“Tutors and technicians have always been supportive and even after graduating they’ve checked in on my progress and offered advice. When I studied the class size was fairly small so I got lots of time and much needed one-on-one attention.
“The other beauty of studying at Brighton is you’re surrounded by the sea and the beautiful Downs so you can always escape and reflect when you need a break. It’s a city full of culture so you’re constantly being inspired by the everyday.
“It certainly toughened me up and prepared me for the business elements of the degree.”
He advised would-be designers: “If you’re aspiring to set up your only label, you really have to become a true polymath – it’s good to get a foundation in all aspects of fashion design, buying, selling and fashion history, as well as keeping up to date with advertising, social media, content production, PR, and graphic design.
“Also, don’t give up on what you believe in. I’ve always wanted to make modern and innovative eveningwear, all made in Britain and to the highest standards. It’s a niche market but it’s finally paying back. Yes, It would be easier setting up a label making the kind of fashion London is more known for – but that wasn’t me and wasn’t what I’d want to be known for.
Would he recommend Brighton? He said: “You have to decide what’s important to you and the environment you’d excel the best in – is it studying somewhere that your idol had studied, studying somewhere with lots of competition to keep you on your toes, or studying somewhere with lots of kudos?
“Brighton was important to me, I had taken the decision to not study medicine and to do fashion – a real risk in my parent’s eyes. I needed an environment I felt safe in, could study hard and get all the access to the support I needed.
“Brighton was perfect for me. I’d recommend people to give it a decent visit, see if it’s right for them. I think it should be on all inspiring designers’ radar.”