Over the next few months, we're going behind the scenes of L&J studio life to bring you a more intimate view on the team that keeps L&J ticking. Without further ado, meet Max, our Business Development Assistant.
Tell us about your journey with Larsson & Jennings so far. What do you enjoy most about the role?
My journey with L&J actually started on a very temporary basis. The wholesale team needed some extra hands on deck in the build-up to Baselworld 2018. They ended up taking me with them to the show, and a little over a year later I’m still here… So I suppose it went quite well! I’ve witnessed the many developments of the brand throughout the past year so could speak for a while on this! It’s been an exciting journey, to say the least.
My role offers a lot of insight into many aspects of the brand but one of my favourite things has always been how involved with the product I get to be. I feel if I want to sell a product I have to really understand what it is, how it works, what it means to people. Without this, I think people would notice a missing link in the chain.
Who are you when you’re not in the studio?
I like to keep myself pretty busy, which is quite easy when living with your best mates… sometimes too easy when I have life admin I should be doing! I also like to keep fairly active. In fact, a few of the L&J team have signed up for the Hackney Half Marathon in May so there’s some training for that going on at the moment. Perhaps not as much as there should be though!
In what way does your watch reflect your personality?
Hard to say. I’ve amassed a small collection since I started at L&J so you could say they all reflect different parts of me. I’ll always change them up depending on what I’m wearing or how I’m feeling, but my favourite is my LJXII Norse 40mm Silver/White with the chain metal. It’s such a versatile watch that works for me no matter what the situation.
Three words that best describe your style?
Generally, it’s pretty simple. I feel like I’m quite an easy person to buy for.
Fairly diverse. I love a whole variety of styles. One day I could be wearing just a black hoody and trousers, or I could turn up in my girlfriend’s leopard print long sleeve!
Mood-dependent. I’m terrible at choosing what to wear. I can never plan in advance because I know I’ll change my mind the next day depending on how I’m feeling.
Where would you go if you could time travel?
I actually discussed this with one of our team over lunch. She said she’d go forward in time but I’m not sure I agree. I think I’d either end up loving what I see and not wanting to return to present or seeing something I really wish I hadn’t. I think I’d have to go back to a prehistoric era… and try to evade being eaten by some primal beast!
Best song of all time?
Such a difficult question… probably something from ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin’. It’s been my favourite album since it came out when I was in primary school. Either that or ‘Silence’ – Delerium. Banger. What would be the title of your biography?
“Ryalled Up.” (Ryall is my surname.)
The most exciting moment in your life?
Probably going off travelling on my own at 19. That was pretty scary but incredibly exciting.
What mantra do you live by?
I recently heard the quote ‘Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured’, which really resonated. I think it’s so easy to let something so minor send your day into a downward spiral. I try my hardest to avoid being angry and spreading that negativity. It’s tiring being annoyed.
Minimalism or maximalism?
Minimalism. There’s not enough room for any more ‘Max’ in my life!
Your guilty pleasure?
Making strange noises. Not sure if it’s a guilty pleasure or just a weird habit though.