Riddle me this… Marcus Fountaine
Riddle gets up close and personal with the co-founder of young British footwear and accessories brand Fairfax & Favor
If you knew then what you know now… would you still do it?
Yes I would. My only advice to my younger self would be to believe in your gut instinct and that don’t shy away from your ambition – in the words of Dottie Herman “Never let people tell you that you can’t!”
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t go into the city and work as a banker. I was given that pearl of wisdom by a stockbroker, who told me that “people only like trusting other people with their money if they have grey hair” so you can either wait until you’re older, or do something else with your life.
What’s the weirdest rumour you’ve ever heard about yourself?
No rumors have got back to me, however I once got a letter from someone who I thought represented the England Rugby Under 18s team. I was so upset that I wasn’t asked to train with them.
What was your biggest break?
My ulna bone whilst playing rugby.
Do you consider yourself lucky?
I think you make your own luck – but yes I do! Anyone who lives in England should count themselves lucky in my opinion.
What’s most important in your life?
Providing a quality of life for my six employees, and of course my family!
What other brands do you admire?
Bloxham PR and Chatsworth Cabinets.
Do you have a guilty pleasure – if so what is it?
Dinosaurs – I must have watched Jurassic Park 50 times, and I still have at least one dinosaur in my bedroom. My personal favourite is the T-Rex.