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TOM COYSMAN: INTERVIEW

Its been a busy week for the Nevs boys so far, but luckily we managed to catch up over a quick coffee with the lovely, and ever so slightly comical, Tom Coysman…

Originating from Holland, Tom studied History at Ghent University and, once upon a time wanted to be a fashion designer. After starting his modelling career, apparently following a very awkward conversation with a model scout (were so glad that happened!), at only 21 years of age, he’s definitely making the most of his new found calling!

How is 2016 shaping up for you so far?

The first 6 days were life changing! (It was a pretty quiet affair)

How excited are you to be in London for LCM?

I honestly love London, and I thought I wouldn’t like it. I stepped on someone’s toes in the subway recently, and he actually apologised to me!! That’s not even a joke. I love it here, so I’m really happy to be back!

What are you most looking forward to for the weekend ahead?

Being a part of the fashion week excitement, most definitely! It’s such a weird and wonderful place, the fashion industry. Being part of a show is like catching a glimpse into that whole other world.

Who is your one to watch this season?

Derek Zoolander.... (and how could we possibly argue with that)

There are so many advantages to being a model, and you get to catch a glimpse all of the new trends. What would you personally like to see coming out of AW16?

I think one of the hardest parts of today's fashion is to capture the personal expression of clothing in a way that is relevant to the world today. What I always look forward to during Fashion Week is to see how designers approach their ideas, bearing heritage and actuality in mind. I liked how Dior, for example, introduced street wear into their formalwear (how do patches on tuxedo’s look so good!).

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Has to be Coach, as that’s a brand that I share my personal style with, and Burberry of course. I went to London for my first season but didn’t have time to change any money. When I arrived, my cards didn’t work so, no money, no food, no subway!! I did a couple of castings on foot with my luggage, but I really wanted to do the Burberry casting. I walked for almost 3 hours through London to get there, making it five minutes before it ended. When I later found I was walking the show, it was a different kind of gratefulness.  

We all know how important it is for a model to be prepared, but can you fill us in on those all essential items you carry in your kit?

My portfolio, an external charger, metro pass, disposable camera, spinach leaves (handy & healthy is underway) and an umbrella (yes London, I’m talking about you!).

Quick Fire Questions:

Your ultimate style icon is?

I have way too many, but to name a few, Steve McQueen, Alain Delon, Marlon Brando, and Tom Waits.

You couldn't live without?

I hate to say it - but its my phone.

What is your dream vacation?

Peru, or somewhere with elephants.

Who is your biggest inspiration, and why?

Tyler Durden, because of his brutal honesty.

What has been your biggest challenge? Staying alive during fashion weak! (and yes, Tom did indeed inform us that was to be purposely misspelt)

 

Follow Tom on Instagram: @tcoys 

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