Now I’ve never met Chris and don’t know much about him so forgive me for not starting off with a fantastically witty and entertaining introduction like I normally do. We actually met (inhales deeply) on Instagram and I realise how sad that sounds as I continue to type. Anyway, what I do know is that he’s been about, worked around the globe for a few of the big footwear brands, co-started and designed Crooked Tongues in it’s hey day, Spine Magazine, Unorthodox Styles etc and even co-wrote and designed a book on trainers. He also supplied one of the UK’s best stores in the late 90s with his co-owned label called Lewis Sterling, no prizes for which store.. Here’s what Chris had to say…
What did you have for breakfast?
Most days it’s a combination of green stuff and fruit thrown into the Vitamix prepared by my health nut – her indoors. Fridays I have to go for the bagel smothered in butter though, due to fact that I play 5 a-side at lunch, so in my brain I’m running it off.
What’s good about your hometown?
Well, it’s a difficult one as I’m a bit of a gypsy. I’ve moved about a fair bit now, Portland Oregon is an amazing place to live, I was there nearly 4 years when I worked for Adidas. I currently live in the suburbs of Boston and that’s pretty rubbish tbh, all oversized Red Sox fans in oversized pick ups (my neighbours are the salt of the earth though). I would say the place that I miss and will always be ‘home’ is London, I still own my flat in sarf. I have to mention my real ‘home’ town, where I was born – Bedford. All my school mates and family live there so it’s a special place to visit, the other decent thing it has to offer is Gary Warnett.
Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would you call it?
‘No Second Delivery’
The story of a jammy git that left school at 15 with sweet FA, studied his craft, travelled the world making a few shoes and lots of friends along the way. A father of 4 and a lover of all things legit. YTS Postman certified.
If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?
Street wear Dave, he deserves to ‘cop’ a dry slap. Nothing against street wear, I just can’t stand those eejuts that compare anything and everything against a certain norm.
You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?
I’d take the money and try and ‘pay off’ a developer at Clarks Originals to make me some burnt umber Desert Trek SMUs.
Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years
If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?
This is really hard to pin down to just 4, I could list my top 4 tunes that seem to get the most play or list 4 tracks growing up that pin point certain times and memories of my life so far. I think I’d need to list a few from each of my 4 decades, sorry for breaking the rules a bit.
Maggie May – Rod Stewart & The Faces.
My first memory of music was mum used to always be playing records, a lot of Stones, Beatles, Faces. I remember liking ‘Maggie May’, I think it was the bit about wetting the bed and kicking him in the head. ‘King Bee’ by The Rolling Stones would prob sit next to that.
Ghost Town – The Specials.
I was 10 when this came out and I think this really was the first time I was ‘into’ music, 2 Tone was pretty big at my school, all burgundy Stay Press trousers and waffle jumpers, we used to have school discos where everyone would bring in a 7″s. The whole mood was way beyond all the other stuff on Top Of The Pops.
Renegades Of Funk – Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force.
I think it would have been the school holidays of summer ’83 that I got into breakin’. Channel 4 ran a documentary about hip-hop ‘A Hip-Hop History’ I think t was called. That whole culture really hit with me and my mates, we got well into it, big time into breakin’. As we were too young for Punk’s first outing, this became our rebellious outlet. I guess that’s where my love affair with shoes began also.
Bass Solo Take 1 – Cliff Burton (Metallica).
A friend of mine at school lent me Metallica’s first album as he knew I really liked Run DMC’s ‘King Of Rock’.
I was blown away, that was that. Hip-hop had gone all weird with Sir Mix A Lot and the ‘Square Dance Rap’ so this new sound appealed to me as the sound was so intense, I was hooked. The next few years were all about thrash metal and Hardcore. The one track though that was mind blowing was the bass solo by Cliff, that cemented my love of bass guitar right there.
Flame Still Burns – Youth Of Today.
When everyone was getting off their tits on E and listening to shit electronic rave music (minus the acid house days). Me being me decided I wanted something else, I liked the whole early hip-hop thing, the attitude, the look, the music the whole package and was looking for something similar. I grew up in a shit town that was all about getting lashed and fighting at the time, so the whole hardcore thing opened up a different world to me that was the polar opposite and no one from where I was from new anything about and I liked that. So I submerged myself in American hardcore and SXE culture (for a few years anyway before I realised how much I actually like beer – sell out).
Jimmy James – The Beastie Boys.
When the ‘Check Your Head’ album came out that smashed it for me, it combined all the things I liked from the b-boy style and dusty 70s beats, the punk attitude & the Glenn E Friedman pic to the thrash guitars, that album was well up my street.
The Real Me – The Who.
I guess it comes from my love of mod rock from when I was a kid. Quadrophenia is probably my fave film of all time and the opening is amazing. The song itself though is killer, especially Entwistle’s bass owns that track, unbelievable.
Dragonaut – Sleep.
Stoner grooves laid down with heavy as fuck Rickenbacker riffs.
Tiny Circle – Wolf People.
Everything encapsulated in one track, psych, folk, rock, flutes, break style drumming, sabbathy bluesy riffs, vintage sounding dusty production and they’re from my home town. Best band I’ve heard in years.
It’s Just Begun – Jimmy Castor Bunch.