“Sports kept me sane, made me breath, got me places, taught me how to move, made me feel things and made me money to go and see beautiful things. All of it goes into my art today. One can only create what he has experienced.”
In 1984 Stenzel age 19 started a business importing Californian surf t-shirts and in 1986 Stenzel had his own fashion line, running a company with 15 employees, designing a collection inspired by surfing and skateboarding and trademarked it Broken Glasses. As Stenzel’s baggy pants and shirts established themselves in trendy boutiques in Germany, Switzerland and Austria he made his first million. In 1987 Stenzel, with his label Broken Glasses Sportswear was considered by German Vogue Magazine amongst Europe’s prominent fashion designers. Stenzel appeared on posters and ads modeling for his clothing line Broken Glasses.
Stenzel was also a world class athlete: tennis(1983 ITF Junior World Ranking No.33), mountain-bike(1987 Grundig Challenge Mountain Bike World Cup, Kaprun No.30), triathlon(1986 Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii) .
“At the same time, while running my company Broken Glasses Sportswear I lived out of my Volkswagen van that was loaded with sports equipment. I traveled through Europe to ski, water ski, barefoot-ski, surf, windsurf, and to race mountain-bikes. The gear that I had on board included: two skateboards, a mono-fin, swim & diving goggles, a snorkel, two skimboards, a Swingbo(early snowboard),three wind-surf boards, six windsurf sails, three windsurf-masts, two surf boards, five kites, a pair of skies, ice-skates, a mountain-bike, climbing gear, slalom water skies, jump water skies, a trick water ski, five tennis rackets, a badminton racket, a squash racket, a table tennis racket, a throwing knife, a set of throwing darts and pool cue, clothing.”
Stenzel is currently represented by Sovereign Talent Group in Los Angeles and was recently featured as Alaska Airlines Lumberjack in a national commercial.