As part of our Summer campaign, we asked Style Consultant and writer Jason Jules what he loves about a very London Summer.
What is your favourite London Summer spot?
Bar Italia at 11pm on a Friday or Saturday on a hot summer night. You’ll witness Soho in all its glory, good and bad and totally unpredictable. I started going there in my early twenties when I ran a few clubs in Soho. I’d drink so much coffee my head would hurt. I still go there now, but tend to take it easy on the espresso’s these days.”
What's on your London Summer soundtrack?
This summer I’ve been playing MF Robots, Stone Foundation along with the latest Nas and Kanye LP's. Also pretty much anything by Steely Dan
The best place or way to escape the heat in London?
One of the best places to escape the heat in London is the Tate Modern. What amazes me is the fact that you can enjoy the work of some of the most famous and accomplished artists in one space for free. There’ll be a couple of Bridget Riley’s in one room, a series of Rothko’s in another and a Joseph Beuys piece next door. Mind blowing.
What would be your ideal clothing choices for a hot summer day in London?
My ideal clothing choice would be a pair of cut down chinos, a pair of loafers and button down madras shirt and sweat shirt, just in case.
What are you wearing today?
Today I’m wearing a pink vintage candy strip Oxford Button Down A pair of cut down Dickies works pants A pair of Horatio horse bit loafers A vintage yellow Harrington jacket.
WhaT's your recommended summer readiNG
I highly recommend getting hold of Absolute Beginners by Colin McInnis and reading it one of London’s great parks like The Serpentine or Regents Park. It’s set in the summer in the late 50’s. It’s a coming of age story set against the backdrop of the first race riots and the jazz clubs and coffee bars and music of the time. It’s kind of about the battle for the heart and soul of London – a struggle which continues to this day.
A magazine ? I love magazines. I love print. Right now my fav mags, the ones I’d recommend are – Men’s File / Clutch Magazine, The Rake, WattsWhat, Journal.Lodnon, Frieze Magazine and Modern Matter
A Book? The Ivy Look published by RAP is a great book – a must have in fact. It’s like a pocket size encyclopedia to Ivy style written by a couple of Londoners.
And Online ? For design and creativity, Grafik Magazine is an amazingly inspiring resource. For style/ menswear Put This On is a great site too.
The film The Modernist, the story of John Simons, written by Jason Jules, and filmed and produced by Lee Cogswell and Mark Baxter, is out now on DVD, and is being shown selectively in cinemas around the world.