King Charles III, who ascended the throne yesterday following the 96-year-old death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, brings to work a long list of priorities and interests. As Prince of Wales, Charles’ royal portfolio includes tackling climate change, promoting opera and theatre, as well as tending to his organic garden. More surprising, perhaps, is his affinity for fashion: he has spent decades tying his enthusiasm for clothing with the influence of his public position. You can call him the king of men.
The late queen is credited with invented fashion diplomacy, but her eldest son is like a walking ambassador for a passionate and responsible personal style. He is known for claiming that when it comes to fashion, he is “like a stopped watch” and he told Britain’s GQ in 2018 that he’s fashionable “every 25 years.” But few men look as comfortable in costume as Charles does when he’s wearing a low-cut double-breasted jacket, or colorful Scottish tartan coats, or dusty safari jackets and tights tucked inside. knee high boots. He makes elements of a wardrobe that don’t seem particularly close look nice and simple, just like him. stepped out in a pair of PJ rather than a traditional morning suit.
Of the many royal duties and areas of advocacy, what feels most natural to Charles is his work on behalf of the British fashion industry. “I’m so lucky,” he told British Vogue editor Edward Enninful in 2020, “because I get to find magical people, creators of things I hold dear, and So I try to keep them alive longer.” In addition to Anderson & Sheppard, he also has long-term relationships with Turnbull & Asser, the shirt company, and John Lobb, the shoe company for him. His clothes are expensive, to be sure, but he accepts traditionalists who appreciate London’s status as the fashion capital not because they scream luxury, but because of its publicity. what they do, in his view, is important. Nationality, to be sure, but no less for honest and decent work. As the industry began to face a shortage of craftsmen in recent years, Charles helped establish a training program in traditional techniques for fashion students.
And long before eco-responsibility became a widespread concern among fashion designers and consumers, Charles set an example of how to dress to reduce waste. He has a tweed jacket, by Anderson & Sheppard, which he has worn for four separate decades. At Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, he wore the morning coat he first wore in 1984. When, in 2020, Enninful asked him if he was thinking of making one. Something new for a hauntingly recorded wedding or not, the then-prince coldly replied, “I’ve considered it,” before discussing the qualities of the shoe repair profession. His interest in the circular apparel economy culminated in a partnership with the British Fashion Council to officially promote sustainability in the industry.Two years later his foundation, partnership with those fashion students, released Sustainable fashion collection with Yoox Net-a-Porter.