CAPOLOGY: Q&A with Alan Wardle of AnyForty!


Alan Wardle, the mastermind behind up and coming, independent streetwear label, AnyForty has always wanted to wear the kind of clothes that he now designs.

Fascinated with world of hiphop as a child and with the Champion sweats and Timberland boots that came with it, he always creates clothes that he would love to buy and wear himself. In his own words he ‘just makes stuff he likes’.

As a teenager his love of streetwear developed further; he discovered niche brands such as Addict and Swedish WeSC, went into editorial design, working for magazines including PlayStation and Max Power Magazine before finally launching AnyForty five years ago.

AnyForty’s products range from classic tees and crewneck sweatshirts all the way through to self-published books and headwear but all are emblazoned with incredible designs. The brand specialises in creating quality, eye-catching design, collaborating with illustrators from across the globe to create a truly unique look which remains true to its hiphop roots.

Wardle’s vision and ambition has earned him a high profile fan base which includes beatbox sensation, ReepsOne, Ty and So Solid Crew. Top urban clothing stockist, Capology, caught up with him recently to get the scoop on where he gets the inspiration for his incredibly original designs:

“All [my inspiration] comes from my own head or the artists I collaborate with, I’ve never been one to really get inspired by what others around me are doing, don’t get me wrong, I see stuff released from other brands that I love, but I’d never say, right I need to make something like that.”

Often praised for making obscure art accessible, AnyForty’s spring collection, ‘Blood, Sweat and 5 years’ doesn’t disappoint. It includes artwork by Sebastien Feraut, a French graphic designer based in Paris and Mr Gauky, a talented artist whose work ranges from illustration to 3-D modelling. The collection is a purposefully bold celebration its five year anniversary and it really works. Check it out here.

For the full interview with Alan Wardle, which includes exclusives on what’s next for AnyForty, (we’re expecting big things) head over to Capology’s blog.

With thanks to Capology for the article!

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