10 Questions | Oliver Spencer

1. What turned you on to clothing and how old were you when it happened?
My first tweed suit was my grandfathers and I had it altered to fit. He had already worn it in for me. I still draw inspiration from that suit.

2. Tell me about your fashion training: fashion school or self-taught? Apprenticeship/internship?
Self-taught. I did a textile apprenticeship then started-off selling second hand clothing on Portobello Road.

3. What about being a fashion designer do you like the most? The least?
It’s like being a kid in a sweet shop. All day and every day I get to look at great textiles and check out what people are wearing. What I like least – the politics.

4. Do you have a muse? If so, who? How does s/he inspire your designs?
William Gilchrist. (UK stylist and sartorialist) He just puts it all together so well, with minimal effort.

5. Which cities do you find most inspiring? Most fashionable?
Right now definitely London. The eclecticism of it all. Every body has their own individual look on – the way we all should turn ourselves out.

6. If you could change 1 (or more) aspects of the fashion world, what would it be?
I’d like to see an evolution to the retail structure where sales happen for four weeks every season at a set time. Like they do in France.

7. What advice would you give to aspiring designers?
Be brave. And be very, very committed. It’s a job for life.

8. Favorite stores to shop in?
Le Bon Marche in Paris. Liberty in London. Barney’s New York, uptown.

9. Besides yourself, your favorite designer(s)?
Right now, Cathal McAteer from Folk. Dries Van Noten. I love his textiles.

10. What’s your dream project?
To design a car.

Check out Oliver Spencer’s store in New York @ 330 East 11th Street, New York, NY 10003 +1 212 475 0079. Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 12-9pm / Sunday 12-8pm. And don’t forget Spencer‘s site.