David Gandy | The Model Man
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David James Gandy (born 19 February 1980) is a British model. After winning a televised competition in 2001, Gandy became a successful model. In an industry dominated by extremely thin men, Gandy’s muscular build caught the eye of Italian fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana. For several years, the duo featured him in their campaigns and fashion shows, ultimately leading other designers to move to a more masculine standard. Gandy has been the face of D&G’s Light Blue fragrance since 2006, shooting multiple campaigns and touring internationally as the brand’s ambassador. The increase in his popularity and name recognition resulted in a broad portfolio of clients, magazine covers, editorial photo shoots, interviews, industry awards and television appearances.
Having gained a reputation for his personal style, Gandy began writing a blog for British Vogue and lifestyle articles for Telegraph Men. He also launched two mobile apps: one for physical fitness and the other for style tips. Soon thereafter, Gandy was appointed by the British Fashion Councilto their committee for ‘London Collections: Men’ to be a representative of the British fashion industry. In 2014, he moved beyond modelling to designing his own range of underwear, lounge-wear and swimwear for Marks & Spencer, which became one of the company’s top-selling clothing lines. Gandy was repeatedly included on British GQ’s list of ‘Best Dressed Men’ and was named the ‘Most Stylish Man of the Year’ in 2015 at their Men of the Year awards gala.
Gandy started his own production company and has invested in small companies and film projects. He has also participated in numerous charity fundraisers, most prominently as the celebrity ambassador for the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Style for Soldiers charity and the ‘Blue Steel Appeal’, his own non-profit foundation. A car enthusiast, Gandy started writing car reviews for GQ and Mayfair Times and has made televised appearances on Classic Car Show. He obtained a racing license in 2012 and competed in the 2013 and 2015 Mille Miglia Italian endurance races as well as powerboat races with Martini Racing.
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During the early years of his career, Gandy modelled for a variety of companies including: Shiatzy Chen, 7 for all Mankind, Zara, Gant USA, Hugo Boss, Russell & Bromley, H&M, Carolina Herrera, Massimo Dutti and others. In 2006, when most of the male models working runways and advertisements were skinny and androgynous, Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana chose the muscular 6ft 3in tall Gandy to be the face of their apparel campaigns and fashion shows. For more than six years, he was featured prominently by the duo, working with female supermodels such as Gemma Ward, Scarlett Johansson, Gisele Bündchen and Naomi Campbell as well as male models Noah Mills, Tony Ward, Adam Senn and others.
Gandy was initially best known for the 2007 advert of Dolce & Gabbana’s fragrance ‘Light Blue’ with Marija Vujović (shot in 2006 by photographer Mario Testino) which had 11,000,000 online views and saw a 50-foot billboard of him displayed in Times Square. He also modelled for their limited-edition 2008 calendar, shot by photographer, Mariano Vivanco. In 2009, portrait and fashion photographer Rankin recreated seven iconic photographs in a BBC Four Special entitled, “Seven Photographs That Changed Fashion.” He selected Gandy to recreate ‘Fred with Tires’, originally shot by Herb Ritts in 1984.
Gandy returned as the face of the second ‘Light Blue’ fragrance campaign for 2010, but this time with Anna Jagodzinska. He also made a short promotional film for W Hotels with Helena Christensen called “Away We Stay”. In 2011, the fashion house published “David Gandy by Dolce & Gabbana”, a 280-page photographic coffee table book of images chronicling their years of collaboration and they hosted public events in Milan where Gandy met fans and signed autographs. In 2012, he began to model for British retailer Marks & Spencer and was named the brand ambassador for Johnnie Walker Blue Label.
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In 2013, Vogue reported that Gandy had invested in a health-focused protein-based ice cream company called Wheyhey. That same year, the Daily Telegraph revealed he had started his own production company and invested in The Numbers Station, a 2013 film starring John Cusack. On 9 January 2015, Gandy announced that he had purchased a majority stake in David Preston Shoes, a small, East London shoe label. He also invested in London Sock Company. Seeing as David is hands on with his fashion, this should be every man’s approach when creating an outfit and a main point of the fit is now surrounded around a good pair of socks, which you can find on our Sock Section of our website.
Since February 2011, Gandy has periodically written a blog for British Vogue where he discusses his career, fashion/style, cars, antiques and life in London. He is an official car reviewer for British GQ and Mayfair Times. In October 2011, London’s Evening Standard invited Gandy to be guest writer/editor of their Men’s Issue. His physique has inspired fitness-industry interviews, exercise videos as well as his own fitness app which was released in Dec 2012.
Marks and Spencers – Autograph by David Gandy | “With the swimwear we’ve kept the tailored fit, side adjusters and quick-dry technology that have been so popular, while I wanted the fabrics for the new beachwear to be luxurious but versatile and lightweight – perfect for trips abroad. The 10 new pieces make a classic holiday capsule wardrobe, creating a variety of looks for any occasion.” You can shop a similar look on our website with these amazing shorts from Michael Kors in a sea blue, which also comes in a variety of other colours.
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