At Home with Parker Kit Hill
For Parker Kit Hill, being in front of a camera started long before his modelling career: “I’ve basically been growing up online since the age of 14 and have documented so many stages of my life throughout the years.” Today, Parker is 27 years old and juggles a career in fashion as well as a prolific social media presence. Signed to IMG models, Parker’s work takes him around the world, walking runways and shooting campaigns for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Acne Studios and Nike. On his Instagram, Parker shares snapshots of his daily life with over 500.000 followers, showcasing beautiful images from his latest work assignment or brand partnership and candid moments snapped on the streets of New York, his adopted hometown, or from his travels to Paris, Barcelona and Ibiza.
“Something that makes a space a home to me, is the feeling of stillness. Having balance is super important for mental clarity.”
Over on TikTok, where Parker has a community of 1.7 million followers, the vibe is much more intimate. Mostly shot in his one-bedroom apartment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, Parker’s Tiktoks are a visit into his private sphere and a glimpse into a creative, beautiful and playful mind. Here, humour, fashion and social commentary are mixed in a tribute to the freedom of self-expression.
“My work is pretty organic and freeform,” Parker tells us. “Over the years, working with social media has given me the opportunity to dip into many different forms of art. It first started with musical theatre, then ballet, then acting and now in fashion. All of these avenue’s work in unison and they all lead back to each other unintentionally. The journey is just beginning.”
Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Parker has been living and working in New York since attending the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School as a teenager. He moved into his place in Clinton Hill in the spring of 2021, citing the area as one of New York’s most authentic: “The neighbourhood is full of life and energy, yet it still feels secluded enough to feel private and quiet.” When looking for an apartment, Parker was drawn to this particular one due to its “mix of coziness and the feeling of floating in the sky.” The latter can most certainly be attributed to Parker’s large terrace that, remarkably, boasts the same square footage as his indoor living space.
Name: Parker Kit Hill
Age: 27 years old
Lives: Clinton Hill, Brooklyn New York
Works: Artist of culture - model and
tastemaker in fashion, social media virtuoso
“The terrace played a huge part in me wanting to move into this apartment. It’s such a rarity having a terrace, but having one that is the same exact size as your apartment in New York City is just unheard of,” says Parker. In the warmer months, Parker takes full advantage of the luxury of having an expansive outdoor space in the city by embracing indoor-outdoor living: “I like to take a moment and just sprawl out on the terrace. I bring rugs and things of that sort out there so I can stretch and work out in comfort while getting some fresh air. At night, I will take a white sheet and pin it up on my railing, grab my projector and watch movies outside with friends. It’s such a privilege to have extra space to relax.”
Indoors, Parker favours a clean, minimal space with room for calm – an oasis from the fast pace of life that surrounds you in the city, a place where he can rest and recharge: “Something that makes a space a home to me, is the feeling of stillness. Having balance is super important for mental clarity.”
“I view my space as an extension of my brain. Things should be able to shift around in order for you to process and tackle new obstacles that are coming your way.”
Parker’s apartment is filled with meaningful objects that have been chosen with care. “When it comes to living in a smaller space, it’s all about what you allow to have meaning,” he explains. “Knowing when to let something go to a new home is a skill that you pick up from minimal living. When it comes to how I use the space, I want for everything in the room to be moveable and not permanent. I view my space as an extension of my brain. Things should be able to shift around in order for you to process and tackle new obstacles that are coming your way.”
When it comes to choosing new interior objects, Parker has a list of requirements before letting them in through the door: “Can it live alone, and can it be paired with other pieces to create a cohesive whole? I love mixing textures, colours and patterns to make a calming yet vibrant space.”
Parker’s creativity is reflected not only in what he wears, but in his home as well. Playful colours and organic lines are contrasted by calm, neutral tones and structured shapes. “There is definitely a correlation between wearable fashions and home interiors,” he tells us. “It all works within your essence as an individual. I think your home should be a backdrop for you and how you want to present yourself to the world at any given moment.”