Jsen Wintle

Jsen Wintle, chosen by Christopher Bailey at Burberry

Tell us about your rise to prominence on the British scene, it’s been a big few years

Basically we’ve been focusing on building the brand and allowing the collection to evolve. To be honest, the whole process has been dominated by the amount of orders we’ve been getting in. This will be our sixth season and time just goes by so very quickly, we’re really just trying to find our feet in the industry.

You’ve recently teamed up with Marks & Spencer, how did you adapt your designs to suit the brand?

It’s more a process of distilling the essence of the brand and adapting that to the M&S consumer. From a design point of view it really has informed my own collection. It would have been easy to go in with a bullish agenda, but it’s about working developmentally in tandem with the company. M&S have astounding production values, which has really inspired my own way of working.

What is it about menswear that appeals to you? Surely it must not share the same freedoms as womenswear design?

I actually really like the tight boundaries of menswear. There are definite restraints – particularly at the higher end of the market. But there’s also a lot of balance creatively and commercially which is really exciting – it’s about subtlety and evolution as opposed to womenswear, which is a whole different beast. Menswear is a lot more relaxed, whereas womenswear is about meteoric rises, and the inevitable crash that follows.

You have a broad creative pedigree, how have your past projects informed your work in fashion?

All my past pursuits have informed each other. It’s a very difficult question to answer. I’m bringing filmic elements into my next collection, which has obviously been informed by my previous work. My creative development has been very linear, I’ve just journeyed from one field to the other very naturally. As a creative industry, fashion gives you so much scope to work with. There’s much more creative freedom.

Who would you cite as your key fashion world influences?

I can honestly say that I don’t really have any inter-fashion world influences. I don’t feel like a fashion person as such – most of my outer-fashion circle of friends are very creative types. I feel fresher looking out rather than looking in.

Have you trained as a tailor?

I have an encyclopedic knowledge of tailoring, but I’m not a tailor. I shadowed a traditional tailor for a very long time – it’s the backbone of my business.

How would you best describe the British fashion industry?

It’s an industry of extremes. On one side there’s the super high-quality, extremely conservative tailoring, whilst at the bleeding edge of high-design womenswear. Those of us in the middle find it very hard to establish our spot. How do I find my space? I’m somewhere in-between I suppose. I feel a little bit isolated and I suppose that’s why we’ve gravitated towards showing in Paris – although my studio’s here. It’s something I struggle with – we want to show here in Britain but there just isn’t the same interest. It’s a slow process I suppose.

Who would you cite as your biggest inter-industry advocates thus far?

There are an awful lot of generous people who have given me an abundance of financial, creative and mental support of the years. From fashion editors to designers and general philanthropists in and out of the industry, I’ve had an awful lot of support and I’ve been extremely lucky.

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Pieces by Harris Elliott and his high fashion advocate, Paul Smith, for the Wallpaper* Show Time shoot

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H Jacket from H by Harris

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Q1 Skin from H by Harris

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Q4 Tote from H by Harris

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Q3 Rucksack from H by Harris

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Mark Fast coupes up with Angela Missoni for the Wallpaper* shoot

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Mark Fast, Spring Summer 2010

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Mark Fast, Spring Summer 2010

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Mark Fast, Spring Summer 2010

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Mark Fast, Spring Summer 2010

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James Long combined with pieces from Lucas Ossendrijver of Lanvin, for the W*130 shoot

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James Long, Spring Summer 2010

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James Long, Spring Summer 2010

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James Long, Spring Summer 2010

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A man in black color dress.

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James Long, Spring Summer 2010

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James Long, Spring Summer 2010

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A blouse by Veryta comes combined with pieces from Stefano Pilati at Yves Saint Laurent

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Veryta, Spring Summer 2010

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Veryta, Spring Summer 2010

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Veryta, Spring Summer 2010

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Veryta, Spring Summer 2010

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Veryta, Spring Summer 2010

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A distinctive, cherry-inspired headpiece from milliner Piers Atkinson coupled with a Pringle of Scotland dress for the Wallpaper* shoot

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Piers Atkinson, 'Sex on the Brain' Spring Summer 2010

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Piers Atkinson, 'Sex on the Brain' Spring Summer 2010

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Piers Atkinson, 'Sex on the Brain' Spring Summer 2010

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Piers Atkinson, 'Sex on the Brain' Spring Summer 2010

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Mary Katrantzou, as chosen by Frida Giannini of Gucci for Wallpaper*

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Mary Katrantzou, Spring Summer 2010

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Mary Katrantzou, Spring Summer 2010

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Mary Katrantzou, Spring Summer 2010

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Mary Katrantzou, Spring Summer 2010

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Mary Katrantzou, Spring Summer 2010

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A Christopher Shannon t-shirt and trousers-combo with pieces by Italo Zuchelli at Calvin Klein

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Christopher Shannon, Spring Summer 2010

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Christopher Shannon, Spring Summer 2010

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Christopher Shannon, Spring Summer 2010

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Christopher Shannon, Spring Summer 2010

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Christopher Shannon, Spring Summer 2010

A multi-chromatic shirt and short selection by Jsen Wintle combined with a coat from his advocate, Christopher Bailey of Burberry.

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A multi-chromatic shirt and short selection by Jsen Wintle combined with a coat from his advocate, Christopher Bailey of Burberry

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Jsen Wintle, Spring Summer 2010

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Jsen Wintle, Spring Summer 2010

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Jsen Wintle, Spring Summer 2010

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Jsen Wintle, Spring Summer 2010

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Jsen Wintle, Spring Summer 2010

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A bewigged Mare un Rol's model for the Wallpaper* January issue shoot

A look book selection from the latest season at Latvian fashion house.

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A look book selection from the latest season at Latvian fashion house, Mare un Rol's

A look book selection from the latest season at Latvian fashion house.

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A look book selection from the latest season at Latvian fashion house, Mare un Rol's

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A look book selection from the latest season at Latvian fashion house, Mare un Rol's

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A look book selection from the latest season at Latvian fashion house, Mare un Rol's

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A look book selection from the latest season at Latvian fashion house, Mare un Rol's

A look book selection from the latest season at Latvian fashion house.

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A look book selection from the latest season at Latvian fashion house, Mare un Rol's

Catface mask by Maiko Takeda.

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Catface mask by Maiko Takeda

Rose headpiece by Maiko Takeda.

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Rose headpiece by Maiko Takeda

Fashion Features Editor

Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*. Having previously held roles at 10, 10 Men and AnOther magazines, he joined the team in 2022. His work has a particular focus on the moments where fashion and style intersect with other creative disciplines – among them art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and profiling the industry’s leading figures and brands.