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If determination is a necessary quality for success, why does chasing our dreams often feel like running in place? Fashion designer Charlie Casely-Hayford muses on the double-edged sword that is ambition.

“I think, quite often, what happens in people’s minds is that ambition creates an unobtainable goal so there’s never a feeling of fulfillment,” says British fashion designer Charlie Casely-Hayford. “A lot of people go through life chasing whatever it is that keeps them motivated. If you don’t reflect on your achievements, it’s very hard to move forward in a positive way.”

Perhaps this meditative tendency comes naturally to a man who seems predisposed toward equanimity; or, it could be that his long-term relationship with interior designer Sophie Ashby has introduced in him a more well-rounded attitude. Either way, the 30-year-old, whose eponymous label is designed in partnership with his father, Joe, is careful to temper his personal aspirations with self-examination. In the often brutal world of fashion, it’s proved a savvy way to avoid conflict. “You know, the expression ‘people putting

  • Words:
    Pip Usher
  • Photography:
    Rory van Millingen

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  • Words:
    Pip Usher
  • Photography:
    Rory van Millingen
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