Day in the life: Jermaine Lapwood
Father’s have a unique and special bond with their child, one that is unmatched and unrivalled throughout life. With first lessons learned, perceptions and views imprinted, fathers take on the role of protector and mentor, from birth to adulthood. Appreciation for one’s old man shouldn’t just be on Father’s Day and the occasion isn’t just about gifts, since time and energy is a present. Being able to remain switched on after a hard days work is a task. Yet it’s the only way to fully appreciate and capture each moment shared.
With fatherhood in mind, we hung out with Primark’s very own, Womenswear Design Controller, Jermaine Lapwood and his son Camden, on a boy’s day out to Lego Land in Windsor. If you happen to follow Jermaine on instagram it’s more than likely that you’ve come across him and his son before, as they gallivant across Dublin on their many adventures.
As an individual working within the fashion industry it had to be asked how Jermaine’s style has been formed and adapted to being a father, “My style as a dad hasn’t changed it has just evolved, being mindful of practicality.” He goes on to explain how he approaches dressing Camden, “Personally I like a preppy classic look for work, whilst I prefer edgy and young for the weekends, both styles are brought together in Camden’s wardrobe.” Jermaine personally likes the looks of style icons such as “James Dean, The master of looking good whilst seeming not to care or Pharrell Williams, I love the fact he is true to his personal style and identity.”
Being a parent means that you have to learn on the job and constantly adapt, with the role envisioned differing from the actuality as Jermaine explains, “An important conclusion I learnt with Camden is children do as you do, more than do as you say, children are like sponges so finding the right work/family life balance and spending time being an example is important.” Learning doesn’t just stop at parenting it also applies to individual personal development, “In many ways, learning to be patient is a big change and understanding that not everything is learnt and understood overnight.” Jermaine also goes on to speak about ways that his son has inspired him, “Camden has helped me to step out of my comfort zone of worrying about people’s perceptions. His favourite game at the moment is crawling around on all fours in the park pretending to be a dog from his favorite programme ‘Paw Patrol’ and I play the Rubble Crusher!”
When it comes to Jermaine’s top parenting tips he suggests, “Aways carry a spare change of clothes and baby wipes never forget the baby wipes.” On any set backs to being a father, Jermaine sees the humor in it all, “Only being able to take holidays in school term breaks when prices are the highest, watching Disney movies on repeat 5 times a day and having to queue up for the tea cup ride!”
Five questions for Jermaine:
How did you get into fashion design, and do you have any advice for aspiring designers? Fashion has always been a creative output for me, I designed trainers in the back of my schoolbooks from as young as 11 years old. My advice would be do what you love until you can make a living out of loving what you do.
How would you describe your role at Primark and what's your favourite aspect of the job? My role mainly consists of managing a team of talented fashion designers, my favourite aspect of the job is seeing an exciting new range every season and our customers wearing it.
What's your favourite city to visit and why? I love to visit my hometown London because I can always find a babysitter if I want to have a night out without the baby wipes.
Are there any lessons that your father taught you, that you want to pass on? My dad taught me, ‘work hard to create the life you love’ Clint Lapwood
What's amongst your favourite things to do with Camden? I love experiencing new experiences with Camden, anything and everything he does for the first while his young.