Alpha has a style to offer – no matter what – or where – your field is.  Our new series, ‘In the Field,’ features standout professionals sharing the ins and outs of their fields, including inspirational advice and how their heroes have impacted their journey. Join us in the pursuit of style and success as we share these stories.  
Francis Kenneth is a US Navy Veteran, musician, and blogger. Born, raised, and based in Los Angeles, FK’s versatility is credited to his upbringing and appreciation for new experiences. From fashion to food, music to travel, he humbles himself in starting the conversation about all things lifestyle and culture. 
Who inspires you/who is your hero in your field?

Paul Francis Hickey III – We deployed together back in 2010-2011, and were roommates when we got back stateside. He inspired me to always keep an open-mind and heart in anything and everything I think and do. He was an older brother I never had, and I’m eternally grateful for how much he’s impacted my life. He passed away in 2013, but I had his initials tattooed so I never forget what he’s done for me. I’m forever indebted to him, and I can only hope to be half the man he was.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? 

My 5th grade teacher (S/O Mr. Wilkins) really opened my eyes to the real world at an early age. The best advice I’ve ever received was in the form of a poem he introduced me to by William Ernest Henley called “Invictus.”

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Francis in the N-3B barricade 
What do the US Navy, music and creating each mean to you?

Courage, creativity, and consistency. 6 years with the US Navy taught me to live with no fear (courage). Music will always and forever be my go-to creative outlet, my stress-reliever, my first love (creativity). Blogging and creating has its ups and downs, but I’ve been able to get this far by sticking with it (consistency).

Can you share something most people would be surprised to learn about you? 

Before I became FK the hyper-creative, I was HM2(FMF) Anunciacion, US Navy. If that isn’t much of a surprise, something most people don’t know is that I’m 30 years old.

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Francis in the MA-1 Souvenir Tiger
How were you first introduced to Alpha Industries?

Believe it or not, my Pops. I specifically remember rummaging through his closet as a teenager in search of a winter layer, and stumbled upon his old flight jacket without really knowing of his past as an Air Force pilot. It was at that point that I realized he was a badass. I hope he still has it because that thing has some legit history.

What makes Alpha stand out from the crowd to you?

Alpha Industries, in my opinion, is one of the most iconic pieces of outerwear ever. Many have imitated it, but no one does it quite like they do.

What are your Alpha essentials?

You really can’t go wrong with anything Alpha Industries, but the bomber/flight jacket is the most essential, hands down.

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Francis in the M-65 Field Coat

 

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