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“I moved around a lot because my parents, who are doctors at the Mayo Clinic, had taken the steps in their medical training,” Molina said. “In total, I have lived in eight cities” – Rochester, Cincinnati, North College Hill (Ohio), San Antonio, Iowa City, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Medellín, Colombia. That’s where his parents, younger brother and all of his extended family come from, he said.

After attending high school and high school here, the 2009 Lourdes graduate was gone for almost a decade before returning. He attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, lived in Medellín, then moved to Milwaukee where he earned a journalism degree from Marquette University.

Today, outside of the GDR, Molina is Vice President of the Alliance of Chicanos, Hispanics and Latin America (ACHLA) and is also involved in events at Threshold Arts at the Castle.

Tell us a bit about your style.

I would say my main style is a straight oiler. On top of that, I oscillate between business casual, artsy and athletic levels. This year we had a lot warmer and nicer weather so I explored short sleeve flower buds.

Nicholas Molina Tuesday September 14, 2021, in Rochester.  Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

Nicholas Molina Tuesday, September 14, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

Influences?

My family in Colombia has a great style, which has influenced the styles I mix and the colors I try. There are also other key figures, friends, who also helped shape it.

The Colombian style, I would say, takes a lot of influence from European styles. Typically you see a lot of designer clothes – polo shirts are common – although personally I don’t wear polo shirts. Most of the time you see colorful, bright shirts – T-shirts and polo shirts – with dark jeans and white sneakers and a leather motorcycle jacket. I only take a little of this style. I would say my style is reminiscent of Latin America as a whole rather than being more attached to a Colombian style.

What do you hope your style communicates?

Without going too far, I would say the ability to combine opposing styles and find a nice mix of them. I see it as my cross-cultural narrative of being a first generation American and growing up between the two cultures.

What are the most important items in your work wardrobe?

Blazers and sports jackets. I think they add another dimension to the style of work. And, too, they can add a level of formality – for certain times when it’s needed.

And outside of work?

It depends on the season. Right now, for the summer, her ripped jeans with floral buttonholes and battered ankle boots. In the fall and winter, I start to go for jackets and pea coats and buttons with long sleeves.

Nicholas Molina Tuesday September 14, 2021, in Rochester.  Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

Nicholas Molina Tuesday September 14, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

What should every well-dressed man have in his wardrobe?

Some blazers. A good pair of boots – remember the more battered they are, the cooler they look. And men’s jewelry. I personally collect watches, but recommend something to add to your individual style.

Are you the bow tie or tie type?

Tie, certainly!

Tell us a bit about your favorite shoes.

I’m a real boot lover, especially anything that sounds vintage style. I especially like the lace-up shoes in the combat / old-school military style.

Do you have one or more priceless sentimental items?

I have some parts like old skeleton keys and coins that I turned into necklaces, I wear them a little because I am afraid of losing them.

Nicholas Molina Tuesday September 14, 2021, in Rochester.  Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

Nicholas Molina Tuesday September 14, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

Is there something surprising in your wardrobe?

I have bright red chinos that I wore once in Colombia – and unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be wearing them again.

How do you see the Rochester style in downtown and around town?

I think Mayo continues to grow and attract more staff from all over the world and local universities continue to grow, I think we will start to see more and more styles from different parts of the country and the world.

Farewell thoughts or advice for readers?

I would recommend finding a good barber or hairstylist. It’s crazy to me how many people go for a basic haircut just because “that’s how they always have it”. Instead, go ahead and explore a bit – and maybe you just might find something really amazing.

Do you know someone who has a unique style? Send nominations to [email protected] with “Your Style” in the subject line.


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