At Home with Callan Malone
The Break first met Callan when she joined our team for Fashion Week in Fall 2017. Currently a student at The New School, Callan is also a freelance stylist and writer- and one of my dear friends. We sat down to talk about what she envisions for the future of fashion and print, her favorite places in New York, celebrity crushes and more. Scroll on for a glimpse into the life of Callan Malone.
Name: Callan Malone
Occupation: Student/ Freelance Stylist/ Writer
Birthplace: St. Maarten
Currently: Clinton Hill, BK
Astrological sign: Gemini sun, Aquarius moon and rising
Follow her: @callanmalone
How do you take your coffee?
My local coffee shop Stonefruit has an incredible mint green tea that I throw a splash of lemonade into.
What's the strangest thing in your room?
I have a thing for useless ceramics, so I have two tiny ceramic cats on my bookshelf that I can’t seem to part with.
What do you spend most of your money on?
Cuban food and Raf Simons shoes.
Off the top of your head, what is your favorite song lyric?
Rejjie Snow’s Charlie Brown is a telling of the strangest, most absurd story, but I love it. Everyone also has to do a double take when they hear it.
Who's the last person you held hands with?
Probably you as we struggled to wade through the never ending stink of over confident skaters in Carmelo’s.
What are you thinking about right now?
The Lords of Dogtown
Biggest turn off? Biggest turn on?
No intellectual prowess is a big no go for me. Biggest turn on? Eyes and intellectual prowess.
Train in Vain by The Clash, always and forever.
What makes you feel the happiest?
I like bringing together the friends I’ve made in different places and from different times of my life.
Most memorable fashion experience?
I’m not sure if this is a “fashion experience” per say, but the first day I moved to New York, I went to have breakfast alone and, upon sitting down, realized I was sitting right next to Leandra Cohen. If there was any doubt in my decision to uproot my life in California to move here, it was all assuaged.
I could live on black beans, yellow rice, and a well concocted Mezcal drink.
Where is your favorite place to eat in New York?
Cafe Habana and Samurai Mama
Favorite places to shop in New York?
Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Acne, Ellen, Assembly, and obviously The Break.
Favorite place to spend time at in NY?
Prospect Park or Fort Greene
Where is the best place to escape the city?
Jacob Riis sometimes feels like escape enough and if not, I try to get to Hudson or Saratoga Springs.
What are three pieces from your closet you can’t live without?
Right now, I can’t be without my Rafs, a white Hanes tank, and a pair of levis.
The beauty products you can’t live without?
My Dior LipGlow and Kiehl’s moisturizer with lots of SPF
Who was your childhood celebrity crush?
Tim Riggins and Emile Hirsch.
Your current celebrity crush?
Tim Riggins and Emile Hirsch…..oh and Alex Wolff. Oh and Max Minghella.
Who are you at the party?
I like everyone to have as much as fun as me, so definitely the girl carrying around a handle of tequila and shot glasses for anyone who’ll take ‘em.
What are you studying?
My undergraduate degree is in Media Studies with a focus in Film. I’m minoring in Fashion Studies and am in a Masters program for Journalism.
What has your career path been like?
I’ve worked as an editorial intern for magazines, a buying intern and stylist for Maryam Nassir Zadeh, a copywriting intern for a creative agency, and a whole bunch of stuff in between.
What are your goals for the next year?
I would like to get some more editorial writing under my belt and maybe start screenwriting a bit.
What do you hope for the future?
I was working at Interview Magazine when it folded this past May. My editor sat me down and explained that this may have been a good learning experience despite the layoff, because whether we like it or not, print’s success is dwindling. I have recognized in both fashion and media the tendency for content to be driven by pop culture and for that content to be severely lacking in intellect, societal relevancy, and quite frankly, substance. I would really like to be a part of something where intellect and cultural relevance are not mutually exclusive. I love fashion and I love film and television. I think there are ways to navigate these industries and create content that informs as well as inspires. The Break combines style, empowerment, and environmental consciousness. Interview Mag produced substantive content that encouraged critical thinking about the mass amount of media we intake everyday. Whether it be within a magazine or something entirely different, I hope to create, write, conceptualize work that is exciting and relevant and beautiful, while also invoking thought and analysis.
What was it like going to boarding school?
Going to Exeter for high school was the best decision I could have made. I was constantly surrounded by brilliant minds in a beautiful place. I honed communication skills and valued my independence. Boarding school made the transition to college and living in a big city nearly seamless.
Something we may not know about you?
I have dual citizenship because I was born on a Dutch island.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I trained to play professional tennis until I was 16.
Right now I’m really interested in visiting Antibes and Marrakech.
What did you want to be when you were a child?