Celebrating 125 years of Fenwick Bond Street with artist Clym Evernden

Here at Fenwick we're proud to have strong relationships with artists and illustrators, partnering with the likes of David Downton and Blair Breitenstein over the years.

The latest to join the acclaimed lineage is Clym Evernden, an award-wining artist and art director who has worked with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.

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We caught up with Clym to hear how he has captured his signature ink-based style into a number of exciting events happening at Fenwick over the coming months, including the celebration of Fenwick of Bond Street's 125th anniversary and the designs behind the store's Royal Ascot windows that you can check out as of today....

How did you get into illustration?

I've always drawn ever since I was a child, and had my first commission at the age of 20 for Harpers & Queen. For me, drawing has always been a form of expression, whether it be trying to describe a character I've seen on the street or a design when I was studying for my BA in Fashion Design Womenswear at Central Saint Martins.

Tell us what inspired the Bond Street window illustrations...

The core concept behind the Bond Street windows is a celebration of the partnership between Fenwick and Ascot. Beyond this I wanted the windows to create a joyful, impactful and engaging scene for passers-by - a feeling of celebration of the history of Fenwick interpreted in a contemporary way. I have created a tiered crowd reminiscent of an Ascot scene, each figure being a life size illustrated cut-out. Some of the figure cut-outs wear real hats creating a feeling of reality and depth. In front of the crowd, animated illustrated jockeys on horseback ride past - this should be seen to be believed!

Describe your illustrative style...

My signature style is a loose black ink line created with a brush. The line is fairly spontaneous without much underlying preparatory work so the artwork has a feeling of life and movement - never too rigid or dense. I think I'm known for being able to accurately represent something in a fairly edited number of quick brush strokes.

Who are your artistic influences?

They vary all the time. I don't necessarily get inspired by other artists or illustrators, but will be excited by a new album artwork (for example the new release Super by the Pet Shop Boys). Also photography, architecture, people on the street, road signs - anything really. I'm open to all visual inspiration rather than confining it to be something in a gallery.

What are the best and most challenging things about your job?

The best thing about my job is making a living from creating ideas and producing artwork. The challenge is that everything is based on the discipline and structure I initiate, so I've had to learn how to structure my days and weeks in a way which is most productive but also allows for much needed downtime, swimming, seeing friends etc...

Find out more about how we're celebrating 125 years at Fenwick of Bond Street here and find out what we're doing in-store to celebrate Royal Ascot here.

By Grace Gargini