Exclusive interview with Ben Chilwell
In a world-exclusive collaboration, Ben joined SWM and renowned Italian fashion house PRADA to showcase the upcoming Spring Summer collection. We spent the evening at PRADA’s London store on Old Bond Street, one of the most famous shopping destinations in the world. Ben’s long been a fan of PRADA and their Italian traditions of discreet elegance and fine craftsmanship and admitted it was a dream come true to work together.
PRADA recently launched their much-anticipated Spring/Summer ‘22 collection starring Tom Holland, so the timing of this collaboration couldn’t be better as the brand looks to ramp up its celebrity influence.
“Prada is a brand that I’ve been wanting to work with for a while because I love everything that they’ve brought out,” says Ben. “The way the clothes are designed and branded has always made it one of the cooler brands."
For Ben, it’s all about fashion. Conversations are already ongoing about possible routes into the industry, but for the time being Ben has a tunnel-vision approach to his football career.
“I’ve spoken to my agent a lot about going into fashion,” says Ben. “It’s something that I’ve always been interested in but especially over the last six or seven years. “I’ve always enjoyed clothing and trainers so it’s definitely something that I really want to do. Football has always been the priority but it’s something that I feel I can start to get into now so that when I do come to retire I’ve got another hobby to pursue.
This year, Ben’s planning a trip stateside to either LA or Miami through SWM. Top of his bucket list will be a trip to watch the NBA. Whether that’s to see Miami Heat or Los Angeles Lakers remains to be seen, but we’ll be keeping one eye on Chilly’s Insta…
“Wherever I go this summer whether it’s LA or Miami, going to a basketball game is 100% on the list because I’ve never been to see it in America,” says Ben. “I’ve been to one of the games in London around three or four years ago but never in America which I’ve heard is unbelievable, so that will be fun to do."
I've known about SWM since I was at Leicester when the magazines were coming into the training ground, so to get to work with the team and PRADA was amazing. I got on with everyone really well and thought they were a really cool group of guys. I’ve been talking to the SWM team a lot and whenever I’ve got any questions for them, they’re professional and very quick to answer, so I just really enjoyed the whole experience and hopefully, it’s the first of many.