After the success of our spring/summer offering, we're really excited to finally unveil our own label's AW15 lookbook - further development and expansion of The Idle Man Collection. Featuring four real guys, all breaking their way into creative industries, our lookbook continues our ethos of #StyleMadeEasy and champions the normal guys out there with a fresh style. We're proving that you don't have to be a professional model or have a huge budget to look good, you just need classic pieces and simple styling. So we spent a day in the recording studio with Samm Henshaw, took a trip to Tim Lee's art studio and grabbed a bite with Eton Messy.
If you aren't already, Samm Henshaw is a name you're going to become far more acquainted to. 2015 has been a busy one for this singer/songwriter with regular play on Radio1 for his singles 'Wanna Be With You', 'Better' and 'Redemption', the release of his debut EP The Sound Experiment and his first headlining UK tour scheduled for November. It's no wonder, then, that he's been tipped as one to watch for the future and attracting support from the likes of Huw Stephens and Annie Mac. Get the full briefing on Samm's movements in this exclusive interview we did on set.
How did you get into music? Any tips for budding musicians?
I started playing in church from a child growing up and kept going at it until I was good enough to. I would say work hard on your craft, never stop learning.
What do you most value in your wardrobe?
My hats, without them I'm not sure…
What's your favourite piece from the outfits which you wore for this shoot?
I really liked the grey jumper or the Jacket.
If you have any interest in house music then we're sure you need no introduction to Eton Messy. After initially starting out as a YouTube channel, promoting house tunes that would've otherwise had no home, their brand has quickly evolved into a record label and events series - playing at some of the biggest festivals and venues across Europe. Now, with their debut compilation LP available for download, a brand new website launched and a set booked for the official launch of our AW15 collection, 2015 has shaped up quite nicely for this exciting pair of entrepreneurs. We caught up with the pair to talk music, style and aspirations.
You've made a huge name for yourself for spotting talent and knowing the biggest tracks. What artists are you particularly feeling at the moment?
There are so many at the moment but i suppose that one artist that seems to have a fair bit of momentum behind them at the moment is NVOY. Everything they seem to be releasing is really high quality.
What bit of clothing can you not live without?
In the summer it has to be my Dickies rain jacket, because in the UK you never know when it might just rain. Last winter though it was my Alpha Industries jacket. I literally never took it off!
You're gonna be providing the soundtrack for The Idle Man AW15 launch party, what can we expect from your set on the night?
Not too sure to be honest. I'm really looking forward to it but don't like to pre plan too much, so will most likely roll with what's in front of me on the night!
After graduating from the University of Leeds in fine art, Tim Lee's CV has imploded. His work is comprised of 'imagination and memory' and 'negates the reliance of representation and approximation of real world subjects'. To get a better understanding of how he works, what influences him and how that effects his dress sense, we asked Tim some quick questions during the shoot we did at his space in London.
How did you get into art? Any tips for budding artists?
It has always been a part of me for as long as I can remember. My Uncle is an artist and was always making work whenever I visited him. So from a young age I grew up knowing that all I ever wanted to do with my life was to pursue being an artist. As far as tips go... make the work you want to make.
Favourite spot to chill in your home town?
I haven't been back for a while and I hope it hasn't changed, but I have big love to Karns in Hinckley.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Blacklisters, they're a noise band from Leeds. They're about to drop their second album and trust me it's noisey.
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