The Grey Fox

 
David, the Grey Fox - image credit Jonathan Daniel

David, the Grey Fox - image credit Jonathan Daniel

Episode Two - A conversation with The Grey Fox, Mr David Evans and Thomas Clipper co-founder Tony Weiss.

In a cafe on the south bank of the Thames, David and Tony discuss the place of the older gentleman in fashion, the importance of fit and shoes and David comes clean about his pre-blog fashion sense.

David founded the Grey Fox blog in 2011 to give a voice to the older man interested in fashion. Aside from his blog, he has a fantastic Instagram account and tweets at @GreyFoxBlog. Tony is one of the co-founders at Thomas Clipper and tweets at @antonioeweiss.

 

Tony and David start out by talking about the motivation behind the Grey Fox blog, with David noting that whilst he is fighting for the democratisation of fashion to include elder gentlemen, the next thing he'd like to see is a greater appreciation for the older lady.

St Ninians Isle, image credit Visit Scotland - find out more

St Ninians Isle, image credit Visit Scotland - find out more

The conversation then turns to the British countryside and exploration of the islands off Scotland: white sand, but perhaps a little chillier than the Bahamas...

Next up Tony asks what we should be learning from our neighbours abroad - David would like to see more English wine. A wise move in our eyes. Talk turns to the excellent Jenkyn Place English sparkling wine.

The cork from the bottle of Jenkyn's Place opened to celebrate our launch.

The cork from the bottle of Jenkyn's Place opened to celebrate our launch.

Tony then asks about the development in menswear - David echoes our previous guest (see Episode One) in saying that suits and formalwear are becoming more popular in less formal settings. He goes on to blast cheap pointed shoes with plastic soles. This is partly a fashion issue, and partly a making one - they're cheap because they don't last, which causes waste. A good pair of shoes can lift an outfit, whilst a bad pair can ruin an otherwise top notch suit.

Much more to David's (and our) taste are Prince Charles' brilliantly polished 40 year old shoes. They last, they look brilliant and they're sustainable - very fitting for the Organic prince.

Thinking of sustainability leads the conversation to ethics, poor treatment of workers overseas and of course the Rana Plaza disaster (a strong commentary here in the New Yorker). One answer David suggests is, if you can afford it, to spend a little more, buy British and buy something that will last.

The last five minutes of the podcast are David coming clean... but as usual we'll let you find out more by having a listen...

Photo: Dave Thompson/PA, see this Guardian article for more

Photo: Dave Thompson/PA, see this Guardian article for more

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