Victor, the young man behind The Class Journal, wants you to dress well. That is to say, he is not only conscious about men looking the part, but acting like proper gentlemen too. The young Zurich banker, who has built up an enormous following for his style and lifestyle tips on The Class Journal Instagram account, is speaking with The Rake about his journey so far, and has selected five Autumn/Winter pieces that he is particularly taken by this season.
First, a bit about Victor. Originally from Hamburg, Germany, he is now arguably Switzerland’s leading voice in men’s style, having worked closely with numerous brands and chronicled menswear throughout Europe, functioning as a litmus test for trends and designers. It doesn’t hurt that he is rather a handsome fellow, too.
Victor is most popular for the weekend Q&A he holds on Instagram, where he asks his 50,000 followers to send him a myriad of questions on topics he loves and happens to know plenty about, such as style, cars and watches. He responds to a lot of them, sharing his opinion on what it means to be a man in the 21st century, particularly for people of his – and my – age group; our sartorial-shortcomings, frustrations, ambitions, academic troubles, relationship problems, and everything in between. Like an agony aunt for the uninitiated class-curious, Victor is doing God’s work – and his answers are particularly insightful and oftentimes funny. "I have always enjoyed helping others," he reflects. "I am glad I can be a part of their progress and improvement, and follow their journey". As the man himself attests, regarding his picks, "With the world turning faster and faster, we get accustomed to products only having a certain lifespan… I think it’s time we valued quality again, and cared for those things we like. The same logic applies to people," he suggests, hinting at the reason behind those popular Q&As. That’s why we have asked Victor to pick a few of his favourite pieces available on The Rake, and to offer some ideas on how best to integrate them into one's wardrobe.