As a big believer of everything happening for a reason, I’ve always been open to the idea of change and grabbing an opportunity when it presents itself. Starting afresh at a new University and studying a subject I love made the whole process very exciting, and I was therefore eager to throw myself into a particular project that allowed my team mates and I to be creative whilst gaining some wonderful experience, enjoying ourselves immensely in the process.
As part of our coursework at University, my group were given the opportunity to work as part of a consultancy with the incredibly talented fashion designer, Rory Hutton. Rory specialises in menswear accessories such as bow-ties, pocket squares, cuff-links and pins. After graduating with a first-class honours degree in fashion design, Rory went on to work for some incredible designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Hardy Aimes of Savile Row. Having been featured in major publications such as the The Irish Times, Tatler, Marie Claire, Harpers Bazaar, Men’s Health and Savile Row Style, his gift did not go unnoticed.
The products he creates are hand printed and made with either 100% silk or 100% Irish linen and are of the highest quality. His current collection, “The Orient Collection,” is inspired by the fantasy of far-flung places and foreign travel in days gone by. The colour palettes are derived from children’s story book illustrations and travel posters of the 1920’s, the age of glamour and adventure. The design of the products are intricate and charming and are perfect for distinguished gentleman in the search of a unique accessory.
(Bow Tie: “Sebastian” from The Orient Collection: https://roryhutton.co.uk/)
After attending a networking event, Rory agreed to work with us and give us some real experience. Working with a real fashion designer opened my eyes to the amount of work that goes into being successful and I immediately admired his incredible talent and drive as an entrepreneur. As part of our consultancy, he agreed to let me take some photographs for his social media pages and to conduct this profile of him. I’ve found this aspect of my course the most enjoyable so far, and I am so grateful for the opportunity he has given us to grow and develop as marketers.
One thing I found relatable about Rory’s personality is his love for antiques and his fascination of history. When I first had the pleasure of viewing his products, he kept them safe in a beautiful wooden antique box and on the day I took his photograph, his choice of setting reflected this aspect of his personality too. Rory’s confidence in his brand and passion for his product is very inspiring for someone like myself.
What made you initially interested in becoming a fashion designer?
I intended to study painting when I went to art school but fell in love with fashion design in my first year. I enjoy the discipline of design.
Your new collection focuses on the 1920’s and the mystery of far-flung places, do you have a favourite era?
I am very interested in history and I have an MA in Design History so this influences most of my work. The 1920’s is an incredibly glamorous era and very inspirational to many designers.
Do you have a favourite part of the world in terms of fashion/design?
I love visiting Paris in the winter and seeing the grand dames sporting their fur coats and hats, they look so timeless and elegant. But having lived in London for eight years it’s still my favourite fashion capital. I understand its nuances better than anywhere else and this makes it feel like home.
What are you wearing today?
The coat is Dior, it’s my favourite item in my wardrobe. I’ve had it for almost 10 years and it’s seen better days but I still love it! The knitted waistcoat is William Hunt of Savile Row and the shoes are Marks & Spencer! I can’t remember where the trousers are from.
How would you describe your own personal style?
Generally quite classic with a bit of a twist! I like high quality fabrics and my favourite colour is blue!
Do you have any artistic icons that you are inspired by?
I am interested in all aspects of design and art and my work is influenced by this cross-pollination. I like interior designers John Fowler and Nancy Lancaster. Grayson Perry is a great inspiration and I love Vivienne Westwood for her incredible pattern cutting and Diana Vreeland for her imagination and ‘vision’. Madame de Pompadour is also someone I find very inspirational for her influence over the decorative arts of France in the eighteenth century. I love pattern and I think that’s the common thread that runs between all of these. Iris Apfel says ‘More is more, less is a bore’ and I subscribe to this idea!
Glasgow is a beautiful city, there is some spectacular architecture here. The work of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson can be seen everywhere and he’s one of my favourite architects. In terms of modern architecture there’s also some fantastic examples here, my favourite being The Transport Museum by Zaha Hadid. Having lived in London for a long time I was ready for an adventure and I find it easier to work in Glasgow without the constant distractions of parties!
Do you have a favourite place to visit in Glasgow?
I like walking around the west end. The botanic gardens are a lovely place to visit and also Kelvingrove Art Galleries.
What influences you?
Everything and anything, books I’ve read, things I’ve seen in museums, iron railings! I’m constantly looking for patterns in nature or architecture.
What’s your favourite film?
The Last Emperor (1987) or Reign Behind the Curtain (1983). At the moment I’m into Chinese history and the costumes in these movies are stunning.
What do you think makes the Rory Hutton brand unique?
Our quirky and original prints, made in the UK.
How would you describe your customer?
A stand-out gentleman in search of something unique. He likes classics with a twist and takes pride in his appearance.
(Bow Tie: “Gordon” from The Orient Collection: https://roryhutton.co.uk/)
Rory’s vision for his brand derived from years of experience and inspiration is unique. Personally, I’ve never come across a men’s accessory brand quite like this before. The products which make such good use of colour are distinctive and handmade – the culmination of passion and hard work. They make stunning gifts and can become staple pieces in any person’s wardrobe. Be sure to check out the Rory Hutton website and social media pages for regular updates on the new collection and existing products:
Website – https://roryhutton.co.uk/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RoryHuttonLdn/
Instagram – @RoryHuttonLDN
Twitter – @RoryHuttonLDN
Until next time,
Glasgow’s Golightly xo