NAME: Andy Torres
COUNTRY: Mexico but now resident in Amsterdam
We know that you look after yourself and that sport is a key part of your daily routine: what do you normally do to stay in shape?
I love running, not just as physical exercise but also as a way of relieving stress. I was an athlete for nearly 8 years so I am used to doing regular exercise. It is something that I need in my life as part of my routine, which is why I also love going to the gym and using the weights.
Have you done yoga or any type of relaxation?
Yes! I love doing yoga although sometimes, owing to a lack of time or having to travel so much, I can’t, but I have just found a studio where I want to practice more days a week.
When you go running in Amsterdam, where do you normally go?
I usually go to Amsterdamse Bos, which is our version of Central Park. It is a huge wood, so I don’t get bored of looking at the same thing all the time. When it’s raining, I have no choice but to run in the gym, although I get very bored.
Some advice for our customers?
The most difficult thing is taking the decision to start doing exercise and persevering during the first week, but once it becomes a routine, it becomes addictive, especially when you begin to see the results. So… don’t give up during the first week!
What do you look for in a sports garment?
Comfort without sacrificing style. In truth, the gym is not a fashion show, although this does not stop you from wanting to look good!
Do you think that fashion and sport go together?
For me, yes. Aesthetics is one of the things I look for most when choosing garments I wear to do exercise.
Recommend us a perfect day in Amsterdam.
Walk around the nine streets (9 stratjes), a real hipster area in Amsterdam full of boutiques and cafés. You’re bound to find the perfect spot to go shopping, eat or have a coffee. If you want to see Amsterdam from a different perspective and it’s your first time, you can hire one of those little boats to see the city from the canals. You must not miss the Van Gogh museum either.
Which trend is a must-have in your wardrobe this winter?
A colourful coat! You have to brighten up those grey and rainy days with a colourful garment and a statement coat is the best way.
What new projects do you have?
I’m very fortunate to be able to work in what I love and this has given me some incredible opportunities in recent years. I have several projects which I cannot discuss yet but many are related to things that my readers have been requesting for years now. Watch this space!
Tell us about your experience with the Elle Mexico programme.
Being part of such a large project in my country was a great honour. Not only has it opened up many doors, but also allowed me to see firsthand the quantity of talent that exists in Mexico, something I’m very proud of.