By  on March 19, 2012

Bungee jumping is probably not a pastime most would associate with Neil Barrett, the poised, soft-spoken designer who has been building his fashion company slowly and steadily since 1999. His speech is sprinkled with chestnuts like “Everything comes with time” and “If you are patient and consistent, you will be rewarded.”

But Barrett himself brings up the subject of bungee jumping during an interview at his Milan showroom and headquarters, saying he wouldn’t be averse to trying it, under the following conditions: “Only if I’m supersure it works and if somebody else has tested it. I learn through the success or mistakes of others.” The British designer looks superbly fashionable (though not particularly X-treme) in a cozy, ribbed gray sweater and drop-crotch black pants. “I’m a cautious person, but instinctive,” he says. “I like to take a risk, but I need to have something to fall back on.”

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