In the run up to January’s London Collections: Men, Drapers’ junior fashion editor Graeme Moran chats with the up-and-coming names worth keeping an eye on.
Having launched TOBEFRANK in February 2012, Rotherham born red-head Frank Phillips makes her London Collections: Men debut this February as part of the Designer Gallery at the Hospital Club. Mixing a modern take on tailoring with a passionate ‘Made in England’ stance, this third TOBEFRANK collection promises to be another exploration of smart sartorial updates and an intriguing use of UK sourced fabrics.
What can we expect from your autumn 13 collection?
I wanted the clothing to be stylish but also wearable, functional and to have a reason to be. This collection has the shapes and image of an educated mind as well as the fabrics, comfort and practicality of the working man’s needs.
What were your inspirations?
My dad. I wanted to express through clothing that it isn’t the circumstances in which you are born that make you a gentleman, but how you behave in them. My dad was born into a life with low expectations and worked hard to educate himself and now he’s the MD of a company of over 200 people. It’s the development of a real gentleman.
What are the key fabrics?
I have wools from a mill in Yorkshire mixed with moleskins and cottons from a mill in Lancaster. I have also been working with Sue Wiles, a shepherdess from Malton who has hand knitted my jumpers. She farms Jacob’s sheep so the wool is completely natural and is all different shades.
Sum up your designs in three words.
English. Practical. Thoughtful.
What other collections are you looking forward to seeing at London Collections: Men?
I always look forward to seeing Baartman and Siegel, their collections are really beautiful.
TOBEFRANK will be showing at:
London Collections Men Designer Gallery
The Hospital Club
24 Endell Street
January 7-9 2013