Q&A with David Blakeley
Hawes & Curtis proudly introduces David Blakeley as one of the faces of the Winter 2015 Collection, which encapsulates the elegant regal style of British menswear. As well as being a renowned model, actor and TV presenter, David was a Commander in the secretive British military unit and wrote two bestselling books – Pathfinder and Maverick One- based on his experiences. We caught up with him to talk style and discover more about his adventurous past.
Q. What are your favourite pieces from Hawes & Curtis’ Winter 2015 Collection?
I liked the trilby hats too. I grew up watching Clint Eastwood in the cowboys TV series Rawhide. Later in life I was extremely proud to earn my Parachute Regiment maroon beret. I think we’ll see a lot more men wearing smart British hats this winter.
Q. Describe your style in three words.
A. Rugged, classic, British.
Q. What five items of clothing should every man own?
A. A black bow tie that is not pre-tied. A vintage watch that is unique to the man wearing it. A pair of comfortable driving shoes which are not only great for being behind the wheel but also light and smart for weekends away and hot destinations. A pair of classic sunglasses. Finally a pair of running shoes. I like to run or train outdoors in any place I travel to. It’s a great way to energise and see different cities or countryside. You can blow out the cobwebs from any journey and it helps you feel great in what you later wear for work or meetings.
Q. How did you go from being a military hero to a renowned model?
A. I don’t claim to be either. I was lucky enough to be trained by and work with some of the best soldiers in the world and operate behind enemy lines. This makes you raise your standards and learn from progression and mastering new challenges. It is something I try to work on every day of my life. I served for ten years as a Pathfinder and a Paratrooper. This included HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) skydiving under the cover of darkness. I was injured on a mission and in my recovery trained to become a performing artist. I was then approached by agents to drive fast cars, ride motorbikes, gallop horses and abseil down buildings for film, TV and advertising. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse. I am very grateful for the opportunities that have come to me. I recently played a Special Forces Pilot in a USA TV series with Sean Bean and was in the UK show Hunted. This winter looks to have some very interesting travel to some extraordinary places.
Q. Where do you get your style inspiration from?
A. The real men and Hollywood legends of old, such as Steve Mcqueen. The ultimate vehicle obsessed action male. He owned what he was wearing, whether it was a battered, dirty leather jacket or the British tailoring in The Thomas Crown Affair.
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