Bryan Larkin: My style, my way
Glasgow actor Bryan Larkin is hitting the big time… in Asia. In 2017 he plays a leading role opposite the biggest names in Asian cinema in Chasing the Dragon, and he’s been chosen to front the UK marketing campaign for Giordano, one of Asia Pacific’s clothing giants which started in Hong Kong over 30 years ago. Here he shares his personal take on style with i-on.
You’re fronting the Giordano campaign here in the UK. What does that mean to you?
It’s a very unique and special privilege, made more so by the team behind it as they were more interested in my personal journey as opposed to a specific look. I think part of the brand’s success lies in its ability to appreciate substance and life stories of the people in the marketing of its clothes. Giordano is all about style and affordability.
How did you get the position as ambassador for the brand?
I met Thomas Sandfield, one of Giordano's official photographers, when I was shooting a movie in Hong Kong and we discovered that we had a lot in common: same life values and struggles on our paths to our goals. He recommended I meet Mark Loynd, Giordano’s Head of International Brand Collaborations. We met the next day and I had a very good feeling about him. I told him how a guy from Scotland came to be working with Asia’s biggest stars and he decided that my story was a perfect match for a campaign, so we made a short film about it.
How would you describe your own style?
Smart casual: suit jacket, jeans, with a shirt or T-shirt. For special occasions, like premieres, I go for a tuxedo or a kilt.
Any style icons?
American icons like James Dean, Marlon Brando and Steve McQueen. My upcoming movie, Chasing the Dragon, is set in ‘70s Hong Kong so I got to wear a lot of insanely cool clothes.
What’s your favourite piece of clothing?
My Matchless Silverstone Blouson leather jacket is pretty much my second skin. It was a gift from the Malnotti Brothers who used to own and design Belstaff. Matchless is as cool as it gets in leather jackets. I also really like Giordano and Lowe Alpine's collaborative Caulker Jacket; it's a clean, smart casual jacket packed with outdoor functionality - a great example of what modern, urban outdoor wear should be.
The shops we’re most likely to find you in in Scotland…
Anywhere between H&M, Primark and the designer stores in Princes Square. I personally think you don’t have to spend a fortune on designer labels to dress well. What’s important is to find a style that complements your personality, that's why this collaboration with Giordano is such a natural fit.
Describe the Giordano brand in your own words.
Smart, active, casual; the kind of clothes that don’t look out of place on the high street, at the gym or outdoors. The tailoring is minimum and really comfortable. I really like it.
Shoes, aftershave or facial hair… what’s most important?
Shoes. A new pair always gives me a bit of a kick in my step. I’m also an advocate of a well-maintained beard so that would have to come second.
Matchless London for jackets; Hugo Boss for suits; and T-shirts from Giordano – they do great high quality basics and their tees are quickly taking up space in my wardrobe.
A piece of advice…
Style is nothing without substance. Having a positive outlook is what completes any outfit.
For more information on Giordano visit www.giordano.com.