Patrick Carroll isn’t the easiest guy to track down, for good reason: He very recently welcomed his first son, Cameron, into the world.
“I’m not getting too much sleep at the moment,” Carroll said with a laugh as we swapped new dad stories. (My own son, Jacob, is about 4 months old) “But it’s actually not a bad thing. I feel like I’ve been more productive.”
For Carroll, that’s really saying something. Better known as PTC or by his handle @WeAreTheTrend, the 22-year-old New Jersey resident has carved a niche in the sneaker and fashion worlds with his popular and entertaining YouTube channel, which benefits from a slick aesthetic and his wry sense of humor.
Thanks to PTC’s YouTube success, prominent brands like Jordan, PacSun, and PUMA have solicited his views and collaborated with him on projects. Most recently and notably, Carroll attended the 2015 Jordan Brand Classic and was tabbed to style the upcoming offerings at the Jordan Brand Holiday Preview.
Carroll’s grassroots groundwork is proof that having initiative, knowledge, and confidence in your vision can take you a long way. And as he discussed with Champs Sports in the latest edition of The Stash, he’s more inspired than ever to continue making a name for himself.
“When you have a kid, all your energy goes toward working and trying to make a better life for yourself and him,” PTC told me. “If anything, I’m more motivated than I’ve ever been, a lot happier than I’ve ever been and a little more stressed out!”
all images via @wearethetrend