Ben Kelly is a legendary designer and the founder of his eponymous studio. Across his career he has worked with everyone from Virgil Abloh to the Sex Pistols, but he is best known for his interior design work on Manchester’s The Haçienda, one of the most influential and important nightclubs of all time.
How would you describe yourself?
I'm Ben Kelly. I'm a designer and an artist.
Have you any memory of the first time you spotted the G9 jacket?
I think it was on TV or in a movie. I think it was James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. But also I think it was the early Mods in the UK, in the ‘60s they started wearing them. That was probably the first time I was aware of the jacket here in the UK.