Name: Trevor Pickett
Introducing our latest D&D Face, the quintessential English eccentric, Trevor Pickett. Having single handily launched Pickett London in 1988, a British heritage brand specialising in leather goods, he has over three decades of experience in the luxury industry.
He sat down with our team to give us an insight into his vibrant and busy life in London.
What did you do before Pickett?
I have basically worked at Pickett or rather in this business since I left school 1979. I started off as an employee and then I bought out management in 1988.
How has your life changed since?
My life is my business and my business my life! I don’t know where my work begins or my social life ends! I think once you have your own business, you eat sleep and drink it.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Sometimes I think perhaps I should have taken more advantage of my youth, the adage ‘youth is wasted on the young’ comes to mind. Although, the essential to enjoying life is gaining confidence, which can only be done by evolving and discovering yourself.
What do you like about your job?
Variety. I love the variety and independence. I really enjoy what I do.
What pointers do you have for people looking to get into the same industry?
Having a sound mind that takes control of the business side of things, while still accommodating your creativity. You need to have a balanced team that respect each other’s strengths, however you should be able to stick your neck out and push boundaries too, if you wish to be innovative.
How would you describe your style in three words?
Understated and classic, but with a twist.
Who is your personal style icon?
My best friend, James Hopkins. He is stylish and understated - he wears his clothes well and his outfits aren’t too calculated. I also loved George Kennedy Jnr in the older days.
Favourite spot in London (café, bar, restaurant)?
Sadel - it serves French brasserie food and I like to go to a restaurant where I don’t have to think about choosing the food. Much like my clothes, I prefer things being much simpler these days. My life has become much simpler as I’ve gotten older.
Where is your wardrobe go to?
As much as I hate to say it- Zara!
How do you spend your down-time?
I keep myself busy. I sometimes crash and do absolutely nothing but I’m not very good at keeping still.
What's next for you?
That’s a question I can never answer, there is serendipity in life that you can't plan- so always have your eyes open to opportunities. When I think about how much has changed in the last 18 months, I think it might be good to take a breath!