To fit in with his polymath persona, Pharrell Williams has a recording studio in his clothes design hub to keep him inspired.
Pharrell Williams has a recording studio in his clothes design hub to keep him inspired. The 50-year-old rapper debuted his first collection for Louis Vuitton in June after being appointed the brandâ€™s creative director of menswear, by turning Parisâ€™ oldest bridge the Pont Neuf into a catwalk during this yearâ€™s Paris Fashion Week. He told The New York Times Style Magazine about how he constantly flits between his music and clothes design: â€œBeing a producer and a creative director are similar. I can go from apparel to drums, from trunks to melodies. â€œWithin my design studio, I have a section allocated to music, so I go back and forth all day.â€ He added about his Louis Vuitton appointment: â€œItâ€™s like Iâ€™m a perpetual student. If Iâ€™m the king of anything, itâ€™s the king of being a pupilâ€¦ being surrounded by so many talented people is the best. â€œI mean, Iâ€™m an Aries, so Iâ€™ve always been super impulsive. â€œBut without the resources and the people, Iâ€™d be just like every other person with a great idea.â€ He said about where he draws his inspiration from for designs and music: â€œJapan is my favourite place. On my 50th orbit, I had a birthday party organised by Nigo (the Tokyo-based artistic director of Kenzo and hip-hop producer.) â€œOne of the most amazing gifts is his presence in my life. Twenty years ago, I needed to go to Japan to record something, so Nigo arranged for me to come to his studio, which is basically a compound on five floors of a building. â€œOne floor is a showroom, one is a photo studio, another is a recording studio, and I was like, â€˜Wow, this guy lives whatâ€™s in his head.â€™ â€œThat changed me. I was so used to bragging because that was the world I came from. And then I met Nigo, who barely said anything. He didnâ€™t have to. Humility is in the Tokyo air like the humidity in Virginia.â€ He added: â€œI love watching movies to escape. But the funny thing is, I couldnâ€™t tell you from what. My favourite movie is â€˜Close Encounters of the Third Kindâ€™. I relate to Richard Dreyfussâ€™s character and the alien.â€ Since taking the Louis Vuitton job, Pharrell â€“ born Pharrell Lanscilo Williams â€“ has been working out of a studio in the LV headquarters across the street from the Pont Neuf in Parisâ€™ 2nd arrondissement. He previously told GQ about being given carte blanche at the fashion house to produce whatever work he wanted: â€œThey just gave me the keys. â€œYou never really hear, â€˜No.â€™ And if itâ€™s â€˜noâ€™ itâ€™s because something is not possible. â€œBut then theyâ€™re off in the distance trying to figure out how to engineer around it, or make something bigger.â€ Read more