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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.