CONVERSATIONS WITH A CRITIC: CHARLIE PORTER

Charlie Porter is British fashion’s wizard of words; his incisive critiques for the Financial Times and his personal website dissects everything from why businessmen...

London Bridge: Marrying the Metropolis with Ceramics with Ann Mercer at...

This year, as part of the London Design Festival 2013, nine Central Saint Martins design graduates joined arms to showcase under the group-name, CSM...

Peter Schamaun: Rethinking fashion education expectations

Directors of leading MA Fashion Design courses keep stressing: know who your customer is, and urge students to create elaborately researched mood boards that...

Percy Lau – CSM Jewellery Artist

As a high schooler in China who was gifted in the sciences, Percy Lau didn’t realise her passion for art and design until she...

Olubiyi Thomas puts unisex and organic fashion in a new light

Olubiyi Thomas is saving organic clothing from getting too much of a bad rep. The designer, who graduated from CSM in 2013, has recently...

Scott Lyman: Central Saint Martins’ Very Own New Contemporary

CSM MA Fine Art graduate Scott Lyman arrived in London from New York a few days ago and still doesn’t have anywhere to stay:...

Ben Doherty on the fallibility or vulnerability of an artwork

Pushed by the desire to challenge the style of his favourite modern sculptors, Ben Doherty tests the boundaries of what is “acceptable” form in...

A conversation with fashion’s biggest homme d’affaires: Didier Grumbach

What comes to mind of you hear the term ‘haute couture’? The visionary designer in his atelier? The most delicate fabrics, assimilated in countless...

Jan-Jan van Essche: the fashion designer embracing slowness

Talking with Jan-Jan van Essche in a tiny courtyard at the back of his Solar Shop in Antwerp — in which one can buy collected objects of desire as well as his clothing — is like being pushed into a meditative state. On day two of a trip to the Belgian city, I meet the fashion designer who takes a very craft-based and non-seasonal approach to creating garments with soul and longevity, and it takes a mental effort to adapt to his stillness when living and working in a city as fast-paced as London. His long dreadlocks are draped on the table between us, on which a glass of water stands, and a phone. Halfway through the conversation, his friend Charlotte Koopman — a chef who creates food in Het Bos that tastes as soulful as Jan-Jan’s clothes (a testimony: we ate it) — pops in and out of a kitchen at the very back of the shop. The conversation we had on one of the hottest days of the year, while both wearing black, follows below.

Per Oyvind Ruud

We have met Per Oyvind Ruud last year when he was doing his final BA collection and it was the week when he was accepted...

Raqib Shaw

1Granary is over the moon with joy because of meeting Raqib Shaw, CSM Fine Art graduate and an absolutely brilliant artist with the most...

Fashion Law 101, as explained by Hugh Devlin

*This interview first appeared in the third issue of 1 Granary. Think of a fashion news story. Whether it’s conglomerates like LVMH or Kering investing...