Will Field - Writer and Co-Founder of Yuri & Yuri
Having shared the interview on my Instagram, I started speaking to Will Field (@SavileRowJournal)—one of the leading figures on Savile Row—about how rife depression, anxiety and addiction is within menswear. There are hundreds of reasons for this, from personal to financial worries to lifestyle demands to having serious mental health problems from a young age. It prompted Will and I to speak to more people within the wider industry, spanning various sectors, and every single person unsurprisingly had some form of experience with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addiction or PTSD. An isolated one-off conversation is always beneficial, but to get lots of people together in one place–to share experiences and talk candidly–was something we had to do.
On a sunny morning in central London, I joined photographer Hannah Miles to meet some prominent folks in the city’s fashion industry for proper coffee and proper conversation. “Working in fashion is by far one of the most rewarding industries but it all comes at a cost,” said freelance art director, Chirag Patel (@thepoorhomme). “Expectations are high and as a creative it essentially becomes a 24-hour job. We’re constantly re-inventing the wheel, staying ahead of trends, working on subjective campaigns and strategies, all-the-while trying to balance the bottom line. We begin our careers thriving on this way of working—being especially seduced by the culture, associations and rewards, while in the background, the line between our personal wellbeing and the stresses of our job begins to drastically blur and severely impact our mental health.”
Chirag H Patel - Art Director
Yuri Choi (@yuri_and_yuri), along with the help of Will, recently set up the Savile Row-based label, Yuri & Yuri. Working so closely together in the world’s sartorial capital undoubtedly puts a lot of pressure on your mental and physical well-being. Always working, always having to adjust between meetings and schedules, always on, basically. “Quite often self-care is neglected. Dressing well can be one of many ways to reverse engineer this.” said Will.
Quite often self-care is neglected. Dressing well can be one of many ways to reverse engineer this.