Brian Clarke has spent virtually his entire working life in the fashion industry – it’s in his blood. After a short spell at the London College of Fashion he worked at Berman’s Nathan’s theatrical costumiers, honing his bespoke tailoring skills.
But it was when he worked as assistant designer/pattern cutter for Katherine Hamnett that a passion for fashion really got to him. After several years of hands-on experience, Brian eventually decided to go it alone. His first independent forays found him styling and designing clothes for pop videos for numerous bands, but an eye for a strong commercial presence was to reveal bigger ambitions.
Brian soon had his own flourishing line, stocking many of the capital’s trendier boutiques. It was then he decided to open his eponymous store in London’s Soho stocking his own name label. The store was more than just a shop; it rapidly became a social institution for slick dressers from the worlds of film, music, art and the city of all whom were looking for the inimitable BC style.
It was an instant winner and encouraged others to tap into Brian’s design talents. Deals from Japan notably Dep International – soon followed. Wind on five years and after a stint of property development, Brian Clarke has returned with a fresh, compelling new autumn/winter menswear collection. In some ways he’s come full circle, employing the artistry of the bespoke skills he learnt at the beginning in his stylish and subtle tailoring.
It’s what he does best, and his return to fashion is not a moment too soon.