This seasons Flamingod
This is Ned, a true man about town - if you’re local to Brighton then you’ve probably crossed paths at some point (knowingly or not!). Whether he’s putting on an event, planning a music video, running between gigs, or DJ-ing into the early hours of the morning, you can be sure to find him in full swing somewhere, most likely multitasking to the max, never without a hat on his head, planning out his next moves on his mini laptop at the back of the room… on several occasions I have even found him tucked outside the main event of the evening, sat in his car, ardently typing away whilst everybody else dances into the night; now regardless of whether or not this is simply to avoid the wrath of the late night ticket wardens that Brighton is cursed with- it’s clear that this guy's a relentless hard grafter, and we take our hats off to that..
For us, Ned's style can be described as effortlessly cool - impossible to pigeonhole, there is a tenacious sense of sleek individualism that follows him, "I used to buy lots of expensive designer stuff when i first got into garm’s, then i had a phase during uni where i was just on a thrift shop vibe, now i'm on a smart plain vibe - i know what i like to wear and don't really experiment."
This Flamingod needn't flaunt cocky, garish prints or colours - his peak lapel, double breasted suits are in fact a bold and tasteful statement in their own right. Traditionally, in Savile Row, a 'true gentleman's' suit was only considered bespoke if nobody mentioned or commented on it - as soon as the suit was ‘spoken for’ then the tailor had been too forward, it's all about being perennial and understated. Theres no denying that Ned has a unique style, reinforced with elegant original pieces such as the gold shirt sent over by his mother only a few days before our #FMG shoot, "My mum has always bought and made me African garm’s from as early as I can remember, I never really used to wear them until recently she started getting me custom plain shirts, i like the pockets in them - i can put my cards & pen in there etc, real practical and it's a vibe too." Although Ned considers himself to have a "weird relationship with clothes" - it's obvious to us that he has got an eye for what looks good, whether it’s a shirt or jacket from Dolly's Mix, his favourite shop in Leicester, that is still going strong, or a one off piece from his home in Nigeria - its always a vibe with Ned.
A Flamingod to us is as much about life-style as it is style. Not only is this suave male socialite busy with all that comes with being a Co-Founder of QM Records (Brighton based record label/events company), he also quietly co-runs a third sector organisation called Cultures Club, facilitating creative projects with young people in Whitehawk; a rather depreciated, neglected area in Brighton where many young people struggle with attainment and can feel socially disconnected from the usual school system and what it requires from them, “It’s about getting challenging, hard-to-reach young people into the arts - using the arts to help them gain skills that would help them later in life.”
Organisations such as Cultures Club are 100% necessary to the development of our local City, and can be life changing to the next generation of young adults in Brighton. Being a part of movements like this is perhaps what has led Ned to be so immersed in city life. “I’ve learned a lot in this role - have met a lot of hard working community members striving to improve things.” Flamingo hopes to pass on the thought-provoking genuine sense of inspiration that we get after talking to somebody like Ned, who is making moves on his doorstep. It's easy to get caught up in ‘the bigger picture’ and consequently overlook what is right in front of us…
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