RITUALS is a new series we’ve launched for 2021 to gain insight and inspiration from the team at &SONS and hear how they channel creativity and remain focussed during these unprecedented times.
all-round creative who took a massive leap of faith 5 years ago to launch &SONS. Phil invested everything into the new venture and has been on an incredible journey as he switched from being behind the lens to designing clothes, working with makers and driving the ambitions of the business forward.
You use a lot of apps for all sorts of tasks, what would be your top three?
Peloton, Calm and Pinterest. I use mediation to sleep and to relax if I feel stressed.
Favourite music at the mo?
The Slow Readers Club's album '91 days in Isolation’. The album was written and recorded remotely during the lockdown.
A ‘must-do’ ritual that helps you kick start the day?
A fresh coffee and a read of my current book – 'The Three Body Problem’ by CIXIN LIU – in a quiet house. I also go for a run most Sundays.
Brunch – a bacon sarnie with peanut butter, chilli jam on sourdough toast. It’s a once a week treat. It’s also a great hangover cure ;)
We all know how hard it is to switch off and with a growing online brand, it can sometimes feel like 24/7. What do you do to switch off?
Sunday is more of a family day than any other day of the week in our house. We come together for the breakfast/brunch and I usually have the radio on or playing some Glen Campbell. Back in the seventies, my parents would also play music on Sunday morning while cleaning the house and prepping the Sunday roast – I was usually washing our car for pocket money. Glen was always on back then.
Outdoor therapy – with restrictions in place, how are you managing to get some fresh air in the lungs?
Sometimes we go for a walk up the hill near us and drag the kids along, working up an appetite for our Sunday roast. This is another precious time when we manage to all get together – I’m not sure we would see our teenagers otherwise!
Unwinding with the family?
We are lucky enough to have a cinema projector so the screen comes down most Sunday afternoons and we watch a film together in the dark. Popcorn flowing. We are watching 'TRON: Legacy' this Sunday.
I am very aware that they will have grown up and left home soon enough, so Sundays are indeed a special day for me, always will be. Who knows, maybe our sons will be playing Glen Campbell on a Sunday, when they have kids….