Simeon Farrar Talks Art and Fashion

One of our designer favourites, Simeon Farrar, talks about his art and clothes with London’s Metro.

What are you wearing?

I’m wearing my favourite T-shirt from a Jean-Michel Basquiat show at the 
Serpentine Gallery a few years ago, Jil Sander jacket, Johnbull jeans from Japan and some scruffy Vans.

Describe your style.

My friend and I joke about this. We describe our style as ‘post skate’. This will be the demographic of many men my age who used to be skateboarders. It’s the difficult period when you’re too old to actually skate 
but still like the style. Tricky.

How has your style evolved?

My trousers have got skinnier and they actually sit on my hips and not halfway down my backside. Rucksacks have evolved into man bags and the beard is respectably trimmed, unfortunately.

Any style mistakes?

I did have a haircut a while ago that turned into a terrifying bob that resembled Doris Day. I don’t want to talk about it.

How long does it take for you to get ready?

I’m up and out in half an hour. It’s usually dark, so most of my style choices are based on touch and feel. I only find out if it works when I’m on the Tube.

What inspires you style-wise?

I’m constantly torn between wanting to dress like an early 1990s skate punk 
and an edgy London fashion designer. I guess I sit in the middle most of the time.

Who inspires you personally?

My girlfriend. She’s always done her own thing and never conformed to much. She also navigates me through this post-skate minefield..

Do your friends dress the same as you?

I make them all wear Simeon Farrar clothes, so yes. I even have their babies dressed in Simeon Farrar.

Is there anything you’d like to change about your life?

Work less, more holidays, more suntans, more photoshoots, more hair and make-up.

How does what you wear relate to how you live?

Most of what I wear is covered in paint; it always has been and hopefully always will be.

Where and how do you shop?

It sounds pretentious but I seem to shop more when I’m in Japan. Everything fits me there. I rarely shop and, when I do, it’s like a Special Forces smash-and-grab mission – get in and out with as few casualties as possible.

What is your favourite piece of clothing?

A belt with two lions heads on it from Sam Ubhi London.

Favourite designers?

I don’t really have any, I don’t pay much attention. Is that bad?

Is there anything you’d like to own but can’t afford?

I’d love a painting by an artist called Barry McGee. I’ve followed him for years and will one day own some of his work.

Tell us a secret about yourself.

I can rap Vanilla Ice’s hit song, Ice Ice Baby, word for word.

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