'I couldn't speak for a week about it': Ozwald Boateng explains why A Man's Story will touch everybody differently



16:19 GMT, 16 March 2012

With a client list of heavyweights including Giorgio Armani, Jamie Foxx, Ryan Seacrest, and Richard Branson, one could be forgiven for forgetting that Ozwald Boateng is a tailor first and a celebrity second.

In his new movie, A Man's Story, he is not short of clients that gush over his talent onscreen, with Will Smith confessing that he goes to the British designer because 'Ozwald dresses men'.

The Varon Bonicos directed movie follows the British designer through a 12 year period of his life and paints an intimate portrait of a family man struggling to balance life and work.

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Dapper: Ozwald Boateng has reached international fame for his clothing designs

Dapper: Ozwald Boateng, pictured in 2007, hits the big screen with his documentary film A Man's Story

Even with a long list of influential
admirers such as Prince Charles, the 45-year-old is remarkably grounded
and honest about his trials and tribulations, while at the same time
maintaining a strong sense of confidence.

He told the Mail Online about his failings, his triumphs, and his future plans.

On his new movie he said: 'You have to watch the film more than once because the first time you see it you will draw a message out that means something to you personally.'

He continued: 'Everyone picks out something different from the film, and when I saw it I couldn't speak for a week about it.'


The cool: Ozwald has dressed Hollywood's A-List including Laurence Fishburne

The cool: Ozwald has dressed Hollywood's A-List including The Matrix star Laurence Fishburne

The film begins with Ozwald suffering the pains of his first failed marriage and the loss of a substantial amount of money in a business investment.

After rebuilding his empire from the brink, he emerged as the go-to-guy for big time actors whenever they were in London.

He said: 'How I got to Hollywood is I was introduced to it by Will Smith for the Oscars and he wanted me to dress him for Ali.

'When I went out there and did that, that's when I kind of became exposed to the potential of what the Oscars meant.'

High flyer: Richard Branson, left, is just one of Boateng's admirers

High flyer: Richard Branson, left, is just one of Boateng's admirers and he often wears his bespoke suits

The famous connections have paid dividends for Ozwald as he now has his own reality TV show on the Sundance channel in the States and is fast becoming a household name in the US.

A Man's Story is out on DVD on 19 March and on limited general release now by Trinity films.