We love to shine a spotlight on the very cool people who work in our stores and head office because they’re the ones who ‘live’ the rebellious, unique Dr. Martens brand… and know how to seriously rock a pair of Doc’s of course.
Meet Chary Zafiera, photographer and Assistant Store Manager of our Dr. Martens Amsterdam Kalverstraat Store. We spoke with her to find out more about her love of all things creative, and Doc’s. Read on below to find out more…
For those who don’t know, what’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Chary Zafiera, some might know me as Zafieraa. I’m the Assistant Store Manager of the Dr. Martens store in Amsterdam Kalverstraat. I was born and raised in beautiful city of Amsterdam. In my spare time you can always find me with my partner Lorenzo. Together we share a common interest in photography. About 4 years ago we decided to give it a shot and started ‘Eugene and Zafiera’ a couple that shares their passion for photography. This gave and is giving us lots of great opportunities and memories as photographers. For me, being able to combine my job and my passion is the ultimate combination.
What Dr. Martens shoes are you wearing in your photo?
I’m wearing the Zuma boot in white.
Tell us about your first Dr. Martens:
I got my first pair of DM’s about 10 years ago. It was a vintage pair of the 101 boot, and they are still somewhere buried around in my stock of DM’s. I estimate I have around 30 pair of Doc’s collected over the years. The favourite 3 pairs I own are:
1. Jadon boot
2. Zuma boot
3. 1461 BEX shoe
I think these are definitely my daily choices.
How would you describe your style?
My style can be very diverse and I think the best way to describe it is to wear what you feel like, and to be confident and comfortable in what your wear. I love to combine vintage with modern items but I’m also a big fan of matching and minimal items because it’s super easy going. My daily inspiration comes from people and their diverse personalities that shine through in their clothing. I can’t really say that I have a style icon or someone I look up to, I always say ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’.
List three tracks you can’t get enough of:
If I need to pick my 3 favourite songs at this moment it will be:
1. Russ – Losin Control
2. Travi$ Scott – Butterfly Effect
3. Fkj & Masego – Tadow
What’s your favourite thing about the city you live in?
One of my favourite eating spots at this moment is FRNZY. It’s an in Amsterdam based Vietnamese street food restaurant. The reason why I love going here is not just the great food but also the sheer mix of people that come through the door.
The best part about living in Amsterdam is that the city never sleeps. As photographers we love to explore. Amsterdam is our canvas with a continuous stream of new locations just waiting to be found. The people are very open and accepting, you can be truly yourself in this city whatever your style is.
And finally, what do you stand for?
What motivates me in life is to never limit yourself with hopes and dreams. The visions of your true destiny reaches as far as you want to dream and can imagine. Surround yourself with positive people who motivate, support and are there for you through all times. Always return that in favour to your friends and loves ones.
If you want to be part of the incredible Dr. Martens team, check out job openings online here.