Wednesday, 6 November 2013

My Style: Sam Lambert

Angola-born Sam Lambert is the co-founder of the creative duo and collective Art Comes First. Lambert has also designed for Saville Row’s Oswald Boateng and for Spencer Hart.

Q: Is comfort an enemy of style?

Comfort can never be an enemy of style. If you are uncomfortable it means that you are wearing the wrong items.

Q: Please describe your style in three words.

Sartor, alchemy, progression.

Q: What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?

Overthinking it. It should be fun, only then it will come easier.

Q: Do you believe in role models?

Yes, I do. It’s very important and disciplinary. In my line of business, it’s the only way for me to do the best I can — by looking up to someone. Liam Maher from Denham is my mentor.

Q: What are your favourite fabrics?

It has to be flannel and open weave wool. I love natural fibers with character, and these bad boys make good tailoring pieces.

Q: Are there any style combinations that you object to?

There are many, but I think the one I can’t stand is the wide tie over a casual soft collar shirt. Also, having more than double breaks on the suit pants and wearing sport socks with a suit.

Q: Which city has the best-dressed men?

A best-dressed man doesn’t have a city. He travels with his style from Tokyo, London, Paris, New York, and Stockholm all the way to South Africa.

Q: Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

None of the above. I have to say, like they say in Sweden, I am ‘Lagom’. Not too much, not too little. Just Mr Lambert.

Q: What are the rules in the way you dress?

It comes down to one thing: discipline. It’s the number one thing behind my style. This translates to grey scale being a colour palette, and trousers and shoes playing an important part in terms of the silhouette. Everything has to be proportional, nothing is oversized. Keep it tidy is the motto.

Q: Celebrities and style…

They need to do better research when it comes to style. It doesn’t take a few months or a lot of money when it comes to building one’s style; it takes a lifetime and knowledge.

Q: Name one garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?

I can never have enough hats.

Q: A man should always look like…

He is going to meet the love of his life. Because first impressions matter.

Q: Who taught you what you know about style?

I learned everything I know about style from my siblings. They always knew how to have fun with clothes. I grew up with three brothers and six sisters — you can imagine the style wars!

Q: How do you select your clothing every morning?

I prepare them the night before and I always start from the inside — like selecting my shirt, tie and hat. Then the rest will be influenced by those three items.

Q: What is your biggest regret?

Wearing baggy jogging bottoms in my hip hop days.

Q: The three essential things a man should know about style are…

1. Do not mix more than three colours. 2. Classic style is a win, going over the top is not stylish. 3. Proportions are key, regardless of whether you are tall or short.

Q: Do you have any shopping rituals?

I always visit vintage stores and flea markets in every city I travel to. It tells me how stylish the people from there are.

Q: We will never see you wearing…

Fake leather.

Q: The most stylish person you have ever seen…

Well, a lot of my friends in the industry are very stylish, but I have yet to meet the most stylish person.

Q: What is the first thing you notice on a man?

The fit of their outfit. So my eyes go straight to the shoulders of the garment.

Q: The one image that defined your approach to style…

When you switch off an old black and white television, that flat line in the middle of the black screen.

Q: Which new designers do you admire and why?

I don’t follow any designers, since most of the stuff I wear I design them myself or they are vintage. But if I have to mention any new designers I support, I have to say Cottweiler in London. These kids got the know how when it comes to tailored sportswear, and the themes of the collections are always well-researched.

Q: The only article of clothing that a man needs to pay close attention to is…

His white shirts, this is a must have.

Q: What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

My white shirts, my leather jackets, and my made-to-measure suits from Café Costume in Belgium.

Q: Which designer never fails to impress you?

I would have to say Dries Van Noten. His fabric development and cuts are really interesting.

Q: Who would you like to recommend for “My Style”?

Mr Liam Maher from Denham, the jeans maker.

Q: The best words of advice you have ever heard?

“Work hard and you will get what you deserve.” — My mom, Ms Fueki Paulina

Photo: D. Pattinson

1 comment:

Creative 2 Bone said...

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