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David Gandy

David Gandy


Words & Portraits Kirk Truman


“You know, if you were ask me about the history of fashion, I probably could tell you very little…”

Over the past two decades, David Gandy has established a deserved reputation for having a careful eye for detail. Catching the attention of leading designers such as Dolce & Gabbana for Mario Testino’s Light Blue campaign, the London-based designer has built an unmatched career in the British fashion industry. He’s an intellectual, a gentleman, and a businessman who finds escapism in motoring. David and I met in Nice, 868 miles away from our capital, and from here we drove the Jaguar XE to St Tropez; on the way back, we drove the F-Pace SVR through the Route Napoléon, shooting en route. Along the way, we discussed life in London, David’s career and Jaguar’s iconic designs, which have captivated his imagination since his youth.

Tell me about the early years of your career.

I was at university in my early 20s. The only thing I learned there was that I shouldn’t have gone to university! Unbeknown to me, a friend entered me in a competition with Select Model Management. I won, and received a contract with the agency. I knew nothing about the industry, and, at first, I was a very much an observer wending my way through a world I didn’t understand. I dressed in a utilitarian way. I didn’t know anything about it and hadn’t ever aspired to be part of the industry.

What was the turning point in your career?

I’d spent a lot of time going to castings which weren’t for me. I suppose I wasn’t really doing what I wanted to be doing and, to be truthful, I felt that at times I didn’t know what I wanted to do. It was the brilliant Tandy Anderson at Select who gave me the guidance I needed. I began to think about how I could work toward achieving a lasting effect in the industry and doing something nobody had ever done before, something iconic.

To me, that meant becoming the best in my game and getting a chance to work with the greatest creatives in the industry. I left behind all of my commercial work, earning nothing for months and months: it was the chance I needed to take to open up a bolder opportunity. This led to me working with Dolce & Gabbana, and subsequently becoming the face of the Light Blue fragrance.

With your work veering in a new direction, what did you take from this experience?

It was an education for me. I was passionate about photography during my youth, so I already had my own ideas of creative direction. I told myself to walk before I could run. I was just very genuinely curious about everybody I was working with. I wanted to understand the role and every element of each individual I worked with. Photographers such as Mario Testino to Steven Meisel – their intuition and creativity captivated and inspired me. More than anything, I listened, which I don’t particularly feel people do so much today. Working with Dolce & Gabbana and creatives who inspired my own thinking and direction, I knew that one day this would lead me to curate and creative-direct my own projects.

How should others interpret your work?

I’ve always described myself to people as the middle ground between an average guy on the street and the fashion industry. I hope that I can be a voice between the two. You know, funnily enough, I really don’t enjoy having my photograph taken. More and more in life, I’ve become increasingly selective about who I work with. I’d like to say that I’ve gotten to where I am now with a bit of luck, but in fact it was hard work.

What does our capital mean to you as your home?

I can walk down any street in  London and I still feel like I see something new each time. Everybody has this vision of the streets of New York, Paris and Milan being paved with gold. I’ve always felt that London is the most creative and influential city in the world. I’ve reflected this in my work, working primarily with British brands such and M&S, Jaguar, and Aspinal of London. We’re an inspiration – we’re multicultural and the greatest capital city in the world.

How did you develop a passion for motoring?

How do you begin to explain a thing like that? Cars have been ingrained into my psyche from my youth. They just have. It’s an obsession. You know, if you were to ask me about the history of fashion, I probably could tell you very little. If you were to ask me about the brake horsepower, the designer, or how a car was developed, I’d probably be able to tell you everything! My family have always been into cars. I can remember going to my grandfather’s house before I could ever even properly read, looking endlessly through car books. It’s part of who I am, and my route to escapism.

Tell me about your relationship with Jaguar. How would you define the spirit of a Jaguar?

I believe that you can’t have a one-night stand with a brand. Anything I work on with a brand is authentic and long-term. I have fond memories as a youngster of driving around Europe with my family in a Jaguar. I started working with Jaguar in 2009 and the relationship has grown from there. It started out with just a conversation and has organically progressed. More and more, I have had the privilege of being able to see behind the scenes of the design process of each model, and now I work closely with the design team. From being shown the clay models of the vehicles prior to production with Design Director, Ian Callum, as well as racing their cars, Jaguar has become part of my family and my life. To me, Jaguar is the defining British motoring designer. As with the F-PACE SVR, each and every Jaguar is designed in such a way that, even when standing still, it looks as if it is about to leap towards you. Every time you get behind the wheel of a Jaguar, you should feel that look and character.

What are your future aspirations?

There are some in life who are happy to sit and watch the world pass by. I just can’t do that. I always have to be doing something. As I’ve become more selective in life, I’ve thought about this at length. Many people have asked me whether I would consider developing my own brand in time. Doors open, doors close. I’m open to it. Life is a game of chess, and hopefully I’m making the right decisions to take me toward checkmate. I’ve invested over the years in a number of brands, and my gut tells me that one day I will perhaps have to put my money where my mouth is and start my own.

@davidgandyofficial

jaguar.co.uk

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Wander Spring 19′

Wander Spring 19′

Journal leaves London to wander and explore the beauty of England and the Canary Islands during the Spring months.


Words & Photography Kirk Truman


RANGE ROVER VELAR

THE COMPANION INTO THE TREES

I’m driving through our metropolis on route to the suburbs and the trees. My companion of choice was built in the midlands and designed in Coventry. The Velar looks a little like what you would’ve imagined kids in the 1980s would’ve thought a Range Rover would’ve looked in the 21st century. With its concealed door handles, its as sleek as you’d desire an SUV to be and I feel shows a new design direction for Land Rover; above and beyond, refined and capable.

Producing the first mass-produced civilian vehicles with doors, Land Rover is a reputable British icon and Royal Warrant holder which has become the motor of choice for both the British military and for families around the UK. Today, the Defender, Range Rover, Discovery and Range Rover Sport are icons of British manufacturing, motoring and design. Benchmarks for luxury off-road vehicles, Land Rover is famed worldwide.

My companion leaves me a little shaken and a little stirred for Journal’s Spring wander. The Velar’s interior is elegant and simple. From optional Configurable Ambient Interior Lighting to the split sliding armrests, everything has been designed, crafted and carefully thought out to maximise relaxation. As I leave the city behind and emerge into the trees, I sight the dirt track and the pines engaging the Mud Ruts programme. Nerved, I make the turn off road passing through the South Downs of Sussex. The Velar is durable and dynamic on and off road. Torque-on-demand All Wheel Drive (AWD) delivers outstanding on road performance and full off-road capability. The wheels pull me through the soil, the water and the scraps of flint rock which emerge from the dirt as a I approach the trees.

LANDROVER.CO.UK

RANGE ROVER VOGUE SE
52.0298° N, 2.3875° W

KILLING TIME IN EASTNOR

Leaving our capital behind, after just over 3 hours behind the wheel I reach Eastnor Castle in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the same distance from the tripoint of the county with Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. Greeting me? The Range Rover Vogue SE at Land Rover's test centre; 66 miles of carefully managed trails, steep slippery inclines, articulation tracks, ruts, open ground and deep water. I am told that a special agreement has been reached between the family whom built Eastnor Castle and Land Rover, granting the Royal Warrant holder special permissions to refine and rest the off-road capability of every new Land Rover on this varied terrain for decades. Where better than to kill time with the Land Rover Experience.

Whatever the conditions, the new Range Rover’s exceptional performance and capability are undiminished while customers benefit from reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, along with entry to areas with restrictions on combustion engine-only vehicles. Peerless ride quality, regardless of the terrain or conditions, is a core part of the Range Rover experience. Its needless to say; the Range Rover even more pretty-faced covered in mud off-road.  A class-leading suspension system combines poise and stability with exceptional ride isolation for flat, confident cornering and delivers a natural and intuitive feel behind the wheel. Comprising a lightweight front and rear design, the suspension layout perfectly complements the advanced aluminium construction. Its fully independent layout features a wide-spaced double wishbone set-up at the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear. Translation? This is a purpose built master of off-roading which for the average Londoner, will never see the dirt to its fullest capacity.

LANDROVER.CO.UK

THE PAINSWICK, COTSWOLDS
51.7848° N, 2.1931° W

103 MILES FROM LONDON

Through the mullion windows of this Grade-II listed mansion you take in breathtaking panoramas of the lovely Painswick Valley. The Painswick is situated on a quiet lane behind the main street of one of the prettiest towns in the Cotswolds. Painswick’s famous church is a hop and skip away and the exquisite Painswick Rococo Garden is within easy reach. Decked in a medley of greys, blues and greens and with striking prints and graphic artworks on the walls, The Painswick exudes chic comfort. It has been a hotel since the 1950s and until recently was called Cotswold 88, a whimsical name matched by eccentrically avant garde décor. 

In 2015 it was acquired by the Calcot Manor group, whose other hotels, such as Barnsley House, encapsulate gorgeous, easy-going luxury. After a major makeover it reopened in spring 2016, soothed, smoothed and devised as a more affordable option compared to the group’s high-end properties. The 16 bedrooms are individually styled and have retro-chic flourishes – an Art Deco table here, a 1920s-style lamp there. Seven in the garden wing are smaller than those in the main house.

THEPAINSWICK.CO.UK

BURLEY MANOR, NEW FOREST
50.8303° N, 1.7011° W

98 MILES FROM LONDON

Driving through the New Forest feels a bit like going on safari while making your way to Burley Manor. Built in 1852 by a Verderer (a custodian of the New Forest) this grand home became a hotel in the 1930s, and apart from briefly being requisitioned by the military during the Second World War, it has welcomed guests ever since.

A £1.8m refurbishment was completed in recent years, and Burley Manor relaunched as a restaurant with rooms. Competition is fierce in this area, though, with dining favourite The Pig and its sister property, Lime Wood nearby. The decor combines bold modern fabrics with traditional artwork, while some of the larger rooms in the main house have features such as roll-top baths in the bedrooms, or exposed floorboards. Out in the gardens, a small pool is open from June to September, with two spa treatment rooms inside.

Leaving Burley Manor behind, Burley village is lined with quaint shops, many of which play on the area’s witchcraft connections. But the real appeal of the area is the walking; there’s a great circular route that takes you from opposite the cricket club on the edge of the village, out across windswept moorland, and along a disused railway line guarded by gangs of ponies.

BURLEYMANOR.COM

LANZAROTE, CANARY ISLANDS
29.0469° N, 13.5900° W

1809 MILES FROM LONDON

One of the Canary islands off the coast of West Africa administered by Spain, Lanzarote is known for its year-round warm weather, beaches and volcanic landscape. Timanfaya National Park’s rocky landscape was created by volcanic eruptions in the 1730s. Cueva de los Verdes has caverns formed by an underground river of lava. East-coast resort Puerto del Carmen is home to whitewashed villas, beaches and dive centers.

BARCELO, TEGUISE BEACH
28.9957° N, 13.4895° W

SPRING IN THE CANARY ISLANDS

After a major refurbishment in 2015, this boutique hotel in Costa Teguise Lanzarote stands out for having hot tubs in most of the 305 rooms, either inside the room or on the terrace. Inspired by the local architecture, this addition to Barcelo’s portfolio offers guests an avant-garde room by the sea, with all the light and tranquillity which Lanzarote has to offer.

The adults only hotel has also refurbished its bars and restaurants, giving it a new modern, state-of-the-art feel. In addition, many new activities and services for adults have been included, such as a magnificent U-Spa, 2 infinity pools and a fitness studio. The adults only Barceló Teguise Beach provides its guests with a special and unique experience, just like the island itself. An island of beautiful volcanic lands known as the “Black Pearl of the Atlantic”, which formed César Manrique’s way of seeing the world. This multi-talented artist said; Lanzarote is the most beautiful place on Earth and I am going to show its beauty to the world.

BARCELO.COM

Wander Spring 19′

Wander Spring 19′

 

Journal leaves London to wander and explore the beauty of England and the Canary Islands during the Spring months.


Words & Photography Kirk Truman


RANGE ROVER VELAR

THE COMPANION INTO THE TREES

I’m driving through our metropolis on route to the suburbs and the trees. My companion of choice was built in the midlands and designed in Coventry. The Velar looks a little like what you would’ve imagined kids in the 1980s would’ve thought a Range Rover would’ve looked in the 21st century. With its concealed door handles, its as sleek as you’d desire an SUV to be and I feel shows a new design direction for Land Rover; above and beyond, refined and capable.

Producing the first mass-produced civilian vehicles with doors, Land Rover is a reputable British icon and Royal Warrant holder which has become the motor of choice for both the British military and for families around the UK. Today, the Defender, Range Rover, Discovery and Range Rover Sport are icons of British manufacturing, motoring and design. Benchmarks for luxury off-road vehicles, Land Rover is famed worldwide.

My companion leaves me a little shaken and a little stirred for Journal’s Spring wander. The Velar’s interior is elegant and simple. From optional Configurable Ambient Interior Lighting to the split sliding armrests, everything has been designed, crafted and carefully thought out to maximise relaxation. As I leave the city behind and emerge into the trees, I sight the dirt track and the pines engaging the Mud Ruts programme. Nerved, I make the turn off road passing through the South Downs of Sussex. The Velar is durable and dynamic on and off road. Torque-on-demand All Wheel Drive (AWD) delivers outstanding on road performance and full off-road capability. The wheels pull me through the soil, the water and the scraps of flint rock which emerge from the dirt as a I approach the trees.

LANDROVER.CO.UK

RANGE ROVER VOGUE SE

52.0298° N, 2.3875° W

KILLING TIME IN EASTNOR

Leaving our capital behind, after just over 3 hours behind the wheel I reach Eastnor Castle in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the same distance from the tripoint of the county with Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. Greeting me? The Range Rover Vogue SE at Land Rover’s test centre; 66 miles of carefully managed trails, steep slippery inclines, articulation tracks, ruts, open ground and deep water. I am told that a special agreement has been reached between the family whom built Eastnor Castle and Land Rover, granting the Royal Warrant holder special permissions to refine and rest the off-road capability of every new Land Rover on this varied terrain for decades. Where better than to kill time with the Land Rover Experience.

Whatever the conditions, the new Range Rover’s exceptional performance and capability are undiminished while customers benefit from reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, along with entry to areas with restrictions on combustion engine-only vehicles. Peerless ride quality, regardless of the terrain or conditions, is a core part of the Range Rover experience. Its needless to say; the Range Rover even more pretty-faced covered in mud off-road.  A class-leading suspension system combines poise and stability with exceptional ride isolation for flat, confident cornering and delivers a natural and intuitive feel behind the wheel. Comprising a lightweight front and rear design, the suspension layout perfectly complements the advanced aluminium construction. Its fully independent layout features a wide-spaced double wishbone set-up at the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear. Translation? This is a purpose built master of off-roading which for the average Londoner, will never see the dirt to its fullest capacity.

LANDROVER.CO.UK

THE PAINSWICK, COTSWOLDS

51.7848° N, 2.1931° W

103 MILES FROM LONDON

Through the mullion windows of this Grade-II listed mansion you take in breathtaking panoramas of the lovely Painswick Valley. The Painswick is situated on a quiet lane behind the main street of one of the prettiest towns in the Cotswolds. Painswick’s famous church is a hop and skip away and the exquisite Painswick Rococo Garden is within easy reach. Decked in a medley of greys, blues and greens and with striking prints and graphic artworks on the walls, The Painswick exudes chic comfort. It has been a hotel since the 1950s and until recently was called Cotswold 88, a whimsical name matched by eccentrically avant garde décor. 

In 2015 it was acquired by the Calcot Manor group, whose other hotels, such as Barnsley House, encapsulate gorgeous, easy-going luxury. After a major makeover it reopened in spring 2016, soothed, smoothed and devised as a more affordable option compared to the group’s high-end properties. The 16 bedrooms are individually styled and have retro-chic flourishes – an Art Deco table here, a 1920s-style lamp there. Seven in the garden wing are smaller than those in the main house.

THEPAINSWICK.CO.UK

 

BURLEY MANOR, NEW FOREST

50.8303° N, 1.7011° W

98 MILES FROM LONDON

Driving through the New Forest feels a bit like going on safari while making your way to Burley Manor. Built in 1852 by a Verderer (a custodian of the New Forest) this grand home became a hotel in the 1930s, and apart from briefly being requisitioned by the military during the Second World War, it has welcomed guests ever since.

A £1.8m refurbishment was completed in recent years, and Burley Manor relaunched as a restaurant with rooms. Competition is fierce in this area, though, with dining favourite The Pig and its sister property, Lime Wood nearby. The decor combines bold modern fabrics with traditional artwork, while some of the larger rooms in the main house have features such as roll-top baths in the bedrooms, or exposed floorboards. Out in the gardens, a small pool is open from June to September, with two spa treatment rooms inside.

Leaving Burley Manor behind, Burley village is lined with quaint shops, many of which play on the area’s witchcraft connections. But the real appeal of the area is the walking; there’s a great circular route that takes you from opposite the cricket club on the edge of the village, out across windswept moorland, and along a disused railway line guarded by gangs of ponies.

BURLEYMANOR.COM

 

LANZAROTE, CANARY ISLANDS

29.0469° N, 13.5900° W

1809 MILES FROM LONDON

One of the Canary islands off the coast of West Africa administered by Spain, Lanzarote is known for its year-round warm weather, beaches and volcanic landscape. Timanfaya National Park’s rocky landscape was created by volcanic eruptions in the 1730s. Cueva de los Verdes has caverns formed by an underground river of lava. East-coast resort Puerto del Carmen is home to whitewashed villas, beaches and dive centers.

BARCELO, TEGUISE BEACH

28.9957° N, 13.4895° W

SPRING IN THE CANARY ISLANDS

After a major refurbishment in 2015, this boutique hotel in Costa Teguise Lanzarote stands out for having hot tubs in most of the 305 rooms, either inside the room or on the terrace. Inspired by the local architecture, this addition to Barcelo’s portfolio offers guests an avant-garde room by the sea, with all the light and tranquillity which Lanzarote has to offer.

The adults only hotel has also refurbished its bars and restaurants, giving it a new modern, state-of-the-art feel. In addition, many new activities and services for adults have been included, such as a magnificent U-Spa, 2 infinity pools and a fitness studio. The adults only Barceló Teguise Beach provides its guests with a special and unique experience, just like the island itself. An island of beautiful volcanic lands known as the “Black Pearl of the Atlantic”, which formed César Manrique’s way of seeing the world. This multi-talented artist said; Lanzarote is the most beautiful place on Earth and I am going to show its beauty to the world.

BARCELO.COM