3 posts tagged "Fantastic Man"
Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom of the must-read men’s mag Fantastic Man are no strangers to collaboration—they’ve already teamed up with Parfums Byredo on a fragrance. Their new joint venture, with Sweden’s White Briefs Company, provides the next step in the man’s wardrobe: underwear. “We all need underwear,” Jonkers explains to Opening Ceremony, where the three-piece collection—a brief, a tee, and a tank—are now in stock. “It’s a nice necessity.” (The pieces are all in white cotton mesh, making them also a pretty bare necessity.) As it turns out, you can take the editors out of the magazine, but you can’t take the magazine out of the editors—the duo oversaw the design and execution of the skivvies’ packaging, too, with Andreas Larsson shooting and FM‘s Jodie Barnes styling.
The Brit brand Sunspel stands tall in the annals of underwear history: The label, founded in 1860, claims to have introduced the boxer short to England. No small achievement, that (although, in some ways, it is: The English call underwear “smalls”.) The line has had its ups and downs in the century-plus since, but its star is on the rise again, thanks to a new designer (J.W. Anderson, who’s working on full collections of underwear, tees, and jerseys for men and women) and its latest managing team (CEO Dominic Hazelburst, who in 2005 quit his job as a band manager touring the United States on a motorcycle to buy the company with his pal Nick Brooke—as one does).
Sunspel has already attracted a bit of notice for some high-profile placements, like Daniel Craig, who wore its Rivera polo shirt in his Bond flicks (“What could be more British than 007 and Sunspel together?” asks Hazelburst). But more is on the way, judging from last night’s London party, thrown in conjunction with men’s mag Fantastic Man. Katie Grand, Lulu Kennedy, Richard Nicoll, Louise Gray, and even Tate Modern director Chris Dercon hit Shoreditch to check out the latest issue of FM (which should have fantastic sales, thanks to cover boy David Beckham) and fashion photog Alasdair McLellan’s five-minute short film on, topically enough, boxers in Sunspel boxers, Repton Boxing Club. (It can be viewed above and at Sunspel.com.) All that remains is to fully unite the two tribes. Just imagine: Becks in briefs? TKO.
Fantastic Man, the charming if occasionally mannered menswear publication, always manages to surprise. Its autumn/winter edition, on discerning newsstands now, is no exception. Trust its sharp-eyed editors, Jop van Bennekom and Gert Jonkers, to spot that David Walliams, the British comedian, is a Tom Ford fanatic. Walliams, perhaps best known here for his cross-dressing “I’m a lady” character on HBO’s Little Britain USA and for his marriage to the model Lara Stone, looks nothing short of dapper, wearing his own Ford clothes in Alasdair McLellan’s black-and-white photo shoot. The accompanying interview also contains this gem: Walliams would like to star with his equally brilliant comedy partner Matt Lucas in a film adaptation of The Beautiful Fall, Alicia Drake’s book about the rivalry between Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent. It may be only a dream at this point, but that would be fantastic.