NEW YORK — Arthur Kulkov is busy these days. The second collection of his lifestyle brand / between rivers / is nearing the final production stages before it is publicly available. This has meant travel and daily communication with the producers in Portugal, both of which Arthur likens to childrearing. “That brand is my baby now. Every day you have to feed it, pamper it, take care of it.” Like a proud father, Arthur sees this brand as his future, one which is borne out of decade of modeling at the highest levels working for Tommy Hilfiger and landing numerous magazine covers of GQ and Details.

Born in Mezhdurechensk in the center of Russia, which borders Kazakhstan and Mongolia, Arthur emigrated to the United States in 1997. He grew up in Brooklyn, where he eventually attended St. Francis College to study marketing. Throughout his youth and to this day, Arthur has played football (soccer) and once harbored dreams of playing professionally as a center back. That a storied modeling career instead flourished is no mere consolation. Arthur still trains and plays on a regular basis to stay fit and at 34-years-old is in his prime as male model just at the time when most professional footballers are winding down their careers. What is more, Arthur will make it to the 2018 World Cup in his native Russia after having won a lottery to purchase a ticket to the semifinal match in Moscow.

Until next summer, Arthur relishes settling into the swing of things having singed with Next Management in New York, oh, and nurturing affectionately the baby he calls / between rivers/.

Credits include: Title, “Next Question — Arthur Kulkov”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Arthur Kulkov.