Q&A Tom at Casual Connoisseur


Tom Connoisseur, one half of ‘The Stockport Supreme’ sits down and offers a brief glimpse into his world. More shoes than Imelda Marcos and more jackets than………….anyone else I know, Tom and his brother Dan are behind some of the best gear being released at the moment.  I sat down for a quick chat with Mr Vearnals.

What did you have for breakfast?

Quorn sausage on a bagel and a cup of tea.

What’s good about your hometown Stockport?

The trains out of there. No, there are some good parts, it’s where I was born and I would always have said the football club as that was a huge part of my life. As a brand famous for our hats maybe I should point out we have a hat museum in the town, which is near the viaduct and the pyramid two other ‘famous’ landmarks.

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 148 characters and what would you call it?

Being the adventures of a young man whose principle interests are clobber, films, ultra-violence and real ale.

I was thinking “The Loneliness of a Long Distance Pub Walk”. Maybe? Or “50 Shades of Pantone Grey”.

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

Only one? This is quite difficult. If I can have a character then Skyler White.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

I still want that Stone Island Shadow Project field jacket but that doesn’t even cover half of it so it can get to fuck. New jeans, yeah I’ve dropped a waist size so a new pair of Bethnals will do.

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years

6876 – Fell in love with the brand when I first saw a few shirts aged about 18, the branding, the style everything just great, couldn’t afford it then, but soon started to spunk the first of my wages on it, been wearing it ever since.

Stone Island – Almost feels a bit cliquey putting old Stoney in there, but an important one when growing up and those first purchases were still quite an exclusive thing back then.

Engineered Garments – The most recent one for me, one of the more exciting ones over the last few years too I’d say.

I’d give a mention for One True Saxon too, but only when that was new, fresh and we were the only ones wearing it, one we broke at the football, certainly at our place way back when.

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?

Hit the North – The Fall

After Laughter (Comes Tears) – Wendy Rene

Old Lost John – Sonny Terry

Giant – The The