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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!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Frank Sinatra: My 'Very Mr Porter' Icon

Mr Frank Sinatra first entered my consciousness when I was about 10 years old. Visiting my Grandparents in rural Scotland was a weekly occurrence as a child and one never-ending Saturday afternoon, I sneaked into the attic to have a rummage. Behind a wrack of coats, under a box of Christmas decorations, I discovered Mr Sinatra. Though slightly worn and dusty, his image seemed just as vibrant as I'm sure it was the day it was sold in that record store. I picked up the first record in the huge stack and realised the full extent of Grandpa's Sinatra fascination. Each record below in the mile-high stack was printed with the face of a handsome American man wearing a trilby. I grabbed a pile and was taken on a musical journey from 1946 to 1994 in one weekend.

Friday, 17 October 2014

GarconJon meets... Edward Siddons #GQforGAP

Mr Edward Siddons may look like a model but in actuality he's an Oxford student studying English Literature and French. As part of his degree, he's spent the last year making Paris his home, discovering much more than just the intricacies of the French language.

I bumped into him last season at Men's Week in Paris and was instantly taken by his description of being an Englishman in Paris. Here I ask him all about this and more so read below for the full interview.

He's the final gent to be featured as part of the GQ for GAP campaign and the perfect candidate to end the series dressed in Brooklyn Tailors. With a heart for tradition but a mind to shake things up they're a match made in heaven.

Edward Siddons, Editor and Translator

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I grew up in Walsall, a town just north of Birmingham. It’s still my base, insofar as it’s the place I return to and it’s where my parents’ home is but I spend very little time there – mostly because it’s culturally desolate. I first left to study English literature and French at Oxford, and as part of my degree spent the last twelve months in Paris. That’s all over now, though, so I’m enduring a brief stint in the Midlands before heading back to Oxford to finish my degree. For the moment, I’m not sure where I’d call home.

What's your star sign? Cancer. Which is nice because I like crabs, but irrelevant because I can’t stand astrology.

Current album on repeat? Hard Core by Lil’ Kim. It has been on repeat for more or less the last three years though. It’s one of my favourite albums and I’ve been thinking about writing on it for a while, something about self-fashioning maybe. It’s great: witty, raw, and unashamedly sex-positive from a female in an industry that did and still does repeatedly panic when female sexuality is expressed without reservation, and without catering to a man. It was the case with Lil Kim, with Foxy Brown, and still is with Nicki Minaj.

Describe yourself in 5 words? Ambitious, playful, curious, queer, and angry.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I never had a particular ambition as a child. I loved science and was really curious about physics until I got to secondary school and realised it would involve Maths. Aged twelve, I became really interested in fashion and wanted to become a designer until the age of fifteen. It was something entirely different from anything I’d known, a kind of escapism, on the one hand, and something relevant, that I could use to empower myself, on the other. Womenswear provided the escapism, menswear the empowerment.

The escapist element meant that the womenswear designers that I paid most attention to were people like Alexander McQueen and John Galliano in their uniquely dark theatricality, but also the slew of really talented graduated CSM was turning out in the mid-to-late-noughties, the notable example being Gareth Pugh. As a young teenager, I was sort of horrified and transfixed by the perversity of his first collection, and I remember sketching – in secret – after having pored over the shots online.

I never got the chance to explore any of that, or do much about wanting to design: my school was highly academic, my brother went to Oxford, and I did well, so Oxford became my goal too. It worked out, and I have loved it there, but I still sketch occasionally, which very few people know about. For a while, the conservatism of somewhere like Oxford meant that I came to dismiss fashion, but spending the last year in Paris has presented opportunities to re-engage with fashion, and I think it’s what I’m going to go into. It feels exciting and new, but also tinged with a kind of nostalgia and reconnection with a teenage me.

Paris has been your home for the past year, over the past 12 months how has this changed your point of view? There’s no way I can answer that fully here but I’ve learned a lot. Paris has made me harder because there is a lot of bullshit that comes with living there. The city – or at least, the milieu that I was in – was one in which image was important and there’s a lot of judgement that comes with that. If the French dislike what they see, they have no shame in showing their contempt. And it’s no better on the contrary, either. If they do like what they see, then that will express itself with shameless objectification as you get leered at on the metro by a guy who – in France at least – is probably eligible for retirement.

On a more positive note, I met some great people and I’ve built a life there. It has made me considerably more ambitious, more political, and more bullish. If you want anything doing or want to get anywhere, you really can’t fuck around in Paris.

Is there an element to the city that contradicts your Englishness? So much! I apologise when I’m not sorry, I say thank you when I have nothing to be grateful for, I queue patiently – all of those classic stereotypes. The French do none of the above. The stereotypes regarding Parisian nonchalance and a certain off-hand directness are all true, and all quite alien to my fairly Victorian upbringing.

Favourite place in the city for:

A dance? Bizarre Love Triangle at Maxim’s. Hard, queer and sweaty. It’s great as long as you ignore the side-eyes and shade that Parisian gays dole out.

A drink? Either Aux Folies up in Belleville or the lawns of the Tuileries in summer with a bottle of cheap wine.

A coffee? Ten Belles in the 10th.

A walk? From Buttes Chaumont park, over towards la Villette, then down the canal towards Jaures, then on to Stalingrad and République. Alternatively, I used to enjoy walking from the 13th in the east to the centre whilst sticking on the left bank. It’s not Parisian at all, but the concrete and glass was quite a nice escape from what became suffocating neo-classical architecture elsewhere.

Finish these sentences:

Paris is... intense.
Parisiennes are... always from the provinces, faking it until they make it.
Je m'appelle Edward et je... pense donc je suis.
You're an Oxford boy...what do you think of Cambridge? Sorry, where?

Is there a piece of literature that's changed your life since reading English? Of course. I can clearly trace my coming to terms with my sexuality in literature. James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room articulated the strange self-loathing and shame that was ingrained in me for far too long, and seeing it play itself out in the text, I realised how debilitating it was. Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty showed me the world of sexual liberation that queer sexualities can offer, and the dangers therein. They, and tens of other novels, have changed my outlook quite radically, but the real change was Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble, which isn’t fiction or poetry or what I think you’re implying by “literature”, but instead the most powerful attack I’ve read on society’s conceptions of sex, gender and sexuality. It changed my life because it was a kind of weapon. It irrevocably politicised me and armed me with the theoretical basis to unpick idiocy and ignorance. It simultaneously made me calm within myself, and furious at everything outside. Fundamentally, it was about liberation.

See the full article by clicking here.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

GarconJon meets... Alkarus #GQforGAP

Dany Dos Santos is better known as Alkarus. In actuality it's not him that's known at all. His alter-ego on Instagram has gained him a huge following based soley on a sharp sense of style, a love of milimalism and a fantastic face of facial hair.

In the penultimate GQ for GAP shoot, we paired him with one of his favourite brands En Noir and took a trip to La Defense in Paris. It may be sniffed at by the locals, but there's no denying the architecture and views are out of this world.

Dany Dos Santos, Co-founder of Drôle de Monsieur.

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? In a small city near of my currently city, Dijon.

What's your star sign? Scorpio.

Describe yourself in 5 words? Optimist, challenger, alkarus, funny, bearded.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted become architect or designer.

You're starting your own brand after leaving the accounting world behind, tell me more about this...Yes, I choose to leave this world to become free and realize my dream. I had an urge to create something with my own hands which is something many people have but often don't have the confidence to pursue. I've created this brand called Drôle de Monsieur with a great friend and together we're so proud of what we've made so far. It's certainly not as well paid as accounting (yet) but it's full of joy and excitement. Minimalism and simplicity is out aesthetic.

I can't say much more than that for the moment other than showing our first design as a pre-cursor to the full collection launch. We've started with the jumper 'Not from Paris Madame', to send a message at the world. What we are saying is there's no need to come from a big city to create something great. Today retailers are judged on their origin and business takes precedence over creation. That's why many brand that come from Paris have the city plastered all over their label and use it to build hype for their products. As a result there are too many talented creators in the shadow and too much bad design in limelight.

Another idea behind the brand is we want people to impose their personal style into the clothing even if they come from a small city. It's what I'm currently doing and what I like to show on Instagram.

What’s the most challenging thing about building your own fashion brand? Building a buzz around our products. A current work in progress.

What do you like most about your job? Creation for sure.

You're a legend on Instagram – when did you join? Far from it but thank you for the compliment. I joined Instagram 2 years ago.

Your beard seemed to have grown it's own fanbase too - how long have you owned one? Not long! Only around 8 months but it's been a heady incline.

How do you curate your channel? I try to post one once per week. I prefer to post not much, but post well. Quality over quantity.

Complete these sentences:
Dany is…alkarus
Style is…like my life’s footprint
My beard is…like a barrier between world and me

Biggest ambition in life? To make my father proud of me.

See the full shoot by clicking here.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

GarconJon meets... Marc-Henri Ngandu #GQforGAP

We're coming to the end of the GQ for GAP campaign for 2014, with only three more to go. Marc-Henri is the second Frenchman and so perfectly embodies the John Elliot and co. style. His upbeat, bold energy was electric on the day of the shoot and despite a slight language barrier we had a right laugh on set.

Check out his interview below and see the final two interviews later this week.

Marc-Henri , student and buyer for

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I grow up in Lyon, the most beautiful city in France after Paris.

What's your star sign? Leo.

Describe yourself in 5 words? Fun, attentive, chatty, open, teaming.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I want to be an actor. It was my dream but when I didn't tell my parents because I was afraid of their reaction.

Place in the world you feel most at home? In my church because I was born in there and my old school where I knew everyone.

Who are your style influencers? Durimel, I love their creativity. So what influences me most is not one style in particular but the imagination. The fact of trying to reinvent with each new look. I must admit that I take my inspiration from them a lot and also people like Alkarus or Qmike.

You use Lookbook a lot – how did you get into it? I started Lookbook almost one year ago. I think it's cool to share creativity with other passionate people in a way that allows comments. Many of the looks that I post I actually made myself and others are just what I found. Nothing too planned.

Earliest fashion memory? My first shoot for a small brand in Los Angeles called SUPEREGO. They liked it so much that I am now one of their ambassadors in Lyon. When BoyLondon took my photo to put it their social network I freaked out - I love the brand and was so proud to be selected. You cannot imagine to what extent I was surprised and encouraging.

This collaboration between GQ and GAP is about finding new menswear talent in America - what does great American design mean to you? Success at an International level like Omar Sy. He managed to please all of us to mark our spirit and be spotted where everyone wants to be.

What's on the horizon for you? As I said since I was little I've dreamed of succeeding in the world of cinema. Film remains the primary objective but becoming a fashion icon is fine with me too!

Finally, leave us with some words of wisdom... Everyone must dream. Fight for what it is we want. If you fall, get up. It's the same for any dreams. Everyone is capable of reaching their goal.

See the full shoot by clicking below.