As a boy I loved Sundays. It was the day all my favourite things happened, big breakfast, the church service, singing, an opportunity to get dressed up, then return home to a delicious food spread and if that was not enough you get a second wardrobe change to await the arrival of the ice cream man. Heaven!!!! I wished Sunday was every day of the week. I searched for ways to bring an element of this day to my week my first thought was the clothes, if only I could look pristine mid week that would be the beginning.
I started to press an avoid any activity that would soil my clothes, this was the birth of my "dapper". People would often compliment , my mom thought washing my clothes was pointless as they never got dirty. I fell in love with veneer and the positive attention and validation that came with it. Love like most things is a growing sensation, before long I looked to movies and books for inspiration . A beta max copy of Brian DiPalmas's scarface would change my life forever. Love in Latin!!! Excess, opulence, white suits, silk shirts, aviator glasses, acrylic furniture, sunny climates and speaking in Spanish, all thing Caffery "mi encanta" my life turned a corner that I have yet to sway. I got access to a machine and bed sheets started going missing. Versace obsessed, Galliano enthralled, I began my longest relationship ship with a flamboyant spirit I like to call jet setter: Clive.
I swear the name came from a line in an Alexander O'neal's song "fake". He says and I'll never forget, " in the morning you'll call me Clive, but Alex is the name I abide" . So who is Clive , this character that lingers in the mind of women who lust after him, thus referring to all other men as him, I imagine him as an unattainable glamorous creature part Tony Montana, dressed by Saville row tailors, exclusively in Italian shoes with a personality the size of the Empire State Building. I owe so much to this man, he is my hero, my muse, my alter ego, my spirit animal
, my inspiration and aspiration. Clive you are the foundation on which my collections are built and I will forever be your greatest cheer leader!