The close up: Charlie Casely-Hayford

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The London designer holidays in Puglia, chills out in White City, and never goes anywhere without his ideas notebook

What makes Charlie Casely-Hayford tick? We caught up with the London designer in the brand new Casely-Hayford store on Chiltern Street, with the paint still drying on the walls. From books and gadgets to that bespoke wedding suit, we spoke to Charlie about the everyday essentials that make up his life.

Charlie Casely-Hayford in the new Chiltern Street store


Tech My team and I use Slack. We’re spread all over the place, and it’s a really great way of communicating.

Pen Montblanc. I like the flow of their fountain pens.

Stationery I couldn’t be without my Giannini leather notebook. It’s in my hand all the time. If I have an idea, I’ll draw it in that book.

Bag I’ve also got a Comme des Garçons folio that I take with me everywhere.


Book Ethiopia Unbound, which is the first African novel written in English. It’s by my great-grandfather, but I only got a copy recently.

Music Francis and The Lights. He’s worked with everyone but he’s still relatively unknown.

Film Withnail & I. I went through a phase of watching this film every couple of weeks.


Suit My wedding suit (below). I based it on the one my grandfather got married in – a Thirties or Forties silhouette with a longer shoulder. I wanted a palette that would work well under the Portuguese sun, so I chose a strong teal with gold flecks that caught the light.

Shoes I’m obsessed with shoes. There’s a pair of Cucinelli Derbys in a burnished brown that are definitely on my wishlist. Most of the time I’m in Army Surplus boots, which I wear with my suits.

Grooming Heath London do really good and honest products – all made in England.

Watch I wear a Breitling Navitimer. It’s my first watch. I bought it because my Dad has one, and it’s one of my earliest memories of him.

Scent I wear Byredo, a scent called Super Cedar. Ben Gorham [its founder] operates on another level.

Going out

Restaurant My friend Jackson Boxer just opened a fantastic restaurant called St Leonards in Shoreditch.

Bar I like Lounge Bohemia on Great Eastern Street. It’s just a door between a kebab shop and a newsagent. The drinks are out of this world.

Chilling out I live in the old BBC Television Centre in White City. Soho House moved in to the same building, and on Sundays we just hop in the lift and go to the sauna and steam room.


Destination Puglia is incredibly beautiful. I stayed at Masseria Cimino, a boutique hotel with little houses clumped together.

Luggage I really like Anderson’s (above, £710, Mr Porter), they do weekend bags in simple, masculine shapes.