Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman on label launch
When Guy Berryman turned 40 three years ago, he began to contemplate his life and his accomplishments.
“It’s an arbitrary number but it’s a point of reflection for a lot of people where you review everything you’ve done in life and think about what lies ahead. Let’s face it, it’s mid -way,” the Coldplay bassist says on Zoom from a hotel room in London.
This prompted Berryman to hold a week-long showcase at the Paul Stolper Gallery in London where he conducted a series of talks, and the public were able to shop from the line.
(In 2022, he wants to continue building a community around the label which may include a club night: “It’s not even about selling clothes to just anybody, we want people to have a good time.” ) “I’m not just a face for the brand, I’m not just the guy who faces the money. This was created by me specifically to be very practical in the design process,” he says.
As the pandemic brought live events to a halt, Coldplay adjusted their working practices to complete Music of the Spheres, their ninth studio album. The government-imposed lockdown meant Berryman was spending time at his 19th century mansion in the Cotswolds – where he lives with his fiancée, Dutch model Keshia Gerrits and their two children Lucien and Bea, and daughter Nico – working at A /A/F and put the finishing touches on an album that is up for a Grammy later this month.