British TV’s Darren Kennedy on the Amazing Race and his enviable style
Today we speak to British TV personality- Darren Kennedy.
I grew up in Dublin and I starting off working as a runner on breakfast TV aged 17 while I was at Uni (studying International Business with French & Spanish). After a stint living in Paris, I came home and started working in TV, researching and eventually producing, presenting and developing a raft of entertainment programmes including the Emmy Award winning Amazing Race. I’ve been lucky to maintain creative input in many of my TV projects including my series ‘The Unemployables’ (think Benefits Street meets The Undatables) which went on to be nominated for best new TV format at the European Broadcasting Union Awards. Outside of television, I also collaborate with master tailor Louis Copeland to design my ‘DKxLC’ collection which is now in it’s sixth successful season and this year I launched the first ‘Darren Kennedy Recommends’ Edit at Specsavers.
As for Darren’s personal style:
Jeans: Swedish brand Acne
My go-to is the ‘Max’, a Slim fit, low rise jean tapered from the knee down.
Shirts: Comme des Garçons
This Japanese label puts a creative spin on wardrobe building blocks. There’s always something slightly off-beat, which I like, with lots of bold patterns, colours and shapes. I’m mad for a Cuban collar and the bowling shirt right now. I like them cut in a roomy, comfortable fit. They work really well with a tailored jacket and trousers for a chilled our summer suiting vibe.
Pants: DKxLC suit trousers
I like breaking up my suits and wearing each piece separately in different outfits. At the moment, I’m getting lots of wear from the bottle green pants (part of a two –piece from my current collection). They’re a silk and wool blend so incredible comfortable and cool to wear in summer.
Obviously I’m biased but the ‘Malahide’ blue and white striped seersucker two piece with broad peaked lapel and tapered leg is a summer must-have. Not for the faint-hearted, this is a statement style.
Trainers are a minor obsession of mine. Always great with chinos or jeans and a great when paired with tailoring for a more laid back look. My most recent purchase are a pair of leather woven Air Max in tan with woven detailing around the edge where the sole mets.
For anyone interested in personalization, you’ll love Bruggler. The Zurich-based watchmakers have developed an online platform that offers Swiss made-to-measure timepieces that you design online but which are assembled using traditional age-old techniques from companies in the Swiss Jura valleys that have been judged ‘best in class’.
Outerwear: Tommy Hilfiger Trench Coat.
The trench is a classic for a reason. I like to keep mine simple – light taupe colour and coming to a couple of inches above the knee to keep it contemporary.
Favorite Cologne: Tom Ford Azure Lime from the private collection.
Your favorite App: The iMovie app.
It allows me to edit my YouTube videos on the go and upload directly to my channel. When you spend as much time on airplanes as I do, it’s an essential.
Favorite piece of technology: iPhone
Next tech purchase: Macbook Air
I was just thinking this morning it’s time for an upgrade. I’ve recently run out of storage and my current Macbook has become tediously slow!