Brethyn Clwyd, a collaborative idea between the President Elect Harry Fetherstonhaugh and the artisian tailor Patrick Joseph.
Here Patrick Joseph introduces himself to us.
I was born in 1965 and grew up on a small dairy farm in southern Ireland. I came to live in London in 1981. The city for me was such an exciting place to experience and be in.
Within weeks of arriving in London I applied for a summer job in an east end garment factory, SR Goldman manufactured coats for Marks and Spencer and C&A. I got the job straight away and found myself hooked on the thriving garment production industry London had back then.
I am and always have been absolutely fascinated with how things are made, and I was now able to work alongside true artisans of the trade and learn the skills and techniques of cutting and making. It was an exhilarating time for British talent in fashion. 1983 saw the birth of the British Fashion Council and London Fashion Week which led me to many years working with the emerging designers and producers on men’s and women’s collections.
My own education around Garment was a natural process which came from working alongside people who inspired and challenged me. I worked on catwalk show collections for Alexander Mc Queen, Hussein Chalayan and Giles Deacon. I also worked in education on the BA & MA courses at London’s Central St Martins, Kingston University London and The Royal College of Art.
The 1990’s saw London looking outward for new production capacity. I travelled through Europe and Asia managing projects for high end UK high street fashion labels. This opened my eyes to different styles of making in other parts of the world. These rich and varied experiences simply added to my initial fascination and enduring love for making high quality clothing.
To set up my business in London seemed like the obvious and natural progression. I wanted to create a place and a space where anything could be made using the best of technology and techniques. It was a way to bring into focus all that I had learned, experienced and valued over the years. The business was a great success and with a small team we developed sample collections for the London catwalk designers and the high street. We worked with entertainment and music industry stylists creating outfits for clients such as Status Quo, Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Robbie Williams. We also created outfits for Sky television as well as many other television productions.
Chance plays an interesting role in life and it was by sheer chance I visited North Wales in the summer of 2011. I decided to relocate from London and set up a design studio in Llandudno. It was here that I moved my focus to the development and production of individual bespoke tailoring.
I would describe myself as an artisan tailor rather than a fashion designer. I love to cut, drape, mold, shape and tailor things to a way we really want to wear clothes.
Print development has always been around me. From screen print of the early 80’s and digital print as it began to emerge and become more accessible. It is selecting the fabrics, the cutting, the forming, the shaping and the making that gives me a most wonderful sense of satisfaction.
I have recently moved the business to St Asaph, set up a dedicated studio and am now employing and training a small team of workers to develop the Made in Wales brand. As a team, we will continue to produce the Patrick Joseph bespoke collection. Furthermore, through a new collaboration with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society we will produce the garment “Brethyn Clwyd”. This will mark Clwyd County becoming the host county for the 2020 RWAS show.
I am looking forward to being part of the Clwyd 2020 host year and continuing my creative journey in Wales.