The colours of my previous collection were very subdued, and this was the opposite: an explosion of colour for spring and summer. Most men don’t like to wear attention-getting colour nowadays, which is a disappointment to me, so for this collection I took inspiration from the peacock style of Swinging London in the 1960s―specifically the period when the Mod movement began transitioning into psychedelia.
Some of the fabric patterns were custom made and based on my own illustrations, many of which include season-appropriate motifs like butterflies and lotus flowers. Even though I’ve spent my entire life in big cities, I love nature―especially animals and plant life. So I was very lucky that the photographer who shot the look book for this collection is friendly with a company that rents exotic animals; the clothes ended up being shot with a lemur, a flamingo, a macaw, a baby kangaroo, and more. The collection is my idealization of springtime: happiness and leisure, but also dignity and poise.