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Dr. Martens has a rebellious history often associated with free-thinkers, creatives and different subcultures. This is not only true of the Dr. Martens customer, but also our hard-working family of staff. They are our brand ambassadors that embody the DMs way of life. Keep following the blog as we highlight our staff and contributors from across the globe and celebrate their achievements and style.  
Here we speak to Athena, from our SOHO store, New York, about what he stands for and her love for the city that never sleeps. 

Athena Profile
Athena wearing the 8761 BXB Boot. Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Rodriguez.
Introduce Yourself:
I am Athena Brown, the Store Manager at the Dr. Martens SOHO store. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. 
What Dr. Martens are you wearing in your photo?
The 8761 BXB Boot
Athena Shoes
Athena wearing the 8761 BXB Boot. Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Rodriguez.
Tell us about your first pair of Dr. Martens
I have been wearing Dr. Martens since the ’90s. I bought my first pair at Caeser’s Bay Bazaar. I think I was 12 years old. They were electric blue 1460 Boots and I wore them through the most memorable years of my life. I currently have over 20 pairs of Docs, 12 of which I had before even working for Dr. Martens. 
How would you describe your style?
My style is very specific to me. My friends always say “Only you could rock that,” when we’re out shopping. I wear a lot of combat boots, fluffy skirts, patterned leggings, faux fur, skulls, spikes, LEOPARD all day long, and anything that’s unique. I love leather and my go-to-piece is probably my Schott perfecto MC jacket. 
Docs Pile
Athena and her Dr. Martens collection. Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Rodriguez.
What are three tracks you’re can’t stop listening to right now?
Depeche Mode – Halo
Dave Gahan and Soulsavers – Tempted
Marilyn Manson – Deep Six 
What are your three favourite styles right now?
The Black Jadon boot.
The Pascal boot in Black Petrol effect.
The 1B99-Black VirginiaRibbon Laced
Athena Style
Athena in her 8761 BXB Boot. Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Rodriguez.
What’s your favorite thing about living in New York City?
I love my Brooklyn and NY natives who always tell it like is. My block in Sunset Park Brooklyn is like Sesame Street; everybody is close and connected. On nice nights, I sit on my stoop with my chihuahua and my neighbours, or sit on the sidewalk and watch my husband fix our motorcycle. I love walking to everything I need anytime I want. Especially the taco truck that’s just a few steps from my block, the taco dudes are my peeps! I also love to take a ride out of the city into the mountains, and turn it all off once in a while. You can do it all when you live in NY; loud and crazy, up all night, or zero cellphone service and mountain air. 
And finally, what do you stand for?
Paying it Forward. Living in peace. Living like you can die tomorrow. Music motivates me and keeps me going all the time. It makes me dance and fills me with love and nostalgia. 
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