Julian: Hello, my name is Julian Randall and i'm a fashion writer and scholar based in Manchester, England. I'm currently pursuing a PhD in Fashion and Clothing at the Manchester Fashion Institute, where I study black men's relationship to luxury fashion in America. In a way, i'm also researching myself, interrogating my own relationship to fashion and dress. I've always been into aesthetics and the material world, and my interest in fashion emerged as a means of escapism, self-expressions and differentiation in middle school. (Although I recall being very particular about what I wore, even in my elementary years). Fashion today, as it did then, also has a protective function for me.
My black, broad-shouldered cashmere-wool coat keeps me warm during England's brutal winter months. But it also makes me feel stronger on days I feel particularly vulnerable.