my name is Benjamin and I'm a sustainably motivated menswear fashion designer based in Brighton/London. I specialise in pattern cutting, textile development and upcycling. I am in the process of setting up my own visible mending business and would love to talk about it with you! My other hobbies include DIY, Architecture, Music Production and DJing.
My fascination with fashion stems from what it can tell us about each other and society, rather than the next trend. My designing process is personal and emotional, I like to engage with real people in the field, using street photography to learn about others and get inspired. Conflict is a key trope in my design work, because I feel conflicted about the world. I grew up thinking everything just 'is' and the older I get, the more I question why.
My collection, The Hard Shoulder, contrasts familiar textures, features and clothing seen throughout industry with the bizzare quirks of individuals. The functional aspects of workwear, hunting and military garments have been combined with more abstract texture, colour, silhouette and fabric use to convey a feeling of disconnection.
Working into textiles with dyes, distressing and stencilling gives pieces a rougher and more real edge. Sustainability is at the heart of this collection, with every piece being made from reclaimed fashion textiles, upholstery fabric, sails, and slub fabric.
Modular accessories made from painted and overdyed sail and slub fabric have been a fun element of my collection. After leaving university, my focus will be on finding feasible ways of upcycling and repurposing local waste fabrics into desirable accessories and clothes. Textile development is a key part of this, as it can transform ugly and unusable textiles into something new. In my collection, I have made use of overdying, thread pulling, weaving, felting, printing, stencilling, painting, panelling and topstitching in order to reimagine fabrics which were no longer wanted, in a subtle way.