Prince Charles is highlighting the importance of curating a meaningful and long-lasting wardrobe.
In a new interview with British Vogue's editor in chief, Edward Enninful, the Prince of Wales discussed his lifelong mantra of adopting a timeless wardrobe and how his style has shifted over the years.
"I thought I was like a stopped clock—I'm right twice every 24 hours. But … I'm very glad you think it has style," Charles told Enninful. "I'm lucky because I can find marvelous people who are brilliant makers of the things that I appreciate, and because of that, I try to keep them going for longer."
And last longer, they do. According to People magazine, the prince is well known for often mending and repairing his shoes, and patching up old suits that were hand-made at Saville Row in London.
"I happen to be one of those people who'd get shoes—or any item of clothing—repaired if I can, rather than just throw it away. And that's why I think, from an economic point of view, there are huge opportunities for people to set up small businesses involved with repair, maintenance and reuse," he said. "When I was a child, we used to take our shoes down to the cobbler in Scotland and would watch with fascination as he ripped the soles off and then put new soles on."
Explaining how fashion and style are ultimately connected to sustainability as well, the prince also spoke to one of his most passionate causes.
"But it seems to me there are huge opportunities, particularly now, within the whole sustainable fashion sector, to counter this extraordinary trend of throw-away clothing—or throw away everything, frankly."
He later added, "The consumer has immense power in deciding where to buy from, and the best companies will lead the way, we hope, in demonstrating that if you follow the right principles of operation, not only are you moving more and more towards net-zero but also you're removing pollution from supply chains."
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