Specialising in Menswear, my attitudes towards design are heavily inspired by my Grandpa’s post-war mindset of wanting to repair before ever replacing. My design aim is to express the importance of repairing and how this can prolong a garment’s life. I aim to create expressive, bold designs through the use of colourful screen-prints and vibrant knitwear.
My main focus when designing my collection was to design with a purpose and to create garments that can be worn and styled in more than one way, supporting the idea of a garment for life.
My FMP menswear brand, Miko, was born out of admiration for my Grandpa O, a man who ‘made do and mended’ before he ever thought to replace. Repairing and creating were second nature to Grandpa, from fixing light switches to making hand-crafted furniture, his skills were limitless. With longevity and restoration in mind, Miko aims to celebrate life; from Grandpa O’s lifelong career to the unique products that we create.
My collection, ‘All Our Yesterdays’, looks back at ‘Grandpa O’s’ past, delving into his life-long career as an electrician which is illustrated through abstract screen prints and vibrant knitwear. My aim was to design and take inspiration from the people and things that mean the most to us, shedding light on tasks that may often be overlooked in our everyday lives; aiming to create a unique story with each collection.
The focus of ‘All our Yesterdays’ has been to celebrate life, from my Grandpa’s career to the garments that I have created through the use of bold prints and vibrant knitwear. I aimed to educate the consumer on how repairing can be an option when your garment is damaged, creating repair tins which are inspired by my grandpa’s workshop tins. The Miko repair tins feature a standard clothing repair kit alongside ‘mending yarn’ which is from the most recent collection, in hopes of encouraging the consumer to care for their garment.