“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 50 Capsule Wardrobes Unpicking a fashion staple. Fashion Issue 50 What Are You Working On? David Koma’s current workload. Fashion Issue 50 Received Wisdom Marimekko’s creative director, Rebekka Bay, on leadership and finding the right work-life balance. Fashion Issue 49 Urban Doom A saturnine mélange of subversive styles. Design Fashion Issue 49 Reid Bartelme & Harriet Jung An inquiry into costume design. Fashion Films Issue 47 Farida Khelfa France’s fashion muse.