The Coolest Stuff In Town (For Boys)
Charlie Green launched his online clothing company Sex. Clothing in 2014, when he was 15 years old. Two years later (and I might add, still in high school), he is expanding his online to pop-ups worldwide and relaunching his site in August 2016. Even if fashion and good taste come to him naturally (his Great Grandfather was in the dress business and his Aunties, the RossGirls and their various creative endeavors), Charlie is passionate, driven and very talented. I am proud to call this young man my nephew!
What do you wear when you’re not wearing SEX.?
Hartford shirts. Levi jeans. All-Saints Corduroys. J. CREW. James Perse.
What brands do you like?
James Perse for t-shirts. J. CREW for suits. Off White for t-shirts. Fear Of God and John Elliot for hoodies and sweatshirts. CHUCS for my zip hoodies.
Are your brothers your muses?
My older brother, Oli, has always had great sartorial taste, and he’s also a model for Burberry, which means I definitely take a lot of a fashion inspiration and pointers from him. As for my younger brother, Sam, I’ve never seen him without his SEX. cashmere hoodie on since I gave it to him for Christmas – proving he also has pretty sound fashion sense.
You guys look like you could be a popstar boyband. Is there one you like?
Tough one to answer. But if I had to pick, it’d be Arctic Monkeys. British. Edgy. Speaks to the youth of this country.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
Justin Bieber’s Purpose is constantly on repeat. Also, Drake’s Views and Kanye’s The Life of Pablo are brilliant. And you can’t beat anything by The Rolling Stones. Gimme Shelter is an absolute classic.
You are a world traveller at 17. How has that influenced your life?
Firstly, I want to stress how lucky I am that I’ve got to experience travelling to different places. I’m eternally grateful to my parents for giving me that opportunity and exposing me to new countries and new people. I suppose the biggest influence I’ve taken from my trips abroad is not being afraid of change but embracing it. Different cultures, different beliefs, different practices and different tastes not only make you more accepting. They make you appreciate diversity and how dull life would be without it – regardless of creed, skin colour, heritage or sexual orientation. It’s definitely something that applies in the fashion industry and society at large. The world functions because of change, not in spite of it.
You’re a Virgo like your aunt and mother. Do you think you have Virgo traits?
Well. Virgos are known for being perfectionists. So that really helps in fashion, especially the manufacturing of clothes, when being precise and specific is not only useful but an absolute prerequisite.
You’re a very young and impressive entrepreneur. Creating and running a business while attending school, studying for SATs and applying for college. When do you have time for fun? What do you get up to?
I’m usually pretty busy most of the week but I try to keep Saturday evenings free to relax and spend time with friends.
Will you expand to the US? Perhaps a pop-up with your aunt at ARossGirl?
I already ship to the US and I’m hoping to open a pop-up shop in Notting Hill during my gap year. If everything goes to plan, then absolutely, expanding to America is my ultimate goal.
What is coming up next for SEX.?
In September, I’ll be releasing a new collection, Season 1 Episode 1. I’m also collaborating with a friend, Falcon Fields, who will be releasing his debut EP through the SEX. website. He’s going to be the Banksy of music and he’s going to be the next big thing. You heard it here first. In the same way James Purse associates his brand with surfing, I wanted SEX. to have a similar partnership with acoustic music. I’ve played the violin and the drums since I was really young so music has always played a huge part in my life.
Are you working with any charities?
As it happens, Falcon Fields released a Christmas single last year, Hometown City, which was written for the 10th anniversary of 7/7 and also in memory of the attacks in New York, Paris and terrorist atrocities worldwide. It raised a lot of money and all proceeds went to the 7/7 Memorial Trust and Association Francaise des Victimes du Terrorism – so that’s something I want SEX. to continue supporting. I cherish my right to live without fear.