Q&A with David Evans – Creator of the Grey Fox blog

When Grey Fox, aka David Evans, started his blog in December 2011 even he didn’t know how successful it would grow to be. Giving a voice to the neglected mature menswear market, his blog’s popularity is proof that this age group should not be ignored. His sense for classic design, quality products and a realistic budget have made the Grey Fox the best blog for the over 40s, covering everything from grooming and clothing to style icons for the older gentlemen. It’s a fantastic blog (regardless of your age) so we were delighted when we got the opportunity to find out more about the man behind the Fox.
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1. When did fashion/a sense of personal style first become important to you? 
I’ve had a passing interest as long as I can remember. My mother was a keen subscriber to Vogue and in the early days there was a section, Men in Vogue, which I looked at from time to time. However, a real sense of style didn’t start until about 18 months ago in response to the difficulties of finding suitable clothes as an older man. I then decided to describe my search for style in a blog and Grey Fox was born!
2. Who is your style icon (living or dead)? 
My grandfather, whose love of slim hand-made brogues and sharp suits has been an abiding memory and influence.
3. How would you describe London style? 
I love London and have done so since the days I used to wander around Carnaby Street and Portobello Road as a youngster in the late sixties and seventies. I still feel a thrill of excitement when I walk its streets, visit its museums or theatres, or eat in its restaurants. I’ve seen many large cities and the only one that comes near to it is New York, although I love Paris and Rome as well. But London is special and its diverse nature makes it more so, with so many cultural influences affecting its style and fashions. So, to answer the question, London style is eclectic, with all the noise, colour and excitement of an exotic oriental bazaar.
4. If you could live anywhere else in the world where would it be (and why)? 
New York – because it’s the next best thing to London.
5. Limited to just a suitcase, which items from your wardrobe would you have to take with you? 
My watches, my wellies and one of my Harris tweed jackets – oh, and my Loake brogues.
6. What are your most used grooming/beauty products? 
Toothpaste and athlete’s foot powder.
7. When and where did you look your best?
About ten minutes after I was born at Guy’s Hospital in London – scrubbed, shiny and wrapped in a newly-laundered white towel. It’s been downhill ever since.
8. Which is your favourite season of the year (and why)? 
All of them, although Spring gets the edge as everything bursts into life again – birds sing, bees buzz and flowers scent the air.
9. Who in your own family most influenced your sense of style? 
See above. My grandfather, Basil Evans, born 1900 (he always told me he was the last of the Victorians).
10. If life was a movie, which film would you most like to live in? 
Anything in which I starred opposite the incomparable Meryl Streep. If a film existed that combined Meryl Streep, a sunny location and Abba music for me to hum, that would be the ideal, but I doubt such a film exists…. does it?
11. Which grooming or fashion mistakes most irk you in others? 
I try very hard not to make fashion rules – there’s nothing worse than the style police. But brogues without socks sets my teeth on edge – and don’t get me started on ties with top buttons undone….
12. Cat or dog? 
Dog – my chocolate Labrador is nearly 15 and has been a wonderful companion. He clings to life with a passion and sense of fun that humans could learn a lot from.
13. What lesson would you pass on to younger people following in your shoes? 
Well, they’d need to have grey hair to follow in my shoes. But it’s lack of confidence that holds so many people back. Decide on your dream and just do it. One of the greatest pleasures of writing Grey Fox has been meeting young entrepreneurs making their way in the fashion world. They all have enthusiasm in common which they have learned to help them overcome their fears. They should ensure that this passion and enthusiasm communicates to others and they will succeed.
14. What motivates you in your career? 
Making new friends, hopefully making a difference and having a sense of humour.
15. If you could trade looks with anyone who would that person be? 
Nobody, I think it’s so important to be happy as you are – always hankering after something in the next field else prevents you from seeing the beauties of your own patch.
16. What category of clothing are you most drawn to/are most likely to overspend on? 
Jackets – because they are the essence of style and yet are highly adaptable to casual and formal wear.
17. Which is your most treasured sense? 
Sight –seeing the beauties around us, natural and man-made.
18.Name three elements of a perfect holiday? 
Beautiful scenery, excellent food and my family.
19. If you could change a single aspect of your appearance what would it be? 
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20. Your ideal lunch venue and guest? 
L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria with my wife, Jane. Or, in London, the restaurant in the Tate Modern, with that stunning view over St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London – the best city in the Galaxy.

I wrote an original version of this article for www.ldnfashion.com