Ozwald Boateng could be the next James Bond if he wanted to. Actually…Minus the MI5…
He’s tall, striking, ridiculously charismatic- okay he doesn’t have a scottish accent (Sean Connery being the one true Bond for me) but he does drive the latest Aston Martin DB9 and there’s ALWAYS a beautiful woman close by. Barely twenty when we first met, I’ve witnessed his meteoric rise to superstardom -from the very early days when he started selling his suits in Neal Street, Covent Garden. He was the first tailor to ever produce a catwalk show -in PARIS-those were truly exciting days!! His appointment by LVMH president Bernard Arnault as Creative Director at GIVENCHY Menswear to his flagship store at 30 Savile Row the cornerstone of tradition!
It was a beautiful Summer morning in London when we headed just off Oxford Circus to meet Ozwald at his four story Townhouse. Tallulah had me running up and down hundreds of stairs (learning first hand the need for the lift inside the townhouse!) as she was curious to explore both his children’s bedrooms that were situated at the very top-particularly his daughter Emilia’s room with all her beautiful girlie possessions! We popped over to Ozwald’s local for lunch-the very posh Langham Hotel and afterwards Tallulah was showered with sweets and patisseries! He is treated like a super star after all! Tallulah and Ozwald were bewitched by one another- there was an immediate bond! It took me back-I met Ozwald that very first week I arrived in London and I knew I was in very good hands! We’ve had an amazing friendship over the years, we’ve bonded over our passion for Cinema – he was the first to pioneer fashion films in the industry-he’s directed several short films-one of my favorites No Boundaries you can see HERE. He has an extremely powerful, positive influence as a close friend always encouraging one to follow their dreams- to never give up. Not only a designer but also a visionary-he’s channelled this natural, positive energy into the charitable Made In Africa Foundation. Co-founded with his partner Chris Cleverly they believe infrastructure is the key to transforming the economy from a developing to emerging market. They are dedicated to bringing innovative ideas and capital to Africa, whilst also focusing on the first stage of funding for infrastructure.
First changing the way men dressed now helping to change the world we live in. Thank you my friend-here’s to your next 20 years!
A Man’s Story A full length feature Documentary chronicling the highs and lows of the past 12 years of Ozwalds life will be released early 2012. You can watch the trailer HERE. You can see more of his work and films at his website HERE and follow him on his blog HERE.