Made on the Street is a repository of fashion and hustle stories and interviews with some of the freshest voices of streetwear, streetwear photography, and hip hop culture on Instagram.
Axl (@axlenguancho on IG) is a young fashion student representing his hometown San Diego in the ever-growing streetwear community on Instagram.
When did you start blogging on streetwear and what was your creative inspiration or motivation behind it?
I started just five months ago. It was something I've always wanted to do but never started until recently. My motivation behind it was my love for fashion; I knew I wanted to pursue a career in fashion so I wanted to start off showing my creativity and visuals through Instagram and see how it turns out.
I'm a huge fan of hip hop. I wouldn't say I have a favorite rapper of all time but for now I listen to artists like Travis Scott, Kanye West, Drake and the HBK gang.
Describe your everyday personal style to us - and how it's evolved through the years.
My personal style is very minimalistic and simple. I like a lot of monochromatic palettes. I also like mixing high fashion like Fear of God and fast fashion like H&M together, as having a balance of both is great.
I used to wear a lot of loud colors and crazy prints, like floral printed button-ups. Through the years my style has evolved into a more minimal, more organized style.
What is it like living and working in your city? How would you describe the streetwear fashion scene there?
I love living and working in my city – I love the vibe it gives off. Shout out to all my San Diego people! The streetwear fashion scene here, however, isn't as strong as places like LA or New York. Most people only know streetwear brands like Stussy and Obey. Not a lot really know about higher fashion brands like Fear of God, Off-White, or Raf Simmons.
How do you stay updated in fashion? What's your preference in the whole classic-trendy style spectrum?
I would say one big thing that keeps me updated with fashion is the Instagram community. They all inspire me and keep me up-to-date with what's hot. Following artists like Kanye and big-name designers has kept me in the loop.
My preference in the whole classic-trendy style spectrum is just be you. A lot of people try too hard to be trendy that they lose sight of style and themselves. I love the saying "Fashion trends come and go, but style is forever." It's important to find yourself and find that unique style.
Made Status and its #MadeFamily is all about the grind and transcending one’s background and limits to go from nothing to something. What’s your own #SelfMade story? How does this message of hustle resonate with you?
My #SelfMade story probably had to start with my blogging on Instagram. I never thought it would get where it is now in a couple of months. I honestly thought it would take me years to see progress. I've met so many cool people through Instagram and received great amounts of support and feedback from people I haven't even met in person.
I just want to say I appreciate you guys at Made Status and thank you for this opportunity. Just like you guys, I'm about the grind and hustle. I grind on my blogging constantly every day, hoping that it would open more doors for me in the future.
Any big plans or personal projects in the pipeline?
I'm just trying to earn my degree in fashion. I’ll see where it takes me from there.
How do you see yourself 5 years from now?
In five years I hope to have a career in fashion doing what I love to do, whether it's designing or styling.