Joe and Charlie Casely-Hayford, a father-son fashion team in London, have been having a great year. They sailed to the top in 2015. On Sunday January 11th they participated in the British Fashion Council’s London Collections: Men show.
Less than a week earlier they were featured on Vogue magazine’s “The 25 People Who Matter Most in Menswear Right Now.” That wasn’t the first time I heard about them, but it was certainly the first time I saw them in Vogue.
“As a black kid in Britain, I was on the outside looking in, initially,” told Joe Casely-Hayford, the father, now 60, the magazine, recalling being chased by rockers and skinheads. “I’ve always been fascinated by English society.”
In March singer Sam Smith wore a blue suit designed by Casely-Hayford to the Brit Awards. Smith, who wore a custom-made electric blue suit, was nominated a massive seven times and won three that night.
In June formula one racing driver Lewis Hamilton was featured in The Australian. He wore a suit by Casely-Hayford and said the house (along with Alexander McQueen) were his favorite shows at the Spring/Summer 2016 collection. “I love their style and the fact that it is Charlie and his dad doing it. That is special to me because me and my dad did it together,” Hamilton told the paper.
Last month, due to their incredible year, Premier Artists announced it would represent Joe and Charlie Casely-Hayford. The company will represent the duo in fashion and branding.
They are on their way to the top!
AJ Paris is a New York based photographer and the author Men Around the World.