Upon completetion of his studies in 1992, Ray joined the creative team at Katharine Hamnett as an assistant, then head of menswear design. In 1996 he joined Gucci as a menswear consultant under Tom Ford's creative direction, and soon assumed a full-time position. In 2001 he was named Vice President of Menswear and by March 2004 he had been named Creative Director of Menswear.
Ray lives and works in London, and describes himself as an extremely private person. His personal style is classic and modern with a touch of British eccentricity. He has a keen sense of luxury that he relentlessly expresses in all his designs. Ray considers a perfectly tailored jacket and a beautiful pair of made-to-measure shoes to be central to a man's wardrobe because for a man, "the essentials in clothing are found in their quality."
Enquiries: www.gucci.comA MAN LOOKS BEST IN... good healthTHE FIRST RULE OF DESIGN IS... aninspired momentWORKING AS AN ENGLISHMAN FOR AN ITALIAN COMPANY IS... an honourTHE DEFINITION OF MODERN LUXURY IS... old-fashioned craftsmanshipTHE MOST GLAMOROUS ERA IS...tomorrow WHEN I STARTED... to dream I found everything I believed inA GOOD IDEA IS... worth sharingTHE SECRET OF SUCCESS IS... a clear visionMY IDEAL HOLIDAY IS... under a large tree sheltering from the Scottish rainGREAT LUGGAGE TELLS PEOPLE... you pack a fabulous wardrobeTHE ESSENTIAL ITEM IN EVERY MAN'S WARDROBE... is the manTHERE'S A FINE LINE... in a great PicassoMY FAVOURITE CAR IS... a Seventies' frog green PorscheLUNCH IS... dressed crab at SweetingsI'VE NEVER BELIEVED... in fairiesTHE MOTHER OF INVENTION IS... inventionitselfMEN SHOULD ALWAYS... have good mannersWOMEN SHOULD ALWAYS... have elegance and graceTHE SECRET OF GOOD MANAGEMENT IS... agreat team and a big bonus systemTHE BEST WAY TO RELAX IS... listening to the radio in the bathI STILL DON'T KNOW... all the right answers Words Peter Howarth