David Gandy: I was born in the wrong era!
‘I sometimes think I was born in the wrong era,’ says David Gandy (Laura Pannack)
A Life in The Day
The British male supermodel David Gandy, 33, best known as the face of Dolce & Gabbana, talks about cash, creams and cocktails, and why he loves old traditions.
Interview by Ria Higgings
Photography by Laura Pannack
During the course of a year, I’ll work with several brands, and I’ve longstanding relationships with quite a few of them now, including Dolce & Gabbana, Johnnie Walker, Jaguar and Massimo Dutti. I also write on a regular basis for Vogue, GQ and Man About Town, and I’m working on some film projects.
I’ve been modelling for 13 years, but it wasn’t something I set out to do. I just fell into it. As a model, though, you’re self-employed, you have to take care of your finances. Luckily, I was brought up not to be silly with money, not to squander it. My dad also gives me good advices.
I grew up in Billericay in Essex, whre my first ambition was to be vet, but I wasn’t hugely academic — I went to a comprehensive, and except for sport, I didn’t enjoy it much; or university. My parents weren’t pushy, though, they trusted me to make the right decisions.
I still love animals. I grew up with dogs – in fact, my parents, who now live in a lovely country house in Suffolk, still foster them, so I get my dog fix when I see them. I’m also ambassador for Battersea dogs home.
I have one sister, who lives in Spain with her family. So I’m an uncle, but one day I hope to get married and have children myself. The one thing I look for in a person is a good sense of humour. I’m actually quite a shy person myself.
I like to get to the gym five times a week, and if I’ve been busy all day, I’m often in there around 9pm. Then when I get in, I eat. If it’s an evening when friends are round, I love cooking. I’ve just learnt how to marinade black cod. I also do a great fish pie.
If I’m going somewhere smart for the evening, I’ll choose a suit to match the occasion, then I’ll match the tie and handkerchief as best I can, followed by the shoe, belt colour and watch strap — I have a collection of great vintage watches.
I sometimes think I was born in the wrong era — I’m even having a 1960s Mercedes 190 SL rebuilt. If I could be a character in drama, it would have to be Mad Men. If I could go back in time, who wouldn’t want to have a few cocktails with the Rat Pack? Mine would be an Old Fashioned — my go-to drink.
I’m usually not in bed before 2am. But luckily I don’t need much sleep and, as I spend my time doing the things I want to do, what is there to complain about? Life for me is pretty wonderful right now.
David Gandy is ambassador for Johnnie Walker Blue Label.