[Style file] - or the origins of Planepack
'You're so stylish, Bobby! You always look so great!'
During my life, I've heard that a few times. I usually say thank you graciously and not think much more about the concept of style. OK, so I might be wearing a nice outfit, but the meaning of 'style' or 'stylish' isn't something I've dwelt upon - until last year.
Last year a few things happened: I started sketching - in print and digital; I also did a print course - screen print, linocut relief print and etching, and I took an online styling course, which was a fun experience. Through all of these, I wanted to better understand the concept of 'style'.
During the styling course, I learnt new things: how to light and photograph a flat lay; how to create a mood board; how to recognise the origins of a particular fashion; how to style a photo shoot; and how to identify a person's colour profile. And best of all, I had to conceive a business plan - and voila - Planepack was born.
The essence of style
But still, during the course, I didn't get to the essence of style. I wasn't able to answer why some people have it and others don't.
In this, my [Style file] series I aim to better understand 'style'. I examine the origins of my own style. That's not to say that I'm uber-stylish, but I'm interested in understanding how and why I curate and choose my own style - and not just in clothes, but in interiors, architecture, music and culture in general. And why does my own style drive my need to travel light and to Planepack?
Join me on the journey: here we go; back to the very start . . .