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30 under 30: Thomas Harvey

Senior menswear designer, Reiss, aged 29

Thomas Harvey

Thomas Harvey

For Thomas Harvey fashion was always going to be his natural route. “From an early age my Nan, a fashionable seamstress, instilled in me an understanding of, and appreciation for, quality craftsmanship,” he says. Further inspired by 60s style icons such as actors Terence Stamp and Steve McQueen, he says that he was “compelled to tap into the illustrious world of fashion”.

While studying a BA hons in fashion design at Kingston University he worked as an apprentice under Douglas Hayward at his eponymous Mount Street tailors. Upon graduation he moved to New York, where he worked with designer Marc Jacobs, who he calls “the master of commercial fashion”, interning for Marc by Marc. While there he also worked for smaller cult labels such as Duckie Brown and Patrik Ervell, before returning to the UK in 2007 to take up the role of menswear designer at Aquascutum, quickly progressing to senior menswear designer, where he designed the English heritage brand’s mainline collection for three years. He was then headhunted by premium retailer Reiss to design the men’s tailoring and formalwear.

“I love working for a brand that makes style accessible, giving men confidence in their everyday lives. [Reiss founder] David Reiss pioneered the ever-important middle market and I continue to learn from his ability to deliver a quality product at an affordable price. With an increasingly savvy, value-conscious consumer market, it’s the middle market that most interests me.”

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