of Coltrane Curtis.

Photography by: Sam Alive
Produced by: Dan Hwang