Q&A with Daniel Petre Toma

If you want to know which countries have the hottest and most active denim scenes, just take a look at Instagram.

Countries like Malaysia, The Netherlands and Sweden have loads of denimheads who’re active on Instagram. But you don’t find that many from countries like Romania. At least I haven’t found them yet.

There is one Romanian denimhead I’ve followed for a while, though. His name is Daniel Petre Toma, and on Instagram he simply goes by @daniel_petre_toma (I dig uncomplicated usernames like that) ?

I sent him my Q&A to hear his story. Here it is!

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What’s your story

Name: Daniel Petre Toma

Birth year: 1980

Location: Braila, Romania

Profession: Business consultant

I live with my wife and our two dogs in Braila, a town by the bank of the river Danube. I like sports, especially football and tennis, and I like travelling.

Daniel Instagram Routines

Thomas: How did it all start with your Instagram feed?

Daniel: In 2016, I posted a picture. I remember I was wearing my first pair of Nudie jeans, and I had an unexpected amount of positive feedback. Everything started with that picture ?

Then I discovered some great feeds like @andreasbergstrom83, @sennah0j, @yonagrinberg, @swissjeansfreak, to name a few, and they inspired me and made me rediscover my passion for denim.

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T: Why Instagram? What are your goals?

D: I have no goals other than connecting with the denim community, find inspiration and maybe inspire others ? It’s wonderful to be able to be in contact and communicate with people from all over the world who have the same passion!

T: How much time do you spend on Instagram on a daily basis?

D: Honestly, I think it’s somewhere between about one or two hours per day.

T: Which tools do you use?

D: I only use my iPhone, and the pictures I take on my own or with the help of my wife. I use some IG filters and Pixlr.

T: What’s your editorial flow?

D: I don’t plan anything; most of my pictures I take spontaneously when I get inspired by a place or a building. I don’t have a favourite location, I get inspired by the place I’m in at a certain moment.

T: Do you make it a priority to post on a regular schedule?

D: It’s not a priority for me to post every day. When I do post, I interact with others, inspire them and they inspire me, and that makes me post almost every day ?

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In case you’re curious like I was (which you’re probably not), Daniel drives a 2008 120d.

Daniel’s Denim Style and Preferences

T: What is your favourite feature of jeans?

D: My favourite feature is the back pockets. That’s why I love Lee jeans; I think they have the perfect back pockets.

T: How do you wash your denim?

D: I have over 20 pairs of jeans in my collection and I’ve only washed one pair of my Nudies four times. The rest have never been washed, just a few soaks.

T: What’s your favourite fit? And what’s your least favourite fit?

D: Being a slim guy, I like slim fits. My least favourite is bootcut.

T: Which boots and leather goods do you wear with your denim?

D: I wear Red Wing 8884 moctoes, Frye Arkansas, Clark’s Clarkdale Bud. As for leather goods, I have a belt and a wallet made by Levi’s, an amazing leather strap for my vintage watch made by a friend of mine @vladradich, and a belt, cuff and two key fobs I’ve made myself ?

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T: Which sneakers do you wear?

D: Mainly Converse. I also have two pairs of Pony that are extremely comfortable. For really hot days, I have two pairs of Bensimon.

T: Favourite item that’s not denim or leather?

D: My favourite non-denim items are my Zippo lighter, my Raketa vintage watch that belonged to my grandfather, and my Tissot LeLocle watch.

T: Where do you buy your gear?

D: Unfortunately, there are no real denim stores in Romania, so everything I have I’ve bought online, except a few things I bought this summer in Munich.

T: What styling tips would you give your followers?

D: Just be yourself, read about denim, and to ask for advice.

Author

This article was written by Thomas Stege Bojer, the founder and owner of Denimhunters. Thomas launched the site in 2011 and built it into a voice for the denim industry and community.

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