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rague, Malta, Lisbon and Porto. It’s been a busy couple of months for me and an even busier couple of weeks for us here at London Lux. Launching, producing and managing a print publication is an arduous task that comes with its high points and its pitfalls. That said, as the summer comes to a close and the jet setting calms down, you can count on the autumn and winter periods to provide some much needed tranquillity. Time better spent in doors, by a fire as the dark and colder nights make their way into your schedules. I hope you enjoy this edition of London Lux and there’s something for you in our wide range of features, such as a piece on Eric Clapton or a look at luxury brand Felio Siby, there’s bound to be something in here for you. See you next time.
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Contents 18-21 Inspired by himself
Meet the Team EDITOR
Corey Richards STAFF WRITER
Kieran Webber ART DIRECTOR
Imogen Blake DEPUTY ART DIRECTOR
Mathew Pearson ACCOUNT DIRECTOR
Sulinder Parylo ACCOUNT MANAGER
Stella Orena CONTRIBUTORS:
Dominique Siby Eric Clapton DIRECTOR
Amanda Gething CEO
28-29 Clapton or Cordings
30-37 Art 38-45 Interiors
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Inspired by himself
We took some time to look at Felio Siby, luxury clothing line by designer Dominque Siby. Siby is bold, powerful and raw. Check him out. Corey Richards
n the fashion industry, what differentiates one designer from another is how they interpret their surroundings and draw inspiration from their experiences. For fashion designer Dominique Siby that inspiration stems from his culture. Growing up in his home country of Gabon, Africa, and later moving to Paris allowed Dominique to be exposed to a world that boasted both style and creativity.
Dominique’s design ethos is one that resonates with many designers. While some are influenced by fine art - a lot of Scottish designer, Bill Gibb’s things were influenced by the slashed panels in dresses in, say, Flemish paintings – others are influenced by their life. It is this idea of influence and creativity that makes a designer stand out. It’s easy to replicate; but to understand, interpret and put your own twist on something is how fantastic designers are born. However, Dominque is a man who is only influenced by himself. While he can appreciate the big names, they have never influenced his own work. His work is utterly unique in
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Fashion designers must draw from their lives to create truly remarkable brands. Dominique was encouraged by the vision of his father to make clothing and set out to develop his own bold creations through his luxury clothing line, Felio Siby. Their design incorporates the culture of the three regions that the designer has inhabited. With every exotic skin and unique pattern, Dominique fearlessly continues to bring to life the vision of his father.
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taste and style. Once stating, “I saw the big designers, back in the day, like Jean-Paul Gautier, Versace…but I’m not inspired by any of them. I can give you a bunch of names, but they are not my inspiration.” Dominique always wanted to be a fashion designer. “Every time I bought clothes I saw that they could have been done in another way. I always wanted to add something different,” he explains. It took a long time to make this dream of designing clothes happen because wearing clothes versus establishing your own clothing line is not easy and are two different things.
on his bucket list, or his dream of owning a jet (that could easily become a reality), his fledgling brand oozes sleek sophistication that is hard to find these days. Furthermore, Dominique is involved in the entire process, from picking the fabric to the final product. Regarding his line of bags, it’s something that came while he was doing the clothing line. “Since I travel a great deal, I always loved duffel bags, and once I started working with exotics leather— python, crocodile, ostrich —I decided to create my own bags, and now I’m also doing women’s handbags and shoes.”
I always loved duffel bags, and once I started working with exotics leather— python, ... I decided to create my own bags
But coming from such a small country (1.5 million), it can be hard to be exposed to the wider industry and fashion. Dominique once lamented, “we are very fashionable in Africa. Me, being there and I lived in Paris, one of the best cities in the world, when it comes to fashion. I’ve been in Miami, San Diego, Los Angeles…I see fashion everywhere. It’s something that is just in me. I want to do something that I want, not what I see in stores. It comes from me. I like to blend different fabric from cotton to cashmere to leather. That’s what I love. That’s what I’m doing.” It’s natural and that’s the beauty of Felio Siby, it all just seems so effortless.
Felio Siby is a brand that is driven at the helm by an extremely focused designer who knows what he wants. Whether than be to catch a shark when asked about things
He’s involved in the entire process because it’s something he loves. Creating is a part of him – “I love creating stuff. When you say fashion, a jean is always going to look like a jean, whether it’s by whoever, it’s still a jean. You put your twist to it. That’s what I like. A t- shirt is always going to be a t-shirt, whether you get it for $5 at Kmart or $250 at Neiman Marcus, it’s still a t-shirt. It’s just how you make it. That’s what I love about fashion.”
What makes Dominique and Felio Siby truly interesting is the designs themselves. They’re bold and powerful. Able to combine elegant blue notes with sharp and deep reds. Using the premium materials, they’ve been able to create beautiful clothing, bags and timepieces. Just look at the Thomas Berdych Watch, the design is so effortless and smooth that it all just works. There’s a certain confidence behind the design that permeates through and encapsulates the raw, handmade craft.
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Eric Clapton on Cordings From a self confessed working class country boy overawed at trying on his first tweed suit to a world class performer proud to be eccentric, we asked just how did a love affair with a very English tradition begin. Corey Richards
first became aware of Cordings, I think when I was in my mid teens. I come from the country, and the highlight of my week would be to listen to guitar players and musicians and it was difficult to get home.
I would spend that time till dawn walking the west end and I remembered Cordings in my mind as a place of tradition and something to do with the heritage of England.
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I went off on my life and went around the world playing guitar and every now and then I would look in the window and I saw this suit. It was a sort of moss green herringbone tweed suit 3 piece. I thought God this is beautiful, I mean it was just the most exquisitely cut jacket. I plucked up the courage, to try it on. It took quite a lot of courage I don’t know what that is all about, I guess it’s something to do with the fact that I’m a working-class country boy, and this in a way was like entering a Gentleman’s Club. I felt that I really wasn’t entitled to come in here, so I came in you know, very shyly and I tried it on. It was immaculate. It was storm proof, it was like wood. It was like wearing a green wooden suit, I loved it so much that I came back once a week. This [pictured] is my favourite one. I just felt like I had come home in terms of what I needed to be in the country.
Trys suit on: It’s perfect, that’ll open up, (lifts arms) a lot of people don’t get it right or they’ll go shooting and forget to have something like that and they’ll miss birds by miles because they can’t get their arms all the way up and it’s really quite important. I’ll take this one, I think. I am a traditionalist at heart, but I also like a lot of modern things too. The interesting thing to me is to watch how all of this can evolve. It seemed like it was really a preservation act. I thought I would love to be able to keep this going, not for any other reason than just for me so that I can come here to Cordings. I’m very selfish in that way, (chuckles) and at least that means I’ll be able to come here and I’ll be able to carry on buying things here, and that was it. I had a problem with these originally because my skin is sensitive to wool, I don’t like wearing wool. Looks at shirt: So these are just cotton. I mean this is the most beautiful shirt in the world that you can get and it’s nothing to do with the countryside. The beauty of this shop is that it does cater for people like me. It verges on the eccentric, you know a home for eccentrics and if it wasn’t, where would I go? Or where would other people go? It is interesting to stay for an hour or two and to watch the kind of people that come in and shop here, not your everyday high street shopper really (Laughs ….) Thank God.
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