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Truman's Book Club: Blue Carreon's Conversations

Truman's Book Club: Blue Carreon's Conversations


The designer discusses his new book, his signature style—and why men shouldn't carry Birkin bags.

Blue Carreon is having a banner year. His home furnishings line was just picked up by Bergdorf's--an impressive U.S. debut for luxury goods once sold only in Carreon's native Philippines--and that's hardly the only way he's spending his time. He recently launched his first book, Conversations, during an intimate New York cocktail party at Jonathan Adler's West Village boutique, and the book's international tour continues in the coming weeks with events in Manila, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles.

Culled from over a decade's worth of experiences spent as a fashion and lifestyle journalist, Carreon's Conversations is a curated sampling of his chats with art, design, and fashion icons, including the likes of Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Bastian. After his New York launch, Out turned the tables on Carreon, chatting with him in his own signature, fill-in-the-blank style to find out more about who he is, how he feels, and what the rest of us can do to mirror his luxe approach to stylish living.

My name is Blue and no, I wasn't name after Beyonce's baby. I like to think Blue Ivy was named after me.

Even though everyone says it, I don't believe they are really allergic to gluten or on a diet.

The most important item in a man's wardrobe is a navy blazer. It is to men what the little black dress is to women: classic, fail-safe, and utilitarian.

In fashion, men need to stop carrying Birkin bags. Or worse, Chanel 2.55 bags. You have to draw the line somewhere.

To look good one must always have a smart haircut and a good pair of shoes.

Photo by Diana King. (Lead photo by Magic Liwanag.)

Expensive hair products are the bane of my existence. I've spent an insane amount of money in the quest for the perfect product that will make my hair magazine shoot-ready.

The most intimidating person I've interviewed is Karl Lagerfeld. How can you not be intimidated by such an icon?

The most comfortable homes are those that are precious but treated with careless abandon.

The worst interior design is when somebody describes your home as very "boutique hotel-like."

Every home needs a copy of my book!

Flea markets are not for the faint of heart or for those without imagination.

I'm dying to go to Morocco to experience the culture and the sights that so enchanted Yves Saint Laurent and Talitha Getty. And India--imagine all the layers of pink I'd get to wear!

I never travel without Hermes cashmere scarves--at least two of them. One to use as a blanket, the other to wrap the pillow with. You never know where those things have been.

Every day I bring out my aggression and blast out my frustrations on the tennis court.

Nothing compares to young love: sweet, innocent, and pure.

The thing I want most that I don't have is the talent to sing or play the piano.

I want to be known for being a good and true friend.

I'll never stop dreaming. It led to where I am now.

Conversations: Up Close and Personal With Icons of Fashion, Interior Designs, and Art by Blue Carreon (Skyhorse Publishing), $27, available at

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