What we wear is important as an expression of our identity and personal philosophy but within the culture of fast fashion there’s no space to have a relationship with clothes. I’ve had a life-long affection for 2ndhand, it makes up 80% of my wardrobe and I view it as a collection of stories handed on to me. I’m a re-fashion designer, I re-tailor clothes; original cut and details are my inspiration and used clothes are my raw materials. I have great respect for garment making and I like to expose functionality in my designs.

I started this blog in search of  a way of dressing with a clear conscience because I am uncomfortable with the price paid by people and the environment for my clothes.

I’m back in my home city of Liverpool and I’ve set up STUDIO THRIFT at John Archer Hall in L8. I’ll be teaching some workshops in remaking and repair and events to raise awareness about slow fashion. I want to build a community with a shared interest in buying less, wasting less and remaking, restyling and repairing the clothes we already have.

I’m busy practicing, making, preparing for workshops and to update the content of this site. Click on the pics below to view some earlier work.

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