Growing up around the North East coast, my design style is a reflection of my life and a homage to skills passed down over generations.
Recently gaining invaluable experience interning at Gloverall- London, Self-Made Studios- Bishop Auckland and M&S- London. All together inspiring and led me to specialise in knitwear and unisex design, juxtaposing traditional craftmanship and sportswear to create gender-neutral outerwear pieces that draw from modern and historical influences.
Flēot (fl-ee-t), is a reflection of my life living at the North East coast and a homage to traditional skills passed down through my family over generations. Flēot exists to create a conversation around water sustainability, with United Nations sustainability goal 14- Life Below Water at the forefront of my ethos. Offering luxury knit and consciously constructed garments to our contemporary customer. Flēot offers a lifestyle, encouraging experiences outside of clothing and opportunities to learn.
My design style is expressed through pencil, charcoal and pro marker throughout my portfolio while using my love for vivid water colour inks and their bleed for more detailed concept imagery and line up figures. Flēot’s first collection ‘Eclipse 2023’- is a personal range looking to my great great grandfather, Capt. Grey, and his expedition in 1888, which is astonishingly all recorded on black and white film.
My final key pieces include my spike ripple gansey jumper, removable kilt, culotte shorts with duffle fastenings and my spike salopettes. My knitted garments are full fashioned utilising 2x1 rib and a 3D spike ripple technique creating a raised texture, using a combination of pure wools and merino. The kilt is made from a recycled confetti woven tweed and are pleated by hand with the shorts made from deadstock calico which I hand dyed. All fastenings, including buttons and toggles are wooden with branded engraving. My accessories are made from left over yarns and tweed fabrics from my key look, ensuring very little waste from my production. All of my pieces are a reflection of my ethos ensuring that all materials chosen contain strictly no synthetics and are obtained locally, ensuring that at the garments end of life it can bio-degrade.