Just shy of 18, Luka Sabbat has accomplished more than most teenagers. Widely recognized by his signature curly hair and almost always with cigarette in hand (he says he started smoking when he was 12), the native New Yorker claims he broke into the modeling scene by accident at the age of 15.  

Since then, his portfolio now includes a long list of impressive names, including features for magazines like Vogue and i-D and brands like Hood By Air, Stüssy, and even his best friend Virgil Abloh's label, Off-White. In fact, it was Abloh who got him a dream gig—modeling in the much anticipated Yeezy Season 1 presentation. He quickly became noticed as the Internet's coolest teen, raking in almost 100,000 Instagram followers, all intrigued by his adventures with people like Zöe Kravitz and Ian Connor, his modern Jimi Hendrix rockstar steez, and ethereal cool guy demeanor.

With a mother who worked as a stylist for John Galliano and Dior and a father who designed clothes in Paris, Sabbat was exposed to the world of fashion at a young age. Attending Galliano runway shows when he was only 3 years old, Luka eventually went on to spend most of his teen years in the 3rd district of Paris consumed by skate culture and clothing.

It wasn’t until two short years ago that the young stylist and creative director found himself traveling between London, Paris, and New York to work for some of today's most acclaimed designers. Modeling aside, you can catch him roaming the streets of SoHo with his posse of super-stylish, Internet-famous kids, or out in L.A. with the Jenner sisters and Jaden Smith.

We met at his favorite spot, Jack’s Wife Freda, where he precedes our interview by praising Young Thug's Dazed cover—released just hours before—on which the gender and genre-bending hip-hop artist was photographed wearing a dress.

"It's fire!" Sabbat exclaims. "This is so important."

We followed him through the streets of NYC and discussed Japanese fashion, being young today, and what it’s like to work with Kanye West.