Zack Pinsent, 25, destroyed his last pair of jeans when he was 14 and has dressed like a gentleman from the Regency era ever since.
He is regularly observed shopping in a top hat in the place where he grew up of Brighton and now designs clothes for other history fans too. Zack says it is the only way he feels comfortable in the 21st century.
He said: ‘It’s hard for men, we can’t show exuberance but I love what I do and I’m only doing it for my own enjoyment.’
He further added: ‘At 14 I made the symbolic decision to burn my only pair of jeans in a bonfire, it was a real turning point. On non-school uniform days, I would dress in three-piece suits, but when I got to the sixth form I started to dress in historical clothing every single day. ‘
At 14 I made the symbolic decision to burn my only pair of jeans in a bonfire, it was a real turning point. I was quite surprised that in the leaver’s book I was voted as the best dressed. People weren’t necessarily saying that to my face but it was clear that there was an undercurrent of respect.’
A typical day involves dressing like an 1820’s gent, wearing a pair of knee-high leather riding boots, a floral waistcoat and a riding jacket with long tails.
He said: ‘I was really tempted to dress up as someone from the 1780s and ask which century they meant, I decided against it but next time I will.’