British designer, Richard Nicoll, launched his namesake label in 2005 after graduating from Central Saint Martins and apprenticing under Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton. The Australian expat has a knack for sophisticated, wearable, and often colorful designs, which have found him a well-devoted fan base of modern women. We chat with the London fashion week favorite about everything from childhood bike rides to breezing through that dense Steve Jobs biography.
ELLE: What is your favorite smell?
RN: Sea Air
ELLE: What do you consider the epitome of happiness?
RN: Freedom and Knowledge
ELLE: How do you define luxury?
RN: Freedom and Travel
ELLE: What is the last dream you remember?
RN: I barely ever remember anything that isn’t really abstract.
ELLE: What’s your favorite childhood memory?
RN: Riding my bike without trainer wheels.
ELLE: What’s the last book you read and loved?
RN: The Steve Jobs Biography
ELLE: Describe your home’s aesthetic.
RN: Random, sentimental, colorful, and comfortable. My living room is full of colorful pictures and books and my bedroom has nothing in it at all besides my bed—and it’s all white.
ELLE: What are your vices?
RN: Smoking, drinking, and friends.
ELLE: Describe yourself in 5 words or less.
RN: Complicated, generous, trusting, free-spirited.
ELLE: What possession will you never throw away?
RN: My design and design development archive and my Linder Sterling collages.