1. Where does your passion for men’s styling originate from? Is it a sector you’ve always had an interest in? Describe your own personal style in 3 words…
From a young age I’ve always had an eye and appreciation for style, tailoring and the processes behind it. Having come from the North, the Pennines to be exact, cloth and fabric weaving was an integral part of my local community. Being a young, curious, and at times mischievous lad I would explore the local mills, ask questions and absorb what was going on around me. Arriving in London a number of years later my curiosity was still firmly intact and I sought my first job at Lacoste before moving into Tailoring at Favourbrook. This is where my passion for the industry really began, and where my personal style developed into what it is now – tailored, timeless, old-school.
2. Who is your style inspiration(s) and why?
My style inspiration stems from sources far and wide. From film? The Great Escape. A person? Fred Astaire. A magazine? The original 1890’s Vanity Fair issues right up to the current day. It’s come from cities around the world; from getting lost in the Bronx, trekking with the Bedouins in north Africa, to the Tweed Run in London. Never be afraid of exploring, taking on new challenges and being open minded, you never know where your next inspiration may come from.
3. What projects are you currently working on (if you can say)?
Current work projects are quite varied actually. I’ve recently become an affiliate at Mr Porter enabling me to offer their services to my clients during private styling days, making it as easy as possible for them to access the widest range of brands and exclusive pieces. I have just co-designed Sam Smiths band’s clothing for his ‘The Thrill of It All World Tour’, working along side Charlie Casey-Hayford. I’ve also enjoyed projects such as styling Lock & Co’s AW18 campaign with new face, Jack Guinness, and an editorial campaign for The Cork magazine, shooting Gary Kemp at home dressed in English Cut.
4. How would you define quintessential British style and have British gents slightly lost their way when it comes to dressing as a Dapper Chapper? Would you like to see men more regularly in tailoring?
From the invention of the three piece suit from Charles II to the argument of Dinner suit vs Tuxedo, there are iconic chapters in the history of British style where our flair and etiquette have influenced the world, but what we see as being quintessentially British today is because of a fascinating melting pot of cultures. We owe a great deal to our neighbours, and British fashion is an incredibly exciting and diverse scene because of it. Perhaps this vast ocean of choice has meant some of us have lost our way but I for one take great pleasure in knowing the heritage of a garment, as we all should, and enjoy sharing my knowledge with as many clients as possible helping to blend the traditional with the current. The more tailoring I can get the better!
5. What’s your everyday, go-to outfit and why do you like those specific items?
Every day outfits are a bit of a bug bear for me as we are all guilty of wearing 20 percent of our wardrobe 80 percent of the time, and saving our suits for ‘special’ occasions. As you’ve probably gauged by now I’m a big advocate for reversing this and getting the investment pieces in your wardrobe out onto the streets more regularly. My staples would certainly be an all-year-round suit – I find Oliver Spencer and Folk great for something not too formal; a solid, well made pair of boots – Grenson always have a great selection; and a classic white shirt – check out Sunspel for a great variety of shapes to be dressed and down with a tie. All the brands mentioned are well established, trusted and British too. Buy from the brands that do the best of individual items. I don’t believe anywhere is truly a one-stop shop.
6. Summer event season is upon us – what’s your three top style tips for nailing formal attire this season?
When dressing for any formal summer occasion, be it a festival, wedding, Wimbledon or picnics at Glyndebourne, investing in a summer suit that can be worn as separates (mixing the jacket and optional trousers) is a great way to get more bang for your buck. Pastel pan-tones, light blues, cream, rust, burnt oranges and pinks are all easy, summery palettes to mix and match for multiple looks. And if you’ve got a black tie do? Add a splash of colour with a silk scarf, or if you’re super-traditional, stick with ivory – it never goes out of style. oh, and there’s no outfit a classic pair of Ray-Bans can’t elevate!
7. To sock or not to sock?
It totally depends on the context… at a festival, or a relaxed weekend away in the countryside then sure, as long as those loafers are looking sharp. But at a wedding? I feel no socks and rolled up trousers is too much of a casual look and feel for me.
8. Who do you feel most typifies the modern day Dapper Chapper and what simple things can everyday chappers do to emulate his style?
For me there a few style icons that have been over-done eg. Steve McQueen, Bowie and David Beckham, and whilst nothing can be taken away from them and I’m as much of a fan of them as the next guy, I think a Dapper Chapper should think outside the box a little. Serge Gainsbourg, Alain Delon and Clint Eastwood are all incredible icons with a little more edge for a Dapper Chapper to cut his teeth on. Remember though, style is about so much more than just the garments you choose to dress yourself with, so emulate the attitude, the vibe, the character of these people more than anything, and you’ll be a Dapper Chapper in whatever suit combo you’ve put together today.