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Let's go inside some of the industry's greatest closets off the runway and off camera.  Everything on this site is handpainted by the author. Follow me on Instagram @theclosetinterview and @annthaden.



Today I'm meeting Kyan in London.  He's an incredibly talented singer/songwriter.  I found out about his work because of Burberry's Acoustic series and his feature in Hunger Magazine.  Follow kyan @kyanmusic and support his new visual album here.  Every dollar (or should I say pound) counts! You're going to want to download his new visual album Nothing Beyond anyway so pre-order it now!

Hello Kyan, It’s Ann. It’s great to see you. Can I interview your closet?  Hi Ann, you may indeed. My clothes have told me they have a bit of time today to chat, so fire away.

What’s your favorite T-Shirt? Where and why did you buy it?  I’ve worked quite a bit with the incredible Istanbul based fashion brand Boo Pala who provided clothes for some of the videos from my upcoming visual album. One in particular is this long two toned orange and burgundy tunic with slits up either side.  That’s a terrible description, but honestly it’s beautiful! The material, the design, it’s a really unusual piece that I love.

Kyan's t-shirt

Are you a sweater person or a sweatshirt person?  Sweatshirt for sure. I just had to ask someone what the difference was between sweaters and sweatshirts, so that sums up my knowledge of the former!

What did you wear on your last girl’s night or guy’s night out?  Double denim and Doc Martens!

What did you do together?  For the last three months I’ve pretty much been attending every single open mic night I can find, to practice the songs from the new project. So I’m pretty sure it would’ve been one of the open mics.

What drink do you like to order on a night out?  I don’t really drink, I like to keep a clear head and I’m the worst at coping with hangovers. But occasionally I’m partial to a glass of Oyster Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc.

What music do you enjoy on a night out?  70’s Soul or 90’s hiphop/r n b. Those are two kinds of music that I can’t help but dance to. The Neptunes and Timbaland pretty much dominated the latter period, and it’s just the most incredible music! And 70’s Soul is what I grew up on, so I love hearing that.

Ovadia and Son's jeans

Where do you want to travel to next?  I’m actually going to Mexico soon to shoot a video, so I’m really excited about that! Holiday wise I would love to go somewhere like the Galapagos islands…  I also love to Scuba dive, definitely somewhere I can do that everyday.

What essentials would you pack for the trip?  My laptop and my little midi keyboard. If I have those I know I’m alright.  It’s not technically an essential but I figure if I can make and play music I can probably busk and barter my way into getting the basics. 

What did you wear to school when you were young?  My school uniform was light blue. It was pretty much just a sweatshirt and everything else was quite relaxed. I played a lot of basketball when I was younger, so I would always have Air Jordan’s or something similar on.

What is the coolest thing you wore in High School?  I had a pair of shiny black jeans that I was convinced were the greatest thing ever. That’s what I would proudly bring out on “non uniform day”.

What is the biggest splurge or investment piece you purchased?  I did a photo shoot with Hunger Magazine where I wore a jacket by APC Kanye. I loved it so much that I went and bought it a few months later. Luckily it was half price so although I still winced when I handed over the cash, it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been.

Do you feel the investment has been worthwhile?  Definitely, it kind of opened up a whole new style for me. I’ve been wearing similar items ever since.

What is your favorite fashion bargain? How much do you wear it?  Socks. I recently bought a ten pack for £8. You can never have too many socks. Bargain!

What do you wear when you work out?  I wear Under Armour mostly because it’s so comfortable. However I don’t work out like most guys. I’m not pumping iron and slamming weights down. I’m the one guy in every aerobics, spin, circuits and pump class at my gym. I love it!

What do you wear to the grocery store?  I buy all of my food online, so probably my dressing gown or bear onesie!.

What shoes do you wear in the rain?  If it rains I try to avoid leaving the house at all costs, not a fan.

What shoes do you wear for a party?  I pretty much live in Doc Martens.

Doc Martens an bear onesie

What do you wish you had in your closet but don’t have?  A secret passage to Narnia.

What did you last give away in your closet and who did you give it to?  I have an artist friend Kelly who always tries to steal my clothes. Particularly my Levis denim jackets…Every time I open my wardrobe I find that the sleeves have been rolled up because she’s been trying them on. Much to her dismay, I still haven’t given her one…yet.

Thanks for letting me interview your closet Kyan.  I’m glad I got to know you better too.  Now would you mind if I borrowed your fleece lined Levi's jacket?

Levi's fleece lined denim jacket
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