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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

GarconJon meets... Kevin Bui #GQforGAP

The second London subject for the GQ for GAP campaign is Kevin Bui, a chap who's face I feel like I'd seen all over the city before I'd finally met him. Turns out, he's the manager of one of Soho's busiest barbershops and most likely has this effect on many of the city's inhabitants.

Kevin wears En Noir, described as 'Monochromatic Minimalism' which is designed by Rob Garcia. The brand has built a huge following in the States (including Mr Kanye West) due to the principle of not cutting corners and designing with fabrications that other brands won't go near. The GAP collaboration takes this dark style, using leather and zip details that are rare on the High Street.

Kevin Bui, Barber

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I grew up in Brockley south east London but now live in Deptford south east London.

What's your star sign? Taurus.

Describe yourself in 5 words? Whatever, party, living, holiday, respective.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I've always wanted to do barbering which is what I'm doing now. I'm a lucky guy!

Your barbershop is in Soho - it must be an incredible place to work with a huge range of clients.  Are there any funny stories from the customers you see?
 We mostly get the usual slick back and sides which I enjoy. I have no funny stories about my clients but my clients do have funny stories though.

What do you like most about your job? The coolest thing about the job is that I love it and it's stress free.

On the shoot, I loved hearing about your trip to visit your family in Vietnam. Did you feel at home going over even though you'd never visited before? I only just visited my grandparents for the first time in November 2013. It was unreal, it was a like a movie for me. The vision was so cool, just seeing where I could of grewn up if my parents didn't move to the UK. My Vietnamese speaking wasn't the best but when I saw the family there for thr first time it all just came out. I had no choice and I traveled alone intentionally so I could learn more of the language.

My mum and dad ran away from Vietnam to Hong Kong after the Vietnam war when my mum was only 15. Culturally it's very different - its very old school and is still behind in many ways. It's a beautiful country but it's too chilled for me - I love london too much!

You're a big fan of ink. How many tattoos do you have? I guess I have four tattoos but I'm planning for it to all become one whole tattoo one day.

What's the longest sitting you've ever had? Longest session was six hours on my left arm. It's a Japanese sleeve with a picture of my mum. I love it but wow, that was painful!

Best place in the city to get inked? Best tattoo studio for me is 'Good Time Tattoo' in Shoreditch.

Who is your tattoo icon? My artists Melszeto and Nick from Good Times.

Give me some words of wisdom...Don't be an arse and keep it moving.

See the full range of images by clicking below:

Sunday, 28 September 2014

GarconJon meets... Kojey Radical #GQforGAP

In it's third year, the GQ for GAP collection is back with four new American Designers selected by the experts at Gentleman's Quarterly. I'm happy to be shooting the European campaign again, with 4 creatives in London, Milan and Paris teaming up with the 4 brands. Without a doubt it's the best capsule collection on the high street, so I'm proud to be involved.

On Monday 29th of September I'll be co-hosting a preview event in GAP's Oxford Street store from 6-9pm to show of the new line, some of my photography as well as giving the chance to win items from the collection. Click here for more info. In the meantime, here is the first of twelve short conversations from London, Paris and Milan with this year's participants.

Kojey Radical is one of London's most exciting new artists with an enviable Soundcloud and impressive range of creative work from music to spoken word and visual arts. We photographed him wearing Brooklyn Tailors around the sunshine soaked Southbank - the perfect setting for his innovative mind.

Kojey Radical, Artist and Poet

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I grew up the same place I live now, Hoxton Market born and raised. I’ve seen it at it’s best, I’ve seen it at it’s worst and I couldn’t imagine growing up anywhere else. I think there’s something special that comes with being born and raised in London, especially East London. It teaches you; thickens your skin to certain extent.

What's your star sign? Capricorn, January 4th.

Describe yourself in 5 words? Just one big walking contradiction.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? That’s an interesting question. I wanted to be either the black power ranger or a cartoonist. Only one of which was achievable for me and judging by my fear of deadlines I’m starting to feel my goal of being the black power ranger would have been more realistic.

I was always really into art, I would ask my Uncle for change to go buy those really cheap art kits and use them to draw pictures of super heroes that I would copy from comic books. I think creating my own comic characters were probably some of the early signs I would go on to write. Eventually my love grew to appreciate art as a whole, I knew I wanted to be an artist I just didn't know what form. I still don’t.

It's this uncertainty that makes you interesting as an artist though. You've transformed through many different genres – can you tell me about what you've experimented with? I was a dancer for 9 years. My sister got me into it. I have quite a big family, 4 sisters and 1 brother. In their own little way most of them tried to get me into different creative avenues. My mum had me in little acting schools when I was really young. My brother was a DJ and he introduced me to music, he probably won't remember but one of my first times on a mic was in his room. He’d be practicing his DJ sets and he’d let me MC during his fade outs. My brother is a big inspiration to me.

Creatively I’ve done a lot because I love art and I love the culture and see the potential in any art form being able to cross over. I’m still growing but aside from music and poetry I’ve worked professionally directing, painting, illustration and art direction.

You've recently landed on spoken word – why is this your current incarnation? Poetry gave me a platform to really speak directly to people. I have so many ideas I want to implement. It’s exciting to see how the messages really invoke thought and feeling with people far further then I could ever fathom. In a way, it was a exploration for me to find my self as an artist again. Although I am learning, I have no technical knowledge of music, I mostly go on feeling and experimentation and that’s similar to how I paint. It’s all very expressive.

I’ve not abandoned visual arts, all my art direction as a poet and music artist is handled by me and I also do art direction for the other artists in my creative team: PUSHCRAYONS.

Complete these sentences:

Art is… not a thing. It’s a way. It’s to be shared, to provoke, to excite or to revolt.

Life is… longer then it should be and appreciated even less.

Kanye West is… aware.

See the full interview by clicking below...

Thursday, 25 September 2014

GQ x GAP - London Launch Event

Over the past few weeks I've been working with GAP on the launch of this years GQ American Designers project. The collection, where GQ selects their pick of the best new menswear brands, launches this Monday in Europe and I'm hosting the event in the GAP Oxford Street store.

Coming up on, I'll be posting interviews with the 12 gents I photographed for the campaign - in the meantime the event will feature Mr Terry Donovan spinning tunes and you can get your hands on some items from the new collection. RSVP to me for Monday to with the subject 'GQ x GAP Event' or screenshot this post and show at the door for entry.

Drakes: AW14 Launch, London

As I've now officially opened the boxes of autumnal clothing, it only seems right that Drake's is launching their AW14 collection, only this season they're doing something a little different. As I shot their lookbook, we're collaborating on an installation which launches this evening. I'm co-hosting the event at the Drakes Clifford Street Store (just off Saville Row) where you can see the exhibition, have a drink and browse the collection.

I'd love to have a chat over a Hackney brewed beer, so pop in this Thursday night (tonight) to say hello and check out some of the images below in the meantime.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Sartorial 7 x Tanqueray No. 10 - The World Class House

Sartorial 7 x Tanqueray No. 10 - The World Class House from Shawn Butcher on Vimeo.

Last month, The Sartorial 7 teamed up with Tanqueray at 33 Fitzroy Square for the WORLD CLASS cocktail competition that sees 49 talented global bartenders competing to win the much coveted accolade of WORLD CLASS Global Champion. The gents and I enjoyed the Art Deco settings with a few...quite a few...Tanqueray® No. TEN Martini Cocktails in an ode to the famous cocktail golden era when the martini was the connoisseurs’ drink of choice.

The Tanqueray® No. TEN Martini Cocktail Bar was one of the few bars in the world to serve only stirred martini cocktails, and we were served by our friends Tom Aske and Tristan Stephenson from the Worship Street Whistling Shop.

Check out the video above to see how we enjoyed ours.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Whistles Menswear SS15: London Fashion Week

Whistles new line of menswear seems to be the talk of London town right now with it hitting stores this month so I was excited to hear the Whistles show at LFW would feature a few menswear items. Although I'd have loved to see more, the few looks they showed didn't disappoint with their clean, monochromatic appeal. Luckily I was shooting backstage so could resist shooting Nick with my Polaroid 350 in a black blazer and white tee.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

100 Beards on Ink and Paper

Last month I was contacted by German Gonzalez, a talented illustrator and a big fan of my 100 Beards project who wanted to transform my photography. The results are spectacular and made me look at the portraits in an entirely new way - I since picked the book back up and had a look at the bearded gents with new eyes.

See more of German's work on his Facebook page and get a copy of the 100 Beards book at

Friday, 19 September 2014

Dean: Hope Street, Glasgow

This week I traveled back north of the border and began documenting the political scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The energy was electric and I saw people more engaged and impassioned by politics than ever before. As I got off the train and walked along Glasgow's Gordon Street, I actually got goosebumps.

The final decision has been made and I hope this has been a great step forward to create positive change for real people. What an incredible week for politics with the highest percentage of the electorate vote ever in Scotland and some areas showing a full 100% turnout to vote.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Morgan: Somerset House, London

Menswear street style at London Fashion Week is always the most interesting aspect of the circus for me. Stylish men may be in the minority, but those who pop up always look impeccable. I spotted Morgan earlier today and loved the navy and brown ensemble - even more so when I found out this fresh face actually represents a 65 year old man. See the full outfit by clicking below.

Monday, 15 September 2014

BKNIT Lookbook: Kingsland Road Studios, London

Since starting my journey into the world of manufacturing menswear in the UK (, I've become obsessed with where items are produced. It's been incredible to discover how many designers source with quality, not price at the top of the priority list. When I was first asked to shoot the BKNIT lookbook, I knew they'd fall into that category. As they're knitted at a mill in the Scottish Borders the quality is outstanding - super-soft yet super-strong and long enough to do a double wrap. The yarn itself is spun in Yorkshire using British Super Geelong Lambswool using digital technology to create contemporary designs - personal favourite being the abstract camouflage design in brown and teal. The new range has just launched this week, so take a look at

Sunday, 14 September 2014

PinpoinTED with Ted Baker

This month, Ted Baker asked my to take part in their #PinpoinTED campaign. As an occasional Pinterest user, I thought it'd be fun to have a reason to get pinning and so pulled together a board of some current inspirations and favourite picks from the AW14 collection.

You can take part too and win an outfit from Ted Baker in the process. All you have to do is create your own board with product from the Ted Baker Pinterest boards labelled PinpoinTED and then submit it to in order to be entered. For some inspiration, you can see my board here.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Common People: AW14 Lookbook

Despite the name, the team behind Common People have a real eye for creating clothing to make you feel a little special. In my second collaboration with the label, I shot their Autumn collection in Scotland after a huge response from our cliff-side photography launched this summer (see more here). This time around we took the focus to the Great Indoors, using Glasgow's iconic SWG3 Gallery as a backdrop. The collection will be launching soon, for now feast your eyes on what's on the horizon.

To see more from the collection, click the link below.

GarconJon wants...City Smart

After spending the day with a friend, he highlighted that it appears I am obsessed with the changing season. "You've mentioned autumn about 4 times and it's only September 1st!" It's really not that I'm wishing away the best Summer we've had in years, I think it's more to do with the fashion cycles. We shoot lookbooks a year in advance and watch shows a season too early. Even in store it seems the pressure to buy 'Summer brights' comes just as we're leaving the Christmas sales. So in true fashion-industry-style, I've begun considering what items I should pull out for winter, what needs replacing in my existing wardrobe and what new extras would make a nice addition.

One of the saving graces a declining temperature is the ability to wear knitwear. So with an exciting new project on the horizon with Vivienne Westwood, I've been perusing their autumn stock more than normal and have my eye on their Red Crew Neck Jumper.

I've admired the Japanese simplicity of Matsuda Spectacles for a long time and since discovering these frames with a mixture of acetate and metal, have put it top of my list for a new pair.

When it was announced that Timothy Everest was releasing a collaboration with Superdry was announced I was skeptical but once it landed in store it was clearly a great fusion between hardy outwear and tailoring. With this in mind I just got my hands on this new Town Coat for winter which has contrast under-fabric, just right for lapel-popping on a windy day.

I've never been into caps but with my photography buddy Ko opened my eyes to a whole new world of headwear when I had a rummage through his huge collection of hats. I love this A.P.C. City Cap that, to me, is a fusion of smart and casual.

Plain Chaos is a new brand founded by one of my '100 Beards' subjects Ronnie (Day 206). He just sent me some samples and the quality is superb. So much so, that I now want more...this Leather Pouch would be quite nice, thank you very much.

And finally, four words: Stanley Brogues by Grenson.