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Dan Levy on his life in fashion and collaborating with SS Daley


Now Levy is throwing his support behind another British talent, Steven-Stokey Daley, who heads up his eponymous label SS Daley. This weekend Liverpudlian Daley presented his SS’23 collection, which was a whimsical offering of baggy wool trousers, cable-knit sweater vests and boxy shirting detailed with Wedgwood plate blue-and-white embroidery. “Although he doesn’t need my support as he’s already doing so well, we’re playing a small part in a moment in a designer’s career which is meaningful as he ascends to greatness,” Levy says.

SS Daley, who earlier this year was the deserving recipient of the LVMH Prize and has been worn by the likes of Harry Styles and Josh O’Connor, collaborated with Levy on eyewear for the collection. “I launched my own company, DL Eyewear, ten years ago, and we relaunched around two years ago – I should really remember but the pandemic has erased all sense of time and space…” Levy says. “The collaboration came through Harry Lambert. We got introduced and he knew that I had an eyewear line and following that was six months of sampling, choosing acetate colours, figuring out the shapes with Steven.”

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Levy’s own brand is committed to delivering “quintessential” shapes that suit every face, and it “plays on heritage, with tortoiseshell and acetate frames being popular choices.” Levy has also always insisted that the brand be budget-friendly and accessible by all. Through his collaboration with SS Daley, he’s been able to have a little fun with his designs. “With Steven we’ve been able to play around,” he explains. He wanted to play with iconic shapes through the ages and so we’ve produced three different styles – circular frames, a square shape and then a big shield-like, Princess Diana-esque frame,” Levy laughs.

“They told me the colour scheme of the collection and we sent them a whole moodboard of shapes,” Levy continues. “We then met up and put together a short list of things that we like.” The sunglasses were used on 17 of the looks in the 28-look collection. In one look a floral printed short and chore jacket two-piece akin to those you might expect to see in Brideshead Revisited is topped off with a robust pair of curved frames, while in another the face-covering Diana-esque sunnies are the perfect complement to an easy-breezy summer fit consisting of a floaty shirt and pale green corduroy ankle grazers. I hadn’t seen the frames paired with the looks, seeing them today on the catwalk was the first time ever,” Levy shares. “My job was to supply frames and let them style them out.”

And, while multiple brands team up with each other purely for the sake of the runway (Axel Arigato lent footwear and bags to Daniel W Fletcher this season for instance), the collaboration will be shoppable. “What will become available when the collection drops is a distillation of what you saw in the collection,” Levy explains, telling me that the three styles will fall under the DL Eyewear x SS Daley appellation. Will this be the last time the pair team up? Not if Levy has anything to do with it. “I really hope we continue with the partnership, I’ve long been a fan of Steven’s work and it’s really fun to get involved.”

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