Each of these items is created in my light-filled garden studio, adjacent to my canalboat home on the magical River Lea on the outskirts of London. Every garment is slow made using carefully sourced textiles and the best quality notions that I can find. I use only fabric made from natural fibres and mother of pearl, wood and metal buttons. Pairing minimal silhouettes with playful details and fanciful twists, I gravitate towards dark and neutral colours and traditional methods of making.
I was first attracted to bespoke tailoring a number of years ago because I wanted to find work that I could do on my boat in times of limited electricity. I loved the idea of sitting next to the wood burning stove in the depths of winter with a pile of finishing in my lap. I enrolled in a specialist tailoring program at an east London college, and then briefly went on to Savile Row to learn trouser making. As I whiled away the hours stitching by hand in the basement workroom, I daydreamed of all the things I wanted to make and wear. I felt restricted by tradition but was absorbed by the methodology of the craft, and the functionality and longevity of the garments being created.
My aim is to strike a balance between traditional and modern methods of making, to incorporate elements of my training into the creation of expressive and durable clothing that can be worn every day.
I am inspired by the characters I meet on the rivers and canals of Greater London, neighbours and friends who are making a living out of what they can make with their own two hands, subculture, film, literature, travel to complicated places and spending time in nature.