Menswear designer Tom Cridland, who has been featured a couple of times in this Web site’s Cheryl’s Specials, plans to introduce The Real Music Collection. It’s sure to include Elton, who is one of his favourite artists (not to mention that drummer Nigel Olsson is a regular client), with all proceeds going to a charity that helps musicians.
Indiaretailing.com recently ran an interview with Tom, who has also recorded in the same studio that Elton did. Below are the pertinent portions of the article. . .
What are your plans on introducing more products/lines?
Our next collection will be called ‘The Real Music Collection’ and features a wonderful print of my favourite rock n’ roll musicians of all time, as if they’re all playing together in a supergroup.
You have been called ‘a tailor to the stars’ why do you think the stars support you?
It’s been a huge honour to make clothing for people like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Stiller, Rod Stewart, Hugh Grant, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Piven, Nigel Olsson, Brandon Flowers, Robbie Williams, Nile Rodgers, Michael Portillo, Stephan Merchant, Frankie Valli, Daniel Craig, Neil Young, Danny McBride, Miley Cyrus, Clint Eastwood and Kendrick Lamar. That said, I can’t speak for them as to why they were interested in Tom Cridland clothing!
Tell us more about your love for music and ‘The Tomicks.’
‘The Tomicks’ is my rock n’ roll band. We have just recorded an album at the Village Studios in LA. I’m a lifelong fan of ‘70s music and I started making clothes for Nigel Olsson, Elton John’s drummer since 1969, three years ago and got inspired by him to take up playing music myself. I taught myself the drums by ear and began writing with my bandmate, a piano player whom I met backstage at an Elton gig. The writing went so well we started taking it more seriously and when Kenji Suzuki, Simply Red’s guitarist, liked our demos enough to agree to play bass and guitar on the recordings, I decided to use my business earnings to self-fund making the album properly at The Village. My girlfriend of 7 years, Debs, and I are lead vocals, Kenji’s on guitar and bass, Nick’s on piano and keys, I’m on drums. I wrote the lyrics. Nick and I wrote the music together. It’s currently being mastered at Metropolis in London and it’s by far the thing I’m most proud of in my life so far. The record will be released later on in 2017.