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Rory Hutton

Rory Hutton

The designer Rory Hutton has been a bow tie wearer since childhood and was obsessed with all things sartorial. As a fashion designer and design historian he finds inspiration everywhere; iron railings on Victorian streets, patterns in nature, collected objects and stories from his travels. Working as a fashion designer in London for almost ten years he was fortunate enough to work with some of Britain’s most iconic designers including Vivienne Westwood and Hardy Amies of Savile Row. This allowed him to develop his passion for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. The label Rory Hutton was established on London’s trendy Brick Lane in 2013, and designs are made from Irish linen and printed with motifs of bees, dragonflies, butterflies and grasshoppers. Rory Hutton is passionate about British and Irish fabrics and manufacturing. All of the products are made and printed in Scotland where Rory Hutton lives.

Rory Hutton Interview


Designer Rory Hutton has been making waves on the menswear scene. His bright and eclectic designs featured first and foremost on bow ties have branched now to pocket squares and socks.  Featured in publications such as Tatler, Marie Claire, Harpers Bazaar and Saville Row Style Magazine, THEN AND NOW had the opportunity to catch up with this young designer and ask him a few questions.



1. Why bow ties? What about them grasped your interest?


At art school I always wore bow ties so it was a very natural starting point! Bow ties are fun to wear and they allow me to express my individuality. But it's not all about bow ties anymore; the label has now expanded into pocket squares and most recently socks. I really enjoy designing the pocket squares in particular, they are little art works rolled up in your pocket, and there is something very appealing about this concept. But the bow ties will always have a special place in my heart.



2. How did you break into the fashion industry?


I have a first class degree in Fashion Design from Limerk School of Art and Design in Ireland. I moved to London where I interned and worked for a number of brands including Vivienne Westwood, Hardy Amies and Hugo Boss. I always intended to run my own label. I began selling a collection of Irish Linen bow ties on London's trendy Brick Lane. Fortnum & Mason of Piccadilly and Brown Thomas of Dublin as well as some boutiques in Asia quickly picked up this collection. Since then I have been featured in numerous publications including The Irish Times, Tatler, Marie Claire, Harpers Bazaar, Men's Health, Savile Row Style Magazine and Time Out in both London and Kuala Lumpur.



3. Describe your sense of style in 5 words?


Eccentric, Individual, quirky, fun, Innovative.



4. How do you get inspired?


Describe your creative process. I'm very much inspired by history and old stores. When I was growing up I spent a lot of time with my grandparents and I was fascinated by their stories, these days I tend to read a lot and I visit museums and galleries almost every weekend. I also love the challenge of reinventing a classic. I think menswear is such an exciting place to be right now; the cobwebs have really been brushed away and it feels like anything is possible.



5. How does your imagination impact your designs?


Imagination is a crucial ingredient in the creative process. I love the freedom of designs prints and seeing my imagination take flight across a silk square they are my version of a magic carpet!



6. What would you say is the greatest achievement of your career thus far?


Seeing my work at London Fashion Week Mens in June was an amazing feeling. This year has really been exciting, last month i won the i-on magazines Breakthrough Award in Design and I am also shortlisted for the Great British Creative Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.



7. Describe the ideal person to wear Rory Hutton.


The Rory Hutton man is an art lover, someone who appreciates the finer things. He is sensitive with an eccentric streak.



8. How do you see Rory Hutton expanding in the next 5 years?


We have some really exciting brand collaborations in the pipeline and I am developing some new product lines as we speak. I really enjoy working on projects with other creative people so I will be doing more of this.



9. What advice would you give to upcoming menswear designers?


Be brave and keep moving forward!