Well, this really is a proud moment for us both. If you'd have asked us 10 months ago (having only just quit our full time jobs), if we'd ever imagine having a feature in one of the most prestigious fashion magazines in the world, we probably would have turned our heads and laughed. So we couldn't be more proud to share this with you guys and for each and everyone of you who have supported and believed in us on our journey so far.
For those that haven't yet read the piece, I've given it a fairly good go at translating it all, so I hope you enjoy!
And for those that are German, or would prefer to read it in German ;) Here is the original feature!
Jordan and Loanne Collyer – Not without my Sister
June 10, 2017 PERSPECTIVE CHANGE: INFLUENCER IN THE PORTRAIT-
Jordan and Loanne Collyer really share everything: a blog, an Instagram account, an apartment in South East London - and even their DNA. Because the two 26-year-old Brits are identical twins who have built the blog "The Collyer Twins" out of their similar looks and passion for travelling. By moving to Portugal as teens, their style is characterized by playful croptops, summer prints and casual beach waves. And since this does not really fit the weather of the British capital, it seems as if the two are constantly on the road - always searching for the sun and the perfect wave.
VOGUE: You are running your blog together, you're a DJ duo and you live together. Does that not sometimes get too much?
Jordan Collyer: Yes, it can do. It can get really intense. Living and working with anyone can get hard and it definitely is a work in progress. We do end up bickering quite a bit as you would being sisters, luckily we never hold a grudge and we tend to make up within minutes after the argument!
It is important that we give each other breathing space so we make sure that we're not always working in the same place or hanging out all the time!
They are identical twins and also your clothing style is very similar ...
Loanne Collyer: That's right! I would say it is quite similar, yes. We tend to wear similar styles and always end up picking the same clothes. However, Jordan is more likely to buy less but spend more on premium, one-off items that you wouldn't see on the High street, whereas I tend to bulk purchase but find better bargains!
How did you start your joint blog?
Loanne Collyer: Jordan started a fashion blog eight years ago whilst she was at university as a means to document her favourite looks, style and clothes but it was merely a fun side project she only updated once in a blue moon. When I left University a year later, we decided to join forces.
We're extremely similar and have always been passionate about fashion, travel, music and presenting so we thought what better way to document this than having a joint blog? I think the fact that we're identical twins makes it more intriguing for other people too, everyone seems to find twins interesting!
At the beginning of last year, we vowed to be out of our full time social media jobs by the end of that year in order to focus on the blogging and DJing full time. By August, we had quit our jobs and secured a manager and since then everything has been skyrocketing!
What does a typical workday look like for you?
Jordan Collyer: Every day is so different (which is what’s so exciting about the job.) I’ll give you an example of one of our days this week: Wake up at 6am to DJ at a fitness class at the Mondrian hotel. Head into town for a lunch meeting whilst doing emails on the go. In the afternoon link up with a photographer to shoot content for the blog, come home spend a couple of hours on the decks mixing and preparing for another gig, then finish off a blog post! Bed by 11pm.
It seems as if your Instagram account is almost always summer. Are you both constant in traveling?
Loanne Collyer: We wish it was always summer!!! But yes, we are doing a lot of travelling at the moment. We've just come back from LA and Mallorca and are heading off to Ibiza next week for a campaign shoot and then off to Paris with Puma and The Kooples.
The lighting is always so much better in sunnier countries, so we end up taking double the amount of photos we normally would in London.
I think growing up in Portugal really gave us the travel bug, we start to get itchy feet if we're in London for more than a few months at a time and need our next dose of sunshine. We thrive off exploring new places and it's always an added bonus if the sun is shining.
How was it for you as teenagers to emigrate to Portugal?
Jordan Collyer: Yes, we moved to Portugal when we were 14, my mum married a Portuguese man so we moved to a place called Cascais right by the beach and went to International school until we were 18. It was such a culture shock moving from a state school in south London where we were naughty kids and never did homework to going to a private school in Portugal where it was ‘Cool’ to be smart and work hard. It certainly put us in good stead for University. We loved it! Growing up by the beach, speaking Portuguese and spending our weekends surfing, it couldn’t get much better!
Let us share your travel experience: How do you look fresh even after a long flight?
1. Drink a lot of water
2. Moisturise! Our skin gets really dry on flights so moisturising it makes it so much better.
3.Change in to a breezy, light outfit!
Tell us something about you that you would not expect...
Loanne Collyer: Jordan is left handed but eats right handed and surfs with the right foot. And I'm completely the opposite! (Talk about mirror image!)
What do you dream of for the future?
Continue to do what we’re doing, travel even more with the DJ’ing and blogging. We’d love to DJ at some awesome festivals like Glastonbury & Coachella! We’re DJing at our first festivals this Summer and hoping to do a lot more in the future!
Eventually we would like to build the brand up to a point where we can launch our own merchandise, we both love the idea of having a clothing line...maybe starting off with designing headphones to tie in with the music element!
Jordan: On a personal level I want to have visited at least 30 new countries before I’m 30. (That’s a lot of air miles but it’s definitely do-able) I’ve also got an obsession with glass homes and am determined to buy one at some point! I’m not sure where just yet but definitely somewhere with a killer view!
Loanne: I have always dreamed of being able to build my own house in one of the Greek islands, surrounded by vineyards, coves and beautiful beaches. A place where all my friends and family can come all the time.