We’ve long prided ourselves on having a keen eye for up-and-coming talent—scanning the runways as often as our cultural newsfeeds. While actor Eric West has been on our radar for a while now, his spot on our list of ones to watch was recently cemented in place.

image001Eric West photographed at the Empire Hotel by Pavel Denisenko.

Eric has been spotted on MTV’s sketch comedy show Hey Girl!, as well as on the big screen in World War Z, but these days you’re just as likely to see him on a best-dressed list. Both Esquire and GQ have given his impeccable street style shoutouts lately, not to mention Cosmo naming him one of the hottest young actors to be on the lookout for. But the multi-talented performer has more up his sleeve than just serious acting chops and a killer fashion sense—he also told us exclusively that he’ll be launching a fashion line called 17.18 and recording music in the coming year.

We assigned Eric the nearly impossible task of honing his style down to only six indispensable pieces. Check out the items made the cut and read Eric’s take on why.

Duckie Brown Cap-Toe Balmorals


“I am a strong believer in wearing a shoe that stands out. Duckie Brown always thinks out of the box.”

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Alexander McQueen Zipper T-Shirt

NDER MCQUEEN“Along with a good skinny jean, I always love a great plain t-shirt, made fresh with a standout embellishment. It doesn’t look like I’m doing too much, but it’s still cool.”

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Saint Laurent Skinny Moto Jean

SAINT LAURENT“Back in the ’90s, I thought Lenny Kravitz was the coolest. It was very easy for me to be inspired by Are You Gonna Go My Way? Taking a page out of Lenny’s book, skinny jeans are what I wear most on the red carpet.”
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Giuseppe Zanotti Double-Buckle High-Top Sneakers

GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI“As a kid, my first love was dance. I wanted to be a breakdancer; I wanted to be part of Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation. As a dancer as well, since the focus is on my feet, my shoes should also shine.”
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TODD SNYDER Cable-Knit Pullover Sweater

TODD SNYDER“When I made GQ’s best dressed list for New York Fashion Week, I was wearing Todd Snyder. A great cable-knit sweater reminds me of holidays back home, eating my grandmother’s cooking with the family.”

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Balmain Cargo Pocket Biker Jeans

BALMAINBalmain is one of my favorites. I am a huge fan of well-fitted biker jeans. Distressed jeans make me bring out my inner David Bowie.”