"In Medias Res" is a column in which photographer Chris Fenimore links up with some of fashion's most interesting people to see what they're wearing throughout the week.

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You once said “growing up in South Australia, you either become a doctor, a lawyer or a winemaker.” You are none of those things. What led you into tailoring?

Growing up in South Australia, half of my time was spent in the country with my mother, and the other half in Adelaide with my father. I would say I had as close to a perfect childhood as one could have: lots of space and time to have fun and make trouble, and loving parents and siblings that kept me on my toes. After finishing school, I studied science in Adelaide, specializing in Oenology (winemaking). As a career this wasn't for me, however I enjoyed the degree and met some really interesting people including Tom Riley, who would later become my business partner in P. Johnson. After my final exam, (literally that day) I jumped on a plane to Europe. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but I knew I needed to put some time aside for some deep thought and this needed to be in a new place. I moved to a small village in the South of France, near Montpellier. I spoke no French and they spoke even less English, the perfect place for me to get lonely and work out what I wanted to do. I got a job in the lab at the local winery and submerged myself in literature for the next five months. I did get lonely but it was a good kind of lonely; the kind that changed my way of seeing things and helped me discover what was important to me. 

From here I moved to London, where I enrolled to study menswear at Central Saint Martins and pattern cutting at London College of Fashion. As fate would have it I ended up working for a shirt-maker in Chelsea named Rob Emmett. Rob, who is Australian by birth, moved to the UK to finish his schooling and ended up studying his tailoring apprenticeship in Switzerland. He is a character. I worked for Rob for about 7 years all up, and I not only learnt a great deal about tailoring but also about running a small business. It was a fun time. It was then that I met Tamsin, my future wife. At the risk of sounding cheesy, I knew straight away that I wanted to spend all of my time with her. She needed to head back to Australia so I (semi-reluctantly) followed. It was here then that I started P. Johnson in January, 2009. 

How did you become interested in men’s fashion?

As long as I can remember, I have been interested in clothing. Mum tells me that I was a total pain to get dressed as I child. She used to make all of our cloths and she really dressed us up in some pretty interesting get ups. My parents separated when I was 5 and I was lucky that they both chose excellent partners. It was my step father, a man named Creagh O’Connor who really taught me about tailoring and the more classic way of dressing. He had his suits made on Saville Row, shirts on Jeremy street and shoes in St. James. He had the most immaculate dressing room. I used to sneak into it and look at all of his shirts freshly pressed, his ties all lined up, his watches and hats—beautiful. He taught me the basics, and from there it grew. I would say that for me my interest has always been in style rather than fashion.