Philip Start started his career in fashion retail working for prestigious jeweller Garrard before making his move into menswear. Always interested in fashion, he spent the sixties under the influence of Carnaby Street and Kensington Market before emigrating to Canada where he began a determined career in menswear.
In 1999 Philip sold Woodhouse for the last time to Speciality Retail Group (SRG) but continued as a shareholder and consultant until 2002, when he removed himself from the business completely.
Philip set up his own men’s tailoring label, Mr Start, in 2008, which specialises in suiting both off the peg and made to measure. The fit is described as subtle yet certain, creating an everyday elegance. The brand was officially launched seasonally for wholesale at London Fashion Week in February 2011. Now, Mr Start occupies it’s own store on Rivington Street, Shoreditch, and has a representation in Selfridges, Harrods and Harvey Nichols amongst others in the UK and world wide.
The collection was a mix of formal and informal silhouettes — double-breasted and two-button single-breasted suits paired with polos and collarless shirts. “I like formal casual wear so we are using formal wear to influence the casual wear, rather than the other way around,” said Philip Start, the London retailer who launched his collection in 2008. “My favorite fabric is cotton. I love cotton suits because they crease a bit, you can wear them with trainers, and you can dress them up or down,” said Start. Trousers came cropped or cuffed at the ankle and suits came in shades of coffee, cream, and navy. Many of the models wore straw caps, courtesy of Bernstock Spiers, which heightened the collection’s summery and laid-back spirit.
tms: I really enjoy how tailors are beginning to unfold their story about who and what they are, how far the have come along with traditional values of their label. Deciding to place an edgy spin and their willingness to go down a different path so they can evolve along they way pick up a different demographic. Years ago only the edgy fashion designer dare to use models with tattoo’s it refreshing to see labels reinvent themselves and appeal to different segment. Even people that are ink like to look dapper – thank you Mr.Start for looking outside of your shop and identifying real people.
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