Designer, aged 26
Menswear designer Domingo Rodriguez was picked out as one to watch when he won the menswear award at Graduate Fashion Week in 2008. He continued his winning streak when he received the Harold Tillman scholarship to study for his masters at the London College of Fashion, and was picked up by Asos for a collaboration following his final catwalk show. He was also chosen by Esquire to show in Paris as one of the menswear magazine’s ‘7 Brilliant Brits’.
Rodriguez says he started off in fashion “naively” with no sewing skills when he went to study for his Fashion Design and Textiles BA at Liverpool John Moores University. “I spent many hours just learning how to sew in straight lines. The biggest factor that demystified the process came when I interned for Kim Jones.
I saw how a real team puts together a collection, a range plan, works with factories and draws flats. There’s no secret, it’s just hard work.”
The experience has paid off and seven seasons in he is one of London’s most promising menswear talents. Paul Kramrisch, sales manager for leather manufacturer NSL, which supplies the brand, says Rodriguez has a bright future ahead of him. “Domingo’s eye for detail and desire to push the boundaries on product development will ensure that his target customer will stand up and take notice of his new collections.”
And for anyone wanting to follow in his footsteps, Rodriguez says: “Hone your craft, develop your handwriting as a designer and learn the fundamentals of construction and pattern making. That foundation will set you right.”