Q & A with Grosvenor’s Design Director, Juan Credidio

Juan Credidio

What shirt from AW14 do you feel is the most versatile?

The Signature collection is by far the most versatile, with the subtle details inside the collar, under the cuffs and under the front placket, these can be worn formal with a tie as well as casual with some interest.

If you had to pick 3 accessories from AW14, what would they be and why?

I really love the new tie range for Autumn, we work with Vanners (silk weavers) in Sudbury England, and in particular the paisley is my favorite.

The new pocket squares are really great, we have 6 monotone shades that have just arrived and will be in store next week.

I know is still very warm, but I am really excited about the new scarves for this autumn, we have lightweight options and cashmere from Scotland.

How far ahead do you work on seasons and how do you start to work on a new collection?

I work one year in advance, the majority of our cloth is exclusive to us and woven in the 2-fold 100’s Royal Twill, I start designing the cloth 12 months ahead. We have a wholesale collection, so the range needs to be ready to show 6 months before delivery. The same would apply to all of the accessories, ties, silk hanks, belts etc. I am currently working on AW 15.

What is your favorite look from Grosvenor AW14?

My favorite look would be the full outfit; we have just added chinos and blazers to the collection. The chinos are made in lightweight 100% cotton that has a great luxurious finish on the cloth, the blazer is a wonderful shade of navy and made in Super 110’s fine wool. Teaming the chino and blazer with a great casual shirt and adding a pocket square makes a great look.

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What inspires you creatively?

I have always been interested in fashion, even from a young age, in Panama I had the nick name “Fashion” because I always spend so much time and money on the way I dressed. I have a great interest, not only in the fashion industry but I also love interior design and visual merchandising. I can get inspiration in many ways, it can come from visiting cities and observing the way people dress.

Who are your style icons?

I do not have a style icon in particular; I like to take influence from many areas. Coming from Central America, I am not afraid to inject some colour into the collection, but this is always combined with classic styles and shapes.

Grosvenor - 18/19 Jermyn St . London W1 pix and copyright Nick Cunard nickcunard.co.uk

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