Nicholas Daley Menswear Designer

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Nicholas graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2013 and went on to set up his own label, producing collections strongly influenced by his dual heritage, his love of music and his passion for British manufacturing. 


In 2017 Nicholas was chosen as one of fifteen designers awarded NEWGEN support by the British Fashion Council. This scheme supports the very best emerging talent with the aim of building global high end fashion brands of the future. Support for Nicholas and the other NEWGEN designers has included mentoring, business support as well as opportunities for showcasing their work, such as being featured at London Fashion Week Men’s.

For Nicholas the year has culminated in him and the other NEWGEN designers meeting the Queen as part of London Fashion Week.


Black Ark Collection Autumn/Winter 2019 London Fashion Week Men's

The Black Ark collection takes its name from the Jamaican studio of music producer Lee Scratch Perry and, as with previous collections, the show was an event as well as a fashion show with 2 hours of music from up and coming artist Puma Blue and a set by the legendary British music producer Dennis Bovell (all of whom wore garments created by Nicholas). 

As with other collections, Black Ark reflects Nicholas’ Scottish and Jamaican heritage, along with his focus on British manufacturing, including specially created bespoke fabrics and footwear. 

It’s a busy time for Nicholas as he’s also got through to the finals of the prestigious International Woolmark Prize 2019. 

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Red Clay Collection Autumn/Winter 2018 London Fashion Week Men's

Nicholas’s musical and cultural influences were clear in his autumn/winter 2018 Red Clay collection which was inspired by his Scottish and Jamaican heritage and the music of Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

His support for British manufacturing has led Nicholas to work with leading UK manufacturers in all his collections. For his ‘Red Clay’ collection this included working with Scottish fabric mill Lovat to develop a bespoke herringbone tweed, as well as Scottish knitwear company William Locke, and milliners Christys, with whom he developed baker boy and pork pie hats as part of his collection. The attention to detail in his pieces reflect his passion for traditional methods of production and his focus on high quality creative pieces.

The ‘Red Clay’ collection was showcased as a live jazz session rather than a traditional fashion show with the band wearing Nicholas’s designs. This created a fabulous atmosphere in the venue, making the event feel more intimate, with the audience being a real part of the show. Both the collection and the format of the show got rave reviews including being featured in Vogue, GQ Magazine and many others.


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Visit the Nicholas Daley website

See reviews in GQ Magazine & on the Vogue website on the Red Clay collection

See Nicholas Daley meet the Queen

See reviews on the spring/summer 2019 SLYGO collection

By the way Nicholas Daley is one of my ex -students :)


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