by Sara Khan
We have searched far and wide to find some of the most interesting and hidden craft makers in the UK. From footwear designers to craftivists and more; we will take you behind the scenes to experience a day in their lives as part of our new series What’s Your Craft.
Today we launch Episode 6 with fashion designer Nicholas Daley who joined the likes of Alexander McQueen, and Simone Rocha after winning the prestigious NewGen award by the British Fashion Council in 2017.
Nicholas graduated from Central Saint Martins and learnt the basics such as pattern cutting, draping and garment design. During this time, he also interned at a variety of fashion brands such as Paul Smith and spent time working on Savile Row.
His heritage and background has always been a major influence on his work and Leicester-born Nicholas has a mixed ethnic background. His mother is from Scotland and his father is from Jamaica so he “experienced a diverse upbringing” his whole life explains Nicholas. “I guess multiculturalism is part of my DNA. This naturally transcends into all aspects of my work whether it is through casting for my shows or in the research itself. It always plays an integral part of my ethos and something I wish to celebrate.”
There’s also a long history of other craftsmen in Nicholas’ family. His grandfather was a shoemaker, his great grandfather was a coffin maker, and his mother has always knitted so this was a tradition he wanted to continue.