If you’re into men’s fashion, you must have heard already about Richard Biedul, the male model with piercing blue eyes who sports a great salt & pepper beard and beautiful personal style.
I remember meeting Richard in a café in Singapore in between fashion shows and talking to him about literature, philosophy and our travels.
It was the time when he was starting modeling as a career shift from being a lawyer in London and he spoke enthusiastically about his upcoming Trans-Siberian adventure. After that, his modeling career skyrocketed and we met several other times in New York and even walked a Billy Reid show together. Richard always struck me as a fine gentleman with great taste in clothing. Maybe it’s the British heritage. Maybe it’s something else. We shall see.
ST: Hi Richard. What are you up to these days?
RB: Since I last saw you, I moved back home (to London) from New York, I now live in Bow with my longterm girlfriend and my new puppy (a miniature Daschund called Vinnie).
ST: Can you give us some background info like how did you get started with modeling and if this is something you’ve always dreamed of doing?
RB: I was scouted in an East London pub after work (solicitor) one evening. I didn’t believe the scout at the time, as a 27 year old man, I didn’t really consider myself to be “model material”. I thought that was the reserve of the young and beautiful.
ST: What does being successful mean to you?
RB: Success is such a subjective term, personally, to me, as I’ve grown as a person, what I measure as success has changed. When I was younger I was very focused on school, university and law school. Then my career as a solicitor, with the main aim of making money, but as I’ve grown older this has shifted to the hunt for social and/or spiritual happiness…
ST: How would you describe your style?
RB: I always struggle to answer this. I think the best way to describe my style is “modern English gentleman”. I enjoy bespoke tailoring and tattoos as well as fragrances and football. I am masculine but not ostentatiously so…
ST: You’re attending a cocktail party at a beautiful hotel in Marrakech. What are you wearing?
RB: That is easy! A white linen suit (double breasted), with high wasted trousers and a wide leg, with some classic whicker espadrilles.
ST: Do you have any daily habits or rituals that help you being productive and/or creative?
RB: I am notoriously lazy. If it wasn’t for my girlfriend and my dog, I would lay in bed all day. Once I’m up I have to have a coffee (black, no sugar) and a home made green smoothie (kale, spinach, banana), some eggs (usually scrambled), and then I am just about ready to face my day.
ST: Any tips or advice on how can someone develop a cool personal style?
I am not sure if personal style can be developed, I think you can develop an interest in fashion, and become “fashionable”, but style in innate. It’s something you are almost born with…
ST: You’re going to a friend’s birthday party. What are you bringing as a gift?
RB: I am not exactly the most organized human on the planet. Usually something I’ve picked up in airport duty-free the day before or even worse from a petrol station on the way there.
ST: What is a clothing item that every man should own?
RB: A suit (navy or gray) that is either made to measure or has been tailored.
ST: Who is the first person you think when you say Iconic?
RB: For me, it has to be Steve McQueen. Even in his police booking photos he looks effortlessly cool…
ST: Favorite watch?
RB: My favorite watch is the one I wear, a 1978 Rolex Datejust. But my dream watch is the Patek Philippe 2526…
ST: Car or motorcycle? The ideal model?
RB: Neither! I have never really been interested in cars or motorcycles. At a push I would choose a car over a motorcycle. Something from the 80’s, like a Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe.
ST: Your favorite clothing item?
RB: This changes regularly. Depending on the season or even my mood. My current obsession is anything corduroy! I have a burnt orange three piece from RichardJames and an off-white two piece from Hardy Amies. I absolutely adore them both!
ST: What’s your go-to cocktail?
RB: Margarita on the rocks, extra salt!
ST: Who is your female inspiration?
RB: Either my mother, or my girlfriend. I take inspiration from them both but for very different reasons!
ST: If you would be stranded on an island and you could pick one book (fiction or non-fiction), a music album and one personal item, what would these be?
RB: This is absolutely impossible to answer! I couldn’t even decide what to have to lunch today…
ST: You’ve traveled a great deal. If it could pick any place in the world to live in, where would it be?
To live, it would always have to be London. This city is second to none. I love how creative, liberal and free everyone in this city is. I love it with all my heart…
ST: Your favorite spot in the world to have – let’s say lunch with your girlfriend?
RB: Georges, on top of the Pompidou Centre (Paris). Not only does it have one of the most amazing views in the world, but it also serves a mean burger and chips.
ST: What are your plans for the future?
RB: At the moment, I don’t have any. What I love about my life is that my plans are constantly changing. One minute I am in London, the next Milan, then Paris or New York. Actually, my girlfriend and I have just booked a weekend in Lisbon (for May), that is the ONLY fixed plan I have!
ST: And lastly, is there anything you’d like to promote on this page? It can be an idea or a quote, or anything at all you’d like to share with the readers?
RB: My good friend Paul (Sculfor) has founded a charity called Stride. Its aim is to raise awareness and provide direct support to those suffering from addiction. Addiction directly effects as many as 1 in 10 of us, there is the help and support out there should you need it. You don’t have to deal with these problems alone.
Thank you, Richard! This is great!