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Even seasoned travellers welcome the insight of the right sort of local, a gently guiding hand in new territories or a fresh take on the familiar. With this in mind, Wallpaper* in collaboration with Tudor watches has produced a series of Style Files; country-specific, cliché-dodging dossiers and in-the-field notes for the contemporary explorer who really knows where they are going.
'Born and bred in Hackney, London': that's how Charlie Casely-Hayford describes his upbringing. The son of Joe Casely-Hayford, veteran menswear designer, Charlie spent the majority of his early youth in his dad's atelier before studying at Central Saint Martins and the Courtauld Institute. Now a designer at the luxury English menswear house Casely-Hayford, he enjoys a career that regularly takes him from Hackney to Tokyo, Paris and New York.
Unsuprisingly, an ever-evolving appreciation of London's thriving art scene informs his work. 'During the past ten years, UK style and the art scene have experienced a period of renaissance,' he says. 'London has become a magnet for international artists, but equally this influx has helped redefine the notion of Britishness and what that means on a global stage. Also, the art and fashion of the late 1990s that played at being sensationalist seems no longer relevant in a time when the recession has changed a lot of people’s creative landscapes.
'London is the antithesis of a mono-culture,' says Casely-Hayford. 'I think the breadth of work it produces evokes that.' The best of UK style, he reckons, is the result of 'cross-fertilisation of ideas from different disciplines, creating a strange harmony through discord.'
Casely-Hayford says he designs menswear 'with an international man in mind' - an art director, or an interior designer, perhaps. 'Someone who doesn't let their clothes overpower them, but maintains a certain level of intrigue through his attire.' Now collaborating with London store Hostem, Casely-Hayford will launch The Bespoke Room, a space dedicated to modern English craftsmen and fine tailoring.