Shaun Samson may not yet be a household name but the London based designer has been making a lot of noise with collections that feature everything from oversized takes on hockey jerseys to shirts made from Mexican blanket material. You can find his collections at top shops worldwide including Dover Street Market in London, and Opening Ceremony in NYC. I had a quick conversation with the MA grad from Central Saint Martins when he was in town for London Showrooms.
What foods do you like to eat in the different cities you frequent?
In London, any sort of ethnic food is fantastic. Indian, chinese and vietnamese food is all really great there. In LA of course Mexican food is the best there, and I have a few regular sushi spots as well.
What are your fashion pet peeves?
I don’t have any really. The one thing I wish was that people didn’t feel so compelled to follow the rules of fashion so much. Things like wearing sandals with socks etc. I think guys should feel free to experiment and not be so bound by strict rules of dressing. It’d be great to see more guys take risks.
What materials do you like to work with?
I like all types of materials. It just depends on what fabric best suits a certain piece. For my graduation collection I had some wool t-shirts that look great but probably weren’t the most comfortable for summer days. Since then I’ve decided that a t-shirt should be something you just throw on and I try to pick fabrics that not only feel great but are easy to wear and functional.
A look from Shaun Samson FW13
What music do you like to listen to while designing?
I like to listen to all types of music when I’m in the studio. I like to mix up rap, rock, and other genres. One thing I do play when I’m working late and everyone else is out of the office is 90’s r’n’b. R.Kelly, bump and grind type stuff. That’s something I always go back to and love hearing while I’m working late on collections.
Are you a film buff, what have you seen lately that you enjoyed?
I just watched the Marina Abrovich documentary and really enjoyed that. It was definitely a fascinating watch. Honestly I’m so really busy so I don’t often get to invest two hours in a movie but I do always enjoy watching documentaries because I feel like I can learn something from them. I am trying to keep up to date with Game of Thrones as well.
Where do you see the men’s market going?
I have no idea, but that’s what’s so good about it. You do notice that somethings happening, but you have to see where it goes. The moment you label something is when it dies.
Photos by Rocky Li
Photographer: Hassan Rahim
Stylist: Jessica Willis
Make Up: Julie Kim
Model: Theresea Bender
Re Toucher: Brendan Pattengale
Hassan Rahim shot this beautiful editorial featuring model Theresa Bender in Shaun Samson. The young London based designer is not quite a household name in fashion just yet but has been gaining exposure and retailers after several buzzed-about London shows. The girls in menswear thing doesn’t always work but this editorial nails it. The film photos perfectly expresses the somber post-industrial mood of the collection.
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My objective with the Style Profiles here on Third Looks is to provide visitors a digital glimpse into how real people dress. I take pride in the fact that each person I profile has vastly different tastes and wardrobes. Everytime I run into JonCarlo I notice that he is always in a new fresh look.
I met JonCarlo through my friend Scott shortly about two years ago. Since then I’ve come to discover that he is someone who is not only knowlegable about fashion , but spends the time and money to collect the pieces he loves. Visting his East Village apartment I was quite impressed by the large wardrobe he had put together with a full assortment of eyewear, coats, shirts, trousers, and jackets. I respect that JonCarlo bravely buys pieces that catch his eye and finds ways to work them into his seasonal outfits. He has a great sensibility on what pieces are worth buying and an ability to intuitively put it all together. Keep in mind that this style profile is only a small part of the sizable personal mensewar archive that JonCarlo has put together over the last ten years.
New Era Yankee Fitted Cap
Oliver Peoples Sunglasses
Club Monaco Cashmere Thermal Sweats
Raf Simons FW09 Coat
Dries Van Noten double layer button up shirt
Slow & Steady Wins the Race 4-sided bag
Albertus Swanepoel hat (navy)
Oliver Peoples Sunglasses
Dries Van Noten Military Jacket
Won Hundred Crewneck T-Shirt
3.1 Philip Lim Elastic Waist Trousers
Converse Chuck Taylor Sneakers
New Era Oakland A’s Fitted Cap
Oliver Peoples Sunglasses
Philip Lim 3.1 Blouson Jacket
Shaun Samson shirt
Giuliano Fujiwara Shorts
Comme des Garcon x Heschung Shoes
Albertus Swanepoel (Black)
Oliver Peoples Sunglasses
N.Hoolywood F/W 10 Military Trench Coat
Maison Martin Margiela Coat Scarf
J.Sabatino Striped Mohair Sweater
Paul Smith High Waist Banded Trousers
Pierre Hardy backpack
How did your interest in fashion develop?
It developed at a really early age. I spent alot of time looking at magazines like Sassy, Town & Country, YM and Details. That’s when I discovered designers like Claude Montana, Byron Lars, Mugler & Todd Oldham. I remember waking up every Saturday morning to watch CNN Style w/ Elsa Klensch & being given an early education on the Antwerp six, Yasmeen Ghauri and Orlando Pita. When I was old enough to get my license, I started going to Little Tokyo and buying magazines then heading to vintage & thrift stores to re-create looks that inspired me. I always loved dressing up as a form of self-expression.
I was definitely that kid in school where you would be like WTF?!? The other kids around me were interested in group sports, and I was never good at that. What was natural to me was dancing & dressing up for school. I’m not going to lie, 90’s hip hop and R&B had a huge influence on my style.
What was the connection with music and style?
I was a huge fan of groups like New Edition, Jodeci and Troop and I thought they had an amazing sense of style. There was a soul in the way they dressed and the music they made and it really appealed to me. I remember saving up minimum wage so I can buy an outfit that made me look like Marcus Graham in Boomerang and then show up to a dance doing the full routine to House Party. There was a lot pleats, rayon, silks, turtlenecks and chains in my day to day.
How do you shop?
I shop based on silhouette, construction and texture. I feel like I’ve been buying a lot of oversized and fuller cuts in the last 2 years, pants & outerwear wise. I’ve also picked up a lot of raw silk and rayon which have a lot of movement and that drape real well. I’m all about a relaxed fit. I want it to feel like I’m wearing the true definition on lounge wear; pajamas.
What do you want to see more of in menswear.
Risk. Instead of designing for the mass market or whats marketable, I want them to design based upon their initial inspiraitons. The inspiration and passion they’ve had since the initial stages of them wanting to design. I want more designers to essentially embrace that they ARE designers and for them to create something from their own personal aesthetic and points of reference.
What do you wish you could wear? Are there looks you appreciate but don’t buy for yourself?
I wish I could do full-on Damir Doma looks. I’ve always wanted to pull off the type of looks by Damir or Siki Im because there’s a romance to what they do aesthetically and it isn’t so severe. For me and knowing my personal style I could never do that look head to toe. I really appreciate it but I know my limitations. I would REALLY love to wear voluminous robes made of linen & copious amounts of draping and look like a citizen of Tatooine but I live on Earth.
What are designers are you excited about every season?
Dries Van Noten, Shaun Samson, N.Hoolywood, Christophe Lemaire, Umit Benan, 3.1 Philip Lim, and I’ve been loving Paul Smith mainline lately.
JonCarlo Domingo currently works as the East Coast Brand Ambassador for Oliver Peoples and you might see him on his frequent travels throughout the region.
Photography by Rocky Li