Thursday, 27 August 2015

Ones To Watch : Emerging Designers

So I'm trialling a new type of post for my blog - Ones to watch. The exciting world of menswear is expanding everyday with more and more designers emerging, challenging the boundaries of traditional menswear. Here is a little list of some of the new up and coming designers to look out for.

James Hock

James Hock is a London based conceptual unisex brand headed headed by Malaysian-born designer James Hock. Before moving to London, James lived in Sydney where he studied Accounting. After graduation, he traveled back to Malaysia and it was during this time he began customizing clothing and accessories for a store whilst being taught to sew by his housemate and working as an auditor. Shortly after this, James left for London and continued to make quirky accessories for numerous independent stores. James Hock creates the ‘new basics’, or unconventional basics, and thrives on an aesthetic led by strong juxtapositions - contrasting the simple with a signature raw element. For SS16, he continues to explore his concept of 'New Basics', and the manipulation and customization of everyday garments to create something fresh and exciting. James is known for using techniques developed during his career in customization - particularly in the pieces he creates using salvaged leathers, now an integral part of the James Hock brand. Importantly, conceptual pieces sit alongside simpler varieties to ensure ease of wear for the customers. His ability to combine fantastic fashion forward unisex pieces with luxury wardrobe essentials makes James Hock an obvious choice for my list of up-and-coming designers. His off-beat accessories are such a strong part of the brand aesthetic and really set the brand apart. Find out more about James Hock here.

Colton McGuirk
Colton McGuirk is an Irish Fashion Designer based in Dublin, Ireland. Like myself, Colton knew from a young age he wanted to work in the fashion industry. He began his fashion studies at 15 when he tackled design training at 'When Poppy Met Daisy Fashion and Sewing School', which led to an internship. After 3 years experience in his internship, he continued his eduacation at college level, and then N.C.A.D. In the summer of 2015 he launched his unisex designer label under his own name, Colton McGuirk Designs, which he continues to work on whilst studying. His unisex designer label uses a tactile approach to echo the themes and inspirations through collections & bespoke garments. Colton McGuirk Designs is currently stocked at Marion Cuddy's Irish Designer Emporuim, Powerscourt Townhouse. We all know how much I love androgynous design, and Colton is another designer championing it through minimal yet thought provoking design. Visit Coltons portfolio here.

Geraint Brian Lewis

Menswear designer Geraint Brian Lewis is from my home land and designs clothing with a tailored sportswear appearance. Having a early passion for design as a child he pursued fashion by studying at London College of Fashion before focusing studies at my own University - The University of South Wales. Design inspiration comes from looking into everyday mundane objects, his surroundings, society and his personal struggles with mental health, alongside the designers he idolises including Raf Simons and Neil Barrett  As a designer he wanta to explore the thought provoking , push boundaries and explore new techniques and help others. As a suffer from manic depression and anxiety he is able to use design to center himself. He loves to look at the beauty and creativity in things that people tend to find controversial, unappealing or disgusting. His whole philosophy is that design is something that should be deeper than just the fabric and the cut, it should have a story and substance. There are so many parallels between Geraint and myself how could I not include him in my list?! Apart from having the same name and both coming from South Wales, we have also studied at the same University, specializing in Menswear, and we idolize some of the same designers. But most importantly, Geraint is a highly talented designer who is certain to get snapped up after graduating.

Andrew Morrison
Andrew Morrison is a luxury men’s eveningwear brand that just launched their first Kickstarter campaign after receiving a huge amount of order requests and positive feedback following the line’s Spring 2016 collection debut at Men’s NYFW on July 18th.Which is not surprising when you see how beautiful the collection is. The designer himself, Andrew Morrison, was born and raised in New York. He attended The Fashion Institute of Technology where he studied Apparel Manufacturing before working hands on with various International luxury brands. The collection was influenced by opera singers, artists, filmmakers and photographers and hopes to inspire the modern man, all while using the best quality fabrics from Asia and Europe. All garments are 100% made in NYC and the brand hopes to bring more jobs to the local workers in NY. Andrew independently funded the collection and runway show himself, but in order to fulfill order requests and produce more garments, the brand needs to raise money - you can find out more by clicking here. Andrew features in my list because he has such a great eye for creating gorgeous eveningwear for the modern man. High quality materials combined with comfortable yet fashion forward design comes together to create a truly covetable collection.

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