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Tailored For Modern Living : Portrait Series

06.10.21

Reiss looks in-situ, seen on individuals who share our taste for timeless modernity.

This year, Reiss turns 50. Since 1971, we have held on to our belief in the power of enduring modernity.

For the past five decades, we have dressed discerning individuals who live in modernity. Their clothes are extensions of their personalities; the last layer of confidence they add to their personas to take on the world.

To celebrate the Reiss wearer, we unveil a series of portraits that document this brand moment. We also want to inspire our customers and followers to discover new ways to incorporate iconic Reiss styles - TAILORED FOR MODERN LIVING SINCE 1971 - into their lives.

The featured individuals are art gallerists, photographers, mothers, architects, and other creatives with personal interpretations of the meaning of 'modern living', shot in their homes or workspaces.

The featured clothes are Reiss Signatures: more relevant than ever today - when timelessness and lifespan are essential factors within the modernity, discernment, and elegance conversation in fashion.

Discover the individuals, their opinions, homes, and looks: the embodiment of all things Reiss stands for - modernity, versatility, and an ongoing sense of the present.

Is diving escapism to you? What role does it play in your life?

Yes, diving can be escapism, but this can depend on what is going on in your life in that moment. I would describe it as an opportunity to become more in-tune with nature and perhaps reconnect with my spiritual side. The feeling of weightlessness, coupled with the focus on breathing allows me to filter out unwanted thoughts and worries that would otherwise occupy my mind, and ultimately become more centred.


What does Modern Living mean to you?

I understand the expression modern living to be a cultural shift towards an improved work/lifestyle balance, that takes into consideration goals and aspirations of not only of myself, but my family and significant others.

In addition, it should mean that we need to have a deeper understanding of our lifestyle and the impact it can have on our environment.


Tell us about your Reiss outfit and how you see yourself wearing it.

The Reiss outfit I chose exemplifies sophistication while maintaining a contemporary style. I would feel comfortable wearing these clothes on occasions that require a smart or casual look, whether that be a dinner party or simply meeting with friends for lunch.

Your creations are artisanal and personal. What do they bring into your customers’ lives?

I would hope my creations bring a sense of understanding and appreciation for crafted product, constructed using traditional techniques. I hope my customers get a sense of care and meaning of the making process when they purchase a KWS piece.


What does Modern Living mean to you? How does craft find its place in Modern Living?

To me modern living means being aware of the time we are currently living in.

As a designer and maker, I often like to borrow inspirations from the city and culture we are currently living in.


Tell us about your Reiss outfit and how you see yourself wearing it.

My Reiss suit I like a lot - I love a double-breasted suit. The colour I thought worked well with the shade of my skin. I would also wear this suit with a white t-shirt, or a lightweight merino knit, oxblood loafers would work well on the feet or maybe even a New Balance trainer.

What’s post-pandemic looking like for architecture and design?

The pandemic has brought about a lot of change in terms of how I’m working within the industry - following an unpredictable 2020 working in practice, I decided to set up on my own (Part Studio) when some exciting project opportunities came up at the end of last year.

Flexibility is the recurring theme across all my projects now - spaces need to work harder and be designed to meet ever-changing requirements.

More than ever people need design that lasts - the past 18 months have proven that life can be unpredictable, and that’s not something that is going away, considering the certainty of climate change and the effect that will have on how we live. We want to create well designed spaces that are built to last and run efficiently, and not feel the need to waste valuable resources redoing things a few years down the line.


What are the visual and aesthetic elements most present in your life?

We’re amid renovating our Victorian terrace so I’m surrounded by a real mix of old and new, like freshly painted walls in shades of white offset by 150-year-old floorboards.

I’m all for mixing - contemporary design with period features, or a clean and crisp palette with elements texture and colour peppered throughout.


What does Modern Living mean to you?

For me modern living is about being more conscious, we’re at a turning point now and need to make considered decisions on what we buy, do, where we go and how we get there. Think adaptability and longevity, be that in the spaces we create or the clothes we wear.


Tell us about your Reiss outfit and how you see yourself wearing it.

I'm wearing the classic Reiss jumpsuit which for me epitomises timeless style. I try to not be trend led in my work or my wardrobe - when it comes to clothes, I want versatile pieces I can wear year after year. I see myself wearing this to meetings with trainers, with sandals on a balmy evening on holiday, or with these Reiss heels to a wedding or event when I want to up my style game.

Tell us about your modelling journey and how it evolved over the years.

If you would have said I could model after having children, I wouldn’t have believed you. I also think it’s been brilliant to see how diverse the industry is becoming.


What does Modern Living mean to you?

It’s about freedom to be myself and not defined by the fact that I am someone’s mum or wife.

Tell us about your Reiss outfit and how you see yourself wearing it.

Daytime: with a blazer trainers and simple jewellery Night: heels statement jewellery

You manage and curate art. What are the sensibilities that influence your work?

Over the years, I developed a large spectrum of interest from Greco-Roman antique sculpture to contemporary art, but I am particularly sensitive to the “economy of needs” that you can find both in the Italian “Arte Povera” movement, with artists like Jannis Kounellis, Alighiero Boetti and Lucio Fontana, or in the modernist French design from the fifties made by architects like le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand or Jean Prouvé.


What does Modern Living mean to you?

Intelligence in architecture is the most important thing. This is something that architects or urbanists forget too often in big cities now. When you look at 19th century architecture from Thomas Cubitt’s buildings in London or George-Eugène Haussmann’s in Paris, 20th century’s architecture from Mies Van der Rohe or Le Corbusier, you realise their philosophy still feels so right for today. This is the definition of modern living for me.

What are the visual and aesthetic elements most present in your life?

Collecting and curating art is a process. My apartment is an illustration of this journey. Like the furniture, the art throughout my flat reflects this. Many of the works on my walls are memories of a show I curated or enjoyed. Some are gifts from artists who I’ve worked with or who are my friends.


Tell us about your Reiss outfit and how you see yourself wearing it.

I like basics, in the right meaning of the word. ‘Keep it classic’ is what I believe in, when it comes to choosing what I will wear.

Classicism can be worn everywhere, any time…