119 - Oliver Spencer and the importance of community

Episode Summary

“People going through turbulent times create the best creative stuff.”

Episode Notes

My guest this week is Oliver Spencer, designer and co-founder of Favourbrook and his eponymous brand Oliver Spencer.

Oli and I discuss opening his first store in a recession, what it takes to build a brand, dressing creatives, and why creating personal connections and building community will determine which retailers survive.


(15:17) The Armoury

(15:59) Santa Maria Novella

(16:43) Barneys vs. Nordstrom

(22:51) Patagonia

(23:06) Nudie Jeans

(26:41) Brendon Babenzien // NOAH

(29:20) The Rolling Stones

(30:17) Four Weddings and a Funeral

(30:37) Scott Crolla

(30:55) Joe Casely Hayford

(31:05) Paul Smith

(35:06) The Specials

(36:03) Craig Greene (interview) // Dries Van Noten (documentary)

(36:25) Gorillaz Sound System

(43:36) David Byrne // Brian Eno

(49:38) Geoffrey Bawa (architect)

(50:18) Wolfgang Buttress // Conrad Shawcross (artists)

(53:58) Grenson

(56:39) George Cleverley

(1:00:03) Yellowstone

(1:02:22) Dolly Parton


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