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Freunde Von Freunden x Mini BMW: Asif Khan feature

Spent an amazing day with the architect Asif Khan – who was recently commissioned to design the new Museum Of London at Smithfield Market – wandering around his (and my!) home neighbourhood of Hackney.

We discussed his relationship with London, his recent LDF installation and his ideas for future living: an inspiring vision built on continuous collaboration and inclusive communities. Both of which feel like they’re needed now more than ever…

One of the things I love about the work I do for Freunde Von Freunden is how little the commercial partners (in this case BMW/Mini) interfere with the creative side of things. You have a real opportunity to write something you’re proud of – something that doesn’t merely hit whatever points a company’s marketing team have dreamed up.

Read the piece on Freunde Von Freunden here.

 

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Vice: Halloween feature // Gospel Soul feature

I wrote two pieces recently for Vice which you can find on the electronic music-focused section of their site, Thump.

The first is an interview with Greg Belson and old friend Nick The Record – a springboard for exploring the strong connections atheists so often have with spiritual/gospel music.

The second is just in time for Halloween – I curated a playlist of genuinely terrifying songs and a playlist of fun, camp dancefloor songs with a horror theme…

I try to squeeze in pitches for this sort of article wherever I can between branding projects and larger scale commissions – they’re such a joy to write and indulge my failed-dj desires to impose my music collection upon a wider audience…!

Read my piece on gospel disco here.

Read about and listen to my Halloween playlists here.

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i-D: Where Next For Heritage Wear

Read me in i-D (complete with questionable click-bait heading of course).

Discussing how even though “heritage” may be dead, heritage in the true sense of the word is of course alive and well and interesting. Huge thanks to talented friends John Alexander Skelton, Nicholas Daley and Nigel Cabourn for inspiring the piece in the first place.

Read the article here.

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Vice: Stranger Things feature

The great Netflix show Stranger Things that everyone is talking about sick of hearing about inspired me to write this piece for Vice (sitting on their club culture-oriented Thump section).

As well as compiling the playlist, I mused on the shared appeals of going out dancing and watching shows like Stranger Things.

Read the piece here.

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Freunde Von Freunden x Siemens: Simon Astridge

I carried out a video interview with and wrote an in-depth feature on the great architect Simon Astridge, which you can now view/read over at Freunde Von Freunden. One of my absolute favourite commissions to date, both Simon and the FvF production team were a pleasure to work with. Super happy with the results too.

I also crafted a separate version for Siemens (who sponsored the content), but I can’t find it anywhere!

Read/view the FvF work here anyway.

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Aitor Throup for i-D: Exclusive interview

I was extremely privileged to be granted an exclusive interview with Aitor Throup on the eve of the launch of his ten year archive.

You can read our conversation exclusively on i-D here.

View Aitor Throup’s new online archive here.

We had a long conversation into the night about the futurism of Stone Island, embracing the avant-garde of terrace culture and a load more things that unfortunately had to be cut down down to 1000 words or so.

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Protein: ‘The Age of Minimal Branding’

My latest feature for Protein explores the evolution of authenticity, and how stripped back minimal branding came to replace the once prolific heritage trend.

Read it here.

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Protein: ‘Content meets Commerce’

I recently started working on a semi-regular basis with Protein, a great branding/trend-forecasting agency based in London and New York. I’ll be working on a mixture of trend-forecasting observations/features and profiles of creative-minded folk who are pushing boundaries in / being disruptive in their respective industries.

Funnily enough, the first piece to go live was built around an interview with another client – the founders of semaine.com. It was a little strange to actually be interviewing Georgie and Michelle themselves, rather than on behalf of them…

The title that the piece was given is a little dry but hopefully the content itself is a little more interesting: it focuses on the evolution of content-driven commerce and the role of ‘influencers’, from basic ‘shop the look’ to the increasingly immersive worlds that platforms such as semaine are building.

Read the feature here.

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Grabble: ‘Live The Stylish Life’

For some strange reason Grabble (aka ‘the tinder of fashion’ aka everyone’s favourite fashion-tech startup from February 2015) got in touch recently to ask if they could feature me in their regular ‘Live The Stylish Life’ column. Obviously they’d seen me traipsing to and from the N16 supermarkets in my threadbare old Yohji and Comme and grotty old skate trainers…

It basically amounted to me trying to encapsulate the evolution of what I wear and why into 500 words without being either reductive or coming across as toooo pretentious. Probably didn’t quite succeed on either front but it’s as good a document of my personal approach to (ugh) fashion as you’re likely to find out there…

Read the feature here.