The Idle Man Collective 007: Jake Mac and Louis Haynes

The Idle Man Collective 007: Jake Mac and Louis Haynes

Welcome to the seventh feature from the new Collective Series by The Idle Man. Where we meet up with interesting men who either work in the creative industry, or we just admire the work they do. Styled in our most recent collection, and photographed by our Editor Cal McIntyre, read the full feature below as we believe it's more about what we do, rather than what we wear. To shop the products Jake and Louis are wearing simply click the images.

Meet Jake Mac and Louis Haynes, the founders of the creative portfolio and independent magazine, Cluny MCR. Best friends turning business partners, the creative duo set up Cluny MCR to seek out the greatest talents in the UK much to their success. Born from an idea they had at university in Manchester it quickly became a reality, their magazine has burst with popularity showing their strengths to uncover and raise the profiles of the established and fresh faces emerging onto the scene. With a signature style and impeccable design, it's now become almost a stamp of recognition for young creatives to have their work in amongst the gorgeous pages of Cluny MCR.

Working together they have built their business up to become an appreciated online and offline platform for creative endeavours. Since drawing in 10,000 unique hits within their first six months online, they have branched out to become a place to cement creative journeys. Whilst many creatives seek Mac and Haynes to be featured in their now well established magazine, they still enjoy keeping an eye out for new and exciting talent forever promising to always provide a place for those to showcase their work. Covering the designs, aesthetics, curation, as well as collating in the form of photography, graphic design, illustration and film, it's clear once you see one issue of Cluny MCR's thematic publishings, it will be easy to spot their next projects.

Jake and Louis are wearing The Idle Man AW18 Corduroy Pieces

Mac and Haynes' talents go beyond the magazine, and like many creatives, often branches into other mediums. Jake is part of a successful band known as Chappaqua Wrestling. The alternative rock band performs their own original music and have recorded and released their EP on SoundCloud. Staying creative is important to both Mac and Haynes in order to be part of the creative scene in Manchester, however, they are looking at possibly taking Cluny further a field and discovering more talent in other cities in the UK. 

So where did it all begin?

Jake: Louis and I were introduced through our mutual friend Charlie with the intention of starting a band together. As we began to hang out independently from rehearsals, we spoke at length about Manchester and what excited us about living in the city.

Louis: I used to go round to Jake’s house before band practise and he would tell me about friends of his at art school and the work they were making. It was very inspiring to me. I had felt pretty much removed from any ‘creative scene’ until meeting Jake. Being introduced to his friends really opened my eyes to the breadth of talent – particularly at Manchester School of Art.

What was the inspiration behind setting up Cluny MCR?

LouisBefore we had even begun to consider a website, let alone a printed publication, I approached Jake about starting an agency.

Jake: Yeah. First and foremost, Cluny MCR was about wanting to showcase the work of our friends. The internet floods our brains with content, constantly. So much brilliant work that is released independently of any platform is just swallowed up. That was certainly the case for many friends of mine.

Cluny MCR was born as a platform that would embolden artists we feature just by the simple fact that all of the individual pieces of work – no matter what the medium – sit alongside each other.

Louis: I always loved the idea that every issue of Cluny would capture the artistic expression of the city at that particular time. That was a particular goal from the outset and remains one now.

Jake: But individually speaking, Cluny fulfilled personal ambitions for both of us. I had always been interested in exploring graphic design and the art of actually building a publication. Louis wanted to edit and write copy and both of us wanted to curate work into a publication that was printed.

 

 

 

Jake and Louis are wearing The Idle Man AW18 Corduroy Pieces

Mac and Haynes' talents go beyond the magazine, and like many creatives, often branches into other mediums. Jake is part of a successful band known as Chappaqua Wrestling. The alternative rock band performs their own original music and have recorded and released their EP on SoundCloud. Staying creative is important to both Mac and Haynes in order to be part of the creative scene in Manchester, however, they are looking at possibly taking Cluny further a field and discovering more talent in other cities in the UK. 

So where did it all begin?

Jake: Louis and I were introduced through our mutual friend Charlie with the intention of starting a band together. As we began to hang out independently from rehearsals, we spoke at length about Manchester and what excited us about living in the city.

Louis: I used to go round to Jake’s house before band practice and he would tell me about friends of his at art school and the work they were making. It was very inspiring to me. I had felt pretty much removed from any ‘creative scene’ until meeting Jake. Being introduced to his friends really opened my eyes to the breadth of talent – particularly at Manchester School of Art.

What was the inspiration behind setting up Cluny MCR?

LouisBefore we had even begun to consider a website, let alone a printed publication, I approached Jake about starting an agency.

Jake: Yeah. First and foremost, Cluny MCR was about wanting to showcase the work of our friends. The internet floods our brains with content, constantly. So much brilliant work that is released independently of any platform is just swallowed up. That was certainly the case for many friends of mine.

Cluny MCR was born as a platform that would embolden artists we feature just by the simple fact that all of the individual pieces of work – no matter what the medium – sit alongside each other.

Louis: I always loved the idea that every issue of Cluny would capture the artistic expression of the city at that particular time. That was a particular goal from the outset and remains one now.

Jake: But individually speaking, Cluny fulfilled personal ambitions for both of us. I had always been interested in exploring graphic design and the art of actually building a publication. Louis wanted to edit and write copy and both of us wanted to curate work into a publication that was printed.

Louis is wearing The Idle Man AW18 Striped Sweater

What excites you the most about Manchester?

Jake: Neither of us live in Manchester currently. However, we do both go back regularly. I suppose it is a vibrant city – but then again there are other cities that are as vibrant. More so than that, it is a place which still works well for anyone with a DIY attitude.

Louis: I suppose what excites me most is watching the creative development of certain friends. There are individuals and collectives we featured in early Cluny issues who are now deservedly held up within the city – that is pretty amazing. I’d love to reel off the huge number, but there is far too many.

What’s your biggest goal/dream for the Cluny MCR?

Louis: My only dream/goal for Cluny is to carry on doing it. Always with Jake and only for the enjoyment.

Jake: I second that. Also we want to keep giving artists more opportunities. Whether that be, social media posts or putting them in contact with other people in the industry, or simply speaking to them and keeping tabs on the work they are producing.

Do you ever play good cop, bad cop when it comes to deciding what goes into each issue?

Louis: Hahaha errrr… I don’t think so. We have had to have some difficult conversations and before going into them, it is best that you are both on the exact same page. I don’t think either of us could play bad cop. I look like a little twelve year old French boy and Jake looks a little like a king charles cavalier. I just don’t think it would work…

Jake: But in all seriousness, the best way to get about is to be sweet to everyone and if they let you down, hit em with those puppy dawg eyes.

Jake and Louis are wearing The Idle Man AW18 Corduroy Pieces

What has been your biggest challenge so far?

Louis: We have had a few challenges that have made us question whether the whole thing is as fun it should be.

Jake: The biggest challenge we are facing now is adapting to life away from Manchester and transitioning Cluny away from solely featuring Mancunian work. Manchester will always be the birthplace of Cluny, but we are very keen to explore the incredibly disparate scenes that reside in other UK cities.

Which city would you love to set up in next?

Louis: London and Brighton. Because we have both moved here respectively.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering starting their own creative journey?

Find yourself a friend to come along with you.

Neither of us could do Cluny independently from the other. No one is capable in every department and a project becomes well rounded and balanced when the rough edges are smoothed out by someone who is an expert in that area.

Danielle King has been the 3rd leg in the Cluny team for the last year now. There was so much that we couldn’t of done without her. She has taught us a lot and also managed to temper some of our more crazy ideas to realise a more pragmatic and realistic action. She also has great eye for craft and design. She’s got skills and we both love her dearly.

Jake is wearing The Idle Man AW18 Corduroy Pieces

What’s the next step for Cluny MCR?

LouisWell we have an upcoming project.

JakeIt is a poster featuring the work of nine Mancunian artists across different mediums. Their work is in response to the title – In Perfect Equilibrium and explores the emotional difficulty in seeking an unattainable ideal of ‘balance’ in our lives. The issue will then also fold down into a booklet. A poster/mini book - in a sense.

Louis: We have had to extend the deadline, but the project is not far from its release.

Jake: After that, we will be returning to Manchester to exhibit work that will make up our forthcoming issue. We are very excited about the opportunity that we have been offered, however, there is very little that we can say at this stage.

Louis is wearing The Idle Man AW18 Corduroy Pieces

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