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Nick Carvell

Contributing Fashion Editor, British GQ

Nick’s first foray into menswear with British style mag Esquire came shortly after collecting his MA in Journalism at City University. He then joined rank at the freshly launched MrPorter.com, before serving five years at British GQ mixing digital roles with his editorial prowess before venturing freelance in 2017. Nick maintains his role as GQ’s Contributing Fashion Editor.

01. Did you always want to work in fashion?

When I was young, it never struck me as an option - pre- social media, school career tests never flagged 'fashion' - I always got "teacher". The cool style scene always felt very far away from my life in East Anglia, however when I landed in London for uni, I realised I could make a living from combining the things I loved.

02. If you couldn't do this job, what would your Plan B be?

Growing up, I always wanted to be an architect - I was obsessed with Lego, and begged my dad to bring home graph-plot notepads from work so I could sketch city plans. While I've probably passed the point in my life where I could retrain to be an architect, I would hope there might be something in the design sphere that I could do - my own interior design firm perhaps, or writing architectural biographies.

03. What's the best advice you were ever given?

My grandfather once said to me, "Invest in your shoes and your sheets, because if you're not in one you're in the other". That's served me very well.

04. Who's been your biggest influence, and how?

There are so many I could list, but career-wise I would say my biggest influence has been Natalie Massenet. The way she ran The Net-A-Porter Group and her respect for and kindness towards her employees made a great impression on me. She taught me that you don't have to be the loudest or most feared person in the room - that you don't need to use strong words to make sure strong viewpoints are heard.

05. Sum up a typical working day in 5 words.

Every single day is different!

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