Mr. Charming: The Style of Theophilus London

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So I wrote this on Feb 16th (when I first started the article):
(Sigh of relief) finally finally finally [hip-hop] music is getting good again– and no I’m not talking about Drake, Kid Cudi, or even Wale (those guys are all really cool) I’m moreso speaking of the Bobby Ray’s and Theophilus London’s of the world– the artists with the unique versatile sounds.

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Theophilus London first grabbed my attention when I heard his remix to Solange’s “Sand Castle Black x Blue” a year or so ago. Since then I’ve been secretly addicted… a few of my favorites from his charming mixtape: “Want You for Myself” (Peter Hadar featuring Theophilus London), “Grey X Sage” (his remix to the international hit Sabali), and “Always Love You” (a poppy electronic version of Whitney Houston’s hit song).

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And now on May 31st:
Well, I’ve spent the last three weeks entranced with his latest mixtape, I Want You. Between his new album and Janelle Monae’s The ArchAndroid, minus a few rounds of Ella, Sammy, and Frank, it seems like the new-wave of music is all my itunes player knows. (Oh and Lykke Li has been getting alot of play too)

His cover of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You”, Tweets “Oops”, and the mysteriously erotic beats of “Soles Of Fire (Chauffeur)” float around in my top three. (The first 57 seconds of Soles Of Fire, can’t be described as anything but sexy, the beat goes hard and it’s also very sexy). Matter of fact, just listen to it yourself…

… pretty damn sexy, huh? Yeaa, I already know ;-)
The Style of Theophilus London

Theo’s style can’t just be categorized as hipsterish… it’s more like a direct ode to the past, 96% vintage 4% new school. He likes layers– lots of em, swanky college or NBA snap-backs (90s style), blazers, button ups, jean outerwear, corduroys, classic frames (he usually sports brown tortoise shell by Oliver Peoples, clubmasters, or classic clear wayfarers), and whichever kicks complete his raw vintage 70s/90s look. Mr.London’s style is actually reminiscent of past local urban gentleman Curran Swint.

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To authentically get Theophilus’s style you’d have to spend your days in vintage and thrift stores and on sites like etsy and ebay. And I know its often hard to dig through the thousands of threads these stores have, but you have to get in the mindset of shopping there like it’s the only option you have, lol. Once you lock-down on that mindset it’ll be much easier to have visions for the clothing these stores offer (and it wouldn’t hurt to have some inspiration photos in your pocket or on your phone).

But if you don’t have the time for all that,
well you can scoop his look below:
Jock it, Love it, Own it
Get the London Look:

Complex Mag had one of the freshest Theophilus spreads,
They sort of created a refined version of his look…
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HAT BY NO MAS; SUNGLASSES BY OLIVER PEOPLES; BLAZER BY OPENING CEREMONY; BELT BY LOUIS VUITTON; JEANS BY SHIPLEY & HALMOS; SNEAKERS BY NIKE

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HAT BY NO MAS; SUNGLASSES BY MOSCOT; SUIT BY HUGO BOSS; SHIRT BY ACNE; BELT BY J.LINDEBERG; SHOES BY BOSS ORANGE

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SUNGLASSES BY SUPER; JACKET BY J.LINDEBERG; TURTLENECK BY RALPH LAUREN PURPLE LABEL; PANTS BY NOM DE GUERRE

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HAT BY MAIDEN NOIR; SUNGLASSES BY CALVIN KLEIN; BLAZER BY LOUIS VUITTON; SHIRT BY ACNE; BELT BY C.P. COMPANY; PANTS BY J.LINDEBERG; SNEAKERS BY CLAE; WATCH BY BELLUM CONCEPTS; BAG BY HUGO BOSS

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HAT BY AMONGST FRIENDS; SUNGLASSES BY MOSCOT; TRENCH COAT BY NOM DE GUERRE; T-SHIRT BY RALPH LAUREN PURPLE LABEL; PANTS BY C.P. COMPANY

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HAT BY STUSSY DELUXE; GLASSES BY BALENCIAGA; JACKET BY Y-3; SWEATER BY VICTOR GLEMAUD; BELT BY J.LINDEBERG; JEANS BY LEVI’S; SNEAKERS BY NIKE

And as far as his album, well…

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“Shortly before we got his third mixtape I WANT YOU, Theophilus London released a DIY promo video for the track “Life Of A Lover”. The record loops lazily to show us a new look: pretty girls dancing with each other at a show, young dudes headnodding, the crush of cameras and hard flash that now follows us everywhere we go, a cut to Theophilus in monochrome riding in a Vespa gang through Chinatown en route to Brooklyn and then back to the dance—a mic cord drifting slowly in and out of the frame and his hand reaching out to bring a girl on stage. That is all and this is it: inspired by Marvin Gaye’s self-imposed European exile and controversial performance of the national anthem at the 1983 NBA All Star game, I WANT YOU is a collection of dark jams that restlessly examines the promise of love beyond lifestyle. Touching on LA electrofunk, UK indie, tropical escapade and obscure afropop you never knew existed, these are stories from the way we live now: missed connections and misunderstandings, video chats and retweets, returns and deliverables. We know today is all black everything but more to the point: this is now noir as we know it. And this is Theophilus London.”

Download Theophilus London “I Want You” here.

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4 Comments


  1. Im a huge fan of Theo London
    He is different from everyone I listen to

    Donearl Brown JR
    Propaganda416

  2. huge fan of theophilus as well.
    his music is insanely good and so is his style

  3. Feelin ya Blog..Follow mine for the latest Music!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. LOVE IT!!

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