Christopher Sims is a creative who cannot be confined. For over twenty years he has worked as a freelance fashion photographer, producing images for the likes of Elle, Grazia, and Vogue, to name but a few. Six years ago Christopher founded the mixed media collective 55factory, where he is also the creative director, working with other artists and creatives to produce TV interviews as well as print and digital media for arts and fashion magazine 55pages. We love his creative ambition, and we jumped at the chance to talk to him as part of Barbour International’s #ForTheFreeSpirited campaign.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Be happier and not so affected by situations out of your control. Although this isn’t really relevant as your journey needs all aspects of life to be complete and shape your identity and destiny. But being more thick-skinned could have been good, maybe.
How did you get to where you are today?
With a lack of confidence and the fear that ‘my life would slide out of view’ – this was the biggest reason to fight hard to be independent and achieve what I set out to do. I was determined to not have a predictable life.
These ideas of success change with time, but I seemed to have the ability to reinvent my self if needed and hopefully for the right reasons. Evolution of oneself is crucial continually for life’s success. Learning from experiences, not backing down to fools, accepting when I am the fool, and having a strong idea of respect for my self and others around me. It also took a lot of work and determination. But for me survival has always been crucial to my journey. Along with some amazing loyal friends and my partner – without these people having faith and support in me along the journey, then I couldn’t have got to where I am today.
Tell us why you selected these pieces from the Barbour International collection.
I just love my Barbour coat; it’s become a staple part of my wardrobe and it’s a classic.
I don’t usually wear regular jeans, but I am really enjoying the Barbour ones I have. Having a simple jumper is key to my wardrobe, and you will always see me in a cardigan or jumper that’s not flashy. It’s really about the comfort in this cold climate.
What does the Barbour International brand stand for to you?
I believe it stands for heritage, comfort, durability and quality. I love Barbour International because the brand doesn’t wear me: I wear the brand. I hardly ever wear branded clothing, it just not my style. But I wear Barbour without any problem.
Tell us your thoughts on the product.
Simple, easy to wear, makes a statement without it being an overstatement! Perfect for me and my day-to-day lifestyle.
Why do you like the Barbour International brand?
I am sat in my Barbour International now while working in my studio. I can pop out quickly, or, as I did the other evening, attend a premiere in my Barbour jacket, and be complimented on how good I look! What else is there to say?
What makes you Free Spirited?
I would say I’m free spirited because I am predictably unpredictable to start! I have spent my adult life striving for the goals I want, not the goals I am told I should achieve. It’s always easier to be told what to do, but I have always avoided being told what to do, how to live, how to behave. You are always against the odds when you live your life by your own terms. That makes me Free Spirited.
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