Just one year out of university and Jordan Bunker has jumped feet first into working freelance as a men’s fashion and lifestyle blogger. With writing for GQ and ASOS already under his belt, he is now working with independent brands as well as large retailers to create online content.
Yes, it’s a proper job and proving to be a fruitful relationship for all involved. Jordan uses his creative eye to take photographs for both his blog and social media, and in doing so helps direct the stylish twenty-something crowd who are looking to someone they trust for advice on where to spend their freshly acquired pay packets.
As he strives to continue to create great content this year, we feel like we’ve discovered one of our favourite Instagram feeds early on.
We caught up with Jordan to find out more...
CC : Congratulations on your first full year working as a freelance blogger. What did you study at uni and at what point did you decide to take the plunge and turn blogging into a career?
JB : Thank you! I studied Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University. I started the blog during my time at Bournemouth. It provided me with an outlet to create the content I wanted to. I naturally shifted the time I was spending on university projects into freelancing and so far, it’s been quite successful and enjoyable.
CC : There’s an openness and honesty to your blog, do you ever worry that you might look back and regret something you’ve written?
JB : I don’t think so. Everything I write is as honest as I can be and it’s how I felt at that particular time. There are things that I keep away from the blog, but I feel that every twenty-something can relate to what I talk about.
CC : Your photos have a lovely muted tone to them, what type of camera do you use?
JB : Actually, most of what you see on my Instagram feed is taken on my iPhone 6s. Then everything on the blog is taken on a Canon 6D with a 35mm 1.4L lens. I feel Instagram works best with phone photography, it’s what the platform was originally for.
CC : We’re at the start of a new year with spring on the horizon, name one thing that’s on your 2017 tick list.
JB : Besides travelling more, it’s to spend more time away from my computer screen and read more. With what I do being very laptop heavy, it’s important to switch off. I find that some of my best content has been inspired by something I’ve seen in print.
CC : You obviously travel quite frequently. Is there anywhere particularly inspiring that you have visited recently and would recommend?
JB : I’m quite bias, but Hong Kong is just incredible. Everyone seems to be trying to succeed and work until the early hours to achieve it. And visually, you’re spoilt for choice. Closer to home, cities like Sheffield and Nottingham are inspiring because of the people that live there. It’s great to visit local creative businesses and as a visitor, they help reflect what the city is like.
CC : On your travels, you must have many pit stops. Where is the best place for a coffee or quick bite to eat?
JB : Tough question, as I’m often catching the train from Leicester I’ll spare twenty minutes beforehand to go visit Dolce & Verde on Belvoir Street. Great coffee!
CC : You have been carrying the Campbell Cole Simple A5 Pouch, when do you use it and what is it that you like about it?
JB : When I’m out the house for the day for meetings, the Pouch is great. I leave all the bulky items at home and just take the ‘real essentials’ along with me. I packed it for Pitti Uomo back in January and used it to store away business cards and invites. Not forgetting my external charger.
CC : You’ve got £100. What are you going to spend it on?
JB : Completely ignoring the fact that it’s nearing spring, a good pair of cotton trousers from Folk or Albam.
CC : Is there a particular piece of clothing that you have your eye on for this spring / summer?
JB : I think shorts are always tough to get right. So if a pair of shorts catch my eye in the next few weeks they’ll probably be my next purchase.
CC : What is your most admired piece of simple timeless design?
JB : I’m always an advocate of simple design and there is nothing simpler and more desirable than a quality grey sweatshirt. It’s a piece, that if you have in your wardrobe, you’ll keep returning to.
CC : You’re a keen writer but when you get the chance to read, which magazine do you treat yourself to?
JB : At the minute, my favourite read is Lagom. In the last issue there were some great articles, my favourite being their feature on coffee spots in Prague.
CC : Finally, who are your top 3 ‘Ones to Watch’ on Instagram?
JB : My three are: @joegalvin, @br0n__ and @jwfairey
Photography : Matthew Pike
Jordan is wearing : Realm & Empire rollneck, Initial navy trousers, Adidas trainers and Mondaine watch, and is carrying the Simple A5 Pouch by Campbell Cole.
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