Roland Mouret’s journey has been an unlikely route to being among the best-loved names in British fashion – not least because he is French. It begins with a country boy escaping to the city, leaving a French mountain village near Lourdes, where he was expected to become a butcher like his father.
Yet today, Mouret lives and works in the heart of the English countryside, in Suffolk. “I take fabric with me in my suitcase on a Thursday. I drape Friday, Saturday, Sunday. And on Monday, I come back to London,” he says.
In 1997, Mouret took some fabric and, inspired by his own “greats” Azzedine Alaia and Yohji Yamamoto, yet working tirelessly to create a signature that was his own, he started. He only cared about the opinion of his toughest critic; himself.
The brand, now includes eyewear, shoes, bags, accessories and bridal. The future, says its creator will involve the chance to play with the icons he has created and to push technique. The key to everything are Mouret’s craftsman’s hands, who know how to create pieces which become like a second skin, intimate and sensuous, and yet empower the wearer.
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