Over the course of the last decade, British model Guy Robinson has walked for some of fashion’s biggest names – Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo and Louis Vuitton among them – in a career which has taken him around the world, from Milan and Paris to Cape Town and beyond. When he travels, his modus operandi is to “go with the flow”, and is at his happiest when he’s surfing on Mexico’s west coast. Here, closer to home, he heads back to nature with SMR Days’ first collection, photographed in the British countryside by Paul McLean.

This year, travel has mostly been on pause, but if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?

Surfing in Puerto Escondido in Mexico.

How have you been fulfilling your wanderlust in lockdown?

I’m reading a book calledThe Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan which details an incredibly rich chronology of the trade routes stretching from Asia to Europe over the past two millennia. It’s like a journey in itself as it meanders through time and place. 

As a model, you’ve travelled all over the world – is there a place that has been particularly memorable?

Cape Town is always magnificent. It’s just such a beautiful city and there is something special about the oceans colliding beneath it and the way the mist rises up each morning.

This shoot took place in the British countryside. Where do you go in Britain if you want to get away from it all?

Cornwall. As far down as you go. Land’s End and the surrounding coastline is pretty epic. Huge cliffs and massive waves. It feels ancient down here and I always have the impression of stepping back in time there.

What’s the one lesson you’ve learnt on your travels?

Just to go with the flow. The more you travel, the more you are inevitably going to come up against challenging situations – it’s just the law of probability. It’s all about keeping calm and not trying to resist a situation that isn’t matching your expectations

What’s your travel uniform?

My blue workwear jacket with the matching shorts from SMR Days is perfect [for travelling] – loose and relaxed and feels great on. I love the silhouette it creates, too.

Where’s next on your bucket list?

Costa Rica and Nicaragua in the new year.

What’s your favourite beach in the world?

Pedn Vounder in Cornwall near Porthcurno. It’s difficult to find and to access but it’s truly the most magical place. Go at low tide in the summer and there is a huge sandbar which creates a blue lagoon for swimming.

Who is your favourite travel companion?

I love travelling by myself. I’m married and have kids so I really try and use travel time for myself and to read books, listen to podcasts, and to generally check in with myself.

Do you ever use travel to take a digital detox?

I’m finding that I need these more and more. I usually just turn off all social media for a week and then just respond to emails in the morning and evening. Sometimes I turn everything off for a few days which is honestly so good if you can do it every now and then.

How much activity do you like to do on holiday – do you need constant action or do you like to just take the time to relax?

I love swimming, running and surfing so I’m always pretty active when I’m away.

What’s your favourite holiday drink – and where can you get the best version of it?

Ice cold beer out of the sea. I love Ichnusa beer from Sardinia.

Describe your dream rental car...

Mercedes 280SL convertible for driving along the Amalfi Coast.

Have you made a meal recently that’s transported you to somewhere you’ve visited? What was it?

I cooked a steak on an asado cross which you hang over a barbecue –  it’s how the gauchos cook in Argentina, over an open flame.