Can you tell our community a little about yourself to get started?
I’m the founder and designer of the London based brand, Otho which launched in 2014. After graduating from London College of Fashion, I did a few freelance design jobs here and there before starting my own brand.
How would you describe the aesthetic of Otho?
Uniformed workwear tailored for women.
How did you develop Otho?
It was quite an organic process… having struggled then to find workwear for girls, I realized that what I wanted to create could easily fill a gap in the market!
What does a typical day look like for you?
It really varies but usually it’s admin in the morning followed by the creative stuff after. At the moment, I’m working on creating new pieces for the online store… so my day consists of mostly sewing and developing.
When you’re in need of a hit of inspiration, where do you turn?
Exhibitions, documentary photography books and men at construction sites.
What would be your dream project?
I’d love to do an installation! It would be great to work on something on a large physical scale, and I’ve always love to dabble in set design.
What’s been your favourite piece of work to date?
The pinstripe denim overcoat and matching jeans from AW15.
What can we expect to see from you for the rest of the year?
More garms, more work, more collaborations!
What has been the hardest part of your journey? How did you overcome it?
I would probably say having to do wholesale each season, it’s incredibly tough for small brands to meet minimums for production. Most of my products are now sewn in house so we can produce with demand and on a small scale, and I’ve now moved my focus to selling direct to the customer through our online store. We should be relaunching in early March so keep your eyes peeled!
3 tips for anyone looking to start their own creative journey?
Organise your shit, don’t rush into it and work your ass off!
Heritage vs Contemporary – which one and why?
Can I choose both – 70% Contemporary and 30% Heritage? I take a lot of inspirations from traditional workwear but also modern construction uniforms. I think it’s important to understand the origin of the design and interpret it in a new way.
Biggest challenge facing the creative community in 2018 and beyond?