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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Oversized on the Street: Via Savona, Milan

The slow movement away from the last decade of 'skinny' styling is finally in full swing. I love the movement and freedom of wide leg trousers and oversized shirts, a look that works particularly well in Milan due to the standard uniform of slim cut suits.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Gordon Richardson: Kings Road, London

Gordon Richardson, Creative Director at Topman, wearing wide leg Topman trousers and a vintage denim jacket to London Collections: Men.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Old English Gent: Marylebone High Street, London

Vintage styling with a handlebar moustache - there ain't much more British and that. See below for the details.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Winter Pastels: New Oxford Street, London

Pastel hues mixed with 1970s styling and a safari blazer on the streets of London, outside The Old Sorting Office at London Collections: Men.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

British Bloggers: High Holborn, London

London men's style at it's most classic with blazers, chinos and of course a trusty British brolly. These gents are the men behind the fantastic style sites The Sartorial Guide and Mens Fashion Magazine, photographed at London Collections: Men. 

Monday, 15 December 2014

Blake Abbie: Victoria House, London

Acid-washed oversized denim on the streets of London, worn by the Managing Editor of System Magazine at London Collections: Men. Only a month to go until next season - fingers crossed for the perfect winters light and crisp blue skies.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

GarconJon wants... Plaid Presents #wishlistWednesday

The closer we get to Christmas, the more I've been looking at gifts online. The more I look at gifts online, the more I find things that I'd quite like for myself. It's a viscous cycle, you see and one that increases the length of my 'Bookmarks' list exponentially. To offload a few, here's some I've had my eye on this week.

1. Plaid Beanie: Generally I find it's actually quite difficult to find beanies that fit well but Black Buffalo tends to work a treat for my head. Love the subtle check on this from the Hypebeast store.

2. Sleek Stationary: Just adding the term 'space' to a product makes the cool-factor raise ten fold. Given that next year Virgin Galactic will take it's first spaceline trip it seems apt to order a gold Bullet Space Pen before the end of the year.

3. Shinola Watch: I've had my eye on a Shinola watch for a long time now. I love their story and pioneering Detroit location. This Runwell contrast chrono in gold is spectacular both in person and on screen - top of the wishlist.

4. Check Overcoat: After a day of meetings in Soho, I went on the hunt for a replacement for my old vintage coat that's seen better days. I headed into Tommy Hilfiger on Regent Street, a store I don't check regularly but was happy to see rails filled with delectable goods. This Rochester moon check coat is perfect and if I'm feeling bold would go well with their plaid chinos.

5. Winter Brogues: On the same trip I tried on Tommy's Boston dress shoe and loved the comfortable-and-practical-yet-formal mix. Great grip below, great design above.

6. Tartan Backpack: I may not have the long, slender limbs for Slimane's Saint Laurent trousers but his leather-trimmed tartan backpack would be a lovely addition to my collection. It's a handy size for light travel but deceptively holds more than you'd think.

For a new winter wardrobe, there's also only a few days days left to enter the Tommy Pinterest competition. Create a Pinterest board around the perfect Holiday look using items from and the winner will be given a £600 gift voucher to buy their favorite NYE outfit online.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

GarconJon meets... Matthew Zorpas at #BacardiTriangle

Last month, I travelled to the Carribean island of Puerto Rico with Bacardi for an event like no other. Staying on a private island at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, we partied with Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding and Kendrick Lemar to celebrate Halloween and on my arrival was pleasantly surprised to see my old friend and fellow blogger Matthew Zorpas of We took the opportunity to do an impromptu shoot on the beach, a follow up to our lookbook shoot with Duchamp London in 2012.

See the full shoot by clicking below.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

My Story, My London #MakeHistory

London is a place with such well documented history, that when I first moved here I thought it may be hard to create some of my own. Is it possible to carve a niche for yourself in a place with such a developed art world? A city where everything's already been done? For me, the short answer is 'Yes'. Over the past few years I've felt a distinctive shift in the cultural landscape, one where voices are heard & collaboration is king. This side of London has given me so much, making me grateful that my work is valued and that I'm in a place that offers me such nurturing inspiration.

This has been playing on my mind recently when I first spoke to Jim Beam bourbon about their #MakeHistory campaign. It's obvious why history is so important to the brand as they've seen seven generations of family members run the company since its inception in 1795. Looking at a company who've trailblazed in their field for over 200 years makes me wonder how I'm creating my own story. My mind instantly goes to life in the city. How has London, as a capital of creative culture, contributed to my personal history? What locations will I pass by in decades to come and still remember why the streets and buildings have become part of the fabric of my life and work.

Here I've selected some of my favourites - the London that makes me who I am, my history.

Brick Wall Lane: "Sometimes it's best not to stick to the routine"

Down a side street in Hackney in 2007, I shot a portrait of a girl holding flowers on a Sunday from Columbia Road Flower market. The image was a turning point for me as it not only produced great results that I was proud of but it was also the first image to be seen on my blog & purchased for commercial use. The image gave me the confidence to pursue photography as a career and if I hadn't decided to take a walk down an unbeaten track I wouldn't have discovered what I had. Sometimes in life it's best not to stick to the routine.

Tate Modern: "Work hard and stay humble"

People often as me what is it about London that trumps other international cities. For me there's one simple answer - the galleries. Not only do we have some of the best art from around the world here but many of the galleries are also free. TATE Modern is a place that's constantly redefining my image of beauty - opening my eyes to new and exciting work. The grand venue itself help to put my work in context and if I'm ever feeling uncertain or distracted, I know TATE will bring me back to centre. This is more than simply a place of inspiration for me as it'll be forever part of my history a key stockist of my 100 Beards book. It's a reminder to work hard and stay humble.

Kings Cross Station: "In such a big city it's nice to have a reminder that we're all connected"

It seems strange to hold personal value on something as communal as a train station, but when I think about it, much of the London experience is about public transport. My experience of the station most frequently come from my journey to see family in Scotland brining a mixture of excitement and optimism. I always have loved a good cross-country rail journey even as a boy. I particularly love Kings Cross since it's rebuild - it's a juxtapostition, geometric and industrial - filled with steel & concrete beside sandstone and tradition. In such a big city it's nice to have a reminder that we're all connected, no matter how overwhelming the surroundings may appear.

Victoria House "Connecting with new people is what life is all about"

My greatest pleasure in working as a photographer is the ability to meet people. Victoria House will always be a special place for me as it's the place I booked my first ever campaign shoot in the midst of a busy trade show. Every season the building is transformed into a show space for fashion week, a place where I've shot shows and met icons from the industry season after season. It offers something new each time I visit and keeps me aware that making connections is what life is all about - you never know who you're talking to so keep your mind open at all times.

My Studio: "It's a small step forward each day that keeps me on my toes"

There's no more sacred a place to a photographer than his studio. Although I've become know for my location work, particular through street photography, my studio is a place to experiment & grow. It's important to keep a fresh portfolio and my studio gives me the chance to consistently update my creative history. For me, it's a small step forward each day that keeps me on my toes.

Thanks to Jim Beam for sponsoring this photography.

Monday, 24 November 2014

GarconJon meets Ryan Fitzgibbon #HelloMr

The rise of the printed publication continues to build. There isn't a month that goes by when a new article on "Return of Traditional Media" is published - in October it was the turn The Economist to anaylise this phenomenon. Along with vinyl records, it seems to be growing at an impossible rate, connecting with an audience starved of tangibility.

One of the trailblazers in this world of print media is Mr Ryan Fitzibbon who's publication Hello Mr. has been making waves since it's launch last year. Only 4 issues in and he's already got an enviable readership, visible to all in the @HelloMr social channels. I caught up with Ryan at Ace Hotel in Shoreditch this month, while he was in town to deliver a talk on indie publishing. Check out our chat below on the challenges he faces with Hello Mr, living life as a Brooklynite and his perspective on London menswear.

Ryan Fitzgibbon, Publisher and Founder of Hello Mr.

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I grew up in Midland, Michigan. After school I moved to San Francisco but did quite a bit of traveling with my job at IDEO during the three years I was there, including a five-month stint in Singapore. In 2012, I moved to Australia and spent a year between Melbourne and Sydney. Now I’m living in Brooklyn, NY where I feel the most settled I’ve felt in a while.

What's your star sign? Leo. I’m told that makes me loyal and easy to love, but that I need to work on my ego. I’ll buy it.

Current album on repeat? LP1 by FKA twigs.

Describe yourself in 5 words? Contemplative. Not afraid to dream.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? First a painter, then a chef. Both were my creative outlets as a kid and I’m beginning to think I should start them up again…

As an editor you have creative control over a huge amount, how would you describe your actual job? Traffic control. Being an editor, publisher, sales rep and creative director means there a countless conversations flying through my inbox each day. In order to produce an issue or plan a party, the most important role I play is making sure that no one is waiting on me for an answer. Things always have to be stay in motion. Of course, that’s a very mechanic way of looking at the business. The best thing I get to do is connect people to opportunities and share their work with the world. In less than two years, I’ve worked with hundreds of talented individuals whom I hope see Hello Mr. as a platform for growing their audience and experimenting with work they’ve always wanted to create.

As you said, Brooklyn's your most recent home. How has the city changed your point of view? It’s both caused and enabled me to step up my game. At the same time, ironically, it’s encouraged me to narrow the focus of what’s possible to what’s essential to creating an identifiable and consistent brand. It may be time to start dreaming again, and given my moving history correlated with professional achievements, it’s hard to say if staying in one place can provide the creative motivation I need to grow.

What is the best thing about Brooklyn? The separation from Manhattan.

What's the most challenging thing about living in NYC? Dating.

When we met, we got chatting about the huge international draw of New York based solely on media attention. I know so many people who's dream is to move there without ever having visited. What do you think the biggest misconception about life in the Big Apple? New York is the city that you love but doesn’t love you back. Everyone here has to work really hard to stay here, so the “off-the-clock” opportunities you get to actually enjoy all it has to offer are far and few between. Then again, I could just be doing it wrong.

Favourite place in the city for:
A dance? Friends and Lovers in Prospect Heights.
A drink? Joseph Leonard in the West Village.
A coffee? Five Leaves in Greenpoint.
A walk? The Williamsburg Bridge.

See the full interview below.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

GarconJon wants... Winter Warmers

Since Monty the Penguin launched into the cultural consciousness last week, John Lewis got me prematurely excited for the festive season. This, paired with the temperature drop, has me focused on stocking up with winter resources so I spent my Sunday afternoon making a wishlist of items in preparation for December. Here's what I came up with.

See the full details below.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Team Thom Browne: Boulevard Vincent Auriol, Paris

One of the best elements to the menswear industry is comradery across brands. There's a frenzy that happens outside the menswear shows when team Thom Browne approaches and despite this, the chap on the right still had time to say 'hello' to his friend.

Apologies for the lack of updates on GarconJon this week, I've been working away on many exciting client projects as well as my new personal one 'Manufacturing Menswear' which launches next month. More info coming soon!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Sovreigns Travel: Le Metro, Paris

A lesson in how to wear men's jewellery from the always stylish Robert of Thousand Yard Style blog.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Discovering Shoreditch Street Art with Uniqlo

This month, Uniqlo asked me to shoot a series of street art images around Shoreditch to showcase the truly unique visual inspiration available on every corner in East London. I took a jaunt from Benthal Green to Brick Lane, wearing some of Uniqlo's new washable extra fine merino wool and was followed on film to capture what I discovered.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Sartorial 7 x Atelier Scotch

For our 8th Sartorial 7 film we wanted to take things further afield to mix things up a little. After a successful visit to Pitti Uomo in Florence this summer, we set our sights to Amsterdam, a European capital of culture. Traveling from London, we headed straight to the new Atelier Scotch store to get dressed and fitted for a tour around the city.

As Atelier Scotch have seven design architypes and it seemed the perfect fit. Each of us selected a one look from each category from tailoring to luxury loungewear from the flagship Heilegeweg 45 boutique, then went on a uniquely Dutch adventure. Check out what we got up to in the film and see a range of photos by clicking 'Read More' below.

If you're interested in seeing more from Atelier Scotch, you can follow them at @Scotch_Official and let us know what you think of our adventure using #AtelierScotch on Twitter.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Preview: Sartorial 7 x Atelier Scotch

Check out tomorrow for the exclusive launch of the new Sartorial 7 film with Atelier Scotch in Amsterdam. For now, here's a sneak peak at some of the polaroids I shot and remember to keep an eye out on @TheSartorial7 and @Scotch_Official on Instagram.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

GarconJon meets...John Jarrett #StyledByClarks

This week, British shoemaker Clarks launched its first dedicated men’s pop-up in Covent Garden. To mark the opening, I photographed four London gents in their favourite Clarks' styles around Seven Dials.

In our final interview, Fashion Editor John Jarrett talks about rock climbing in Portugal and food in Asian culture. See the full feature below and if you're in London head to 55 Neal Street from the 23rd onwards, where you can find my photography as well as a curated selection of Clarks' coolest mens footwear.

John is wearing Monmart Limit in black and was photographed in The Phoenix Garden - 968 feet from the pop-up shop at 55 Neal Street.

John Jarrett, Fashion Editor at Individualism.

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? Born and raised here in London. Still here!

What's your star sign? I don't believe in star signs, but I was born in mid-May so I guess, Taurus.

Current album on repeat? I listen to a lot of korean music these days and although I can't understand most of it, it brings me back to the old school r'n'b days. I've been listening to Crush on You by Crush (크러쉬) and the Red Light album by Zion.T

Describe yourself in 5 words? Ambitious, Creative, Chilled, Dreamer, Determined.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was a kid, I had my heart set on being a dentist. Don't ask me why, I don't even remember. I was always drawing since primary school and developed a love for characters and stories. I played a heck of a lot of games and wanted to be a character designer for games. That kind of helps me in being imaginative when it comes to adapting ideas to shoots and short films.

As the fashion editor of Individualism, you've done some fantastic shoots. What's been your most memorable so far? Oh thank you!! Appreciate the love! I think my most memorable shoot to date was the one we did in the Algarve region of Faro, Portugal with Australian brand AM Eyewear for our 'indiv on the road' series. Man, that shoot was full-on! My team and models flew over from London and we shot in 40 degree heat! We only had 2 days to shoot and location scout and on top of that I lost my contact lense solution. Our camera ended up broken, we had to climb rocks to get to the best location and it was a race against time to get as many shots we could whilst the sun was out. The bright side was that we got to jump into the sea with what little break-time we had.

You've turned your hand to quite a few things over the years. What drew you to move into fashion? I wanted to be a character designer and pursued that dream going into university. My dream was to work at Pixar in the US or in Japan but that wasn't something that was readily obtainable at the time. After graduating and working briefly in an animation studio here in London, I felt that it wasn't the right career for me. So decided to use my knowledge of character design in fashion.

As a stylist you must be constantly looking for new designers - are there any you're excited about currently? Absolutely, I've kept my eye on a few new brands, one of which is Diego Vanassibara. Those shoes are amazing. He experiments with classic shoe styles mixing in hand-carved wooden panels. In terms of British brands, I'm really excited about Waven (pronounced Woven), which is a London-based brand whose aesthetic is built on contemporary casual styles with it's main focus on denim at an affordable price-point.

You've got quite bold style and I remember you told me a couple years ago that your Mum still doesn't understand your dress code. Why do you think you've been drawn to dressing differently? Yeah she makes fun of the fact that my styles change regularly. It's not a case of me being drawn to dressing differently but I had always been shy and needed a way for me to be creative and socialise. I'm sure most people get heckled at when they're even the slightest bit different in the way they dress. When i'm walking around with the Indiv crew we always get asked if we're characters of Boardwalk Empire.

Having an eye for the unique, who do you think dresses well? This one is super hard as I know a lot of guys that I actually look up to when it comes to style. I think it's definitely got to be my Outlanders brothers. Everyone has different styles. We all adopt many styles from street, smart to contemporary. Even Taka has this bohemian thing going on.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

GarconJon meets...Adam Titchener #StyledByClarks

Tonight, British shoemaker Clarks launch their first dedicated men’s pop-up in Covent Garden. To mark the opening, I photographed four London gents in their favourite Clarks' styles around Seven Dials.

In this interview, Adam Titchener talks about growing up in London's music scene and tips for buying the perfect suit. See the full feature below and head to 55 Neal Street from the 23rd onwards, where you can find my photography as well as a curated selection of Clarks' coolest mens footwear.

Adam is wearing Edward Lord boots in tan, photographed at St Giles in the Fields Church - 1025 feet from the pop-up shop at 55 Neal Street.

Adam Titchener, Editor-in-Chief of The Sartorial Guide.

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? My whole family are Battersea born and bred and I grew up just outside of London. Made the small journey back into central as soon as possible and I now reside in Hoxton, East London. Much to my dad’s annoyance.

What's your star sign? Aries.

Current album on repeat? Loveless - My Bloody Valentine (but thats always on repeat). At the moment it’s anything by St. Vincent, I’m obsessed with Annie Clark, her back catalogue is on while I’m working.

Describe yourself in 5 words? Optimistic, Positive, Tailored, Chelsea fan.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a professional footballer. I grew up surrounded by it, my whole family have been going to Chelsea since god-knows-when. This year is my 21st season going to the Bridge. Unfortunately after numerous trials and playing at under 13 level and what-not, I wasn’t in that 0.001% of incredible footballers, so I didn’t pursue it any further. After that I wanted to be a musician, I gigged every week from the age of 17 to 22, my band did quite well but circumstances were against us and I stumbled, wide eyed, into the world of menswear.

You've just started a new men's style site The Sartorial Guide - why did you create your own channel of communication? The main idea was to create an online publication that was as reliable and informative as a print publication. You tend to find websites that start great features that you like but then they tail off before you’ve had a chance to enjoy it the second time around. I wanted original content, in-house photo and video content. Creative people working together to come up with new and exciting ideas, I have a fantastic team working on the website, people that may not necessarily have qualifications in journalism but those who are able to express their knowledge of menswear, dining, culture and all the good things in life, with passion and personality. Working for other publications you realise what they have done well and what they could do better, and all you can try and do is better that, be more creative and deliver your readership what you would want to read everyday.

You're a man who knows his way around a suit - are there any points that men generally get wrong with buying a suit? I think the one thing most guys get wrong is they simply buy the wrong suit. You see it so many times where a suit isn’t ideal for their body shape. If you work out at the gym, don’t try and squeeze yourself into a skinny fit suit from Topman, it just looks ridiculous. A suit should be a second skin, it should accent you in all your best places and disguise all your not-so-good places. Attention to detail is important. Sleeve length is imperative as well as shape across the chest, arm hole and sleeve width. A tailor is your best friend here, you must get your suit altered if you buy it off the peg. I guarantee it won’t fit you perfectly otherwise. A cheaper, well-fitting suit, will look much better than an ill-fitting expensive suit, remember that.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

GarconJon meets... Jason Davis #StyledByClarks

This Wednesday, British shoemaker Clarks are launching its first dedicated men’s pop-up in Covent Garden. To mark the opening, I photographed four London gents in their favourite Clarks' styles around Seven Dials.

In our second interview, Jason Davis talks about his life on YouTube and how to respond to 'haterz'. See the full feature below and if you're in London, head to 55 Neal Street from the 23rd, where you can find my photography as well as a curated selection of Clarks' coolest mens footwear.

Jason is wearing Monmart Limit shoes in Cognac, photographed on Floral Street - 923 feet from the pop-up shop at 55 Neal Street.

Jason Davis, Job Unspecified.

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I grew up in Bushey near Watford and now I live closer to central London near St John's Wood.

What's your star sign? Taurus.

Current album on repeat? The Black Keys Discography.

Describe yourself in 5 words? Aspirational, Open Minded, Trustworthy, Strong-willed, Opinionated.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I always wanted to be James Bond when I was young. I guess now I just try to think like him.

You're a bit of a YouTube sensation. What made you join the channel? I wouldn't say I am at all. The only thing I take pride in is my channel about depression/anxiety and how I have helped people, which is the reason I started a channel. But I try to stay away from the whole 'youtuber' thing. That's my girlfriend's job.

What's the best thing about creating videos? I am creative so being able to use creativity is nice, but most of all it's the messages I receive saying thank you.

As you said, your girlfriend has her own style channel - how is it dating someone with such a strong online presence? I think it's great, I feel very proud of her when she gets stopped in the street and people ask for photos. There have been a few weird moments with her fans coming up to her and just being like "HELLO........." (1 minute pause) right in her face as if she is supposed to know them and then asking really weird questions.

How do you respond to haterzzz? Haha, each case is different. These days I try not to respond but in the past I did respond with angry messages. Some of them are actually quite harsh, but the majority are hilarious. A favourite of mine was something like "I saw you holding another girls hand and cheating on Sam, you white devil".

Best supportive comment? It's really difficult to choose as most people are so lovely, but in general it would be one that says when I make a difference in their life or they can see how I've made a difference in my girlfriend's life.

Is there a difference between online persona and the real life Jason? Not really, I say how I feel and what I'm thinking. I don't see why anyone would change the way they come across online, I hate fake people.

You've gained a big following from being candid about depression. What are your top tips for helping to battle mental illness? First of all, if someone is suffering from a mental illness please visit my youtube channel as it will help far more than these few sentences. My top tip is to accept your current situation, accept your feelings and you will learn not to be scared or upset. Talk someone and get help, no one will judge you.

Monday, 20 October 2014

GarconJon meets...Abo Akin #StyledByClarks

This week, British shoemaker Clarks are launching its first dedicated men’s pop-up in Covent Garden. To mark the opening this Wednesday, I photographed four London gents in their favourite Clarks' styles around Seven Dials.

In our first interview, artist Abo Akin talks about London inspiration and how hope is all we need to succeed. See the full feature below and if you're in London over the next 3 weeks, head to 55 Neal Street from the 23rd onwards, where you can find my photography as well as a curated selection of Clarks' coolest mens footwear.

Abo was photographed wearing Frelan Rise boots in Burgundy, at Old Brew Yard - 404 feet from the pop-up shop at 55 Neal Street.

Abolade Akintunde a.k.a. Abo Akin, Product and Graphic Designer, Artist and owner of Bisbol.

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I was born In Nigeria and spent most of my years growing up there, I lived in Lagos for 15 years until I moved to the UK in 2007 at the age of 15. I lived in Bristol for 4 years, then Newport and now London. I've been here for 4 years now and moved for University.

What's your star sign? Well I was born on the 19th - I’m not the biggest fan of star signs due to my religious beliefs but I read some of the characteristics of a Gemini and I gotta admit, that’s me! I am very multi-dimensional, I like to move around a lot, I am interested in everything, but may not get too deep into it. I can be very weird, both in appearance and thoughts. I just like the idea of being overly different and unusual.

Current album on repeat? ASA – Bed of Stones. ASA is a very quirky artistic artist, her music to me is a combination of deep rooted situations and proverbs that can make you transpire to a whole different dimension, she’s from my tribe in Nigeria and some of her songs are in my native language (Yoruba). What I like most about her songs is that they are soul searching and thought provoking. It makes you view life from a completely different dimension.

Describe yourself in 5 words? Great, Weird, Optimistic, Playful, Artist.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was a kid I wanted to become an astronaut, I wanted to be the first black African to go space, being an astronaut was the dream. Well today I am still very much interested in the solar system, I still very much love physics and astrology. More so I believe that my mind had more of an effect on me. I always have so much optimism, I always want to wander about and discover something new. I always want to recreate something, redesign something, draw something, rediscover something. I don’t like boredom and I must have felt that being in space where everything is endless and there is such captivating beauty to the randomness of such environment put together in perfection will be the most appropriate destination. Today I believe I’m in a space of my own. I can't specifically remember the first day I started drawing but I’ve always been an artist.

Your brand Bisbol has a really strong aesthetic. How would you describe the design? Thank you. Bisbol is a name formed when I was young, I had a really close friend of mine whom we got an award for the best friendship at school and our names got joined together and ever since we’ve kept the name. This was probably the only time I met someone like me in every way, optimistic, thoughtful, inspired, artistically different from everyone else, we would do everything together, draw, study, pray, eat. We kept everything we did simple effective and clean and we were able to entertain everyone. Inseparable!

How did you come up with the DNA for the brand? The brand itself stems from that simplicity and colorful exuberance. I always felt that menswear is really basic in terms of style; I notice that men are not too keen on exploring new ideas as much as women, so I wanted to create something that looks simple.

In addition to that Bisbol is tagged with colour, I have many phrases when I’m describing the brand and one of which is ‘The colorful man’. I am very keen on revolutionizing menswear with an injection of colour. Another one is, I am keen on going back to basics as much, going back to the beginning keeping it as simple as possible. The idea really is simplicity AND colourful.

The bag you were wearing on set is one of your own and almost reminds me of something technological - like an old computer from the 80s. What's your biggest inspiration from design?
This was inspired by the box suitcase and is very much from the 80s. I wanted to take it far back and redefine it. It's like the new classic, I tried to create a suitcase shaped bag as a backpack. Make it look as cool as possible and add some colours to it. Really simple stuff!

What's your favourite colour and tell me a memory that's linked to it? Yasss! COLOUR IS EVERYTHING. Why live in a boring world when you can spice it up with so many colours and have fun doing it. My favorite colour would be yellow. I love every bright colour but yellow makes me think of happiness, we all deserve to be happy. It makes me think of the sun, when the sun is out people have much brighter faces. Plus I’m quite dark skinned so I want a colour that makes my skin tone stands out. Yellow work really well on me.

On your instagram page your quote is "There's always Hope for the Hopeless" - why do you live with a message of hope? This is very important to stress, when you feel like there is no hope, search deep within you and you’ll find it! I stress this because I know everyone has something that looks hopeless. There are people with cancer, AIDs, people in a coma, people who can’t help themselves, people in war zones countries, disabled on the streets of Africa and Asia, people without homes in the cold, people who have no families. I have seen people who have nothing but are still thankful for what they have!

Hope makes everything better, it helps define and shape your destiny, with hope you have faith, with faith you believe, with belief your mind is liberated. If you believe things will get better, there is no doubt it will! The world can be better, people can love each other more, respect one another, help one another. It has the potential to be a better place!