FRANCISCO LACHOWSKI –CHICO TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS – HAS ACCOMPLISHED MUCH AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 24. HE HAS TAKEN THE FASHION WORLD BY STORM, WORKING ON NUMEROUS CAMPAIGNS FOR SOME OF THE MOST RESPECTED NAMES IN FASHION. HE HAS GRACED THE COVERS OF MAGAZINES, IS A PART OF THE BALMAIN FASHION ARMY, AND HAS WALKED THE RUNWAY FOR DIOR, VERSACE, DOLCE & GABBANA, AND DSQUARED2. EVEN WITH ALL HIS SUCCESS, HE BELIEVES HIS GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT IS BECOMING A FATHER: HE SPEAKS PASSIONATELY ABOUT HIS LOVING FAMILY, HIS WIFE JESSIANN, WHO IS ALSO A MODEL, AND HIS 3-YEAR-OLD SON MILO.

By Ricardo Tucci

I had the pleasure of meeting Chico at the DTK Men cover shoot – where he introduced himself wearing nothing but a towel. He had just arrived in Montreal after a long flight from Paris with his family, and despite feeling under the weather, he was both humble and enthusiastic when we sat down for a friendly chat, making him all the more likeable.

Three years ago your son Milo was born, what do you love most about being a father? Being a father is really challenging especially when you’re young, but I love the fact that I am a young dad! With my career as a model – it’s not like most people who work from 9 to 5 and don’t get to spend much time at home— I’m always with my kid. Being a father is just amazing; there is no way to explain the feeling. When you become a father you’ll understand.

When you have time off, what activities do you like to do as a family? Well we always try to go camping in the summer and head down to the beach; I like to surf a lot. Right now Milo is still too young, but when he gets older I want to involve him in sports. When it gets colder in the winter we go to the cinema because we love movies, so we spend a lot of quality time together.

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It’s great that you and your family are active, especially since it’s essential to your career that you keep in shape. What kind of exercise do you enjoy? I used to play Tennis when I was young, like a semi professional, but then I stopped because, you know, I young and just wanted to party and didn’t feel like playing anymore! Working out is great for me because I started at 16, so now I have really good muscle memory. Any sport that I do I love, whether it’s skateboarding or volleyball or surfing. Now in the winter I’m getting into snowboarding, and about 3 years ago I started fighting and learning muay thai and jiu jitsu, I really love it!   

You recently shot a campaign for Balmain. What do you think of Olivier and his military-inspired 2016 Fall/Winter collection? Olivier is a different kind of designer, he’s very down to earth. There are a lot of designers who are not so nice, but Olivier is not that sort of guy. He’s the kind of person who will come to you and ask about your life and about your family; he really connects with the models and makes everyone feel comfortable. What he’s doing with the brand is just amazing: Before Olivier, Balmain wasn’t such a big deal. The moment he took over, he revolutionized the brand. He created the Balmain Army, and I’m really grateful that I get to be a part of it.

How would you describe your style off the runway? You’re always dressed in designer clothes –  is it the same when you’re out with friends and family? I use to really not care, I would just wear whatever I wanted. But these days I’m taking care of myself a little bit more, and I do more shopping. Since I met Jess I started working on my style and looking after my clothes, but I still like the basics: I could wear all black with a white shirt. I don’t wear anything too colourful; I just keep it clean and simple!

I know you have a crazy schedule but try to describe a typical day in the life of Francisco Lachowski. (Laughs) it’s hard because I really have no routine! I could be home doing nothing for a month or I could travel the entire world in a month. This month for example: I was in Paris, now I’m here (Montreal) and the day after tomorrow I’m in Ohio. Then I’m travelling to Milan and New-York, where I’m working for the month. My life is everywhere.

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Speaking of travel, you and your family are always on the move. What  destination do you really love and want to visit next? The place is called Fernando de Noronha. It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go so bad; it’s a little island north of Brazil. Not everyone can go because there are a limited number of people allowed, so you have to book way before to make sure you get in. I really want to go there, and I would also love to see Costa Rica, I’ve heard it’s really nice.

You have had such great success so far. What plans do you have for the future? Are there projects in the works outside of modeling? Well, modeling right now is keeping my life really busy so I cannot think about too many other projects. When I’m not doing a lot of modelling, I’m always thinking about the whole acting side. I would like to take a couple of classes to see how it goes, even go to some auditions. It’s something that I want to try and I have to start now because I’m young!

I have a bunch of other projects too; right now Jess is looking to start a hat brand with one of her friends. I always thought about starting my own brand, just to sell t-shirts and accessories, things like that! I have a lot of stuff on my mind but for now working as a model and investing my money wisely is what I’m trying to do.

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Photography Jean-Claude Lussier
Fashion Editor Jay Forest

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Riccardo Tucci
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Riccardo is a writer, editor, and part time philosopher. His interests include fashion and technology as well as the fine arts. His thirst for knowledge pushes him to explore fresh ideas, visit new places, and meet interesting people.

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