15/12/2015

Joe Mills featured in Revolution Magazine

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Continuing their series looking at some of the UK's most stylish watch lovers, Joe was asked to appear in Revolution magazine for their feature "They wear it well".

"I have been cutting hair for most of my life. After surviving school, I began an apprenticeship in hairdressing - I really loved it. I worked for a New Zealander of Dutch extraction; he was a hard taskmaster but instilled in me a great understanding of shape and form, which I have used throughout my career. I use everything I have learned over the years and I still enjoy watching other people create.

I currently own to salons in Soho and have a third in the pipeline. Alongside this I spend a lot of time doing session work and have several side projects in collaboration with other people. I am lucky to work on several different things, which helps keep life interesting. I a also very fortunate that my wife is my business partner - we have a great working relationship, we look out for each other.

In terms of my personal style, I like clothes with some heritage. I don't follow trends and many of the things I wear, I have worn since I first became interested in menswear. I like tailored pieces mixed with workwear and denim, I also collect vintage denim and early Vans footwear. I am a bit of an anorak.

I have always had a relationship with time and watches.Not only does a timepiece finish of my look, but, because of my job, I live my life in 30 minute slots, so on a practical level I aways need to be aware of what the time is. I own a few watches including a 1940s Omega Seamaster, a Breitling Superocean, a Hamilton from the 1960s and a Glycine.

My Superocean was a gist for my 30th birthday. Initially I didn't know what I wanted to celebrate the occasion but I got talking with y parents about it and they offered to buy me a watch. They bought the Breitling from a family friend who had purchased it buy never worn it. For the first 10 years I owned it, I think I wore it everyday. I remember nearly falling off my chair when I realised that it costs a fair amount to service a decent timepiece. I have always quite liked the mid-1960s Rolex with a semi-Bubbleback and red date wheel. That may well be my next piece, if I find the right one."