It List: The designer/creative director (below) of British fashion lifestyle label Jack Wills shares the creative names and places that excite him most.

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Recent discovery “Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen (known for her fashion images and campaigns that look like contemporary art). I saw her works at The Photographers’ Gallery in London and loved how the exhibition (Analemma: Fashion Photography 1992-2012; it ended in January) was set up like an immersive moving slide show. It was innovative and felt modern.”

Dream collaborator “I’d love to work with English painter David Hockney. He’s an icon in the British art world with an amazing sense of colour. In fact, he’s the inspiration behind some of the pieces in Jack Wills’ Spring 2015, especially the rugby tops that he’s known to wear.”

Latest design investment “A limited edition signed print of ’90s American supermodel Kristen McMenamy by German photographer Juergen Teller. It’s the first out of a collection of 100 issued by the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London that hosted a retrospective of his works two years ago.”

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Favourite museum “The Victoria and Albert in London (above) is always eclectic and interesting. I especially love its library, which is a great place for research.”

Most frequented F&B spots “Bistrotheque, a restaurant in Hackney, London. [Its interior is…] light and airy; and the food is delicious. I love going there for Sunday lunches with friends. I also like Spring restaurant at Somerset House (below) for its slick yet interesting interior (it’s a refurnished 19th century drawing room with the original cornices intact) and independent spirit.”

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Most underrated place in London “Caledonian Road in King’s Cross, which is where I live. It has an unpolished edge that I find authentic. Some places make you feel as though you’ve stepped back twenty years in time.”

On his playlist “Talking Heads. The American band is one of my favourite music acts and frontman David Byrne will be curating the Meltdown festival on the South Bank in London this August – I’ll definitely be attending some gigs.”

An adapted version first appeared in Female‘s July issue, out on newsstands now. 

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