He’s one of the most interesting designer in the field of contemporary men’s fashion. His aesthetic vision is reflected in a relaxed style, never losing its artisan focus and the choice of the most refined fabrics. This mix of intentions, halfway between the formal menswear and casual streetwear, has immediately met with great success, projecting Oliver Spencer on the stage of international fashion system. Oliver launched the homonymous brand in 2002 and, in a few years, starting from the single monobrand store in Lambs Conduit Street, in the centre of London, he built four stores and increased the online business. Moreover, his collection has found spaces and approval in the most famous department stores, like Selfridges, Liberty of London and Mr. Porter. Spencer refuses the compromises between design and quality, that’s why among his suppliers he includes the best Italian and English producers of fabrics, in order to offer to his public perfect clothes. Nowadays 40% of his manufacture is realized in the UK, while the other part is entrusted to the best international producers. With MANINTOWN he talked not only about fashion, but also about his private life and his life’s choices.
Which type of man wears Oliver Spencer?
Creative and free thinking with an entrepreneurial spirit.
Which is the look/item that represents the most its style?
Our tan suede Buck Jacket. With its minimalist design, clean lines and concealed pockets, the Buck Jacket is now available in nine colourways and varying fabrics. From lightweight pink linen to super soft tan suede. A double zip through fastening ensures no restriction to movement, whilst an adjustable buttoned waist helps give the perfect fit. A classic
Does it exist a cult item that is repeated every season?
Our Clerkenwell Tab Shirt .
How is the brand growing?
We’re growing independently through retail and online.
Which are your sources of inspiration for your collections?
London, subcultures, music, architecture, a creative lifestyle.
How do u see man’s elegance is evolving?
As casual and contemporary styles become more and more popular for everyday wear, both outside and inside of the workplace, I see suits being used less more for formal occasions only. More casual styles show peoples character which is never a bad thing.
Your tips for a man to be always smart and distinctive?
Start with a good pair of shoes and work your way up.
Your future goal and next project?
Our new store in Notting Hill, London. It’s due to open next month with a launch party in the following weeks. We’re also collaborating with my good friend and artist David Austen on some limited edition t shirts. Not to mention our spring/summer 2018 show for London Fashion Week Men’s.
Celebrities you work with and you wish to cooperate in the future because very close to your vision?
Daniel Craig, Damon Albarn.
According to you, what are the places to know in London?
The Lamb pub on Lamb’s Conduit Street.
What is your special place in London? The one where you can regenerate yourself?
Walking my dog along The River Thames.
What are the restaurant or the food we should not miss?
The River Café, or some spicy Indian food from lahore kebab house.
Give us an art gallery or a museum to visit?
Tate Britain. The Hockney retrospective is a must see.
A design studio or a designer to keep an eye on and why?
Conrad Shawcross. The use of texture in his work is the future of modern architecture.
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Photographer| Edoardo DeRuggiero
Stylist| Nicholas Galletti
Hair| Azumi Higaki
Make up| Constance Haond
Model|Philip LDB @ New Madison