He's Australia's leading male model, born in Victoria and based in the Big Apple. Here he talks cars, competition and finding great coffee in New York.
It’s hardly surprising that model Jarrod Scott has reached the upper echelons of the fashion industry in near-record time: by his own admission, he likes to move fast. “The faster I can go, the better,” he says. And while he may, in fact, be speaking about his love of car racing, the statement could just as easily apply to his career.
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It was only a few years ago that Scott hit the scene, walking in the Autumn/Winter 2012 runway show for luxury fashion house, Givenchy. Since then, he has made the cover of Vogue Hommes, been named Man of Style at GQ magazine Australia's Men of the Year Awards and the face of two Jean Paul Gaultier fragrances, worked with labels including Tom Ford, Hugo Boss, Chanel and Armani, and been photographed by the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Mario Testino. Scott moves very fast indeed.
Born and raised in Victoria, the model likes to keep up the pace away from the runway too. When he's not travelling the world on assignment (Ibiza is one of his favourite destinations), he has competed in triathlons, in both Montauk outside of New York City and Melbourne. "It's a good challenge," he says. "Very extreme."
Another passion is the Subaru WRX hatch racing car he has invested in over the past two years, shipping it to the U.S. for work and back to Australia, where this October he will race it at the World Time Attack Challenge at Sydney Motorsport Parkway. "It's what I've been building my car for the whole time. When I first got it, I did my first track day and that was it," he says, explaining his adrenaline addiction.
Bur there is one place he will pump the brakes – with the house he's building in Pakenham, on the edge of Victoria’s West Gippsland region. "I've had an architect design a home that's concrete and glass. But I'm not rushing into it – I've had the block for two and a half years," he explains.
Until then, New York – specifically an apartment in the Financial District – is home. And since he's based himself there, he's managed to gather a list of haunts any local would love. He shares them here.
The best coffee
Gasoline Alley [325 Lafayette Street, Noho]. They take pride in their barista skills. Only a couple of spots make good coffee in New York.
For a good meal
I love the pho and bánh mì at a Vietnamese place called Saigon Shack [114 Macdougal Street, Greenwich Village]. I found it when I was walking to a comedy club.
For drinks with friends
I usually go to a wine bar called The Musket Room [265 Elizabeth Street, Nolita]. My friend is one of the owners and the chef is from New Zealand. I always drink red wine – a pinot noir or cab sav.
When I need to exercise
I run on the West Side Highway or ride my bike upstate to Nyack, Piermont, Bear Mountain State Park or out to Montauk. I try to get out of the city at least once or twice a week. It’s a lot cooler, too, especially in the summertime.
The best view of Manhattan
Go to Brooklyn. You can see the whole cityscape of Manhattan.
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