By Oliver Franklin
For someone normally known for the kind of jet-black, slim-cut suits that come with the jazz standard territory, Jamie Cullum is looking remarkably relaxed: sat by a pool in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, in vintage Seventies Ray-Bans, a crew-neck sweater and jeans. It’s the kind of relaxed yet confident vibe that has made it onto his latest album, Momentum, which blends hip-hop and funk-laced pop with his signature brand of pared-down piano covers. It’s fair to say he’s never looked or sounded better. To mark the album’s release, here Cullum talks us through his sneaker collection, his love of Band Of Outsiders and his “Austin, Texas” phase…
I used to collect rare sneakers. I used to get Sneaker Freaker magazine and everything. It kind of reached its epitome when I did two weeks with Pharrell and then I spent some time with Salaam Remi and Dan The Automator and they all had these free sneaker hook-ups. I got my first pair of really rare Bapes and it started to get really out of hand. I was on the internet counting down the hours until certain sneakers came out.
I love this kind of amazing hybrid of well-made smart shoes and almost a kind of trainer. It’s quite a modern idea. These are from Paul Smith. I also have a pair of blue Mr Hare shoes that I tweeted yesterday and a pair of Alden “Indy” boots in my bag.
I would say I am an enthusiast.
I still have a good sneaker collection, but I’ve really pared it down since then. Common Projects: a simple sneaker like that, I really like.
I love traditional shoes. I have a nice couple of pairs of traditional Oxford-style shoes, a pair of Edward Green shoes, and I aspire to a pair of hand-made George Cleverley shoes. Mark McNairy, all those are amazing.
My first stylish purchase? It was a Dior blazer. Actually, it was more of a suit jacket. I did a shoot for a magazine, which was really before I understood anything about decent clothes – as you can probably see from my first television performances – and the whole shoot was Dior. I’d never really worn stuff that just fitted me immediately like that. It was just around the time Hedi Slimane was doing all the designing, and the smaller sizes in that, it was like they were tailored to me.
Continue reading about Jamie’s personal style over at GQ – here.