Those who follow Permanent Style, admire the looks at Pitti Uomo or are inspired by a Drakes shoot - and often wondered “who take’s the photos?”. Well, Jamie is your guy. Introducing Jamie Ferguson, menswear photographer, stylish gent, family man and author of “This Guy”.
He picks some of his favourite pre-owned items for sale on Marrkt and speaks to us about his life and work. We also have a number of his books in stock for purchase.
MKT: Hi Jamie, tell us about your background and current interests...
JF: My name is Jamie Ferguson; born and raised in Canada but moved to the UK when I was 15. I've been living here ever since and I'm a menswear photographer.
MKT: How/when did you start shooting and develop into such a notable style photographer?
JF: I've been working in the industry for about 10 years altogether, 5 years as a freelance photographer. Before I struck out on my own I was working behind the scenes for brands like DAKS and Drake's in various capacities; some licensing, wholesale, product development, styling, photography and social media. Everything kind of snowballed really. I slowly started to get brands enquiring about a few things I had shot and it got to a point where I had to make a choice between staying where I was or going freelance.
MKT: You’re photography obviously keeps you very busy. When you’’re not travelling, shooting or editing - what are your interests outside of your job and fashion?
JF: Hmmm. Spending time with my family. I've got a 3 year old son who is an absolute handful but hilarious. He doesn't really give you much free time outside of work! What little time I do get I use to cook, play basketball, renovate our house and read.
MKT: Your book is a collection of portraits of stylish guys you have got over the years - which are your 3 favourite characters and why?
JF: Oooooh. I can't pick favourites! I love all of their style! So randomly let's highlight Yukio Akamine, Brian Davis and Scott Fraser Simpson. Every single one of the guys I selected to be in the book has an authenticity. This is how they dress day in day out. Akamine-san's wardrobe is incredible and he mixes tailoring in a beautiful way. It's never just your standard navy suit, there's always a little twist thrown in. Such a gentleman as well. Gave me so much of his time while we shot in Tokyo, the whole day. And we'd never really met before so to do that will always mean a lot to me Brian's store Wooden Sleepers was amazing. Wonderfully curated by the man himself and when we were shooting we just chatted non-stop. Great, great guy. Scott was the first person I shot for the book actually. Again, had never met him before and we spent nearly 4 hours together. He took me to some of his favourite haunts in London and was just super nice. Really put me at ease, especially seeing as this was at the very start of the project.
MKT: How would you describe your personal style and 3 "go to" brands?
JF: I'm really drawn to a lot of different style; tailoring, workwear, military, vintage etc. I love trying to mix them together in a way that feels cohesive. My 3 go to brands? Drake's is probably still up there for me, Aime Leon Dore and Stoffa.