CITYWEEKEND: LIFE & STYLE – FASHIONISTA: GLENN OF THE NIGHT 城市周末：生活与风尚 – 时尚达人：夜幕下的格林
“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the first issue of City Weekend Beijing for 2017 features Creative Director & Founding Partner of POP-UP BEIJING, Glenn, as a ‘Fashionista.’ Read on below to get the inside scoop!
GLENN OF THE NIGHT
Tell us what you do in Beijing, how long have you been here?
I’ve lived in Beijing 10-11 years now — what started out as a passing visit rolled into a passing decade. Career-wise, I’m a rather odd combination—I came to Beijing as a strategic management consultant, but have returned to my early passion and love of interior and furniture designer.
Together with my business partner, we started POP-UP CREATIVE Design Studio in 2013, and later opened our design and lifestyle store POP-UP BEIJING in Sanlitun, in 2015.
What do you love most about being a Fashionista? What makes you unique?
I would never define myself as a “fashionista.” What is “fashion” anyway? I wear black 99 percent of the time, which some people consider “anti-fashion.” In truth, I honestly feel very uncomfortable wearing colorful clothes, while I find black both comforting and comfortable. What’s more, as a designer I work with color all the time, and am often making many urgent decisions and choices in my work. It is challenging enough creating a good interior, styling a good photo-shoot, or designing a piece of ceramic, without also having to choose your fashion color palette for the day. Somehow, a palette of “black” has made for a more peaceful existence, and reduces the pressure of constant decision-making in my personal life.
In actual fact, find black the most expressive “color” for fashion — you can layer and play with texture and abstract cuts far more than with other colors — you can push the boundaries further, while still striking an interesting balance between very traditional tailored clothing, and contemporary simplicity. Color is only one aspect of fashion — there are so many more aspects to play with and enjoy, such as fabric, texture, and construction.
Where do you like shopping for garments/fabrics/accessories?
速写Croquis, here in Beijing. It is one of the few stores I can walk into in Beijing, that is fully dedicated to menswear, and where I would comfortably buy pretty much all the clothing—as long as it is black.
Zambesi, back in New Zealand, because it was the first store I was exposed to as a young lad that successfully combined a beautiful industrial architectural aesthetic with high-quality contemporary modernist clothing. It made me see fashion as part of a broader aesthetic of style and sophistication, and opened my eyes to an international vision of contemporary fashion.
How has the fashion scene in China inspired or taught you?
In over ten years in Beijing, I have seen a rich flourishing of fashion — and a genuine interest in experimentation with self-expression and style. Beijing has a stronger street-fashion vibe than most cities in China, and local Beijingers seem less driven to imitate and mimic “fast fashion,” but rather enjoy experimenting with combinations and being more playful with their style. This is one of the many things I love about Beijing.
If you had to give someone a fashion tip, what would it be?
Don’t follow “fashion”— follow your spirit. Don’t be afraid to express yourself with clothing, don’t be afraid to be different, don’t be constrained by the opinions of others — be comfortable in your own skin.
Anything else you would like to add?
Style evolves over time, as we evolve as individuals — it is the result of life experiences, life choices, and also how we choose to present ourselves to the world. Fashion is dictated—style is chosen.
The photoshoot locations are POP-UP BEIJING — West Wing, and 序 Preface — a neighboring hair salon designed by our Interior Architecture Studio POP-UP CREATIVE.
Words / Nina Griffee, Hair / Dalun, Photographer / Taozi
直至现在，我已经在北京生活了10到11年 — 刚开始只是路过看看，然而这一看就是十年的光景。当初，我作为一名战略管理顾问来到北京，而现在，最随自己最初始的梦想和愿景，我又回到了内装和家居设计的领域里。
和我的合伙人一起，我们于2013年一起创立了POP-UP CREATIVE设计工作室。之后于2015年，我们又在三里屯开了一家生活方式设计精品店 — POP-UP BEIJING。
从另一个角度来讲，相比其他颜色，黑色也是服装设计里最具有可塑性的 — 不同的层叠、质感和剪裁都会为它带来不可想象的延展和可能 — 经典传统和当代时尚可以简单轻松地熔于一炉。颜色只是时尚的一面 — 除此之外，还有其他许多方面可供选择、玩味，比如布料、材质或者设计剪裁。
在北京，我大部分的衣服都来自速写Croquis，这个品牌十分专注于男士服装的设计和裁剪，在这家店里，几乎所有的衣服都能收进我的衣橱 — 当然要是黑色的。
在北京的十年里，我亲眼见证了许多时尚风潮的成长和繁荣 — 这里的人们喜欢尝试各种不同的风格来表达自我。相比中国的其他城市，北京的街头潮流氛围十分浓厚。在我看来，当地人很少效仿当下流行的“快时尚”，这里的风潮常常是个人风格和世界潮流的巧妙结合。这一点是我十分倾慕和欣赏的。
不要盲目跟随所谓的“潮流” — 忠于你的心灵。不要忌惮用服饰来表达自我，不要害怕与众不同，不要被他人的意见捆绑 — 做最真实的你自己。
风潮常常随着时代的不同而演变，每个人的时尚之路也不尽相同 — 它代表着你的成长经历、生活选择以及人们想要用哪一种自我来面对世界。时尚说到底由人们引领 — 风格说到底是一种选择。
照片拍摄于POP-UP BEIJING西翼画廊和序Preface发廊 — 两个空间均由POP-UP CREATIVE内设工作室设计完成。
撰文 /Nina Griffee，发型 / 大伦，摄影 / 涛子
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