Our Favorite Instagrammers – @denim_and_whiskey
Name: Christian Bringolf
Instagram Name: @denim_and_whiskey
Amount of followers: 10.4K
Residence: United States
Occupation: Licensed Psychotherapist
I always struggle introducing myself, but I’ll give it a go. I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. I’m married and have a 7yo and 5yo daughters. I love them dearly. I’m not entirely sure what keeps me awake at night. Good question. Possibly, Netflix or my wife’s snoring. Currently my favourite hotspot is my couch. It’s quiet, comfy and I can fall asleep on it. At the top of my list for favorite foods is sushi. Raw fish on a bed of rice and an aged single malt whiskey… so good. Other passions beyond raw denim are mental health, my faith, my family, working with leather, whiskey (good whiskey, none of that fireball crap) exercise, photography, writing and tattoos.
Why do you share your outfits? And why Instagram?
It’s therapeutic for me. I like fashion. I like photography and Instagram feeds both habits. I don’t know if I’m trying to be inspirational. I like the attention, who doesn’t like being noticed. Plus, its challenging to say something with just a picture as opposed to writing something.
What makes your Instagram feed so special?
I don’t know. That’s a good question. I’m not trying to copy anyone else. ’m certainly influenced by others and their styles. I like rugged with a hint of elegance. That’s how I’ve always dressed and Instagram allows me to show and be consistent with it. Plus, I am all about showcasing manly rugged stuff. Whiskey, boots, denim, leather jackets, etc. Most of those things already have a story behind them, I just wear them and try to make those pieces look good.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I love creating. I come from a family of artists. My father is a great source of inspiration for me, especially when it comes to photography. My father has been a large format black and white photographer for much of his life. He even at one point, was able to study under Ansel Adams. His passion for creating the perfect print and his drive for excellence has always been impressive to me. Growing up, I would go out on early morning photo shoots with him. We would spend hours waiting for the sun to rise over Mt. Rainier. He may have taken hundreds of photos and would always tell me, even if I only get one good shot the trip was worth it.
Where does your love for denim come from? When did it start?
My love for denim started out of frustration. Most jeans I would buy, would never last a year. My brother introduced me to Levis LVC line, this was before LVC got huge. He told me that he paid something like $400 for a pair of 501s. I thought he was insane!!! Eventually, my brothers evangelizing to me about raw denim convinced me and I bought a pair and I was hooked. I wanted to learn about the different denim factories, I needed to know the history behind brands like Levis and Lee. I wanted to know what sets raw denim apart from the rest of mens fashion. 5 years in, I’m still going strong😊
Your top 3 favorite (denim)brands?
Rogue Territory – They fit my body
Lee 101 – There’s an iconic history attached to Lee. So, when I am wearing my made in USA Lee 101s, I’m wearing history!
3sixteen – They fit and seem to be doing some innovative things. I really like their shadow selvedge. The fades are pronounced and unreal.
6. What is your favorite accessory?
My omega seamaster watch
7. Which items do you wear most at the moment?
My 3sixteen shadow selvedge ranch jacket. It fits great. It’s not too light or heavy and goes with a wide variety of clothes I have in my closet. Plus, the fades I’ll get on it.My omega seamaster with a leather band I made. It took me a while to save up and buy this watch. For me it’s the watch to end all watches. I’ll never need another watch.
What is your favorite shop? And what is your favorite webstore?
I do a lot of buying online, but if I’m going to go to a brick and mortar store here in Seattle I’ll go to Blue Owl Workshop. They have everything I’ll ever need when it comes to denim and men’s wear. My favorite webstore is Truman Boot Co. I can’t always afford their boots, but I’ll always find myself lusting over their boots on Instagram.
Do you care about the production process?
Yes, production process is important to me. Denim made in small batches, using material sourced from US or Japanese mills is a focus for me. I’m passionate about USA made denim and supporting small business. Plus, it is amazing to have a piece of art that you wear and live in that someone spent time pouring over the details of that piece.
What are your dreams for the future?
Writing a book. I’m still deciding if I want to go back to school to get my Ph.D. I’m looking forward to seeing where this Instagram thing goes. Drinking whiskey and playing with my daughters.