This week’s guest blogger on the Moment at NYTimes.com is Kim Jones, the British men’s wear designer who was recently hired as creative director of the British men’s luxury brand Dunhill. Jones started out designing under his own name in 2003 at London fashion week, made his Paris debut in 2004 and was named men’s wear designer of the year by the British Fashion Council in 2006. He also collaborated on a book with the American art photographer Luke Smalley, and has designed for companies including Uniqlo, Topman, Umbro, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss and Iceberg.
Jones say on his first entry, “Having just started working at Dunhill, I have found it very easy to draw inspiration from the company’s rich heritage. Alfred Dunhill himself was an innovator and had a very modern approach to life, so hopefully I can bring a similar feeling to the Dunhill of the future. When thinking about moving the company forward and how I fit into that process, I always consider what would inspire and drive Alfred Dunhill if he were alive today. The similarities between us, although perhaps not immediately evident, are profound. Along with his classic aesthetic and eye for the modern, he was a big traveler and loved the idea of exploring the world.”
Dunhill is a label I’ve always been fond of but never really could afford, and I’m hugely excited to see the start (pictured above) of what Jones will be affecting while with them. I’m looking forward to hearing more of his thoughts over the course of the week.