Can you tell us a bit about your background in menswear, fashion and design?
So, I studied menswear design at university and that’s where I learned how to pattern cut and sew and how to construct and make things. My family has a background in the arts in both textile and graphic design, so I think it was always predestined to go into the creative industries in some form, coupled with working at my father’s electronics factory in the summers. It was a nice introduction to the love of making things.
What made you go into the industry?
A genuine love of clothing and how things get made. I suppose working part time in factories to earn money for university helped me appreciate the balance and just how many people it takes to produce something real that can people hold and wear.
What have been the most important things you’ve learnt during that time; from your early days to more recently?
Be nice to everyone, often it’s the person who makes the tea that can sway the opinion of an individual. Always be respectful and never carry an ego, it has no place. Good deeds always have a way of coming back and saying thank you. Karma can be slow sometimes, but always comes through. When I started my career, I listened to the advice I was given. Learn from mistakes and move forward.
I believe you have had a major success over the years, what have been your highlights?
The highlight is all of it, still working with people who were there on day one. Never really having to adjust or change what I do, that’s the real highlight. Sure, it’s fun to see celebrities and people you admire wearing your gear or shopping in our store, but we have some great customers and it’s the ones not interested in fashion that I really love!