If there’s one thing to know about Vashtie Kola, it’s that she’s probably one step ahead of you. Learn that first and everything starts to make sense. While on location in New York City shooting the latest Girl on the Move campaign with Aldo, we caught on to that firsthand. She’s a seasoned music video director who has lensed vids for Solange Knowles, Justin Bieber, and Theophilus London. She’s a DJ, a designer, an artist, a model—after a minute, you stop and wonder, How is she doing it all? But when we sat down together for our interview, it became clear that in an industry that thrives on defining multitalented creatives as slash this or slash that, the cool that surrounds Kola is that she’s more of an and girl. The New Yorker’s career thus far is an organic brew of passion projects, collaborations, and tenures that fluidly span across fashion, music, and art, expertly built on her rock-steady style that’s equal parts edgy, sleek, and chic. So in a world that’s busy scrolling, Vashtie’s busy doing. Spend a day in her shoes and you’ll see what we mean.
From an East Village record store to the neighborhood café tucked away in NoLita, watch Vashtie take some time out of her busy schedule to spend a day roaming her favorite New York City haunts, talking work uniforms, career inspiration, and more.