Q&A with Adam Brown, designer and founder of Orlebar Brown
DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL WORKING DAY?
I prefer to start early and am awake for 6.30am, walking the dogs by 7am and in the office for 8.15. Days are usually taken up with meetings both with staff and externally. I like to leave the office at 5pm and squeeze in the gym before getting home at 7pm to deal with evening emails.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE YOU MOST PRODUCTIVE?
Early mornings are when I feel most productive and walking the dogs is a great time for thinking and planning.
WHO OR WHAT COULDN'T YOU WORK WITHOUT?
The OB staff and my iphone.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
The whole process of seeing something through from an idea that transforms into an actual product in a shop is immensely satisfying.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
The world at large, my friends, my experiences, art and music… everything drips through in one way or another.
TELL US SOMETHING WE'RE UNLIKEY TO KNOW ABOUT ORLEBAR BROWN?
We are launching a women’s collection for May 2013- watch this space.
WHAT PROJECT, COLLECTION OR ACHIEVEMENT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
Our Fifth Year Anniversary in May 2012 which was marked with a party, Hulton Getty special edition Photographic print shorts and a Photography competition which launched the,’OB way of life’.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON LEARNED?
Cash flow is king!
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO IN THE FUTURE?
Write a hit song, tell a joke on a stage, run a marathon and be happy.
WHAT IS THE ORLABAR BROWN TEAM'S GUILTY PLEASURE?
WE KNOW YOU'RE A BIT OF A LOCAL BOY OFTEN SPOTTED IN OUT MENSWEAR DEPARTMENT. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT CONNECTS YOU TO THE AREA?
Having been brought up in Winchester, I went to Henry Beaufort, Peter Symonds Sixth Form and Winchester School of Art. My sister still lives here and I used to have a cottage outside Stockbridge in the Test Valley. Winchester is still where my heart is and I try to come back as often as I can. Now The Hambledon has such a great men’s offering there is even more reason to come back.