Welcome to In My Doc’s – the feature where we shine a spotlight on the very cool people who work in our stores and headquarters. Why? Well, because they’re the ones who really ‘live’ the rebellious, unique Dr. Martens brand … and know how to seriously rock a pair of Doc’s of course.
In this installment, we speak to Winston, assistant manager of the Dr. Martens La Défense store in Paris. True to the spirit of Dr. Martens, Winston’s passion is music and he spends most of his free time drumming . Read on to discover more about what Winston listens to, his side hustle and some tips for the hottest spots in Paris…
What’s your name, what do you do and where are you from?
I’m Winston! I’m 28, I live in Paris, and am currently the assistant manager of the new La Défense store which opened last Fall. My passion is music and I express myself by playing the drums. I play all types of afro drums and different styles from Benin, Brazil, and the West Indies — from Batucada to Gwoka.
I spend most of my free time going to exhibitions. Some of my favourite places to go are the Cartier Foundation, Galerie Perrotin or The Arab World Institute. I love biking in Paris on my Amsterdamer, playing basketball and American football. Lately I’ve mostly been working on my event company that’s going to focus on events in Paris based on African and diasporic cultures.
Do you remember your first pair of Dr. Martens?
Funny thing, I’m actually a latecomer to the Dr. Martens fam, but I love how streetwear Doc’s can be! When I was younger I was more about sneakers and basketball shoes (still am), but that’s changed a bit now that I’ve seen what I’m able to do with my Doc’s and the different ways I can wear them.
I got my first pair of 1460 Black Carpathians from the shop in Brighton (shout out to the team there!), and I’ve been in nothing but Doc’s since. In less than a year, I’ve added 6 pairs to my collection.
What’s the best thing about the city you live in?
Paris is a mixing ground for so many different cultures. You can find something good to do any night of the week! From listening to live jazz/soul music while eating Caribbean food at Bizz’art on a Monday night, to turning up at a grime concert on a Tuesday, to eating some crazy delicious pizzas and listening to my big sister,@laveritablesantana, mixing at the Fantome on a Wednesday. It’s really endless in terms of what you can do. Paris gives you the opportunity to be amazed by so many different cultures in one place.
How would you describe your style?
I love mixing different elements from streetwear with classic pieces. My go-to look right now would be a pair of classic cargos (Carhartt or Bleu de Paname), my black Vintage Church Docs and a tailored button down or light tee (From COS, DailyPaper or Rare Panther) and a jacket (Rains & Dickies in the photo).
Right now, I’m really into cargos and I like how different styles — like Swedish or Italian ones — go really well with my favourite pair of docs.
What are the three tracks you have on repeat right now?
What are your top 3 product pics this season?
I’ve got a top 3:
And finally, what do you stand for?
Knowledge is power. I think it’s important to gain as much knowledge as you can and to open yourself up to cultural views different from your own. This is one of the things I love most about my Dr. Martens fam at La Défense: we all have different worldviews and different ideas about fashion and life. You can see us rock docs in every way possible from Classic rock to Streetwear. Next time time you’re in the city or if you’re already here, come see us. We truly represent the “WORN DIFFERENT” mantra.
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Photos by karlafmwatson.