When we meet Mathias le Fèvre in an Echlin designed home in Holland Park, he has just returned from Milan, where he has been advising the likes of Canali and the Italian Fashion Council. The young, Danish influencer, creative consultant and model is charming, amenable and dressed in his first ensemble of the day (a bespoke Gieves & Hawkes' three piece suit in an elegant grey flannel) in preparation for The Journal shoot.
“I have actually already been working for 11 years,” says the 23-year-old, keen to dismiss any assumptions regarding his age. “I was 12 when I started working after school for my father’s company.” le Fèvre (who has French ancestry, hence the name) went on to business college at 16, where he set up a successful online business. . He wanted to look ‘sharp’ in meetings and so began the sartorial obsession. Seven years, and thousands of social media followers later, and the erudite Dane has become one of the top new faces on the gentleman’s style scene.
What are your takeaways from the spring fashion weeks?
I see a lot of trad tailoring coming back – not in the traditional shapes but with more oversized cigarette pants and heavy fabrics. High-waisted, wide trousers are really on their way up now – we’ve seen this already with the women, who are always a bit in front.
Accessories remain traditional and there has been a rise in the prevalence of the tote bag in menswear. It’s a practical bag and it looks cool with a suit, or anything really. I’m very keen to get the Ettinger tote myself now!
What will you be wearing as the temperature rises?
I love earthy tones for spring and summer because they not only mix and match really well, but they create a laid back and casual look. I also feel that a lot of linens, silks and lightweight wools look great in dark greens, light browns etc. Linen, silk, cotton mixes are really nice in summer and linen shirts are a must!
How would you describe your signature ?
I’d say it’s classic, but with a wide silhouette – my favourite style of tailoring. It’s very formal, but I like to play with textures, colours and tones. Having been interested in tailoring for so long, I’m getting more and more experimental with my style. And this is why I really enjoy the fashion weeks – they challenge me and encourage me to try out bolder looks.
Do you have a favourite suit, and tailor?
Oh my god! That’s a tough one.
I love a double-breasted suit and a three piece in a heavier texture. I have a three-piece charcoal prince-of-wales suit, which is probably my favourite, it’s from Gieves and Hawkes.
There’s not one perfect tailor, but many good ones and one for every different look you want to achieve. However, I do really love Gieves and Hawkes and particularly Davide Taub. I adore the wide peak lapels and the silhouette of Edward Sexton, too. And I am also keen on what Huntsman is doing, and Henry Poole would be my ‘go to’ for a traditional dinner jacket.
What is your most treasured possession?
My grandfather’s Rolleiflex camera, which I inherited. I love experimenting with film photography and having his old camera from before the Second World War is wonderful.
Who are your sartorial style icons?
Cary Grant – for his Hollywood glamour and timeless sartorial prowess. And Tommy Nutter, the 'rock star' tailor of Savile Row with his wide lapels and flared trousers.
Cary Grant (on the left)
Have you fallen in love with London?
I moved to London four years ago. When I arrived, I was planning to stay for one year, but at the end of that year there was no way I was going home. I love the people, the culture, the huge niche of tailoring – you don’t get that anywhere else. I am always going to have to have a base in London.
Why the fascination with British gentleman’s style?
Britain is a tailoring mecca. And I am passionate about British tailoring: the classic style, the cut of the suit – everything.
The concept of ‘The British Gentleman’ is not just based around what you wear but how you act, which I like. If you are kind to others, you will receive the same in return. It’s quite interesting to compare the different tailoring cultures across the UK, France and Italy. The Italians are all about the freedom to wear bright colours, they like to wear an unconstructed suit and be comfortable. The French are focused on details – they love the power suit. They want to be extravagant and stand out, whereas the English gentleman is conscious of his manners and doesn’t want to stand out. If he stands out, then he is not dressed appropriately.
If you could have anything from the Etttinger range, what would it be?
I’ll have to talk to Robert, but I would love to have Gerry Ettinger’s attaché case ! The attaché cases are so beautiful when they have a nicely developed patina – they only get more beautiful year on year.
This film highlights Ettinger’s top of the range bespoke St. James Attaché Case in the brand's signature colour: London Tan. The attaché is the ultimate expression of timeless British craftsmanship and is handmade over a twelve week period to the customer's bespoke specification.
The film is shot in a stunning home in London's Holland Park which was designed and developed for sale by Echlin, a London-based architectural design and development studio, and a fellow Walpole member.
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