Wednesday, September 17, 2014

David Gandy's Underwear Collection for M&S (Gandy For Autograph)

Male model David Gandy has designed his own underwear collection exclusively for the British retailer Marks & Spencer. The campaign of this capsule collection is titled “David Gandy for Autograph“ and was photographed by Mariano Vivanco.  For this personal and stunning occasion, David Gandy is captured modelling several items from classic briefs and boxers to loungewear clothes.

You can shop the collection online at Marks & Spencer now and after tomorrow, it will be available also in stores worldwide. Enjoy!

See More: British GQ Interview, British Vogue (Teaser)



Monday, September 15, 2014

First Preview of David Gandy's Underwear Range for M&S (

David Gandy has revealed his debut underwear collection for Marks & Spencer with a video preview.

"I've wanted to collaborate to start my own line for a long time, but I wanted to work with a British brand," Gandy told us. "I've been more and more involved over the last couple of years in the creative and styling of my Marks & Spencer campaigns and they proposed the idea of collaborating with them on an underwear, sleepwear and loungewear line. Being British and underwear experts, it was a great place to start and to learn about the design process."

And the most important considerations for making great underwear?

"Firstly comfort and fit - they are the main priority for me," he said. "I've always thought that you should never be aware that you are wearing the underwear, secondly I don't like too heavy branding and thirdly the quality is important so that it keeps its shape. Personally, I wear briefs or hipsters."


David Gandy Talks to British GQ About New Underwear Line

He's been on catwalks in Milan and London, been styled for magazine shoots in Asia and America, and jetted all over the world in his role as a London Collections: Men ambassador, but now David Gandy is headed into uncharted territory: your pants.

Following the success of Rosie Huntington Whiteley's lingerie line for Marks & Spencer, Britain's most famous male model has teamed up with the department store on his first line of underwear. Launching this week online and at the M&S flagship shop at Marble Arch in London, this will see Gandy jet off on another round of appearances around the world at branches on Dublin's Grafton Street shop (19 September), Hong Kong's Central Tower location (23 September) and Paris' Champs Elysees store (25 September). It's one of the biggest launches in the British brand's history - and the first time M&S has globally launched a new range (soon it will be available in over 350 stores worldwide and online). No pressure, then.

However, even with such a packed schedule, the man very kindly made time to sit down with GQ to talk us through what's coming in the 28-piece range, what makes it different from everything else on the high street, and why a selfie isn't necessary is a thank you. If that wasn't enough, we've also got an exclusive behind the scenes look at the design process, as well as the full photo campaign (warning: might induce gym guilt).

GQ: What was the most important thing for you when you began to design the underwear?
David Gandy: I wanted to keep things very subtle - I didn't want loads of branding over everything. So I brought in a houndstooth, a very traditional pattern, but not many people have used it for underwear that I know of. That's a bit of a nod to my love of traditional tailoring. The houndstooth is on the inside of the underwear band. And we've put it in on the inside of the pockets for the sleepwear and loungewear. And then we've used it all-over for the dressing gown, which is a very old school design with traditional piping.

Is there anything that you discovered about underwear while you were designing it?
Well I knew what I liked and what I didn't like already, but I had to learn quite quickly all the intricacies of why that was - why some rise up, why some are less supportive, why the shape doesn't work as well. And you're talking about differences of millimetres of material that makes one piece of underwear different from the next piece.

Which piece do you like the best?
We have a very traditional pair of cotton weave boxer shorts, very old school, which I absolutely love. People can wear them as underwear, but I think they're probably better as a loungy pair of pants to wear around your house - something your girlfriend would steal.

Your career has been based on not wearing very much. Was the campaign shoot for your underwear pretty straightforward?
Well, the [Dolce & Gabbana] Light Blue image is from eight years ago, back in 2006. And other than that I've only done the Dolce underwear campaign in 2009, so actually there have only been two photo shoots of me in underwear and that's it. It's not something I've done a lot of, it's just that that Light Blue image has become so well known.

And technically it wasn't underwear, per se…
Yes, you're correct. Everyone referred to them as white pants, but they were actually white Speedos. Very mediterranean.

What's different about your pants compared to everything else on the high street?
The premium materials that we're using, the supima cotton we've used with Lycra is a very new thing for M&S. I wanted it to feel high quality.

Is there more to come?
The new range I'm currently designing for next year, so that's spring/summer [2015]. Basically the core is there and I want to see how people react to that. Hopefully there are T-shirts and more lightweight fabrics coming soon. I imagine about 5 or so pieces will be added each season.

Do you want to go into outer levels of clothing too?
It's definitely something I've been considering. Over the past couple of years I've had people approach me about collaborations, but they were never quite right. This one was right because I wanted to work for a British brand and they're becoming few and far between - and M&S are the underwear experts. I have a great love of design, especially tailoring - so suits are something I'd love to get my teeth into. There's a hell of a lot of talent out there, so this is me just dipping my toe in the water.

We would say you must be looking forward to seeing people in your designs after all your hard work, but I suppose with an underwear range that's not strictly true...
[Laughs] Yes, that'll be fine - I don't need a selfie!

Might we see you around town for London Fashion Week?
No, I'll be heading around the world to promote this. I never really do much for women's fashion, I leave that to the girls. To tell you the truth, I've never quite understood why lots of male celebs will sit there watching the women's shows. Are you really interested or are you just there to check out the girls...which is what I do, to be honest!

From £15. Available from 18 September online and at Marks & Spencer, 458 Oxford St, London W1 (with a personal appearance and customer signing at 12pm).

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Friday, September 12, 2014

David Gandy's Underwear Designs for M&S

After years of modelling them on catwalks from Milan to Paris, David Gandy has designed his own underwear collection, exclusively for Marks & Spencer. The capsule collection, entitled David Gandy for Autograph (M&S's premium department), comprises 28 items ranging from boxers and briefs to sleepwear.

"Partnering with a great British brand like M&S felt the perfect fit right now," Gandy told us. "We've been working closely for a few years, so it felt like a natural progression to collaborate with them on my own range."

Making the jump from model to designer is no easy transition, but one that he found easy to make.

"I've genuinely enjoyed every part of the process and feel proud of the results," he said. "I wanted to combine quality of fabrics, good design and fit, and an element of style with each piece to form the basic essentials for the range."

But he hasn't abandoned being in front of the camera completely though. Fans will be pleased to hear that Gandy will be modelling his designs for the accompanying campaign ("I still enjoy modelling and that has given me various opportunities to explore other things too - it will always be at the heart of whatever I do").

According to M&S, their new signing is an inspiration for men while being irresistible to women. David said of the launch of his premium range, inspired by the attention to detail synonymous with British tailoring. "I have to be honest, from sketching designs, choosing the fabrics, adding personal touches and even down to the packaging, I've been really involved and thoroughly enjoyed it," he revealed. "I'd love to do more if the opportunity came along."

David Gandy for Autograph will be launch in London on September 18, after which it will be available in stores worldwide and online. ‘It’s a really exciting time for me, seeing the collection that we’ve worked on for almost a year go into stores all over the world. Being able to visit some of those, meet customers and fans and see their reactions to the range we’ve created is something I’m looking forward to a lot – I hope they like it!’


Thursday, September 11, 2014

David Gandy at the BGC Charity Day 2014

BDCH ambassadors, David Gandy and Amanda Holden arrived to the trading floor of the Barclays building (BGC headquarter) in Canary Wharf this morning for the BGC Global Charity Day.

Every year, BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald, in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, commemorate the 658 friends and colleagues and the 61 Eurobrokers employees who perished on September 11, 2001 by distributing 100% of their global revenues on Charity Day to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and dozens of charities around the world.

Also in attendance were Princess Beatrice, Samuel L Jackson, Sir Alex Ferguson, John Terry, Gary Cahill,  Jennifer Saunders, England manager Roy Hodgson, Former England Rugby captain Matt Dawson, Stephen Fry & Kirsty Gallacher.

 David Gandy with Amanda Holden