When I first started on this blog adventure and I came up with the idea of textual conversations, one of the first people on the list was Oliver Spencer, since its launch in 2002, I’d admired his clothes, the cut, the design and overall feel of the stores and the brand, plus over the years as I got to know him from meeting him at various Fashion weeks, events and the occasional pint, I discovered what a genuine and decent fella Oliver is.
Now whats interesting to know is with no formal training Oliver founded the label as a reaction to the merging boundaries between mainstream and fashion collections, bridging the gap between dress-up and dress-down. The label mixes quintessential English style with quirky flourishes and attention to detail.His signature label sits alongside his involvement with Favourbrook, the label he founded in 1990, and which now has three stores on Jermyn Street, London, catering for those seeking an eclectic take on modern sophistication.
Of his eponymous collection, Oliver admits, “I wanted to create clothes that bridge the gap between workwear and fashion, mainstream and utility.” In doing so he developed a sophisticated and intelligent approach, where detail is vital in each and every garment. Detachable collars, innovative linings, hidden pockets and quirky accessories are all stamped by Spencer’s craftsmanship and tailoring skills. As he says, his collections are, “All about culture, not about cult.” Notably Oliver made the decision to aim the designs at a more grown-up clientele, who would judge the designs on merit alone, and in spite of maintaining high production and finishes, the clothes retain a handmade sensibility. However, in turn his skills have caught the attentions of the Great British high Street and has seen him work with, amongst others Selfridges, TopMan & Asos on exclusive collaborations. Plus he counts Paul Waller, Mad Men’s Don Draper, sorry Jon Hamm and Benicio Del Toro as ardent clients.
Anyway, enough of me going on with myself lets see what he’s got to say for himself;
In your own words what is you’re A/W12 collection about & What’s your favourite piece in the collection ?
A Feeling of 1970’s Arthouse and the impeccable style of a youthful Lucian Freud.
The two tone bomber is my favourite.
If you could have invented anything what would it be ?
What’s your favourite piece of clothing ?
KWay pack a mack.
Who is your style icon ?
Lucian Freud, because he’s eclectic and artistic.
Tell us something no one else knows ?
Prada is going to open on Shoreditch High Street.
Can you tie a bow tie ? If yes, who taught you?
Yes, Self taught.
What piece of clothing should everyman have in his wardrobe ?
A suit, one good suit.
Have you ever bought a piece of clothing and regretted it ?
Yes, A Yohji Yamamoto shirt, it was too big and made me look like a chef.
What do you have to do after this conversation?
Go and look at the venue for our forthcoming show.
What would you like to be doing after this conversation ?
Going to a restaurant.
What track would always get you on the dance floor?
Anything by Arcade Fire.