One of the many joys I experience writing for Eclipse Magazine’s Couture Comment, is the amazing people I meet along the enlightening journey of fashion.
The conversations as to a person’s style, the shaping of their influences, translated into clothing I find intriguing.
Clive Jelf is a Business Growth Manager for Building Legacies, an enterprise growth programme that supports London-based small businesses; he also happens to be my Business Mentor. Aside from his astute business acumen, from my first meeting with Clive, I was drawn to his impeccable innate style and fashion. A herringbone wool overcoat, fine knit ‘V’ neck jersey jumper, shirt and patterned tie, tailored trousers and boots. Here was a look where nothing was left to chance; the designer in me just had to know more, so I was thrilled when he agreed to be interviewed.
Men’s fashion and style has seen an enormous upsurge in the past 20 years, from the City Business Suit, shirt and tie, to the relaxed blazer and jeans, shirt no tie, no socks; to leisure wear designer tracksuits, and now a mélange of leisure wear, casual, and smart clothing. The resurgence of the tailored three-piece suit, waistcoat, jacket, trousers, combined with men’s grooming, has the fashion industry sitting up, paying attention to this new breed of gentleman that is not defined by age, culture or status.
I start by asking Clive if he always had a fascination with clothes, along with his early influences. The ‘yes’ came as no surprise, however the influence of music from The Clash, spray-painted clothes with thought provoking messaging, to the Zoot suits of 1950s as worn by the Windrush Generation, piqued my curiosity to his dress sensibilities, which at the time consisted of military combat clothing – in particular an M53 American army jacket, army shirt with combat trousers –these were his uniform of style. His appreciation for vintage-style cut suits of the ’40s/’50s would be translated into modernday fabric later on, coupled with retro styled tops Italian cut.
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