Monday, June 30, 2014

David James's 3rd Anniversary

This 30th of June, DjG celebrates its 3rd anniversary online. This year we are premiering a new and revamped website that replaces the previous one (existing since 2012) with a more modern style, and a look and feel that is more clean and bright.

The most substantial change in this third version is, without a doubt, the expansion of the team that works daily to maintain DJG online. And to them, these three amazing women who at different times were incorporated as permanent staff, I personally want to dedicate this post. My greatest gratitude towards them: Melissa Feijoo-Viro (July 2012), Ellen Widom (March 2014) & Lisa Rosenberger (May 2014). Thank you for your dedication, professionalism and great sense of humor that never disappears. It was unthinkable for me to imagine, even in 2010, that one day we would be four friends from different parts of the world that  would have fun with the day to day management that this site needs.

And with this, and from the whole team, thanks again to all those with whom we have had the pleasure of collaborating with this year. It has been pleasure and an honor to have worked with you once again and, as you know, our doors are always open to collaborating again.

In closing, thank you all for joining us for another year and contributing, like us, in the endeavor to make the name David James Gandy resonate in all parts of the world.

Thank You!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

El Mundo Spanish Newspaper (June 2014)

David Gandy is featured in today's edition of spanish newspaper El Mundo, interviewed by Agustina Henrich Lagdrid.


He rubs shoulders with Gisele Bündchen on the cover of magazines and on the runways. At 34, this Englishman with gentlemanly ways is considered the best model in the world.

David is one of the 100 most influential men in England. He defines himself as a shy person, but carries the same initials of the ones that made his image in bathing suit a symbol of masculinity. Thanks to the fragrance by Dolce & Gabbana, he has become the star of an industry that has always been ruled by women. Besides being considered the best model in the world, he is also a writer, dog lover, and Jennifer Lopez new guy ... and he hates doing crunches. However, he shares his beauty secrets through his mobile applications. Here's David Gandy, a Briton who has stolen everyone's heart.

EM: How is your relationship with fame and popularity?
DG: I've always been very shy. For this reason, being in the public eye is not very natural to me. And though most photographers have always treated me with great respect, I try to keep my private life away from the cameras.

EM: We read a lot about your exercise routines, but how do you get those abs?
DG: Believe it or not, I work hard on my abs because they are my weakest area. But I confess it's not an area I like to exercise, I find it tedious.

EM: What is 'David Gandy Fitness'?
DG: It is a mobile application through which users can access my exercise routine. I've tried to make it varied and that it will suit both men and women.

EM: And in relation to food, what is it that you can not resist?
DG: Actually, I try to eat sensibly and as healthy as I can. Also if a person increases their metabolism enough, you can eat most things; but I stay away from processed or packaged foods, I can not help but enjoy the cakes, sweets and burgers, but in moderation!.

EM: In addition to the fitness app, you also have one on style...
DG: Yes, David Gandy Style Guide was born from a real demand. Many men would ask me about my style and asked me for tips and advice on how to dress. Men do not have sufficient information on styling at their fingertips; there are few magazines and websites where they can go to. So I try to bring to the users basic fashion rules for them, simplifying the things I've learned from my own work and, of course, thanks to the greatest artists and stylists worldwide.

EM: It is clear that you are into 'technology'. What is the 'gadget' that you can't live without?
DG: I don't go anywhere without my blackberry, but something I really love is the music player I have installed throughout my house that I can control from my iPod. I create a musical environment in the rooms to my liking.

EM: How would you describe the experience of recording a music video with Jennifer Lopez?
DG: It was really great. Working with her and director Anthony Mandler was a real honor for me.

EM: The image of you wearing the white pants in Tirreno for Dolce & Gabbana has been converted into an iconic image for the firm, including one of summer...
DG: Since 2006 I've been the image of Light Blue, the fragrance of the brand, and it's something I feel very proud of. The funny thing is that these are the only pictures I've done in a swimsuit. However, they are the images that people remember. It is assumed that I am the face of Dolce & Gabbana. As for as the white bathing suit, it is true that in recent times it has gained much popularity; it was transformed into a fashion icon, the it garment .

EM: Being accustomed to the London weather, few can relate to the sun and heat, has that hindered you channeling the 'beach boy' inside?
DG: No, it has not been a problem because I spend a lot of time in Italy and Spain. Also, possibly by the tone of my skin and dark hair I look more Italian than English, and the truth is that in Italy I feel at home. Must be that delicious Mediterranean climate.

EM: The place that David Gandy chooses to rest...
DG: Although I spend most of my time traveling, I have not had a vacation in two years! But when I take a few days I prefer to be more active, like skiing, a sport that I love. Another activity that I really like is trekking. On my last holiday I hiked in Uganda.

EM: What 'look' does your style app recommend for a 'beach party'?
DG: I think it depends a lot on each person and on the time of day that the event is. But it is always wise to wear good quality linen garments because it works perfectly for an event at the seaside or for a party at night. And, of course, a pair of designer shoes.

EM: The perfect woman is...
DG: Perfection is a woman who makes me laugh.

EM: And where would you take her for dinner?
DG: I would invite her to the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

EM: Where do you imagine yourself in 10 years?
DG: In my personal life I hope to be settled with a family, but as far as my career it is impossible to get an idea. Things change very fast.

EM: You've conquered many fields. Writing, modeling, working with charities and acting. Anything else?
DG: I'm going to launch my own clothing line with Marks & Spencer, it's a project in which I have been involved, from the design sketches to production and packaging. I've been very anxious but I've enjoyed it too. And beyond that, I have many aspirations and ideas in mind, but that will have to wait.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

David Gandy for Marie Claire Spain (July 2014)

David Gandy is featured in next months spanish magazine 'Marie Claire'. For this intimate interview, the spanish photographer Pablo Zamora captures him in Dolce & Gabbana, through a series of pictures that shows us both his celebrity and personal side. To complete he talks to Marta Falli about his rise to the top, his shyness and how he doesn't talk about his private life.



He is the highest God of a sparsely populated Olympus of male models. The British model took five years to become famous, but things are not easy or quick when your ambition is to change the game. Gandy talks about his very masculine passions while revealing a point of shyness, an old boy of the bunch and some other lovely weakness.

David Gandy is the number one of the male models, but his name has not always opened doors for him. When things were beginning to go well, he was no more than the guy in the white pants in the Light Blue fragrance campaign by Dolce & Gabbana. Clients who called his agency used that information to identify him. Despite this, three years ago he reached a certain celebrity status. Among other things, David demonstrated expertise in how to do a dramatic entrance when he drove a vintage Triumph through the center of Milan to get to the boutique where Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were launching the book they had dedicated to him. The latter is an honor that few women, professional colleagues - significantly better paid than men in their sector - have enjoyed. The volume in question is already in the second hand market with stratospheric prices. "It is extraordinary that a fashion shop show so much respect for a model - Gandy said today - the feeling is mutual."

He agrees to talk on the sunny terrace of the headquarters of Dolce & Gabbana, he's perfectly tanned, hair combed back, wearing a light gray suit with a pocket square and a few buttons of his shirt are unbuttoned. David is himself a brand worth half a million pounds a year; it shows that he is conscience of it, he’s had to work hard to get it. "In castings they always told me the same thing: 'You're too fat'. I remember the noise of the seams ripping when I pulled up the pants. " David Gandy was the classic type for catalogs, which translates into a decent apartment, a nice car and, in general, an affluent lifestyle. But ambition did not let him sleep. "It was tough. When you become famous overnight, you do not have time to learn. It took me five years, but I knew where I wanted to go." He speaks his words with confidence and lengthening the vowels to add some drama. What did he want to achieve? "I wanted to change the game," he replies. While they all told him to loose weight, David went to the gym to grow his biceps and pecs. "I did not have the same physical structure of these androgynous, rock star looking guys which was the standard at the time." Until one day he received a phone call from his agent: he had been selected, but didn't know for what. "There was a casting, Domenico and Stefano wanted the guy wearing sunglasses in the photos of their campaign. It was the fall / winter 2006 campaign, photographed by Steven Meisel, in which David Gandy is dressed like a gentleman and had a guitar in his hands. Shortly after I was in Capri with Mario Testino. "Each of us - Mario, Domenico, Stefano and I - we knew what we were doing was going to be relevant," he recalls.

Born 34 years ago in Billericay, Essex, the son of working class parents who he says he learned a lot from. "I've never seen anyone work as hard as my parents." Now living in London (while his sister Claire lives in Spain): there Gandy just finished renovating a Victorian house in Fulham. Go in search of antique furniture is a passion for him, mentions design as one of his main interests, next being watches & cars - many have compared him to James Bond for this - and the suits he has tailored on Savile Row. "My style reflects the English tradition." It is not uncommon to find him on best dressed lits.

In any case, we discovered his most consistent trait is his shyness and that is not exactly the first word that comes to mind seeing him writhe half-naked on a bed in the photos of Mario Vivanco. The second revelation is that he reveals little of himself beyond what he has decided to be his public image: the classic male. Do you not fear falling into a stereotype?. "I like to have my private life be private, reserved only for the people who are close to me." When he speaks, he sometimes smirks, like if he's thinking of something funny. Listening to him he seems to have suffered bullying when small; he also maintains that it has never considered himself handsome, "it's not that girls would show great interest in me. The first person who made a comment in this regard was my grandfather when I was almost 18. Talking to my mother he said, 'David is becoming a very handsome man. "Indeed, it was not his idea, but a roommate enrolled him in a contest which led him to start working in the fashion world. "I had just finished college and he told me that maybe I could work as a model for a while before finding a real job."

Today, David's activities have multiplied: last September he launched a fitness app for mobile, has a fixed column in GQ, addresses four charities, one of them is Blue Steel Appeal, which refers to movie Zoolander, which precisely parodies the world of male models. "At last, after working with brands, not for brands, so I think I've entered the best phase of my career."

The tabloids go crazy to know the names of the women in his heart (Mollie King, Sarah Ann Macklin or Samantha Barks are some of the ones mentioned). He replies without hesitation: "I do not talk about my private life." But there is a love which does not spare compliments: "when I drive in my car, I love speeding," he whispers without revealing what cars and, above all, how many he has. He adds, "you find yourself working in the public eye and this sometimes means sacrificing privacy."

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

David Gandy's Collaboration with David Jones (2004 - 2007)

We want to give a big Thank You to Melek Nazenin & Nazreen Tajudeen, administrators at David Gandy Fans Australia’s Fan Page (Facebook / Twitter). They are our guest bloggers today and the authors of this great post about David Gandy's collaboration with David Jones in his early years in the modeling industry. The challenge in finding these old pictures made this post even more special and we want to emphasize their effort in coordinating with us to get the final result. You truly are amazing and we are looking forward to repeating this experience in the future!

A special mention and acknowledgment from the whole team involved in this post to one of Australia's most highly regarded international fashion photographers with over 20 years in his field, Paul Westlake, who was so gracious to reply quickly to the emails regarding dates and locations from these vintage campaigns so that we could share them all with you. It has been a pleasure to collaborate with you. Thank YOU!

David Jones is Australia’s oldest department store, offering the finest brands across fashion, beauty and home to customers worldwide. David’s collaboration with the store began early in his career, in 2004 through to 2007 appearing in a number of its catalogs. David worked with David Jones in locations including Antibes, Capri, Greek Islands, Shanghai, Spain and Tahiti and was also featured in catalogs together with Australian model, Megan Gale.

David Gandy for David Jones  - GQ Australia Magazine (Summer 2004)

 David Gandy in Capri for David Jones 2005 (by Paul Westlake)


David Gandy & Megan Gale for David Jones F/W 2005

David Gandy in Shanghai in 2005 and in Tahiti in 2006 for David Jones

David Gandy & Megan Gale for David Jones SportsCraft 2007

David Gandy & Megan Gale for David Jones' Summer Catalogs 2007

David Gandy with photographer Paul Westlake in Antibes and David behind the scenes for David Jones both in 2007



Monday, June 23, 2014

The Best of LC:M S/S 2015

The fifth installment of London Collections:Men has come and gone and we'd like to take a look back at David's style and some of our favorite pictures. It's not a LC:M without David Gandy sitting at a show in the front row wearing an impeccable tailored suit.
This year did not disappoint because he also threw in some casual pieces. We saw David in gray a lot this time starting with his Welsh & Jeffries suit during the day then a gray M&S blazer paired with black slacks and a white waistcoat for The One for the Boys Fashion Ball in the evening.
Day two David went for a more casual style pairing a pair of Lucky Brand Jeans with a gray M&S blazer, Thom Sweeney shirt and Club Monaco tie. As we would notice this year David would go through a few wardrobe changes for the evening parties. To the Tommy Hilfiger dinner he wore a Tommy Hilfiger gray windowpane suit.
Day three was when he wore his much anticipated outfit that he collaborated on with Fennel. It was another casual style for David, cream blazer, blue trousers with suspenders, his signature v-neck tee and Gresham Blake shoes and his best accessory for the day a 1965 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe. For the final party of the LC:M's, The GQ Style Party David donned a beautiful blue suit by Club Monaco.

Friday, June 20, 2014

David Gandy to speak at the RBS ESSA Awards 2014

On June 26, 2014 David Gandy will be one of the three speakers at this years RBS ESSA Awards. Joining him on the podium are Formula 1 driver Perry McCarthy and Briton Olympian Jenny Jones. 
The event celebrates the UK's most enterprising student societies with 61,000 pounds to be awarded that night. The awards are being held at Louise Blouin Foundation in West London. 

Source: The Essa 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

David Gandy Attends GQ Style Party

This evening, once the last show of London Collections:Men SS15 was done, David Gandy attended the GQ Style Party held at Dunhill.

 David Gandy with Robert Konjic

David Gandy with Tinie Tempah & Nick Grimshaw
With Robert Konjic & Luke Evans
Via @daisylowe IG

London Collections: Men S/S 2015 (Day III)

Day 3 (June 17th, 2014)

The last day of this fifth LC:M lets us finally see the latest Gandy x Fennell Spring/Summer 2014 Collaboration. Inspired by the 1920s summer, the Art Deco or the Great Gatsby, a wink to the classic sophistication of the 1920s, or in David's words; 'real gentleman's style'. You can read more about the designing of this great suit in Fennell's blog.

While we are truly admiring David's style choice of the day from the jacket, to the suspenders or braces all the way down to those gorgeous shoes, there is something else we were loving. David showing up to several shows in a gorgeous Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe.

13:00.- Burberry Prorsum (Men's)
The Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show was held at Perks Field in Kensington Palace Gardens (London).


14:00.- Tiger of Sweeden (Men's)  


17:00.- A. Sauvage    

 18:00.- Nasir Mazhar (Men's)
David Gandy with Miles Kane & Tinie Tempah