A day in the life: Adam Gaffey
An insider's view of LCM with MFI editor Adam Gaffey
Adam Gaffey is the founder and editor of the cultural publication Men’s Fashion Ireland. Launched just two years ago, the title has fast become one of the go-to platforms for men’s style. Born and raised in Dublin, Gaffey is passionate about the fashion industry in Ireland - and it shows in his commitment to young Irish talent. The editor wants to use his magazine to promote the creative scene in his home country, pushing and challenging his contributors to produce interesting and exciting work. We caught up with him during LCM to talk about his style and influences.
Gaffey describes his own style as ‘sports luxe’, a mix of sports-inspired shapes with luxe finishes, a fusion of comfortable and casual. When it comes to naming a style icon, Gaffey decides on rapper A$AP Rocky, the experimental fashion chameleon who regularly tops best-dressed lists. “He’s changing the stereotype of streetwear with a quirky edge.” Rocky’s style mixes high-end streetwear with dressier pieces like camel driving coats and longline shirts.
The editor explains his process of getting ready for LCM: “There’s a lot of planning each day to prepare for shows and events; organizing invites and a schedule each day is key - and a good breakfast.”
With every day so different, there’s no such thing as a typical day at fashion week. Gaffey breaks down what he does and how he does it.
“LCM is great - it’s four days of innovative collections which we (the team) get inspiration from. There were six of us this season. Our online editor and my co-director Michelle Walsh photographs front-of-house, and our fashion editor James Butler and I report on the catwalk collections. There’s an exciting atmosphere over the weekend!”
What are your top three hacks to get through London Collections Men's?
1. During the winter, coats
2. A power pack to keep my phone charged
3. Good reading material
Five questions for Adam...
1.How did you get into magazine editing? I founded MFI over two years ago, as an online platform for creative artists to express their creativity within the menswear industry in Ireland.
2. What’s the best career advice you’ve been given, and what advice would you give to new magazine editors? My mother always told me you can never stop learning. That’s something that always stuck with me. I love trying new things and learning from all the creative people that I work with. It’s exciting!
3. What’s the spirit behind Men’s Fashion Ireland? MFI works to push boundaries in the Irish fashion industry, through innovation and creativity. We bring international fashion to Ireland and expose Irish menswear to an international audience. It's important that Irish talent gets recognition and that's a core aspect of our brand.
4. What interests you most about men’s fashion, and how would you describe the fashion scene in Dublin? I've always been an expressive person, whether it’s through the form of music or art. So when you achieve the desired results from work that your team are passionate about, and for it to be appreciated - that’s a great feeling. The fashion scene is growing in Dublin at an impressive pace, so it’s a great time to grow with that too.
5. Where’s your favorite city to visit and why? I was in Rotterdam last year. I would love to go back there.