David Hellqvist is Online Editor at PORT Magazine. He also writes about menswear for Hypebeast Magazine, BON, Guardian.co.uk, Mr Porter, among others, and blogs for The Breaks. He’s got a Masters degree in Art & Politics from Goldsmiths University. He likes dogs.
‘As much as I love living in London, there’s two things that the city refuses to give generously: time and space. We’re constantly working and often live in flats with little or no leeway in terms of extra space. The problem is that in order for me to get what I want for Christmas, those two factors are crucial. When considering getting a dog, finding time in our daily schedules for lunchtime walks in the park and organising suitable lodgings for the furry little creatures can easily become a major issue. But one of these days I’ll get there.
What I want – but so far have been declined by Father Christmas – is a Welsh Springer Spaniel. Like with so many other potential and daydreaming dog owners, I’ve settled on a specific breed of canine because that’s the type of dog I had when growing up… it’s not due to laziness or lack of imagination, but of course there are nostalgic reasons factored in.
Linda, my girlfriend, is not opposed to the idea of a dog. On the contrary, she wants one as well but she’s got her own canine agenda. So far this has not been the cause of any domestic unrest, but Linda’s got her eye on a Jack Russell. She grew up with one called Sally, so naturally that’s the direction she’s going in now that we are looking to get our own.
I really like a WSS’s physical features, as well as their very humble and loyal personality - I appreciate both the Spaniel’s inner and outer beauty. But with so many things in life, this is a question of compromise. The girlfriend wants a Jack Russell, I want a Welsh Springer Spaniel. What to do? Well the answer is quite simple; it’s common knowledge that if you merge the two breeds you end up with… a Beagle!
My most wanted gift ever to give to someone else would be an Adam Kimmel padded bomber jacket for my brother…he doesn’t own any Adam Kimmel pieces and EVERYONE should have at least one Kimmel garment, especially as this is his last season…’
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