My craft is not a job which I can clock off from. It is an extension of myself, an appendage which breaths & sleeps with me. I have done away with the time constraints of designing in seasons. I’m not a machine & the only employee. The creative process should not be dictated by deadlines that are only in place to supply a demand. This is what separates us as artist & not just producers of consumer goods. Collections are released as & when they are ready not because Fashion Week is fast approaching.
My website is designed to display my past work as an archive of atmospheric editorials rather than a cemetery of season passed. I won’t be told when my work starts & ceases to be relevant. I will not take part in an industry that confirms the belief that the ideas we bring to life have sell-by dates or that they can be rendered obsolete every couple of months to make way for newer things to consume.
I sleep sound in the knowledge that I hand make each piece individually for a specific person & that they are designed to be hard wearing so you only need to buy them once. I want them to be enjoyed for an indefinite length of time the way a piece of art or sculpture is. I aim to merge the worlds of the beautiful & functional. I have had clients commission my shoes for the simple fact they think they are beautiful & want to display them in their homes. I feel honoured by this. In this way that piece has become a work of art, transcending the wear & tear of a shoe to become almost the opposite of a shoe, it will never touch the ground.
I celebrate humans of all descriptions & consider all my work non binary. I aim to offer a personal approach to fashion & encourage you to work with me to make you a one of a kind, perfect fit. By actively boycotting ‘throw-away’ culture & focusing on made to order I hope to encourage change in the way we have been taught to desire things. I want my pieces to out live you, be handed down & reused. Salvaged & off cut leather is used wherever possible. There is no stock waiting to be distributed. All scraps & sample hardware are used to make smaller accessories.
I want people to buy things because they; A: need them B: love them & make informed, conscious decision on whether or not they will continue to wear them for a lifetime. Know yourself & use this strength to buy things uninhibited from the pressure of trend based fashion. The way you regain control from a colossal machine is by ceasing to feed it. Free yourself from the production line of mass consumerism because your value is so much greater than what you own.