Tuesday Talk with: Julian Holtz - Designer of the Brand HADRIAN HOLTZ


HELLO JULIAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WANTING TO BE PART OF OUR NEVER ENDING JOURNEY ON LESS. TALK. TRAVEL. MORE.

1. TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. HOW OLD ARE YOU? WHERE ARE YOU FROM? WHAT IS YOUR JOB AND WHY IS TRAVELLING SO IMPORTANT TO YOU?

HEY ADRIAN-WELL, I’M TURNING THE BIG 3-0 THIS WEEK. CURRENTLY I’M BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN MUNICH AND NUREMBERG SINCE I WORK FOR ADIDAS DEVELOPING FUTURE CONCEPTS FOR THE BRAND.

2. HOW OFTEN DO YOU TRAVEL PER YEAR?

BETWEEN STARTING MY FAMILY AND MY BRAND ‘HADRIAN HOLTZ’ ALL IN ONE YEAR I HAVEN’T HAD MUCH TIME FOR PRIVATE TRAVELS LAST YEAR. YET IT FEELS LIKE I WAS ON THE ROAD ALL OF 2018 – TAKING FACTORY TRIPS TO ITALY AND MEETINGS IN MUNICH AND BERLIN EVERY MONTH. WE MANAGED TO SNEAK IN A RELAXING WEEKEND IN THE ALPS OR GET SOME SUN IN MALLORCA.

3. WHAT WAS YOUR FUNNIEST EXPERIENCE ON A JOURNEY?

I HAD A FEW OF THOSE MISSING FLIGHT RECOLLECTIONS. LATEST BEEING OUT OF LONDON. HAD TO STAY AT THE CRAZIEST HOTEL ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY MEETING OLD ENGLISH PEOPLE. WE DRANK TILL NIGHT WHICH ALMOST MADE ME MISS MY SECOND FLIGHT.

4. HOW DO YOU DECIDE ON YOUR NEXT TRIP AND WHAT IS RELEVANT FOR YOU?

I’M NEW TO THIS DAD THING, SO MY TRAVEL PRIORITIES WILL PROBABLY SHIFT, THOUGH ADVENTURE IS ALWAYS GONNA BE HIGH ON THE LIST FOR THE FAM.

5. WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU ON A VACATION (RECREATION; EXPERIENCE; RELAXATION; ADVENTURE; FUN)?

I TRY TO LOOK FOR PLACES THAT COVER IT ALL.

6. WHICH TYPE REPRESENTS YOU BEST?

RELAXATION OR MOTION - MY BABY’S NAME MEANS MOVEMENT IN HEBREW, SO THERE YOU GO!

COURAGE OR ANXIETY - THERE IS NO ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER. ANXIETY GROUNDS ME, MY FAMILY GIVES ME COURAGE AND SUPPORT

ADVENTURE OR BORING STANDART - HAVING FRANCONIAN ROOTS I ACTUALLY LIKE THE BORING STANDARD BUT MY LIFE SEEMS TO ALWAYS TAKE ME IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION.

CHEAP OR EXPENSIVE - PREFERABLY A TASTEFUL MIX OF BOTH

COLOR OR NO COLOR - MY LIFE AND MY WARDROBE SAY COLOR, BUT I CAN’T DENY A SHARP ALL BLACK FIT.

7. DO YOU LIKE TO GO ON VACATION IN THE SPRING, SUMMER, FALL OR WINTER .... AND WHY?

DEPENDS ON WHERE I'M GOING. I LOVE MOUNTAINS IN THE WINTER TIME, SPRING IN CALI AND FALL IN NEW YORK. HOME IS BEST IN THE SUMMER TIME SINCE WE DON’T GET MUCH SUN OVER HERE.

8. WHICH MOMENT OF THE DAY DO YOU LIKE THE MOST?

SUNNY AFTERNOONS, CREATIVE EVENINGS AND MOODY NIGHTS.

9. ARE YOU MORE THE DISCOVERER OR DO YOU STICK TO YOUR ROUTINE WHEN DECIDING ON A TRIP?

I JUST GO WITH THE FLOW AND TRY TO BLEND IN WITH THE CROWD. THROUGHOUT MY EXPERIENCE THAT’S WHEN I MOSTLY GOT THE REAL VIBES OF A PLACE INSTEAD OF YOUR TYPICAL TOURIST THING.

10. WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO ON VACATION NEXT?

I’LL PROBABLY VISIT MY FAMILY IN PITTSBURGH AND NEW YORK WITH A TRIP TO THE WEST COAST FOR SURE.

11. WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

STORIES AND PEOPLE. I FEEL LIKE WE OFTEN GET OVEREXPOSED WITH ALL OF THE VISUAL CONTENT NOWADAYS, SO I LIKE TO STEP BACK AND LOOK FOR INSPRATION WITHIN ME AND MY LIFE FIRST. THAT’S HOW THE IDEA FOR ‘HADRIAN HOLTZ’ CAME ABOUT, I WAS FLIPPING THROUGH OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF MY GRANDFATHER DURING THE VIETNAM WAR.

12. IF I WOULD ASK YOU WHAT YOU SHOULD NEVER FORGET TO TAKE ON A TRIP, APART FROM PASSPORT, VISA ETC. , WHAT WOULD THAT BE?

YOUR HEAD, I LEAVE THAT AT WORK SOMETIMES, HA

13. TELL ME FIVE THINGS THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE IN YOUR BAG ON A TRIP.

WELL THANKS TO STEVE JOBS YOU ONLY NEED ONE NOW. GONE ARE THE DAYS OF ROADMAPS AND CITY GUIDES

14. BOOK, NEWSPAPER, MAGAZINE OR CELL PHONE/IPAD/LAPTOP – WHAT REPRESENTS YOU BEST AND WHY?

CELLY, LOOK ABOVE.

15. WHICH MOMENT DO YOU REMEMBER MOST WHEN YOU THINK BACK ON YOUR LIFE’S JOURNEY?

BEING AROUND GOOD PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT PLACES – THIS IS THE MOST VALUEBLE EXPERIENCE FOR ME.

16. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE CITIES?

LA FOR THE LAID BACK VIBES AND THE WEATHER, PARIS FOR CULTURE CONTRASTS.

17. IN WHICH CITY OR PART OF THE WORLD DO YOU FEEL MOST AT HOME?

IT’S CLICHÉ, BUT ANYWHERE AS LONG AS I’M SURROUNDED BY MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS

18. WHERE DO YOU LIVE AND WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST IN YOUR CITY?

I LIVE IN MUNICH, A VERY CHARMING CITY WITH A HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE. BERLINERS WOULD SAY THE PLACE IS CONSERVATIVE AND BORING, BUT IT ACTUALLY HARBOURS SOME DOWN TO EARTH CREATIVE PEOPLE AND GIVES ME A PEACE OF MIND.

19. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO LIVE THERE?

A JOB OPPORTUNITY, PLUS I WAS ABLE TO PLAY BALL FOR BAYERN MUNICH HERE.

20. IF YOU WOULD COMPARE YOUR CITY TO MUSIC, WHICH KIND OF MUSIC WOULD DESCRIBE YOUR CITY BEST?

SOMETHING CHILL AND CLASSIC…

21. WHICH MUSIC ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

MY LONG RIDES BETWEEN MUNICH AND ADIDAS IN HERZO MADE ME LISTEN TO AUDIOBOOKS.

22. EXPLAIN YOUR LIFESTYLE IN FIVE WORDS?

KEEP YOUR INNER CHILD ALIVE

23. WHAT WOULD BE A PERFECT DAY FOR YOU?

RIGHT NOW I WOULD ACTUALLY LOVE TO SPEND AN ENTIRE DAY ON THE COUCH WITH MY FAMILY WATCHING A MOVIE TO UNWIND.

24. HOW IMPORTANT ARE FOOD AND THE TASTE OF SOMETHING NEW TO YOU?

I AM REALLY SPOILED – I CAN’T STAND EATING LEFTOVERS. BUT AS FAR AS RESTAURANTS, I’VE NEVER BEEN PICKY AND NEVER BEEN TOO ADVENTUROUS. I JUST LIKE A NICE HOMECOOKED MEAL.

25. NAME FIVE OF YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS. THEY CAN BE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

HONESTLY? IN-AN-OUT, WAFFLE HOUSE, BREAKFAST AT BRENDA’S IN SAN FRAN, A GOOD BURGER IN THIS RUN DOWN DINER IN NUREMBERG AND SOME RIBS AT RUSTICANA IN MUNICH.

26. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE?

I KINDA HATE QUOTES, NO ONE LIVES BY THEM, THEY JUST GET POSTED. ON THE REAL, I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO PUT THE MEANING OF LIFE IN WORDS BY THE END OF IT.

27. WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS?

CONTINUE ON BUILDING MY BRAND AND CREATE STORIES.

28. IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN THE WORLD – WHAT WOULD THAT BE?

25 HOURS IN A DAY!

THANK YOU VERY MUCH JULIAN FOR YOUR TIME AND THE INTERESTING INTERVIEW.

ALL THE BEST TO YOUR FUTURE PLANS AND MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU WHEREEVER YOU WILL BE.

A NEVERENDING JOURNEY