Taiwanese-born fashion editor Eugene Tong was style director of men’s magazine Details, having worked his way up from Paris and American market editor when he joined the Condé Nast title, until its closure in 2015.
Named the most stylish man in fashion by men’s lifestyle magazine Complex in 2013, Tong – a self-confessed shoe devotee – began mixing sneaker brands like Supreme and high-end labels like Dries van Noten before the proliferation of ‘high-low dressing’. Street style photographers Tommy Ton and Scott Schuman regularly feature Tong on their blogs for his sartorial rotation of accessible, easy going streetwear essentials and luxury investment pieces.
A native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Tong attended Boston University and moved to New York City after graduation to search for a job. To occupy his time, he took an internship at FHM magazine and was eventually hired as a freelance fashion assistant. From there, he became the accessories market editor at the now-defunct Cargo magazine, and then jumped to Details, where he was promoted to senior style director after five years at the publication. The magazine has since folded.
During his time there, Tong has seen an uptick in reader interest for fashion content and advice. “I think guys are finally appreciating and embracing fashion and really taking a genuine interest in it and it’s exciting,” he told Gilt Group in 2011.
Tong also styles for New York streetwear-meets-tailoring label Public School, which won the 2013 CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear.