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PAUSE Editorial: Boys Of Summer 2019 (London)

PAUSE PRESENTS:

BOYS OF SUMMER LONDON

London – The New Royals

Royalty was once solely the provenance of a few, but right now amongst groups of young creatives in the bustling metropolis of London, royalty is more of a mindset than a birthright.

PAUSE explores the elite group of individuals who have taken the throne in their various endeavours albeit switching up the royal dress codes and protocols as they go.

Photographer: Ollie Ali // @mrollieali
Fashion Editor: Terence Sambo // @terencesambo
Junior Fashion Editor: Rhys Marcus Jay // @rhysmarcusjay
Head Assistant Stylist: Taija Weekes  // @taija_leorelle
Assistant Stylists:Sergio Pedro & Jennifer Nsiawete // @sergiopedro__ & @gonewiththewindandfabulousxo
Interview:
 Johnson Gold // @JohnsonGold

Nathan

  Clothing Credits: Nathan wears Astrid Anderson top & bottoms with ASICS GEL-KAYANO 5 360 trainers.

Name: Nathan Hopkinson
Age: 23
Instagram: @curlyfrysfeed

What do you do?

I’m predominantly a fashion model but also make content for Instagram. I guess you could say I’m an influencer.

What would you love to do?

I’d love to travel more for pleasure! I travel a lot for work but rarely get it see the cities I travel to. I’ll make more time to do this in the future for sure.

What does royalty mean to you?

To me royalty would be the most premium kind of something. Someone that’s admired by a mass amount of people.

Who would you describe as fashion royalty right now?

I’d have to say Naomi Campbell!

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

It’s gotta be PRADA! It’s just so clean. For me it’s timeless.

3 regal worthy brands we’ll find in your wardrobe:

Prada, Burberry & Drole de Monsieur.

What do you love about London?

I love that it’s buzzing all the time! There’s so many hard working creatives based there.

Describe what it’s like to be young in Britain right now?

I think now is a great time to be young in Britain. There’s so much opportunity around! I feel like the world’s my oyster.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

If I’m being honest, I have absolutely no idea where I’m gonna be next week never mind in 5 years time haha! I quite like that. All I know is I’m very optimistic about my future! I’m not sure what I’ll be doing but I’ll make sure I enjoy the process leading up to it. Happiness is the main thing for me.

Lucas

  Clothing Credits: Lucas wears Helmut Lang denim 2 piece, VIU Eyewear and Trainers by ASICS.

Name: Lucas Wright
Age: 20
Instagram: @_pukes_

What do you do?

I’m busy with photo shoots, travelling and representing brands

What would you love to do?

Travel all over the world meeting/modelling for luxury brands and establish my own business

What does royalty mean to you?

Brands with status

Who would you consider as fashion royalty right now?

A$AP Rocky

3 regal worthy brands we will find in your wardrobe:

M+rc Noir, Prada and Dior

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

Louis Vuitton

What do you love about London?

London is sick I love coming down it’s like a second home to me, it brings new opportunities with different and unique creatives.

Describe what its like to be young in Britain right now:

It depends where you live. For me, coming from a small rural town it means using the lack of opportunity and resources to drive me to create these opportunities for myself. It means working hard, taking knocks and not letting shit get you down

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I’m not sure where I’ll be in 5 years years time but I know i will be well known within the fashion industry and doing well

Noah

  Clothing Credits: Noah wears full look Gucci.

Name: Noah Sapon
Age:
19
Instagram:
 @nwuh

What do you do?

I’m a filmmaker and model and I’ve just started writing for a men’s fashion magazine.

What would you love to do?

I’d love to travel the world and live freely through my passions, meeting and working with cool people on the way and shooting films with people that inspire me.

What does royalty mean to you?

Royalty, to me, isn’t something you have to be born in to anymore, it’s something you can work your way up to and once you’re a leading name, have enough influence and are looked up to by enough people, that’s when you’ve become ‘royalty’ in your field.

Who would you consider as fashion royalty right now?

People like Helmut Lang, Franca Sozzani, Anna Wintour, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Tom Ford, etc., are definitely fashion royalty because they’re so influential and have done so much for fashion, but a few designers that I think are really killing it right now are Simon Porte Jacquemus, Jonathan Anderson, Anthony Vaccarello and Matthew Williams.

3 regal worthy brands we will find in your wardrobe:

– Vivienne Westwood
– Craig Green
– JW Anderson

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

My personal favourite at the moment has to be Jacquemus.

What do you love about London?

I love the amount of opportunities and amazing people that are so open to working with young talent, the creative community in London is always growing and you can get anything and anywhere you want from it.

Describe what its like to be young in Britain right now:

I feel like it’s easy to not know what you want to do when you’re young in Britain at the moment because there’s so many options and opportunities (uni, gap year, apprenticeship, etc…) and it’s easy to get lost in those decisions but I think you just gotta follow what you actually wanna do, not let anyone influence you and put your all into that – that’s the best decision you can make because that way only you can stop you.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Definitely travelling a lot more and checking out new places, I’ll be going to LA and NY for the first time soon, if everything goes to plan, so I guess I’ll just see how it all goes from there. There’s a few cities I’d love to check out and some people I’d love to work with and if I could make that all happen in the next 5 years then that would be super cool!

Kevin & Karl Flagg

  Clothing Credits: The Flagg Twins wear Full looks Gloverall x Lou Dalton and ASICS trainers.

Name: Kevin Flag
Age: 20
Instagram: @theflaggram (*make sure u follow me lol)

What do you do?

The real question is what don’t I do. Got myself into this industry via modelling (recently signed to premier), as time went on my vision matured and my ambition grew so now I also creative direct, consultant for brands but most importantly I’m the editor in chief of my publication – MISSION STATEMENT (soon coming)

What would you love to do?

I love to go around London, this is my city so I’m constantly trying to find the next adventure. They don’t call us the flag Twins for no reason ; we out here 🇬🇧

What does royalty mean to you?

To me royalty is the state of self verification, knowing That I have the power to validate myself without anyone’s approval knowing that I’m influencing a generation at the same time; knowing that I have people engaging with me, excited for my next moves because we lit

Who would you consider as fashion royalty right now?

Right now I give it Dior, their new season pieces give me regal vibes. But more so they slayed most fashion houses this season thus wearing the crown

3 regal worthy brands we will find in your wardrobe:

Diesel, Fendi & Calvin Collab Pieces

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

Ooou, That’s a hard one. Am I allowed to have two ? If twin said Dior then I’m going to say Iceberg, James long i salute you- he designed some insane pieces this season

What do you love about London?

I love the aesthetic, the history & most important the diverse talent we have spread around all districts which boys of summer is testimony to. I love the vibe me and my amigos bring, we really tearing London.

Describe what its like to be young in Britain right now:

It’s exciting, I’m constantly meeting new people everyday but I feel it’s necessary to meet others because we elevate eachother; maybe not to the extent of buying me my dream house but allowing us to open our minds to things we’ve never come across & the different vibes. It’s mind blowing, being young in London is the place to be

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Damn you gonna make me sound savage, but in the next 5 years i see myself and twin taking over. Dictating what’s cool or not, everybody knowing who we are for one reason or the other & just being an inspirational story of two boys from south London who made it major

Name: Karl Flag
Age: 20
Instagram: @theflaggram

What do you do?

What twin said – what don’t we do?!?! Funny enough I work as a Banker but I’m heavily involved in the fashion industry working as a Fashion consultant, model & Creative Director for my magazine – Mission Statement

What would you love to do?

I love buzzing around London – finding the next big adventure

What does royalty mean to you?

To me royalty is more than a title – it’s a way of life. It’s a culture in which elevates ones mindset to do greatness and beyond

Who would you consider as fashion royalty right now?

I deffo have to give it up to Samuel Ross at A cold wall – he’s killing it. Also have to big up Raf simons for his continued contribution to fashion and also Virgil – shouts him

3 regal worthy brands we will find in your wardrobe:

We got that Fendi, Calvin Klein collab pieces and Diesel

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

You trying to get me killed – that’s hard. But I must say Dior has come out strong this year

What do you love about London?

I can’t really describe it – it’s just the euphoria I get when I’m in the city & the various cultures I can take in / that’s the best about London

Describe what its like to be young in Britain right now:

It’s a very exciting time. There is a lot of spotlight being shown on us and so a lot of emerging talent are on the come up. It can also be confusing sometimes but there’s always a solution somewhere

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I see myself and twin taking over the world – see you guys at Downing Street everyone

Riise

Clothing Credits: Shirt: Prada and Sandro, Bag: PINQ PONQ, Trainers: ASICS

Name: Riise Peters
Age: 17
Instagram: @riisepeters

What do you do?

In my free time I sell shoes and take photos. I mostly take photos as I like too send out a message to people that follow me on instagram and there’s always a meaning behind it.

What would you love to do?

I would love to create my own brand one day and make it become world wide.

What does royalty mean to you?

Royalty means having power over someone

Who would you consider as fashion royalty right now?

I don’t consider myself fashion royalty as I still feel that I dress similar too other people and I still think I need to step out of my comfort zone and feel confident with the clothes I want too wear.

3 regal worthy brands we will find in your wardrobe:

BALENCIAGA, ACW and STONE ISLAND

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

I think the best luxury brand of 2019 was ACW as I wear them the most and there’s no one piece of item that they’ve made that I don’t like.

What do you love about London?

I love London because there’s always something going on for example a pop up store or an event which usually allows me to network with people and make new links. I also love the scenery in London as it’s a mixture of urban and modern areas.

Describe what its like to be young in Britain right now:

Being young in Britain right now is quite easy at the moment as I’ve got a lot of opportunities coming my way and I haven’t really got to fend for myself as my parents are there to help me, but I feel in a couple years time it’s going to get hard as I’m trying to move out when I’m 20 and get my own place.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

In the next 5 years I see myself being a sole trader, owning my own shoes business or brand which will be world wide.

Jaffa

Clothing Credits: Jaffa wears Stella McCartney Blazer, Shirt: His Own & Andrea Crews trousers with ASICS trainers.

Name: Jaffa Saba
Age: (N/A)
Instagram: @jaffasaba

What do you do?

I create fire shit. I can make anything you think of.

What would you love to do?

I wanna birth a new education board for all young creatives alongside Donda via Kanye

What does royalty mean to you?

Royalty is sitting on a Throne you built yourself

Who would you consider as fashion royalty right now?

Kim Jones, Hedi Slimane & Samuel Ross are all Royalty within Fashion.

3 regal worthy brands we will find in your wardrobe:

Jaffastudios, True Religion & Prada

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

Dior

What do you love about London?

London’s concentration of Underground Talent. We’d rule the world if we had resources.

Describe what its like to be young in Britain right now:

Being young in London is hard. We’re all looked at like rejects. It’s aight tho we ain’t here to impress anyone but ourselves. Just realise your words are just as important as anyone else’s. We all have power and we underestimate how much of an impact we have.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Within the next 5 years I aim to:

Eliminate Fast Fashion & work with Kanye, create a range of Workshops set up through the BFC in partnership with the government board training disadvantaged individuals., Have my own line in international high profile stockists, create a full fledged creative database of Elite underground disadvantaged talent along all non vocational career paths. Designers, Models, Musicians, Actors etc. Create one of the strongest communities within fashion while enjoying my time with my people and family

Freddy

Clothing Credits: Freddy wears full look Gucci.

Name: Freddy Coomes
Age: 18
Instagram: @freddycoomes

What do you do?

I study fashion and make clothes

What would you love to do?

Read

What does royalty mean to you?

Prince Harry, Corgis and the Crown.

Who would you consider as fashion royalty right now?

Miuccia Prada

3 regal worthy brands we will find in your wardrobe:

Prada
Acne
& Marni

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

Valentino

What do you love about London?

The breadth of talent and skill.

Describe what its like to be young in Britain right now:

I‘m profoundly grateful of how lucky I am to live here. There are opportunities left right and centre for young people to achieve want they want in life.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Working in fashion design.

Lucas

Clothing Credits: Lucas wears jumper & shorts by Gucci, trainers by ASICS.

Name: Lucas Comin
Age: 19
Instagram: @lucascomin

What do you do?

I’m a Fashion Model for Storm who has great interest in the scene and creativity so I started to do styling and photography for fun. I’m also a Business Student at University

What would you love to do?

I would love to keep learning and working in the Fashion Industry until I get the opportunity to do something big for myself or with my friends and achieve all of my goals.

What does royalty mean to you?

Royalty means to me believing in yourself to be anyone you believe you can.

Who would you consider as fashion royalty right now?

The Youth

3 regal worthy brands we will find in your wardrobe:

Prada, Dior, Alexander Mcqueen

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

I would say Dior and Prada have been killing it with their last few collections.

What do you love about London?

London for me is the centre of the World. There is no where like London, the people you get to meet just by going out is amazing and opportunities arise from every corner. Its such a sick city to be in especially if you have an interest in Fashion.

Describe what its like to be young in Britain right now:

It’s a f…. vibe, Whatever your interest is you’ll find similar minded people with them aswell, the nightlife is mad fun and the young people you get to meet are always chill and fun to be around.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Doing my own thing. Not working for anyone except myself, doing something within the Fashion Industry and working with my friends from London.

Osman

Clothing Credits: Osman wears full look Bianca Saunders, boxers by Calvin Klein and trainers by ASICS.

Name: Osman Jalloh
Age: 20 (sorry to everyone I have ever lied to)
Instagram: @osmanjalloh_

What do you do?

Currently, I am a model launching a career in PR. I am commentator for socio-political and economic issues. I am also a regular panellist on the Man Down series for Shift.

What would you love to do?

I love being happy. Second to this, I love making bands grow.

What does royalty mean to you?

Royalty to me is an embodiment of confidence and self-respect. It isn’t inherited – sometimes it can be innate but usually it is developed. Royalty is knowing that you aren’t perfect but you are perfect – don’t let that go over your head.

Who would you consider as fashion royalty right now?

Virgil Abloh. A true icon. His progress is indicative of the creative and related industries embracing more progressive attitudes. In addition, his entry into the world of fashion was unorthodox (he graduated with a BSc in Civil Engineering). This provides him with a unique take which I find highly inspirational and empowering, especially as I navigate this new and complex arena.

3 regal worthy brands we will find in your wardrobe:

Pereira Couture
Alexander McQueen
Mace Studios

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

Burberry. From Christopher Bailey’s introduction of the Burberry Pride collection to Ricardo Tisci’s use of Know Better by Headie One ft RV in the Autumn Winter 2019 Runway, Burberry is one of the few high fashion brands which use its own platform to generate discourse and change. Ricardo Tisci’s new collection elegantly marries Burberry’s values and history with a desire to rebel against the current system which is indicative of the wider socio-political, economic and environmental climate we live in.

What do you love about London?

I love that London is a concrete jungle. I love the hustle. I love the grind. London can be a merciless place however, at some stage you begin to love the pain.

Describe what its like to be young in Britain right now:

Read the papers. Actually, don’t read the papers. Too many agendas flying around in the media. Britain is definitely regressing (as seen by the rise in knife crime, hate crime, political system failing etc…). There is a sense of negativity in the air – I feel like the groups within society are all turning against each other. Society is fractured.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

5 years closer to the bag. Stay tuned.

Akeem

Akeem wears SUNNEI jumper, Y/PROJECT bottoms & GMBH X ASICS GEL-KAYANO 5 trainers.

Name: Akeem Osborne
Age: 20
Instagram: @akeemosborne
What do you do?

I’m a model/influencer/actor

What would you love to do?

Play a role in a major movie

What does royalty mean to you?

Wouldn’t classify myself as fashion royalty even though I am a successful model

3 regal worthy brands we will find in your wardrobe:

Burberry, Represent, Fear of god

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

Best luxury brand is Louis Vuitton

What do you love about London?

London – How easy it is to travel around

Describe what its like to be young in Britain right now:

Even though the younger generation is stereotyped a lot it’s great for me, but again that could be only because of my career

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

5 years, super model, respected actor, and a brand!

Kofi

Clothing Credits: Kofi wears Jacquemus top and bottoms from MATCHES FASHION and Mihara Yasuhiro Boots.

Name: Kofi Sharkey
Age: 18
Instagram: @kofisharkey

What do you do?

Photography, Modelling and all things creative

What would you love to do?

I’d say conceptualising makes me happiest. Where I’m from there’s not a large availability of creative options presented to us from young ages so it’s been something I’ve had to figure out on my own so continuing to do that would be calm.

What does royalty mean to you?

To me Royalty symbolises high class and wealth or something of value.

Who would you consider as fashion royalty right now?

I’d personally say Marcelo Burlon, His show was so amazing to be a part of and seeing the way his team worked, I’d consider them royalty

3 regal worthy brands we will find in your wardrobe:

Alyx, Nike, Margiela

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

Prada

What do you love about London?

The difference in culture, like in Manchester there’s isn’t a massive amount of diversity compared to London where there’s all races and I love that.

Describe what its like to be young in Britain right now:

It’s hectic to be fair. I don’t like the PM, Climate change is on top and there’s a lot of issues we need to sort but I do think as a generation we can pull through and fix everything up in time.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I see myself developing my creative ability and getting involved with the projects my ideas could work with.

Regan

Clothing Credits: Regan wear shirt by Prada, top by Sandro, and ASICS trainers.

Name: Regan Walker
Age: 23
Instagram: @reganwalker96

What do you do?

Fashion/lifestyle social media.

What would you love to do?

Travel the world in the fashion industry.

What does royalty mean to you?

Someone respected/a role model.

Who would you consider as fashion royalty right now?

Jeff Goldblum

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

For me it has to be Prada, from the patterns and fits to the basics and accessories, they are killing it all right now!

3 regal worthy brands we will find in your wardrobe:

Prada, Drole de Monsieur, Balenciaga.

What do you love about London?

The weather, it’s always raining in Manchester!

Describe what it’s like to be young in Britain right now?

The best way I can describe it for me personally is in the majority of Matt Healy’s lyrics.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I live very much for today so not a clue where I’ll be in 5 years, but hopefully still in a Prada shirt and sat on a yacht somewhere would be decent.

Jacob

Clothing Credits: Denim 2 piece sets by Daniel Fletcher paired with Kiko Kostadinov X ASICS GEL-DELVA trainers.

Name: Jacob McAlindon
Age: 19
Instagram: @jacobmcalindon

What do you do?

Modelling

What would you love to do?

Working on films with Martin Scorsese or a head fashion buyer or a creative consultant for a brand that I like

What does royalty mean to you?

To me I think royalty means someone who is influential and doing bits for the world like actually making a change, I don’t associate royalty with the royal family. I don’t hate them. But I think a royal family is tolerated by a society that is not based on merit and hard work. I think they epitomise inequality in the same way public schools do. I hate monarchy that’s true.

Who would you consider as fashion royalty right now?

Miuccia Prada

3 regal worthy brands we will find in your wardrobe:

Stussy, Louis Vuitton, stone island

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

Sacai

What do you love about London?

Everything is happening in London right now, always things happening and especially for young people, lots of opportunities and most of my mates are there too

Describe what it’s like to be young in Britain right now:

I think it’s a great time to be alive if you’re young, we’re forward thinkers and there are so many opportunities for us, just need to make good use of them. We are the future and we need to stick together especially with what’s going on with the government, far-right dickheads in office are going to ruin the world, so we need to help prevent that

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Hopefully got my US visa sorted and living it up in New York, don’t wanna be anywhere else

Fara Bashorun

Fara wears full Mihara Yasuhiro look.

Name: Fara
Age:  19
Instagram: @Fck.fara

What do you do?

I’d say I’m an entrepreneur, but that manifests itself in all sorts of ways. Jeff Bezos says your passion chooses you not vice versa, and I agree. I tend to go just with the flow.

What would you love to do?

Everything. My dream is to be self-sufficient and produce all the goods and services that I consume. All might be a stretch, so definitely my favourite things. I’d wanna own stuff like a gym, music studio, herbal dispensary and an organic grocers before I die.

What does royalty mean to you?

It’s a feeling; an energy described as the utmost sense of self worth and self love. My view is the opposite to the monarchical sense because there, one’s royalty is derived from their subjects projecting worth and value onto their ruler. You can’t be a King/Queen without anybody to rule over. So traditionally, you’re only royal if others choose to acknowledge it and act on it; which doesn’t seem very royal to me🤷🏾♂️

Who would you consider as fashion royalty right now?

Tisloh Danboyi. First and foremost, he makes clothes that he likes the look of and that make him happy. If people like them and want to purchase them, it’s simply a bonus. That introspective approach falls perfectly in line with my views on royalty.

3 regal worthy brands we will find in your wardrobe:

Nike
Jordan
Burberry

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

Burberry. Before Riccardo for me it was a slightly snobbish heritage brand and I love the fact he’s attempting to redefine it whilst also putting his own touch on timeless classics.

What do you love about London?

It’s so big yet so small if you get what I mean.

Describe what its like to be young in Britain right now:

Ments but we move.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

No idea and prefer it that way. Stay tuned.

Jonathan

Clothing Credits: Jonathan wears Hat, Blazer, Top & boots by Maison Kitsune, Trousers by Y Project and Sunglasses by VIU EYEWEAR.

Name: Jonathan Darby
Age: 18.5
Instagram: @byjohnworldwide

What do you do?

Aspiring model

What would you love to do?

I love nature, clothes and travelling

What does royalty mean to you?

Top tier

Who would you consider as fashion royalty right now?

Shout out A$AP Rocky, A$AP Bari, Luka Sabbat and Ian Connor

3 regal worthy brands we will find in your wardrobe:

Shoutout GCDS, Elykonglabel and Val Kristopher

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

Shout out Louis Vuitton and Heron Preston (Hey Virgil, Hey Heron)

What do you love about London?

The pace and access

Describe what its like to be young in Britain right now:

Ups and downs

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Number 1 model globally. Runways, Campaigns, Billboards, travelling worldwide and just inspiring aspiring black creatives of all genres, whether that be rappers, models or literally artists. Shout out Gary Vee also.

Silvan

Clothing Credits: Silvan wears Fendi top & Bottoms @ MR PORTER, Shoes by ALYX x CAT Footwear

Name: Silvan
Age: 18
Instagram: @silvanunlocked

What do you do?

I’m a creative entrepreneur.

What would you love to do?

Anything to do with entertainment: music, acting, fashion etc.

What does royalty mean to you?

Long-lasting, unfading elitism. Like Jay Z and Kanye in the music industry. They’re royalty in that regard.

Who would you consider as fashion royalty right now?

Well, Anna Wintour in a pretty literal sense obviously but other than Anna I’d say Luka Sabbat, Ian Connor, A$AP Nast and Rocky

3 regal worthy brands we will find in your wardrobe:

Currently, I got a Kapital, Raf simons and Alyx rotation going

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

Gucci

What do you love about London?

I’d say the people, I’m not the biggest fan of London

Describe what it’s like to be young in Britain right now:

Well, in one way it’s exciting because there’s a lot of young up and coming UK artists and creatives but for me, it feels stale, saturated and isolated which is kinda contradictory because of how I said there are so many people haha. I’m excited to see what happens next

Pear

Clothing Credits: Denim 2 piece sets by Daniel Fletcher paired with Kiko Kostadinov X ASICS GEL-DELVA trainers.

Name: Pear
Age: 17
Instagram: @paddingtonpearr

What do you do?

Digital marketing, designing, modelling and work at all costs to fund my self and any business ventures I have.

What would you love to do?

I would love to act and be in a series or a movie

What does royalty mean to you?

Separation from non-creators or creatives. Royalty who inspire others for others to look up to – not that they are better than others but to open their eyes more.

Who would you consider as fashion royalty right now?

Paddington bear

3 regal worthy brands we will find in your wardrobe:

Paddingtonpear (by pear)

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

Most are overrated, but Prada

What do you love about London?

It’s my playground

Describe what it’s like to be young in Britain right now:

A fight to grow apart from Robots being produced from our system

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

A name everyone will know mostly in the Uk but hopefully, more worldwide dropped a song, walked for Paris, walked for Milan hopefully, be apart of a movie or series, moved out and not be forced into a job I’m going to be depressed doing, living a life of excitement and mystery, my brand doing well ( have a pop up or store) & travel the world because I’ve only ever been stuck in London.

Noah

Clothing Credits: Noah wears Acne Studios and ASICS trainers.

Name: Noah Phillips
Age: 18
Instagram: @noahhurts

What do you do?

Just left school, didn’t do very well so right now just got part-time jobs here and there as well as modelling and starting the foundations of my brand.

What would you love to do?

My top 3 dream jobs are; Creative director of a brand. To be in the music industry, someone like Marilyn Manson, one of those worldwide icons. Or an actor, again, one of those hunky iconic ones like Brad Pitt, that the nan, the mum and the daughter all want to sleep with.

What does royalty mean to you?

I think the idolisation of ‘fashion kids’ is odd and I don’t agree with it being likened to ‘royalty’. In my eyes, ‘royalty’ as a label, refers to someone with pre-existing, inherited status. I don’t think many people achieve or earn that royalty status, celebrity or legend status sure, but very few are referred to as royal in what they do and those that do deserve it and go down in history. Someone like Nigo, for example, will go down in history as a fashion legend, not because of the designs, but because of the impact and the iconic culture he helped create and nurture that still exists to this day.

Who would you consider as fashion royalty right now?

Right now, regardless of the controversy… I have to say, Virgil, because if we are terming fashion people as royals, someone who started from printing Gildan tees, to formulating Off-White, this year highest-earning (luxury) streetwear brand, to then becoming the artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear, has to be termed as fashion royalty no? His transformation is literally the equivalent of a peasant (Gildan) to established fashion royalty (Louis Vuitton).

3 regal worthy brands we will find in your wardrobe:

Alyx, Hysteric Glamour and old Diesel, old Diesel is hard! Especially the shirts. Just remember who put you on!

Who is the best luxury brand of 2019?

Alyx.. end of discussion, case closed.

What do you love about London?

The fashion scene.  Whilst people with a “superior fashion sense” can moan that there are too many ‘hypebeasts’ or whatever, we’ve got to be appreciative of the size of the scene in London and that because it’s so big, it allows a passage of growth for peoples styles to evolve, confidently amongst other likeminded people. It was only 3 years ago i was mindlessly outside the supreme store myself. I’m not knocking all supreme, but you know what I mean.

Describe what it’s like to be young in Britain right now:

The first word that pops into my head is ‘hard’. You’ll hear Kevin from next door moaning about the ‘council’ and the ‘bloody NHS’ but it’s pretty cushty really when you compare it to some other areas of the world. I think the biggest problem about being young in Britain is that our country is run by people who are blinded by ‘heritage’ and ‘what it means to be British’ and refuse to see that times are changing and that our mindset needs to too.  Being young in Britain is adequate, I’d change it if I could but I can’t complain too much.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I plan on creating my own brand and I don’t mean “yay I’m into fashion so I have to make a brand called DiStORtEd Clo. and whack DISTORTED in some kind of eccentric font on the front of a tee”. I mean I want a brand that has a direction, clever marketing and has a calculated and mature thought process behind each collection so that it is respected by people in the fashion scene.  Because those are the people who really buy your product and will do the most for it. All these ‘fashion kids’ releasing brands but shitting on everyone else’s, they’re not separating themselves from the stuff they shit on. So in answer to your question, I couldn’t tell you where I’d be in 5 years because my success is heavily dependant on my maturing process as a creative and when I reach that point where I can sit back and look at what I’ve done and be happy that I’ve made it. In 5 years I could be slinging blanks on Instagram, or I could be selling my stuff through the likes of Selfridges and online retailers. Obviously, I’m hoping for the latter.

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