At our first attempt to have a chat with Alexander Wolf he was stumbling out of a university lecture on environmental policies. A few days later, as we meet him again for a more thorough conversation, he is on his way to a photo shoot in the Ukraine. You can tell that Alexander Wolf is not your run-of-the-mill student. In our interview he reveals how he manages to combine a master’s degree course in Organic Agriculture Management with a successful fashion career, while engaging in social activism on the side.
You have completed a Bachelor in Environmental Engineering, and now you are doing a Masters in “Organic Agriculture Management”, what does that mean?
Basically, it’s ecological agricultural management, like helping farms to make the transition to organic farming, for example. That might include everything from marketing organic products to animal welfare and improving the animal’s living conditions.
At first glance your studies and modeling seem like chalk and cheese. How do they go together for you?
They’re complete opposites. Recently, one of my colleagues came up to me and said that I’m leading a completely different life because I’m obviously trying not to mention modeling too much when I’m at university. It might come across as conceited. So I guess a lot of people don’t even know about it. I’m sure that in the future, fashion will become more sustainable as well, and so I believe that at some point there will be a good way to put the two things together. Already I can see that people aren’t eating meat at photo shoots anymore, and a lot of labels are keeping an eye on sustainability.
Where could we bump into you in Berlin?
Actually, I always stay in the same quarter. For a start I moved to Neukölln like a proper hipster. And that’s where I spend most of my time. Other than that I’m in Kreuz-Kölln or Mitte. One of my hot spots is the Doner stall round the corner. In terms of partying, sometimes I’m out a lot, sometimes less so, and it doesn’t always have to be the same club. From the King Size to the Sisyphos or some bar. I’m everywhere, really.
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Tomorrow you’re off to the Ukraine again for a photo shoot. What does a normal week look like for you?
There is no typical schedule. Unfortunately, I often have to cancel a lot of university lectures, but luckily I have my colleagues who help me out. This Monday, for example, I should really be at a farm for a group project. Unfortunately, I can’t come along. I have already prepared something over the weekend so I can still support my group.
What do you do to wind down?
At the moment I’m working at Tiertafel in Berlin. That’s a place for animal owners who have run into some kind of emergency situation, but they could also just be pensioners or homeless people. They offer free food for animals there. I often go help collect the donated food, work in the warehouse or on Saturdays I will assist at the hand-outs.