“Some of it’s very shit and some of it’s very lovely,” says Tom of his hometown in Buckinghamshire. We are looking at images of his beautiful, feminine collection whilst Tom sits, simply dressed in jeans, a t-shirt and a cap pulled down low over his face, perhaps to distract from the hangover he is nursing. This dichotomy of beauty and the commonplace is something that he touches on regularly when talking about his lauded MA graduate collection.
At first, Tom was not going to continue his studies after he graduated from his BA in Westminster in 2013. Instead, he set up his own label: “I wasn’t ready” he grins with a cheeky smile, “When you’re still learning, you can really do that and try to run a business. I realised it would be really good to do an MA, to enable me to take risks.”
Two years after he graduated from Westminster, Tom started the first year of his MA at Central Saint Martins, saying of the dual year structure: “the first year is really good because you get all of the crap out that you really need to. It enabled me to realise what I like to do.” In the blissful reprieve of the summer holiday between first and second year, Tom was able to take stock of all he had learned from his BA, his label, his time interning for the likes of Erdem and Marios Shwab, and explore what it was he wanted to execute in his graduate collection.