Another Q&A and yet another Welshman (and not only that but the 3rd from Newport)! I first met Fraser many years ago when he was at Duffer, he then went on to become the Menswear buyer at Urban Outfitters, a store that had some great gear back in the day and was always one of the first stores to introduce labels such as Mandarina Duck and Evisu as well as the extremely popular, legendary and ground breaking Rather Not Say. He then went on to have a very successful time at Nudie before leaving to concentrate on his own brand, The Hawksmill Denim Co which hits the UK next year. Here’s what he had to say..
What did you have for breakfast?
Granola, Coffee and a Cigarette
What’s good about your hometown?
Newport – When I grew up there it had a thriving music scene, a great art college and more than it’s fair share of interesting characters.
Joe Strummer also lived there before he formed The Clash
Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would you call it?
Whose Coat’s That Jacket.
A young ambitious Welsh boy moves to London with £50 to work as a bellboy.
Through a series of strange and unexplainable events he makes a career for himself in the fashion industry.
If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?
I don’t really advocate violence but if I had to choose someone it would be Iain Duncan Smith.
Tell us something that not many people know about you?
I can play 3 musical instruments including blues harmonica.
You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?
A Kapital indigo dyed french linen shirt.
Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years?
The Duffer of St George – for setting the template of so much we take for granted in contemporary menswear.
Margaret Howell – For showing that the best approach in menswear is to make classic well made clothes which don’t date.
Comme des garcons – For showing the world the Japanese always come up with the best ideas.
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?
Willy Wonka – Pure Imagination
The Super Furry Animals – The Man Don’t Give A Fuck
The Stooges – I wanna be your Dog
Townes Van Zandt Waiting Round to Die