Jack Chambers (Success, Elite) was scouted in late 2012, while shopping with his dad in his hometown of Oxford, and has since made quite an impact. He made his runway debut in January 2013 opening Topman's Fall/Winter 2013 show, and went on to walk for J.W. Anderson, Burberry, Jil Sander, Dior Homme, Raf Simons, Kris Van Assche, Dries Van Noten, and Louis Vuitton, among others. He has appeared in the Topman Lux Spring/Summer 2013 ad campaign and Christopher Kane's Spring/Summer 2014 lookbook, and has graced the pages of Grit magazine, AnOther Man, Fucking Young!, and Harper's Bazaar China - just to name a few. And in case that's not enough, Models.com named him one of the Top Men’s Newcomers for the F/W 14 season. We caught up with Jack, who spoke us about music, why he didn't think he was model material, models.com and more ...
The Fashion Law - How old are you now?
Jack Chambers - I'm 20. Turning 21 in July.
The Fashion Law - And you are originally from Oxford, right?
Jack Chambers - Yeah. I'm from a large village just north of Oxford. It's all picturesque colleges and discount-hunting tourists.
The Fashion Law - Are you still currently in university?
Jack Chambers - I'm actually taking some time out of Uni to focus on modelling and just living! I was studying English and Media at Southampton Solent.
The Fashion Law - Prior to being discovered did you think you were "model material"?
Jack Chambers - I can't say I really thought about it at all before I was scouted. I got the standard comments from my parents about my appearance but, as lovely as they were, they sort of went straight over my head. Every parent says their kids are beautiful! I've never been overly confident with my looks, particularly my skinny frame, so that was another reason I never thought about my look being something people would be interested in. I guess no would be the short answer to that question!
The Fashion Law - What is the best part, in your opinion, about being a model? (Other than travelling - which is usually everyone's first answer)
Jack Chambers - I guess it'd be the lessons you learn along the way. I've been modelling for over a year now and I've already grown up and learnt a lot through it. Learning to manage your time efficiently, dealing with rejection, making new friends, coping in foreign surroundings. Everything you go through, especially for someone around my age, is another lesson to take with you forever.
The Fashion Law - What has surprised you the most about the fashion/modelling industries?
Jack Chambers - Just how much work goes into it! So many people say to me "Oh it's not a real job, you just get paid ridiculous money to walk up and down in a straight line or pull a few poses then go home" and, although I was never quite that ignorant, I never would've expected just how many hours go into a single fashion show, for everyone involved.
The Fashion Law - How do you think you are different from other models?
Jack Chambers - I'm struggling to answer this question without coming across sounding arrogant but I guess I'm a bit more humble than some other models. I've met so many great guys in this job but when I see some models having a bit of a moan or a 'diva moment' over certain things I realise that I'm very happy to sit back, be nice and friendly and never adorn the sense of entitlement that some guys seem to have. Even then, I'm referring to 1% of models I've come across, the majority have been amazing people. I'm not that fashionable unlike a lot of models. I love the high end labels I get to wear but if you see me walking around Southampton on a Thursday afternoon then I'll be head to toe in street wear brands.
My music taste is pretty different too! I'd much rather go to an intimate hardcore show at the Underworld than a warehouse rave.
The Fashion Law - Do you feel like modeling is something you just kind of fell into or is it something you are passionate about?
Jack Chambers - I'd definitely say I just fell into it to begin with but it seems like the more I immerse myself into the fashion world, the more passionate I become about it. I'm more intrigued by the work I'm doing and the work going on around me and I'm definitely appreciating the whole industry a lot more than I ever would've done if I hadn't had this opportunity.
The Fashion Law - You had a really great season. In fact, Models.com named you one of itsTop Men’s Newcomers for the F/W 14 season. Any thoughts on this?
Jack Chambers - I was over the moon when I saw that I was on the list of top newcomers. I think it's kind of hard to gauge just how well you're doing as a model. So, to be recognised by Models.com was really great. A nice bit of recognition after all the early starts and late nights spent casting!
The Fashion Law - You said that you've never really been super confident with your looks. Have you changed your mind since you started modeling?
Jack Chambers - That's a hard one to answer. I think I'll always be conscious of my size. After years of being picked on and labelled as "the stick insect" at school, I think I'll always have a niggling issue with my skinny frame. The job has given me a bit more confidence, not necessarily about my looks but just in general. It's definitely nice knowing that no matter how you feel about yourself, someone out there clearly likes you if you're still managing to get work!
The Fashion Law - Last one ... what are you obsessed with right now?
Jack Chambers - Re-learning to skateboard, Schoolboy Q and, as always, hardcore and street wear!