1. What are your thoughts on LFW:M now having women also on the catwalk? Does the message illustrate men’s fashion weeks are no longer in demand?
I believe that it illustrates exactly the opposite. It shows that the men’s fashion weeks and especially LFW:M are receiving more coverage than ever and the brands and designers feel confident enough to have female models and clothing, as the women press and journalists are covering and supporting the shows as much as they are the women’s fashion week.
2. Gender neutral is and will dominate more and more. It seems fashion designers are confused about how to go forward with this. Catwalk trends and fashion weeks future will be forced to change. What’s are your thoughts on this?
I don’t think designers are confused at all, men and women’s fashion weeks have been increasingly merging together over the last couple of years. As we have seen from this fashion week and from the last women’s fashion week, shows are now transitioning to have both men and women walking down the catwalk, and many of the clothes could be called gender-neutral and worn by both sexes. I believe the fashion industry is leading the way for many other industries in engulfing gender neutrality, transgender models and cultural appropriation.
3. What favourite jacket are you loving right now? Where would you choose to wear it?
Tailoring wise Thom Sweeney blazers are superb. My favourite jacket is the Private White Field Jacket that I wore on the first day of LFW:M. It’s the versatility I love most about the jacket; it can be worn casually or in a formal manner.
4. Explain what it feels like to drive the I-PACE?
At first, it takes a moment for you and your senses to adjust. What I mean by this is the car is so incredibly fast, with instant torque, but this is accompanied by no engine noise, which is something we are not used to in a car. Once you get used to this though, it feels very much like a Jaguar and sticks to the traditions that Jaguar is known for, which is brilliant handling and entertaining luxury cars.
5. What is your favourite feature on the I-PACE?
The design is my favourite feature, inside and out. Car manufacturers seem to think that when they build a hybrid or electric car they have to design it to look futuristic or very unique and the results have been pretty awful.
Ian Callum and his design team have not only produced one of the best looking all-electric cars but one of the best-looking crossover vehicles available. They have taken advantage of not having to incorporate an engine and produced a spacious interior with the most technically advanced Jaguar interior to date.
6. What’s your favourite I-PACE colour both interior and exterior?
I haven’t seen the I-PACE look bad in any colour. My favourite Jaguar colour ever is Stratus Grey and mid-brown leather, with the Dark 22-inch wheels.
7. Ever driven a Tesla? How does the I-PACE compare?
I have driven them briefly and been a passenger in many of them. Tesla has done an incredible job with their electric cars and getting a full electric range on the market ahead of the larger more established car manufactures. The Teslas to me feel like you are driving a very large iPhone; the involvement feels quite minimal. Whereas the I-PACE feels like a sports car to drive and has the DNA of Jaguar, but just happens to have an electric engine.
8. How does the I-PACE perform at high speed?
I was fortunate enough to have been with Jaguar when they were winter testing the I-PACE. I was with Jaguar’s Formula E racing driver Mitch Evans and we thoroughly tested the high performance of the I-PACE which was incredible, especially with the all-wheel-drive system, drifting at high speed on the frozen lakes.
9. When driving the I-PACE do you miss the sound of a petrol engine?
I think in sports cars, you are always going to miss the sound of the engine and exhaust. However in Crossovers, SUVs and luxury cars you do not miss the sound of an engine whatsoever, if anything electric engines in luxury cars make much more sense, as engineers have for decades been trying to make the cabins as quiet as possible and insulated from the engine and exhaust noise. Of course, we are still in the infancy of electric engines and, so I can imagine a time when we will be able to make our electric cars sound like any engine note we choose.
10. Plastic amongst our oceans is a big problem. MSF is currently travelling in South East Asia and we are playing our part by not using anything plastic and volunteering to clean up rubbish on the beaches. What plastic habits can you share that you have adopted within your lifestyle?
In our household, we have always recycled and separated all-out different rubbish. We of course hardly ever use plastic bags from supermarkets, and the majority of our shopping now is done at places like Whole Foods, that not only use paper grocery bags but use far fewer plastics for there fruit and veg items. They also provide paper bags for the customer to put the items in themselves, instead of pre-packing them in a lot of plastics.
We certainly don’t use take away coffee cups anymore and in a couple of start-up businesses I have invested in, we have worked with CanO Water, to provide staff and customers with water in aluminium cans and not plastic. We are also trying to source non-plastic, recyclable materials to use for the products and packaging.
11. What is your favourite racing?
My favourite racing and the racing drivers that I have always respected the most is rally drivers, or when it used to be the RAC Rally, with drivers such as Colin McCrae and Richard Burns. I don’t ride motorbikes, but think that Moto GP is far more entertaining than F1.
Formula E has proved to be getting more entertaining year by year and I love watching these races on a Sunday afternoon now, especially cheering on Mitch Evans and Nelson Piquet Jnr, who I know personally.
12. Summer is here. What is your top luxury travel tip for guys this summer?
For English guys, pack sun cream, as English men seem to get very excited about seeing the sun and get hugely sunburnt on the first day. My top travel tip would be to explore the world. Go somewhere that puts you slightly out of your comfort zone and experience something that is new and exciting. So many people go to the same place year after year and to the same place as everyone else. The world has so much to offer and teach us and is now more accessible than ever.