You may remember Lou Dalton from a few months ago when she showed us her timeless, refreshing and poetic AW15 collection during London Collections: Men. To further express our admiration and respect for this talented menswear designer, in Issue 8 we are featuring an extra special interview with the influential designer.
“Being true to who I am is something I am really passionate about. Menswear is very much about the detail, so that each piece alone is telling a story. Every season I try to do that.”
We soon learn that Dalton really knows a thing or two about how to refresh tailoring season after season. After leaving school at the age of 16 and going on to start her own brand in 2009, her story and words are truly but interesting. From the oasis of her Hackney based studio, photographed by Cecilie Harris, natural light trickles through cracks in the windows and gorgeous fabrics lying askew, we get to know her a little more personally. We talk muses, her Teddy Boy dad, designing for men and quite simply a day in the life of her;
“When it’s showtime I don’t sleep very much, but at the moment we have just put production into work for AW15 and just starting SS16. For this season I was determined to take it up another level, to keep growing the brand, so here was a lot of pressure on. We’ve got a critical path in place and ensuring that I stick to that, because I’m notoriously terrible for not. The importance of doing my job well, which is to design a product that folk would want to buy into and appreciate. It feels a luxury to work for myself.”
We have the upmost adoration for Lou Dalton, a contemporary female designer making her mark upon menswear, a woman who really understands what men want (fashion wise anyway!).
To see the full feature run down to one of our stockists and pick up a copy of Issue 8.
Photography CECILIE HARRIS
Designer LOU DALTON
Words by Molly Baker.