I’ve always thought that if I were an actor – something I genuinely tried to become out of spite for an actor girl who ghosted me after a couple of dates (I was petty) – I would try to get my agent to get me a role in a film set in the 18th century.
Everyone looks so cool. I wouldn’t dress like it in public for obvious reasons, but I’ve always fancied myself as a Redcoat or one of the high ups in films like Pirates of the Caribbean or anything during the British Empire.
I’m not saying a fan of colonisation and all of the bad things that come along with it, it’s just hard to not think everyone’s getups then were pretty good.
The hair I could take or leave, but you can take liberties with that. Also the [albeit Russian] guys in BBC’s War and Peace had great hair…
Also that was set in the early 19th century.
I’ve completely digressed, but what I’m trying to get at is that there’s a guy, Zack MacLeod Pinsent, who dresses like that every day because he loves the way it looks and how it makes him feel.
He explained that when he was 14, he ceremoniously burned his last pair of jeans and now he wears exclusively Regency-style clothing that he makes himself, not owning any modern clothes.
The knee-jerk reaction before you watch the video, I think, is to take the piss out of 25-year-old Zack, but when you actually listen to what he has to say, you realise that he’s just trying to express himself and is harming absolutely no-one in the process.
Have a watch…
Just seems like a nice guy, really.
It makes him happy so why not. I’ll be honest, I would absolutely love to wear suits more, sometimes wear a big cloak and have a cane (some of the time), but I have minimal confidence and people would probably hate me. Good on Zack for going for it.
He’s helping people too, making bespoke clothes for people all over the world (for a fee, obviously). I’m a big fan of MacLeod Pinsent.
Previously I thought the most eccentric person in Brighton was Chris Eubank, but I was way off.
Check out Pinsent’s work here. Maybe even get yourself something..?
Images via Pinsent Tailoring, BBC, Disney
Alfie Powell joined as an apprentice and was probably hired because he was likely the only person who applied. He's been blagging his way through writing articles for four years now and he's definitely showing signs of slowing down. When not writing for The Hook, Alfie finds time to indulge in his favourite hobbies, such as drinking and sitting down. You can contact Alfie at [email protected]Follow