Since he graduated from Central St Martins, London, last year with his colourful floral collection, Richard has won the international 2017 H&M Design Award, is one of Dazed Magazine’s ‘Dazed100’ cultural influencers in 2017, and is British Fashion Council’s ‘One to Watch’ in 2017.
His new textile print studio based in Peckham, London, features an Epson SureColor SC-F9200 digital dye-sublimation printer complementing two manual screen printing lines. The space gives fashion students and designers an affordable facility where they can source their printed textiles and obtain expert advice about different print techniques, dyes, textiles and alternative materials from Richard and his expert technicians. In addition, Richard designs, prints and sews his own haute-couture pieces in the studio and the facility is also available for other designers to print their own textiles onsite if they wish.
“I love the SureColor because it produces superb quality printed textiles,” says Richard. “I used Epson printers at Central St Martins for my graduation collection and it was important that I had one here in my studio working around the clock, producing vibrant colours, and capturing all the fine details and textures I want. This flexible machine gives me the freedom to experiment with many different fabrics and new substrates. It’s great being able to create a textile design, print it and create an outfit - all on site within hours. There is no other studio quite like this one, which is run by a designer for other designers. We provide considerable experience in colour, materials and printing quality fabrics using both digital and traditional processes and that means a lot to designers.”
Supporting student designers by providing a reasonably priced print service and educational workshops is important to Richard: “We have already had a great deal of interest from Central St Martins where I trained and from universities all over the country.”
“Richard is one of the new generation of young designers who are using Epson digital textile printing technology to create stunning high fashion collections which attract international recognition and accolades,” says Richard Barrow, Epson Europe. “2017 is going to be a very exciting year for him and we look forward to supporting him as he develops his studio and new collections.”