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Mella Dee unravels his style secrets

Doncaster’s finest dishes out his fashion tips

  • Interview: Sean Griffiths | Photography: Sherelle Thomas
  • 15 February 2018

I’m wearing Nike Air Max today, and these came out three or four years ago. They’re a mismatch of a few different colourways. I wear Nike Air Max 95’s nearly every day. I’m not one for keeping trainers in boxes, though. I’ll wear them until they become my beaters – then they’re done.

I wear tracksuit bottoms 95 per cent of the time. Ideally, I like them to be cuffed, and I also tuck them into my socks, because it’s comfortable.

I appreciate people who dress well. Jackmaster dresses really well; Jasper James and Denis Sulta have their own little vibe going on at the moment, too.

If I want to look a bit smarter, I’ll put on a pair of Clarks Wallabees. They’re so sick and I guess I got into them because Wu-Tang wore them, and a lot of people wear them in dancehall, too. I’ve got four or five pairs.

I wear a lot of gold, and I’ve been into it since I was a kid. It’s an influence from Doncaster – there are a lot of people wearing gold there! I’d have a ring on every finger if I could, but they’d all need to be as big as the ones I’m already wearing. I’ve just got a gold tooth, purely for reasons of vanity.

I’ve got about five or six pairs of Moschino trousers. One thing I really like to do is wear a mad pair of trousers with a plain t-shirt and jacket; I like making bold statements. The Moschino thing goes back to garage, but there’s a bit of a Jamaican influence in liking bold prints, too.

I got more into clothes around fifteen or sixteen when I was working, because I had the money to buy them. I started matching my trainers to my t-shirts. I picked up an Adidas hoodie in TK Maxx, which was this mad blue colour with patches all over it. Everyone asked me where I got it! No one really wears off-key stuff in Doncaster.

I like Uniqlo for day-to-day stuff. I buy their Dry Fit t-shirt’s for DJing;you don’t get so sweaty in them.

I’ve got an Aquascutum mac that I love. I’ll walk around with that on, as well as a pair of tracksuit bottoms and some Air Max 95’s, and confuse people. I like to confuse people.

I’m wearing a reversible Stone Island coat today. It’s metallic green on one side and navy on the other. I love the quality of Stone Island, and it always seems to fit right. I actually named a tune after Massimo Osti, who started Stone Island and CP Company, because he’s such a big inspiration to me.

My black t-shirt underneath is Stone Island, too, but I’ve taken the badge off, because everyone and their mum is wearing it recently!

I’m Del Boy as fuck. I’m always on eBay looking for deals on clothes, or on the Stone Island and CP Company Facebook pages. If I really want something I’ll spend cash on it, but I won’t spend daft money. I want some Prada trainers but there’s no way I’m going to drop £500 on them!

This feature is taken from the February issue of Mixmag

Sean Griffiths is Mixmag's Deputy Editor, follow him on Twitter

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