Riddle me This… Simon Crompton
Up close and personal with Simon Crompton, the founder of tailoring and luxury blog Permanent Style
If you knew then what you know now……….would you still do it?
Looking at my children growing up, it reminds me how many mistakes I made when I was young: how hard it was when you were a teenager, when you really lost any sense of who you were. There are very few things I would have done differently, I think, but I’m very glad to now be grown up and have more confidence in who I am and what I stand for. I’m glad I know what I know now.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
To try to find a creative outlet alongside the job that pays the bills (presuming you’re not lucky enough for that job itself to be creative). I think it’s absolutely core to establishing a personal connection with the world.
What’s the weirdest rumour you’ve ever heard about yourself?
That my site had been bought by GQ but they didn’t want to tell anyone about it. Not quite sure why someone would make that one up.
What was your biggest break?
Being early to the game of self-publishing. Today everyone can publish images, content, for the world to see and try to get a reaction. But the more people doing it, the harder it is to get traction. I was lucky to be early, and I try to rationally assess every new medium or app to see whether it could be something I also need to be an early adopter of.
Do you consider yourself lucky?
Absolutely. Not because I tend to win card games or not wait long for buses, but because I have a job I love, a loving family, and some kind of security to support them with as they grow up. Plus my health and an ever-curious mind. It’s hard to ask for more.
What’s most important in your life?
Family, by far and away. My children are always the thing that make me happiest, and they constantly help me see the world anew. There’s nothing like rediscovering history, culture or nature through their eyes.
What brands do you admire?
Those with a clear sense of identity and drive. It’s relatively easy with new, young brands I admire like Stoffa or Saman Amel, but more impressive with slightly older companies like Drake’s or Private White VC, and even more with the previous generation, such as Ralph Lauren.
Do you have a guilty pleasure – if so what is it?
Heavy metal. Putting on my headphones when I’m travelling and listening to Iron Maiden, or maybe some old grunge like Stone Temple Pilots. It puts the biggest smile on my face, and makes me feel like I’m bouncing along.
Describe your personal sense of style.
Subtle, discerning, tasteful. Dressing well without any obvious quirks or gimmicks. Thinking about dressing stylishly in the same way someone else thinks about cooking well.