MEET THE PERSON #10: Sean Gormley (Creative Director Wrangler E.M.E.A.)

Today the 10th episode of the topic Meet the Person with Sean Gormley. This topic Meet the Person is about passionate people, people in the denim industry with a clear focus, mind-set and initiatives. In Meet the Person I will give you an insight into their life; who are they, what are they doing, what makes them so special, where are they working on, etc. etc. This episode of Meet the Person is with Sean Gormley, Creative Director Wrangler E.M.E.A. Thanks for sharing your great and very inspiring story Sean!


Sean Gormley

  • Name: Sean Gormley.
  • Living in village & country: Antwerp, Belgium.
  • Age: 36 years.
  • Instagram ID: @go__sean
  • Number of Instagram followers: 800 followers.
  • Website:
  • Daily work: Research, design, creative direction.

Can you introduce yourself (who are you and what are you doing):

I’m a British fashion designer with a speciallity in denim. I’m currently in the role of Creative Director at Wrangler E.M.E.A.

How did you entered the denim industry:

I took a placement year while studying for my BA in fashion, and worked with Fake London Genius which cemented my interest in working with denim. I used lots of denim in my final collection at Central Saint Martins, and went straight into the deep end of the denim industry with a job in Istanbul.

What are you doing at the moment:

Kicking off Spring Preview 2019 collection with the design team at Wrangler Europe.

Image of the Wrangler X Peter Max Spring 2018 collection.

Where are you the most proud of so far as it comes to your work:

I’ve been proud of lots during my time at Wrangler, for example previous Blue Bell collections were very satisfying, they had a lot of soul!

But really it’s the current revitalisation of the image of the brand, driven by product, our renewed collaboration with Peter Max and a younger and more dynamic product offer in the mainline Wrangler collection.

Shots of the Fall Winter 2017 Wrangler X Peter Max collection. Explore more of the Peter Max collection here.

What’s the biggest denim trend(s) right now in your opnion:

I’d sum it up as Nostalgia. That refers to denim trends of past era’s, and it’s interesting where these overlap and layer with modernity in yarns, fabrics, silhouettes and finishing.

And what would be the next denim trend:

Something is coming up concerning new bigger volumes and shapes which I’m keeping a close eye on.

What’s your favorite denim brand(s):

First of all Wrangler. Then I appreciate the smaller brands like Amo and R13.

Where is your inspiration coming from:

Inspiration comes from everywhere for me. Instagram is a big resource these days, I really like that platform. Then galleries, archives, books and magazines and a bit of shopping around.

Sean Gormley together with Brit Eaton at Rose Bowl fleamarket in Pasadena, California (US). Read the story of Brit Eaton in Meet the Person here.

What’s your favorite denim item in your closet en why:

I have a great fitting vintage 11MJ jacket from Wrangler. You can date that jacket to late 1940’s. It’s amazing!

What’s your favorite denim fit:

I took a deadstock Wrangler 11MWZ from the 1950’s, and just tapered it a little bit because I dont need it to go over the cowboy boot now. That fit was used in the recent Wrangler by Peter Max collections and I’m wearing different versions of that currently. I’d describe it as regular tapered.

What’s your favorite denim city:

Los Angeles.

Who’s your favorite denim designer:

That’s easy, my wife, Barbara Gay.

What do you think it’s the best invention in the denim industry:

The best invention is yet to come, that’s indigo without the impact on the environment.

Who’s your denim hero & why:

John Lennon, I like the way he wore Wrangler.

John Lennon wearing Wrangler jackets.

What’s your favorite denim store:

Kapital Legs, Tokyo.

What are your ultimate denim accessories:

Leather/metal keychain.

What’s your favorite inspiration quote:

”I don’t make mistakes. I make prophecies which immediately turn out to be wrong” by Murray Walker.

Who do you love to see in the next Meet the Person:

My wife.

Read also the previous episodes of Meet the Person;

Meet the Person #1: Amy Leverton (Denim Dudes): here.

Meet the Person #2: Jacques Grosz (Kiliwatch store Paris): here.

Meet the Person #3: Guido Biondi (Roy Roger’s): here.

Meet the Person #4: Gerold Brenner (Designer, Trendforecaster): here.

Meet the Person #5: Leon Blok (Designer, tailor maker): here.

Meet the Person #6: Guido Kerssens (AMFI Amsterdam): here.

Meet the Person #7: James Veenhoff (Denim City, Jean School, Fronteer): here

Meet the Person #8: Moritz Fuchs (New Heritage Festival): here

Meet the Person #9: Christine Rucci (Godmother NYC): here

Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.