“I think, quite often, what happens in people’s minds is that ambition creates an unobtainable goal so there’s never a feeling of fulfillment,” says British fashion designer Charlie Casely-Hayford. “A lot of people go through life chasing whatever it is that keeps them motivated. If you don’t reflect on your achievements, it’s very hard to move forward in a positive way.” Perhaps this meditative tendency comes naturally to a man who seems predisposed toward equanimity; or, it could be that his long-term relationship with interior designer Sophie Ashby has introduced in him a more well-rounded attitude. Either way, the 30-year-old, whose eponymous label is designed in partnership with his father, Joe, is careful to temper his personal aspirations with self-examination. In the often brutal world of fashion, it’s proved a savvy way to avoid conflict. “You know, the expression ‘people putting This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Two Buy Now Related Stories Fashion Issue 46 Home Free The upside of downtime on a slow Sunday afternoon. Fashion Issue 46 Charles de Vilmorin Wild. Weird. Wearable: Meet the couture protégé challenging the norms of French fashion. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 46 Emanuele Coccia An interview with fashion’s favorite philosopher. Design Fashion Issue 46 Last Night What did designer Franck Gauthé do with his evening? Fashion Issue 45 Bianca Saunders The future (of menswear) is female. Fashion Issue 44 Under the Sun Far niente, on the faraway island of Alicudi.