Editorial

Metropolis

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Words Kirk Truman Photography Alan Schaller “I see it as more about being a fisherman than a hunter…” Alan Schaller and I are wandering in the metropolis. To be precise, we’re walking through the streets of Soho. Alan is watchful and observant, seeking every possible opportunity for the next image in his signature monochromatic style. He cradles a Leica in his hands, just as he does every day as he travels around our capital. He takes…
Business

Universal Works

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Interview & Photography Kirk Truman “A well-dressed man who keeps me in a job; and I’m very grateful to him for that…” David Keyte is the co-founder, director and designer of menswear label Universal Works, a brand that’s synonymous with the small-scale production of uncompromisingly honest and well-designed slow-fashion design that’s found a growing following around the world. I spoke to David about breaking into the business, world domination and the importance of being a man of…
People

Jing Lusi

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Interview & Portraits Etienne Gilfillan “Comedy is an unbelievably powerful tool…” After appearing in Crazy Rich Asians, one of 2018’s biggest surprise hits, British-Chinese actress Jing Lusi hasn’t been resting on her laurels but landing roles in major new series like The Romanoffs and The Feed. Journal met up with Jing at the Marylebone Hotel, to discuss Hollywood’s newest Asian talent invasion and to reminisce about her student days in Fitzrovia. Tell us about how you got your role in Crazy…
People

Damien Frost

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Interview Kirk Truman Portraits Joseph Lynn “I feel that just as my subjects often exist outside of traditional notions of gender, they also sit outside of time…” Damien Frost’s stunning photographs apply the techniques of classical portraiture to the larger-than-life denizens of Soho’s nightlife. Journal talked to him about the importance of documenting London’s threatened club scene and its colourful characters in an age of gentrification. Tell me about your upbringing and how you came to…
People

Serena Rees

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Words Kiera Court Portraits Simon Melber “…this is saying: be your own self because that’s the sexiest and best you can ever be.” It’s an unseasonably mild morning for October, and the quaint streets of Marylebone feel crisp and cheerful. I’m greeted with a similar degree of effortless warmth by Serena Rees, founder of lingerie label les girls les boys, when we meet for the first time at her studio. It is a basement beribboned with rails of…
Wander

Wander Winter 19′

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  Journal leaves London to wander and explore the beauty of Turkey and Spain during the winter months. Words & Photography Kirk Truman CHICLANA, SPAIN 1084 MILES FROM W1 Chiclana de la Frontera is located in the Andalusian province of Cadiz, south of the Gaditanian Bay. It’s just a half hour drive from Jerez de la Frontera airport, and an hour and a half from Seville. The urban centre of Chiclana has good amenities and also boasts…
Essentials

Essentials Winter 19′

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  Journal captures this Winter’s unique and beautifully crafted essentials in the heart of Central London. Words & Photography Kirk Truman   KESTIN HARE STYLE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE Neist Overshirt / Khaki £129 Reverse Fairisle / Tonal greys £229 Victoria Pant / Olive £155 Kestin Hare is a Scottish menswear brand from a designer who gets what works and is inspired by the clothes men want for everyday life. The brand was launched in 2014 when Kestin returned…
People

Daphne Guinness

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Interview Mark Wardel Portraits Etienne Gilfillan “I’m on a huge adventure in sound and vision, seeing how far I can take myself…” What seems like a billion people, a swirling, boiling mass of rainbow colours, whistles and chaos has brought London’s West End to a standstill on this hottest Pride day ever. But a few minutes later I step from the blowtorch heat and melting tarmac into the home of musician and high-octane muse Daphne Guinness, and…
Editorial

Just Suppose…

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  Words Kirk Truman Portraits Geoff MacCormack “As I remember, David and myself were fairly wired, yet this shot belies this…” Just suppose that your Brilliant Pal, David Bowie that is, said to you: “Will you join my band (The Spiders from Mars) and come on a tour? And would you mind awfully if we travelled (first class) by sea to New York, and then sailed from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Canada, Hawaii and on…
People

Jonathan Daniel Pryce

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Words & Portraits Kirk Truman “I want to photograph people who look genuine. Subjects who look like they live a full life…” Jonathan Daniel Pryce and I are walking around a three-bedroom apartment in New Oxford Street’s Centre Point. Beneath our feet lies Soho, and beyond it a stunning vista of the capital city which has helped him become an award-winning photographer of high fashion and street style. He takes out a vintage Canon camera…
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James Jonathan Turner

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Interview & Portraits Kirk Truman “Dressing well shouldn’t be elitist. It should be accessible to all…” James Jonathan Turner was born and bred in the capital; he’s that rare thing – a genuine Londoner. When we meet, he’s impeccably dressed, as ever, just as you’d expect from a gentleman whose knowledge of men’s style is second to none. His distinctive approach to clothing feels like something elegantly plucked from a previous century –and his care and…
Business

The Bloomsbury

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Words & Photography Kirk Truman “The Bloomsbury is about staying true to Lutyens’ design, to the neighbourhood itself and to the era in which the building was born…” We’re sitting in the once underused hotel reception area, today reincarnated as The Coral Room, also known as Bloomsbury’s ‘grand café’. Michael Neve is talking to me about The Bloomsbury, the hotel in the centre of the eponymous neighbourhood. It’s his second home, and as the hotel’s General…