British clothing designer Margaret Howell at London Collections: Men

03 June 2014 | + Veselka Petrova

Margaret Howell was born in 1946 in Surrey. She remembers making her own clothes as a child, and it was a logical step to take her passion for drawing and painting to art school. She graduated with a degree in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London in 1969.

Howell began her career by making accessories and selling them to London shops. When by chance she found a beautifully made vintage shirt, Howell was inspired to produce her own, which she sold to the influential retailer Joseph Ettedgui, as well as to Ralph Lauren and Paul Smith. Each shirt was made from start to finish by a small team of skilled machinists who worked from Howell's design studio and workroom in Blackheath, South East London. Encouraged by Ettedgui and the loyal following she began to cultivate, Margaret Howell opened her first menswear shop in 1977 on South Molton Street, in partnership with Joseph.

'For me it goes without saying that clothes should be comfortable and I probably use materials that more commercially-minded people wouldn't use. There's a natural feeling about the clothes - never smart and pristine, always more relaxed - and that is the style. It's sort of unadorned, natural, but good quality', Howell says.

Margaret Howell will present her Spring-Summer 2015 menswear collection during the London Collections: Men, which will be held from 15th to 17th of June 2014 in the UK.


British clothing designer Margaret Howell at London Collections: Men


British clothing designer Margaret Howell at London Collections: Men


British clothing designer Margaret Howell at London Collections: Men

Read more about the event and the brands that will show their newest creations here: London Collections: Men - Spring/Summer 2015


Photos: Models from Spring-Summer 2014 collection by Margaret Howell



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