Back home in the UK this past weekend, London Collections: Men showcased emerging talent in menswear. A fabulous initiative by the British Fashion Council to extend and develop the work of menswear designers in the UK outside of the traditional fashion calendar, it got me thinking about the style inspirations I have who are men.
My Style Inspiration Series therefore continues with a male ‘subject’ today. Let me introduce you, Blog Reader, to Drew Harrington, the gentleman behind the creative consultancy Harrington Group.
For someone who deals in style, I am not surprised that what Drew presents to the world is a charming mix of his developing sense of self and his unique take on life. I interviewed Drew for StyleOnTheCouch about his individual style, passions, interests and thoughts on menswear below. Blog Reader, please give a warm welcome to Mr Harrington, the first male in my Style Inspiration series.
Photos of Drew by Dylan M Howell – you can view more images of Drew’s shoot with Dylan here.
How would you describe your personal style?
I’m not sure how to describe my style. I’m attracted to really stripped down silhouettes and color palettes. I find clothing interesting when it’s effortless and there is some sort of rogue aspect that doesn’t quuiiite belong but makes the ensemble cohesive.
How do you get dressed?
Tell me about Harrington Group…
Harrington Group is a creative consulting operation in its infancy really. As it stands I am not sure how it will take shape and what will come our way. I have simply built a vessel and am allowing my personal interests and passions seek shelter in it. From here I suppose the size of swells in the sea will determine how we sail. I rather enjoy the metaphorical sea.
Where do you think your interest in design, aesthetics and fashion comes from?
I have no other way of explaining it other than the interest itself being an inherent trait. I have always been largely affected by my environment and the intangible qualities that things possess. I like to let things charm me.
I am terrible when it comes to organizing my ‘inspirations’ with lists. What inspires me is most oft than not ephemeral and part of that elusive nature is what inspires me the most. I’m most attracted to juxtaposition that appears seamless.
Tell me about your current state of mind…
I haven’t the slightest as to what is happening anymore! I know what I want it to be and what I’m working towards yet the truth in this is never revealed until I’ve stepped away and seen myself from a different and newer perspective. For some safety I operate off instincts, for they know me better than my thoughts.
You once said to me that you “wish to reach a place where I am just as moved by beauty and fashion as I am indifferent to it”. Can you tell me more about this?
This will be a penny dropper moment for me if I reach this state. Part of me hopes I never reach it. There is a certain tension that comes with the ebb and flow effect that aesthetics have on my life. I need that. It’s what keeps the sweet stuff sweet.
You can’t put a donkey on the racetrack and expect it to run like a thoroughbred. Things move at a different speed here. People want different things. One doesn’t have the same access to certain resources here as they would in NYC per se. The amount of exposure to the diversity in culture, lifestyle, opportunities, etc. is astoundingly less frequent as you get somewhere else. This lack of stimuli is tough for me. Plato’s ‘Allegory of The Cave’ rounds out my feelings nicely about coming back to a place like Idaho after living in LA and NY.
You recently spent a year in New York City and the last time we talked it felt like you had a great yearning for the city. True?
It gets in your blood without a doubt.
Are menswear designers selling an image more than clothes nowadays?
We are seeing a lot of both actually. There will always be an image that is sold, but the amount of talented designers producing quality garments is on the rise. Its an interesting time to be a consumer because you really have the choice to buy into either an image or clothing for clothing sake, no matter the importance it plays on your life.
I like to tell secrets without the listener realizing they just heard a secret.
Thank you Drew, for being part of the series!