David Evans wears The Auric cap
David Evans (aka Grey Fox) is a menswear style blogger and good friend to Lock & Co. Originally a Lawyer, his interest in style and menswear came in later life as he quickly realised older men were being left out of the conversation. Since founding Grey Fox in 2011, David has become well known for tirelessly championing British brands, as well inspiring men of all ages to dress with style and confidence.
I decided I had a book in me and felt that a blog would enable me to exercise my writing muscles. I've had no luck with the book idea yet, but the topic I eventually chose for the blog seems to have struck a chord and I'm really enjoying talking about men's style. It's so different and much more creative than life as a lawyer.
In a word, no. I used to try to dress well as a lawyer but had no real background in style or fashion. I don't feel that's been too much of a disadvantage. The vast majority of men have no such expertise so I think that I understand their interests and concerns. Fashion writers can sometimes encourage conformity - you can/can't wear this or that - I prefer to help men decide their style for themselves, arming them with the skills to decide on shape, colour, pattern and style.
Yes, increasingly so. There are now men of all ages showing their styles on the platform and providing inspiration to all.
Fairly classic, I'd say. Traditional tailoring, knitwear, shoes, hats and outerwear. But I like to mix these with denim and to add surprising touches with bright colour and pattern. It's all about reflecting your own style and tastes and feeling comfortable with that.
The heritage principally. So many of the brands I talk about have been around for decades, even (like Lock & Co.) for centuries. The skills, styles, shapes, materials and construction of British menswear have influenced western menswear styles around the world - something to be very proud of. But we mustn't forget that these characteristics are being adopted by many new, young British brands which will be the future of British style.
Yes. I wear all sorts of hat, from beanies, through tweed caps to (my favourites) fedoras and trilbies.
I love the Auric Goldfinger cap and the Bond trilby. Both are classics and look good on anyone.
The Auric is so adaptable. Wear it, Goldfinger style, with cardigan and tweed suit, or with jeans, boots and knitwear. I'd give it a traditional edge with a Fair Isle jumper, waxed jacket, pleated tweed trousers and Veldtschoen boots.
Sean Connery's bespoke London-tailored grey suits are so timeless and reflect the straightforward and immaculately fitting styles described in Ian Fleming's books. Connery's glen check three-piece in Goldfinger is worn with a white shirt and plain dark tie - unbeatable style which would look just as good today.
I think the best lessons are to be learned from the original books and the earlier films. The secrets of genuine Bond style are outstanding fit and simplicity of style. The ultimate Bond look is a bespoke plain navy suit, white Sea Island cotton shirt, comfortable loafers and a dark knitted silk tie. What else would a man need. Well, a hat of course.