Editors note: This week’s Who To Follow is the result of a mild obsession Andy and I had with the Blamo! podcast, which, if you’re at all interested in the world of fashion, style and luxury, is jam-packed full of gold moments and on-point insight. Given that we’ve tapped out the first three seasons, we’re pretty happy season four is dropping on May 7. Until then, I’m going to go listen to the Jen Rubio episode on repeat.
Tell us about Blamo!
Blamo! is a weekly show featuring personalities and individuals in the fashion industry. I’ve been in the fashion and luxury industry for more than 10 years and have been lucky to have made some great friends along the way. Their stories are so inspiring and encouraging, and I wanted to find a platform to share those stories.
How do you choose your interviewees?
Initially, it started out as friends and colleagues I’ve had along the way. More recently, it’s evolved to feature entrepreneurs, creative directors and other people who are helping shape the world of fashion.
Now, your love of watches comes up reasonably often throughout your podcast; do you remember when this passion started?
I first got into watches in the early aughts. It’s amazing how you can wear the engineering and design equivalent of a car on your wrist! Ha!
I know you’ve interviewed several ‘high profile’ watch collectors. What’s been the most noteworthy timepiece you’ve spotted during Blamo!?
Probably Matt Jacobson’s Rolex ‘Double Red, Patent Pending’ Sea-Dweller With Tropical Dial. So beautiful! To me, Vintage Rolex is where it’s at. I love how just the slightest difference in the dial or design can be an order of magnitude in value.
MJ’s DRSD 1665 is a patent pending one edition which most people believe were only limited to around 150. That’s Milsub territory!
Do you have a daily watch?
Yes, I do! I usually wear a Rolex Submariner (116610LN) or my vintage Tudor 7914 Oysterdate with a Brevet crown. I actually met the Laurent Ferrier one afternoon while I was visiting Ben at Hodinkee and he complimented my vintage Tudor. I was like, “Yep, this is going to be a daily now!” I’d love to own a Laurent Ferrier someday!
What does the rest of your watch collection look like?
Aside from my Submariner and Tudor, a Nomos Tangente Neomatik, an Omega Speedmaster 145.022, and a few Mickey Mouse watches I’ve picked up over the years.
What’s that next piece you’re looking to buy?
I’d love to catch a classic Cartier Tank. To me, the Cartier Tank is the ULTIMATE dress watch. It’s small, subtle and full of history. I will admit, outside of Vacheron, Cartier represents the great beyond that I long to explore.
From a style perspective, how important do you think a watch is to an overall look?
The watch ties it all together. It balances the entire look! I know it sounds a bit trite, but it’s true. There are days when I haven’t felt I looked perfect, been depressed, etc … I put my watch on, and I walk a little taller. It keeps me centred and reminds me of the hard work I’ve put in and am capable of achieving.
Are there any other projects that you are working on right now that you’d like to talk about?
Season four of the podcast is keeping me busy!