Father and son, navigating two different generations and, maybe, two different points of view…sometimes, do you find it difficult to work together?
Absolutely, yes. It took time for both of us to put our egos aside and understand that we’re working towards the same goal. It’s not about who can outperform the other, as we’re both very competitive, but how we can come together and help each other with our knowledge and point of view. We don’t live in the same country, and that helps to create a healthy distance. So when we meet, there’s not so much tension between us. Although, a quick game of table tennis can change it very quickly: when the competition kicks in and the tables suddenly turn, all the wiseness is gone.
I can see from your website and Instagram profile that both of you are in perfect shape. What does beauty mean to you, and how would you define this concept?
Benjamin’s (Benjamin is Tom Àdam Vitolins’ dog, E.D.) endurance and willingness to chase us from the back is what keeps us in good shape. ‘Wabi-Sabi’ is a Japanese word standing for a mindset centered on imperfection, impermanence and incompleteness. As human beings are imperfect, that’s where beauty lays for me. If you’re true to yourself, your beauty will show through.
’tom àdam’ is about making a long-term investment in feeling good. What’re the things that make you feel good? Do you have a favourite place, food or spot to watch the sunset?
With my head high and my hips swinging loose to music, dancing instantly distresses me and puts me in a positive mood. Combining the things mentioned above, one of my favourite spots to read while watching the sunset in Berlin is Tempelhofer Feld. Having a book in my hands, being clumsy and spilling fresh mango juice over my trousers, as the sun slowly sets down. It’s one of my favourite evening activities.
What’re your plans and dreams for the future of ‘tom àdam’?
It’s good to think about yourself, but it’s even more important to keep in mind how you can impact others. Therefore, we’ll keep working on being as mindful as possible and improve sustainability in every aspect of the business, as it’s a never-ending process. Bringing back the meaning of clothes, slowing down consumption by creating things that are meant to last, and telling stories of people who stand behind creating conscious and beautiful things.