As you loyal and ardent followers of our musings will know every season, at LC:M time we profile a different designer/brand/consortium. However, we like to keep you on your toes and mix things up, so this season rather than concentrate on profiling one, we thought stuff it ! Let?s catch up with TEN of, not only, the best that LC:M have to offer but also leading lights in the menswear field that we love what they are currently doing. So keep it up chaps !
Gordon Richardson for TOPMAN Design
What inspires you ?
People who go against the odds who swim upstream. Pioneers in all walks of life from ancient explorers to modern entrepreneurs. People who through their beliefs and endeavours have changed the pace of life.
Tell us something no one else knows?
If you make suits, you can only call yourself a tailor if you work for yourself. If you?re employed by someone else you?re a cutter.
Who would be your ideal diner guest ?
At this moment in time the love of my life Justin Haigh, we haven?t been in each others company for a while due to the show. Within the public eye, from the past Princess Margaret, from the present David Hockney, both colourful souls with many a story to tell I?m sure.
Have you ever bought a piece of clothing and regretted it ?
Yes, A Yohji Yamamoto shirt, it was too big and made me look like a chef.
If you could only wear one brand for the rest of your life who would it be ?
Bauhaus. Because they were trying to just make the world better and the mix of modernism and traditional craft just created great products by default. I bet their sneakers would have been ill.
If you could give your teenage self advice, what would it be?
I wish I?d happened across Fischli and Weiss advise on work a little earlier so I?d probably ask myself to have a quick read:
1.Do one thing at a time
2.Know the problem
3.Learn to listen
4.Learn to ask questions
5.Distinguish sense from nonsense
6.Accept change as inevitable
8.Say it simple
What piece of clothing would you relegate to Room 101?
Joe Casely Hayford
What track would always get you on the dance floor ?
I?m a dancing machine (in my head) there are too many tracks to even consider; this changes daily. Today it?s The Invisible ?Wings? remixed by Floating Points.
What piece of clothing should everyman have in his wardrobe ?
A handmade grey flannel suit
Jason Basmajian for Gieves & Hawkes
If you could have invented anything what would it be ?
Concorde ? I love to travel fast