Patrick Bek is the co-founder of London-based watch company Uniform Wares. The brand designs and produces timepieces based around a philosophy firmly rooted in contemporary British design and engineering. Each is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, from the CNC-machined cases to the hand-drawn font on the back of each case. The latest development for the label is the extensions of its 351 Series collection. The 351/PL-01 Edition features a ceramic-set bezel, crosshair dial detail and Milanese mesh stainless steel bracelet and is available exclusively from the Uniform Wares shop.
We caught up with Patrick for the latest in our LDNfashion Q&A series.
1. When did fashion/a sense of personal style first become important to you?
When I became obsessed with a lime green T-shirt with tie-dye graphic that spelled out TURMOIL (around the age of 10).
2. Who is your style icon (living or dead)?
3. How would you describe London style?
Hairy. It’s pretty beardy. I’m still holding out hope of growing one. Oh, and taking 2 hours to get ready but making it look like you took 2 minutes. It’s an art that Londoners seem to nail.
4. If you could live anywhere else in the world where would it be (and why)?
Milan – Italy, food, food, ‘60s apartment blocks and scooters. I like scooters.
5. Limited to just a suitcase, which items from your wardrobe would you have to take with you?
T-shirts. I wear lots of T-shirts, black jeans, slip-on sneakers (at least 2 pairs), an unstructured blazer, pants, a padded jacket and some Persols. It’s Italy after all – sprezzy!
6. What are your most used grooming/beauty products?
Nail clippers. I can’t stand my nails showing white. This might stem from my nail-biting days.
7. When and where did you look your best?
The Uniform Wares birthday party 2 years ago. I had just bought my first tailored suit. No matter what a guy thinks about clothing, a good suit will always make them walk just that little bit taller.
8. Which is your favourite season of the year (and why)?
Autumn, definitely autumn. It has to be just before the endless Christmas advertising kicks off. It’s a chance to layer up again. Guys don’t have much choice about what clothing to wear when it’s warm.
9. Who in your own family most influenced your sense of style?
I can honestly say no one, but I did have a mate whose uncle was the coolest guy I knew. He was a proper ‘Casual’ and had that kind of Manc swagger about him, although he was a Brummie…
10. If life was a movie, which film would you most like to live in?
Chungking Express by Wong Kar Wai. I love travelling in Asia and this film draws me there every time I watch it.
11. Which grooming or fashion mistakes most irk you in others?
Too much vintage! Firstly, if it’s a TVO (total vintage outfit) it can smell and people just end up looking like extras from Goodnight Sweetheart.
12. Cat or dog?
13. What lesson would you pass on to younger people following in your shoes?
Get off the internet.
14. What motivates you in your career?
Products. Good relevant products
15. If you could trade looks with anyone who would that person be?
Don Draper. What a Don!
16. What category of clothing are you most drawn to/are most likely tooverspend on?
Shoes and coats. Everything else is just sandwich filler.
17. Which is your most treasured sense?
Well, I have pretty much lost my sense of smell, so what I have left is very important to me.
18. Name three elements of a perfect holiday
Warm evenings, cityscapes, good company.
19. If you could change a single aspect of your appearance what would it be?
Straighten my broken nose.
20. Your ideal lunch venue and guest
I’d like to give that Noma a go, with Mos Def, another Don.