Interview with Chris Modoo,Uncle Jude's Fitting Room

Interview with Chris Modoo

20 Jul, 2021 Interviews
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The following interview with Chris Modoo (Co-founder of Kit Blake) has been conducted by Uncle Jude's.

 

以下為Uncle Jude's 與 Chris Modoo (Kit Blake 創辦人) 線上專訪

 

Q. UJ: Thank you for taking some time out for this interview with UJ, I know you have spent the best part of 20 years in the London west end tailoring scene, can you briefly take us through your journey?

 

感謝你抽空與UJ做專訪,我知道過去20幾年你曾經在倫敦西區的男裝產業工作,能簡單的跟我們分享這段經歷嗎?

 

A. Chris: I started my menswear career in Selfridges and worked on the shopfloor before joining Thomas Pink shirtmaker.

I then worked around the West End of London in various roles. My last being as senior creative at Chester Barrie in Savile Row. I left Chester Barrie in 2017 and started Kit Blake in 2018. Chester Barrie is no longer trading.

我一開始踏入男裝產業的時候是在 Selfridges 百貨公司擔任專櫃的銷售員,然後加入了Thomas Pink 襯衫品牌,接下來在倫敦西區任職了許多不同的角色.

我的最後一份工作是在薩佛街的 Chester Barrie 擔任創意總監,我在2017年離開,並於隔年的2018創立了Kit Blake。

 

 

 

Q. UJ: How did Kit Blake come about and who is he?

你是如何創立Kit Blake 這個品牌的? 然後這個名字又是誰呢?

 

A. Chris: I always felt the men’s trouser market was under served, particularly in the UK High Street, with little to choose between jeans, bad chinos or suit trousers. It was a conversation with my friend and now business partner, Richard Wheat, that led to the idea of a brand selling proper trousers. The name “Kit Blake” was an old nickname of mine that I used when I was a salesman on Savile Row. I never expected it to be a brand.

 

我總是覺得男裝在褲子這個部分的市場供不應求,尤其在英國的普遍流行市場上的牛仔褲劣質的卡其褲和西裝褲之間幾乎沒有什麼好的選擇,這是我與我的朋友,同時現在的事業夥伴 Richard Wheat 曾經討論過的問題,於是我們想要創立一個品牌,專賣像樣的褲子

 

Kit Blake 這個名字是我以前在薩佛街上班時的暱稱, 從來沒料到它會成為一個品牌

 

Aleksander in Grey Tropical Wool

 

Q. UJ: Apparently, the Aleksander trousers are the signature product of Kit Blake, what is the concept behind designing fairly smart, elegant high-waisted trousers without a matching jacket?

 

顯然Aleksander 這款褲子是品牌的主打商品,像這樣如此正式、優雅,而且高腰的褲子卻沒有對應的外套湊成一套西裝,我好奇背後的設計理念是什麼呢?

 

A. Chris: When we put the collection together, we designed a range of styles including flat-fronted, single pleat but it is the four-pleat Aleksandar that had the most attention. We noted how our younger customers would style the informally with sneakers and knitted tops. This is a really elegant yet casual way of dressing. Our friends at The Rake Magazine supported us in a first season by buying a range of the “Aleksandar” in flannels and they sold well. We offer a range of styles but the four-pleat is our most popular. They are just so comfortable and versatile.

當時我們設計出了一系列的產品時,包含了無摺單摺,但最受關注的是雙摺的Aleksandar 褲型

我們也注意到較年輕客群會以非正式的方式呈現我們的褲子,例如結合休閒鞋針織衫, 我覺得這樣是一個十分優雅且休閒的搭配

 

我們在 The Rake 雜誌的朋友在我們第一季時購買了一系列的法蘭絨 Aleksandar,並且賣的相當好,雖然我們提供許多褲型,但終究是雙摺的款式最熱門,因為穿起來既舒適又好搭配

 

 

 

 

Q. UJ: As we know menswear is moving towards the casual side of the sector, would you say the suit is dying?

我們意識到男裝正在走向一個越來越休閒的趨勢,你會說西裝正在面臨衰落嗎?

 

A. Chris: No. I would say The Suit is Dead. I am not anti-tailoring but the matching lounge suit is now only really appropriate for some very specific occasions where once it was our native dress. I hope we can continue to dress with elegance and consideration in the post-suit world. 

對,而且我認為西裝已死我不是一個反對西裝的人,但是成套的西裝以現代的角度來看只有少數的特殊場合才用得到,雖然一度曾是我們的主流服飾

我希望在西裝革履後的世界裡,我們依然可以穿著典雅的服飾.

 

 

 
 

Q. UJ: I heard that you are an anti-denim person, can you tell us why you are not quite keen on denim?

聽說你是個反丹寧人士,可以跟我們說明為什麼你不喜歡丹寧嗎?

 

A. Chris: Like a lot of middle-aged men, I relied too much on denim in my casual wardrobe. I do own a pair of jeans and they are useful for the rare occasions I do manual labour or when I know I could get dirty as they are easy to wash. But for social occasions I think proper trousers are more flattering. Swapping your jeans for a pair of grey flannels is an easy wardrobe upgrade.

我確實擁有一件牛仔褲,但就像許多中年男子一樣,在休閒穿著中我太依賴丹寧了

而它們只有在少數的情況下實用,例如做一些必須使用勞力的事,或是我知道接下來可能會把衣服弄髒時,因為牛仔褲相當容易清洗

 

但是如果是社交場合的話我覺得像樣的褲子(Aleksandar) 還是迷人許多,把牛仔褲換掉,改穿一條灰色法蘭絨褲,是簡單的提升衣櫃中的單品.

 

 

 
 
Q. UJ: How do you see Kit Blake developing in the near future?

對於Kit Blake 將來的發展你有什麼看法?

 

A. Chirs: We are working to make our online platforms more engaging and really want to connect with good menswear retailers like Uncle Judes!

我們正在努力的讓我們的線上平台更具吸引力,並且非常希望可以與優秀的男裝零售商建立連結,例如像是Uncle Jude's!

 

台灣唯一經銷就在UJ! 

 

Q. UJ: As a consumer what can we expect to see from you?

以一個消費者的角度來看,有什麼可以讓我們期待的商品嗎?

 

A. Chris: We are focusing on trousers (we originally offered coats, blazers and vests too) and are hoping to add more cotton options into the range. We also want to develop the “sports comfort” waistband that we have trialled this season.

But we really like to listen to our customers and hear their suggestions too. I think one of the advantages of buying from a small brand like Kit Blake is that you can contact us quite easily via social media. We are happy to advise and suggest and love to hear your suggestions.

 

我們目前著重在褲子的部分 (起初時我們有提供大衣外套,以及背心),而希望在系列當中加入更多棉質的選項

 

我們同時想要開發這季測試的 “Sports Comfort” 褲型,也想聽聽看我們客人的想法,以及給予的建議,我覺得跟Kit Blake 這樣的小型企業購物一部分的好處就是,你可以很容易的在社群媒體平台上跟我們聯絡,我們很樂意給予建議和幫忙,同時聆聽你的看法

 

Q. UJ: Is there anything you would like to share with the Taiwanese fans through the UJ platform?

是否有什麼想透過UJ跟台灣的粉絲分享的呢?

 

A. Chris: Firstly…a big Thank you for all your support. We really enjoy seeing how you style our trousers and it is really inspiring. We always share your images as our European/American customer base always enjoys to see how you mix up our brand in your unique informal yet elegant way.

首先 (腦補清嗓),實在太感謝你們的支持了,我們真的很喜歡看你們呈現我們褲子的方式,非常的鼓舞人心.

我們時常分享你們的照片給我們在歐美的客戶看,總是很高興看見你們把我們的產品與其他品牌做結合,搭配出一個獨特、休閒,且優雅的風格

 

 

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