Felix Chain is a celebrated Australian menswear designer, best known for co-founding the highly successful Vanishing Elephant brand. He worked for Incu for five years as a buyer, before starting ‘VE’, and now works from Hong Kong where he consults on a number of labels. He’s a busy man, in other words.
“It normally takes me about ten minutes to leave the house. I’ve got pretty long hair so honestly I just tie it up or wear a hat. It’s that simple. I’m a pretty casual person so I’m pretty easy going about how I look. I go for efficiency! I work in an industry where everyone has a look, but I’m pretty relaxed. I’m quite Australian in that sense.
I go through phases with skin care products. Right now I don’t use anything but I did use Aesop. I used to a cleanser and moisturizer but that’s mostly for winter. But in Hong Kong I don’t need it, because it’s always warm.
I do use deodorant though! A spray on for ease.
I dress for the weather. Right now I throw on a pair of shorts and sneakers basically every day, because it’s warm here. I wear sand shoes, like Converse-looking shoes, plus some shorts and a t-shirt or linen shirt, and that’s it. I have to be comfortable more than anything. I appreciate and admire people that really go to the effort but I’m not going to be wearing a wool suit in Hong Kong!”