photography Julia Sixtensson

Dr. Martens x Rodrigue "Archive Sandals" Collection

Written by Alicia

Rodrigue, a dynamic content creator and model, embodies a fervent dedication to infusing creativity into every project he touches. With an unwavering commitment to innovation, he collaborates on captivating visuals and narratives that deeply resonate with audiences worldwide. His boundless enthusiasm for pushing creative boundaries makes him a sought-after collaborator, eagerly welcoming opportunities to work with like-minded individuals and brands who share his passion for originality and ingenuity.

Embracing the iconic Josef Black and Josef Savannah Tan boots, Rodrigue sees donning each pair as an opportunity to channel the timeless spirit of innovation and originality synonymous with Dr. Martens' latest collection “Archive Sandal”. Just as the fashion of the 90s era evokes nostalgia, Rodrigue infuses his unique style and creativity into every stride, seamlessly intertwining his vision with the heritage of Dr. Martens. This collaboration promises to be a bold statement, resonating with audiences worldwide through Rodrigue's distinctive flair and the brand's legendary craftsmanship.

What inspired you to work in your industry and what content do you prefer to create?
I started doing it for the fun of it, but then I realised that there was no one who looked like me in the industry, there was, and sometimes lack of diversity in the industry and I’m trying to break that cycle. Lately I have been enjoying makingTikToks and reels mostly of my outfits, but sometimes of what I do in a day.

Do you get inspired by any other content creators?
I get inspired by many creators, it changes once in a while. Lately I have been inspired by @laravioletta she is so cool and effortless chic, she has just launched her own magazine and it’s amazing, I will be definitely subscribing. Another creator I enjoy is @brendahashtag her aesthetic is stunning. Most of all my friends who also are creators inspire me the most! Their every endeavor exudes brilliance, from their unique style to their boundless creativity. They truly excel in every aspect of what they do.

What is your favorite part about being a model?
The best part of being a model, for me would be meeting so many inspiring people, the opportunity to be a part of creating something and seeing the end result is rewarding.

Have you encountered any challenges as a content creator and model, and how do you handle them?
As a model sometimes it would feel like I was the token Blackmodel, just there to show diversity for a certain brand, but I just learn to not stress about it, regardless. I will do my best and I will be running to the bank with my check smiling. As a content creator it is mostly the same, but again I just learn to brush it off and instead use the privilege to make way for the others who look like me.

How do you handle feedback or comments on social media?
I once in a while stumble upon a rude comment here and there on TikTok, but really I don’t care as much because it’s usually the blank profiles that comment or send weird dms.  Also, the positive feedback and comments always outshines the negative, and they always encourage me to keep on doing what I do.

How do you strike a balance between your personal life and your professional career?
In some weird way my personal life and professional life has ended up merging together, because most of friends are in the industry, and sometimes I get the honor to work with my friends, which is always a blast.

What advice would you give someone looking to become a successful content creator or model?
Not to sound cliche, but just be your true self. Embrace your uniqueness and always remember to have fun.

What is your first memory of Dr. Martens?
My first memory of Dr. Martens is back in the Tumblr era – I was obsessed with Tumblr. There was always a cool, moody post with someone wearing Dr. Martens.

The campaign focuses on the Dr. Martens “Archive Sandal” collection. Do you feel like these vintage inspired styles fit you and your aura?
I do love a sandal for the summer, and what I love about these, is that I can wear them with a cute outfit and not feel casual. I love a sandal that would still make me strut down the street with music blasting in my ears, feeling myself. 

Link to Dr. Martens ”Archive Sandals” Collection with Rodrigue here! (Josef Black) and here! (Josef Savannah Tan)

photography Julia Sixtensson