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Place of Origin:

NYC, Manhattan

Ethnic Origin:




How discovered:

My agent Dave Fothergill followed me down Greene Street in Soho

Favorite things:

Chasing girls down NY city streets in the AM and playing jazz with other musicians

Favorite music, band:

Urban Exploration; Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Robert Glasper, Lionel Louke


Jazz piano, Aikido, stretching, photography and meditating

Favorite piece of clothing:

My glasses and beanies

What’s your idea of fun?

Drinking some brews on a NY rooftop and being in places where I’m not supposed to be… lol

Favorite modeling experience so far?

Doing the Prada show in Milan

What’s the best thing about your hometown/country?

The intricacy of its infrastructure and the effectiveness of its public transportation

Favorite artist (any kind):


Place you would love to visit:


Currently you’re obsessed with/about:

Meditation and other spiritual practices… ethno-pharmacology in the style of Zen Buddhism.

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Clothing: grey dotted print dress shirt by Timo Weiland; color dye t-shirt by American Apparel, customized and drawn by Chris Colton; necklace & jeans, Chris's own

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Name|Chris Colton


Hometown|Manhattan, New York City

How did you get discovered?

I was discovered by my agent, Dave Fothergill in Soho

What were you doing prior to modeling?

I was pursuing piano (Jazz), the revitalization of my spiritual being (good diet, meditation etc.), the formulation of a Think Tank (total mind) and an urban exploration

People would be surprised to know that I...

actually can make a funny joke once in a while

What's your latest obsession?

Re-discovering value, not price, love not just lust…quot;not to say either one is invertenly bad

Your most prize possession?

My piano

Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?

My dad

When is the last time you said "I Love You" to someone?

My friend at school, Simone

Your favorite place you have travel to

I am looking forward to my first trip through modeling to Milan

Your favorite scene from a film

Catch Me If You Can…When he forges Pan American Airlines checks

Describe your personal style

I am focused, fast-paced but dilligent regarding love and relaxation

I party on weekends pretty often but focus on helping my peers, not endless self indulgence

Your favorite sport or sports figure

Sports…Basketball, hockey and football

If there's a destination or item you would recommend us to check out or visit about your native country/city or town, what would you recommend?

triBeCa…I spend a lot of time there myself

Your greatest moment in modeling so far...for you

Taking pictures myself...in all seriousness, probably getting to wear digital gear as a child for Time Magazine…quot;my dad was the photographer/special picture editor at TIME Inc./Time Magazine for more than 20 years. He passed away last year.

Your favorite Jazz artists

Robert Glasper and Brad Mehldau

What is your new year wish for 2011?

The establishment of my public image. The assertion of my values made manifest. To learn how to heal, not harm, create not destroy

MODEL AGENT|Dave Fothergill|Red Models

IMAGES|John TanCONCEPT|STYLING|CASTING|John TanMODEL|Chris North Colton|Red ModelsSpecial thanks to Dave Fothergill and everyone from Red Models for their support; Whitney Saffel & Natalie Conor at Maguire Steele PR; Chris for sharing his ideology with JTC!

CLOTHING:Timo Weiland-www.timoweiland.comAmerican Apparel-www.americanapparel.com


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Clothing: grey suit by Tween; shirt by Timo Weiland; shoes by Florsheim; brown suit by Tween; tie by Bespoken; shirt by Shipley & Halmos; vest by Antonio Azzuolo

MODEL AGENT|Dave Fothergill|Red Models

IMAGES|John TanCONCEPT|STYLING|CASTING|John TanMODEL|Chris North Colton|Red ModelsSpecial thanks to Dave Fothergill and everyone from Red Models for their support; Whitney Saffel & Natalie Conor at Maguire Steele PR; Nicole at Bradbury Lewis PR; Evan Tye & Genevieve Ascencio at Factory PR; Chris for sharing his ideology with JTC!

CLOTHING:Tween-www.tween.com.trTimo Weiland-www.timoweiland.comShipley & Halmos-www.shipley-halmos.comFlorsheim-www.florsheim.comAntonio Azzuolo-www.antonioazzuolo.com

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By Rickie Ashman


Sitting down to chat with Chris Colton, model and local jazz composer, the scene was quintessentially New York: a radio mounted on the wall of a West Village pizzeria played back hits from John Coltrane and other legends.

Born and raised in Downtown Manhattan, Colton, who recently tried some of our new winter styles, began modeling as a way to develop his public image. Scouted on Green Street in SoHo, Colton has modeled for Prada, Gap, Nylon Guys and even Vogue - not to mention - he's in the process of releasing his first jazz album.

"Music I write now is more fusion, more power-chords…open sounding, odd time signatures. Like if Nirvana played jazz. More grunge inspired."

Colton, a fan of the Kånken bag since its appearance in the New York scene three years ago (via Opening Ceremony), first noticed the Kånken on a train into the city. After seeing the bag again one day at school, he stopped a fellow student walking to the cafeteria, and asked him where he got it.

“I really like the logo, kind of stamp-like; it was the bright-colored logo that actually got me."


Colton describes the Kånken as a nice, simple bag - small and convenient enough for the city. "It’s the type of bag you don’t have to try to blend with an outfit. It can just stand on its own," he says.

"Fjällräven embodies Swedish design, which is pretty cool," he continues. "North Face and Patagonia have their look, which is classic, and I grew up with them, but I wore them as a kid, and now I’ve kind of moved on. The European feel is a little more modern and edgy. Now that the world is more globalized, I think it’s good to integrate new brands in to one's wardrobe. Makes things more interesting."


Standing on the Highline, a park-of-sorts located in the Meatpacking District, Colton wears one of our newest bags from our higher-end Numbers series – the Totepack No.1.

“The Kånken is the perfect city bag, but I think the tote which converts to the backpack is something really unique.”

Made from a more durable, double-layer of our signature G-1000 fabric, the Totepack No.1 is not only practical for traveling, but will never wear-down. This harkens backs to Fjällräven's eco-friendly ideology that a longer-lasting product is better for the environment.

Colton concludes, "I learned about Fjällräven from the Kånken, but that’s not even the best thing you guys have to offer. 'City' and 'Outdoors' are definitely a great blend. Your 30L or larger bags are definitely something I could see on a train when backpacking around Europe.”

Whether you're a model in the city lugging your lookbook to the next casting or a weekend warrior planning your next hike upstate, from city to summit, Fjällräven has your back!


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I love the way he looks geeky one moment and so sexy the next. And he certainly knows he's sexy - flashing that tight little body, delicious treasure trail and tantalising show of pubes.


Well said! :thumbsup:

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Acclaimed image-maker Joseph Lally offers up a punk film and image editorial based on an ultra-sexual vision of punk. This film stars the beautiful Chris Colton.


Coinciding with the Met exhibition Punk: Chaos to Couture, on which Nick Knight served as a creative consultant, SHOWstudio celebrates fashion film with a dynamic new series. A range of our talented contributors were tasked with exploring punk's central theme of personal expression and DIY by creating or customising a special item of clothing to serve as the subject of their fashion film. 



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