Photographer: Louis Bloomfield, Models: Miles Langford and Jordan at AMCK models
So talk to us about your journey up this point?
Well it’s been a long and hard journey but well worth it. Recently finished my four year degree and going into the real world and putting myself out there as a new designer.
Did you instantly personally know that you would go into menswear, when you started thinking about a career in fashion?
When I first started I designed Womenswear. It was only in my final year I decided to design menswear. I was always studying designers and high street brands and was always disappointed in the menswear. I would find myself shopping in the women’s sections of shops so I decided that I would design menswear that I wanted to wear.
If you had to describe your most recent collection in four words what would they be?
Sinister, beautiful, powerful and industrial
There seems to be an industrial dystopian element in your pieces, do you want people to embrace the dark, see it as grim or both?
My clothing is like armour. When people wear my garments I want them to feel empowered and embrace what makes them different from others. The world we live in is tough and I design clothing that reflects that.
Where do you draw inspiration from, people, films, photographs objects etc?
A lot of my inspiration comes from things that are around me I look at horror movies and architecture when I’m feeling uninspired. I don’t know why but I always find Freddy Kruger interesting.
I’d say that I am one of the designers that have a certain ascetic that runs throughout what I do. I think that all designers do have certain things that carry throughout their collections it’s just harder to spot.
What are the best advantages to designing menswear?
Being a man I always try everything on myself and ask if I would wear it. Is it comfortable? Does it work? This for me is very important and useful. I design for men like me. If I feel that the garment isn’t right I will change it to improve it. I would never produce something that I’m not 100% happy with.
How important do you think it is to get out and do internships in the industry and at the same time concentrate on you own career?
There is so much controversy surrounding internships but I would say to anyone who is thinking of it and to tell that they are one of the most important parts of your degree and career. Although many are unpaid long hours and lots of tea making you will learn so much that cannot be taught at university.
What are your favourite contemporary designers? Any other recent graduates you admire?
Rick Owens, Givenchy, Gareth Pugh and Julius are among my favourite designers. There are so many good graduates coming out of the UK at the moment. A few from graduate fashion week that excited me were Charlotte Waters from Salford, Rory Longdon Nottingham Trent, Carl James Illingworth Northumbria.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I’m producing orders of my graduate collection that I’m selling through ‘Not Just A Label’. I’ve also begun researching and designing my next collection.