An eclectic menswear designer specialising in textile design, luxurious fabrics and styling. An interest in Knitwear was capitalised while on placement year informing my designs since. A focus of longevity, durability and designing treasured garments has always been central to the way I work.
Sifting through my dads never-ending collection of what appeared to me as ‘useless’ objects it occurred that similar traits have been passed down to me. Finding myself collecting stamps, photographs, random oddities and searching for unique items to remind me of a place or time has become innate to the way I work. From an abandoned cottage exploration in the Scottish Highlands to my dads boxes of childhood memories, I have complied a personal museum of research and artefacts to inform every part of design and styling that appears in my collection.
A buttons jar smashed on the floor of an abandoned Scottish cottage. A comb left next to the jar. A jumper on the floor under the collapsed roof. An unknown circular object. A sea scouts cap and neck-chief. A knitted jumper with scouts badges attached. A set of ties no longer needed. A tie hanger from a charity shop. A piece of pottery found on the beach. A childhood pastime, the cats-cradle.
A photographer, My dad. A photographer, Don Mcphee. A photographer, adrienne salinger. A photograoher, Stephen mccoy. An Artist, Vera Frenkel. An Artist, Genevieve Gaignard. A sculpture by Jamie Hawesworth, unnamed. A film, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. A Muse, Rockwell Harwood. A Muse, Hunter S Thompson.
A large part of the collection focused on both textiles and styling. Textiles were developed from my collection of odd items, the varied nature of my inspiration became the signature handwriting as I curated an eclectic collection limiting the textile repeat to make each garment is unique. As a result, the styling became an integral part tying it altogether. The use of shoes created a constant but the nature of the collection was still evoked through the change of colour and non-identical ways of tying shoes laces. Glasses, odd hats, unique earrings and necklaces were placed to compliment the garments finishing the overall look.