Wednesday, 2 June 2010

M/M Interview with Frederik Willems

Image provided for exclusive use by Gieves & Hawkes. All rights reserved.

In honour of the 2010 Royal Ascot season Cristoffer Neljesjö of Welldressed and Nicola Linza of Manner of Man had the privilege to exclusively interview Frederik Willems, Head of Design, Gieves & Hawkes in London 

How would you describe your style
Classic, understated and elegant

Where do you find inspiration for new designs? 

From everywhere we can. From exhibitions, art, vintage pieces, architecture but most of all, real people

The three-piece suit with the Edwardian double-breasted waistcoat is a favourite of ours from the 2009 collection. Does that look speak volumes about the new Gieves & Hawkes view on ready to wear? 

We believe the three-piece Edwardian suit is rooted in Gieves & Hawkes’ history and that the timing is right to highlight it once again.

How do you look at bespoke tailoring? 

Bespoke is the jewel on the crown. At Gieves & Hawkes the design team works as closely as possible with the Bespoke team to create interesting pieces to use for shows and exhibitions. It is great to know that realisation of the imagination is possible. For example, we commissioned a Bespoke Admirals Coat / parka from our naval archive for LFW in February. The piece demonstrated the expertise and craftsmanship that Bespoke tailoring demands. Our Bespoke team at Gieves and Hawkes are the best in the world and have gained a tremendous reputation across the globe.

What man in your view is (or was) the ideal of masculine good looks? 

I believe that the main thing is confidence, and if one has confidence it will shine in their appearance. A man who sports understated elegance and knows the rules of dressing will turn heads

What period of masculine style in clothing is one that you would gladly return to personally

I love the late 30’s, and am getting more and more fascinated again with the 80's.

Your preferred Ascot look?

A light grey fine sharkskin wool three piece Bespoke suit, with double breasted waistcoat.

If you would dress any man who would it be?
It would be the late Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma who was a customer of Gieves & Hawkes. A true style icon

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