Despite 125K Instagram followers, a friendship with Kanye, and a long resume littered with names like Hood By Air and Vogue, Luka Sabbat is, at the end of the day, just a 17-year-old. And, like a typical teenager, he nearly forgot about our interview.
It's the week leading up to New York Fashion Week and after a few follow-up emails, suddenly, it was a few hours before we were supposed to meet, and I still hadn't heard back from him. Finally, an hour before, my phone buzzes. He's been caught up in castings and forgot about our interview, but he's down to take a break from looking at VFILES models and meet up for coffee, or in his case, a chocolate milk.
I ask him how he's established himself in fashion. "I don’t know. Am I even established? I don’t even know. I’ve never thought about it," says Sabbat, leaning forward. "Like, it’s weird. I just kinda do whatever I want. I guess I just got a name for myself from working and social media. That’s a weird question... Holy shit, that just blew my mind."