Matthew Miller

Name: Matthew Miller

Occupation: Fashion Designer

Where to find: East London

The time I met the mastermind behind Matthew Miller clothing, Matthew Miller himself, I was in Paris attending the London Showrooms during Paris Fashion week season of SS16. I approached Miller & asked, what was his inspiration behind his collection? Miller replied "The beauty of chaos and destruction". That statement captured me. Think of that, how thought provoking? The beauty of chaos and destruction. There's always a mess after destruction. After all, what is abstract art but a mess causing the viewer to seek his/her own beauty and interpretation.

The reference to beauty and destruction reminded me that clothing can be more than just fabric and thread. It reminded me how clothing can be more than just art, it can be a collaboration of many creations and amongst those, chaos and destruction. The Matthew Miller website quotes that, "Miller sees the wearer as integral to a garment's worth, raising its importance as soon as it's worn." I couldn't agree more with this statement. We as humans all represent something. Our energy & beliefs transfer into our clothing, and from our clothing, then into statements in society. 

Miller explained to me that through his tailoring background he’s able to bring a masculine element to womenswear, which creates many edgy yet harmonious looks. I honestly get a young Lee McQueen vibe from Miller. All in all, he let me know his favorite piece of the collection was his timeless biker jacket which was made of extremely great quality. Matthew Miller has a studio in East London and is more than likely found somewhere around that way. He's quite the creative and comes off with deep passion he speaks.  Pick his brain if you meet him, you might learn something.

Instagram: @MILLERDESIGNS 

Website: matthewmillermenswear.com

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Nicholas Fugler

Name: Nicholas Fugler

Occupation: Bespoke Tailor

Where to find: London, UK, New & Lingwood store on Jermyn Street

The time I met Nicholas Fugler I was walking through the Picadilly Arcade in London, I stumbled upon a store by the name of New & Lingwood. New & Lingwood is a bespoke shirt and shoemaker company that has been around since 1865. Besides the fact that the pieces in the window were cut extravagantly, my eyes were fixed upon these silk hand made night gowns. My first thought was that 'Men don't wear nightgowns in America' so I had to know more about the history of why an English gent would buy such a fancy thing. 

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I walk in and I am greeted by legendary English tailor (who I didn't know that the time) Nicholas Fugler. Wearing Tom Ford eyeglasses and a navy long length topcoat. He explained to me that these night gowns originate from the mid 1700's. Before central heating, men with huge homes wore multiple items of clothing to stay warm. A man would come home and take his business jacket off and put on his dressing gown for the evening. Men would wear a shirt, tie and dressing gown to keep warm and presentable around the home in case he answers the door.

Mr. Fugler continued to let me know that originally the word pajama is Indian and it just means the bottoms. The Chinese wore tops called banyans which were the original dressing gowns. In the 1700's the English combined the two, they would wear light weight trousers (pajamas) with a dressing gown (banyan) as casual wear or bedroom wear for the evening. 

Nowadays usually after men have children, they don't walk around the home with nothing on. They wear proper clothing. Men in America wear mostly a t-shirt along with pajamas but in England (for those who can afford) wear pajamas with a dressing gown over top or just the dressing gown alone. These dressing gowns range from 500 to £3,000. Here's the link if you're looking to shop New & Lingwood. If you're lucky enough to spot Mr. Nicholas Fugler on Jermyn Street he's definitely a gentleman worth speaking to.

Posted on October 7, 2015 .