The best examples of fashion are built on foundations of rare quality – which is why it felt right to devote this issue to uncovering those innovators and mavericks, those who ‘do’ rather than just talk about ‘doing’.
The Fashion Issue boasts interviews with such fascinating designers and makers as Philip Treacy, knitwear pioneer John Allen, heritage supremo Nigel Cabourn and Christopher Raeburn in a rare joint interview with his brother Graeme (Lead Design – Product Innovation for Rapha).
There are other names you may not recognize but who are equally inspirational, such as the amazing Aboubakar Fofana – who cultivates his own bacteria to create indigo dye – or Jeremy Atkinson, the last clogmaker in England. Each one of them is featured because of their integrity, their uncompromising vision and their determination to let the trends follow them rather than vice versa. Each live their own Hole & Corner lifestyle, carving out their own, influential niche (‘super stylist’ Simon Foxton even welcomes us into his own ‘hole-and-corner’ – a shed with a strict door policy!).
Elsewhere you’ll see more of our idiosyncratic takes on the world of clothes, from beehive hairdos to androgyny. We meet the screen-printers and the catapult makers, the curators and the collectors, the prop builders and the enzyme cultivators. You’ll find a common thread weaving between all these stories – even joining punk spirit to the Charge of the Light Brigade.