Tell us a bit about your collections, your influences, your muses (if you have any), your background?
studio_805 is a progessive menswear and unisex design label named after the flat I lived in during the final two years of my degree at Leeds College of Art & Design. My graduate collection titled 9T° provided the grand finale at the college’s end of year show, and was inspired by an eclectic mix…gaffer tape, World War I dazzle pattern warships, 90° angles, an über-masculine physique, two of the most powerful colours in the universe – red & white – and was propelled by a mantra derived from the 3 main principals of camouflage: Conceal! Distort! Deceive! I graduated in Summer 2008 with a First Class BA (Hons) degree.
I relocated to London in Winter 2008 to begin my calculated exercise in sartorial fun. I honed my pattern cutting skills whilst on placement at Vivienne Westwood and have since developed a signature style fusing cunning cut, clever colour and choice cloth. studio_805 launched at London Fashion Week in February 2009 as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s first ever ‘Ones to Watch’ initiative.
Collection number two, titled top shelf glamour…second shelf country casual, stole a sinister sexual slant and was preoccupied with confusing classic gender roles set within a Hogarth inspired landscape. It was presented on 10 live sex dolls at Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s first ever menswear showcase in September 2009. For Autumn Winter 2010/11, studio_805 imagined a world devoid of any warmth, hanging motionless at zero degrees Kelvin, drawing inspiration from all physical manifestations of frozen water. Presented once again at Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s Menswear showcase in February 2010.
Label promotion has so far included a short film shot at a desolate Barbican Centre, a style shoot featured in Disorder magazine and a wild vogue-off show at London’s Dalston Superstore. Collection pieces and private commissions are currently made to order in house.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
A burning desire to do something a little bit different
What was the first thing you did when you woke up this morning?
Hit the snooze button!
Sum up your style in three words.
Cut, Colour, Cloth
If you were a piece of clothing what would you be and why?
Action Man’s blue underpants because I have always wondered what’s underneath them…
If you could have anyone, who would you want to model your collections and why?
Marky Mark, for obvious reasons…and Grace Jones, because she’s still got it!
New York, Paris or London?
You are given the opportunity to redesign the Police uniform, what would you do?
Put them all in straight jackets and bondage trousers
Favourite thing about the fashion industry?
Total creative freedom
Complete financial insecurity
Best moment in your life so far?
My graduation show, and the realisation that I could actually do this!
Top fashion designer?
Alexander McQueen R.I.P.
Who’s the best dressed person you’ve ever met?
Favourite thing about Brighton?
Most prized personal possession?
My mum’s Pfaff sewing machine which has never, ever let me down
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Happily paying my own handsome wage!