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5 Questions for S.E.H Kelly

3 Apr


Because I seem to still be a little obsessed with the brand from the previous post, S.E.H Kelly, I took it upon myself to reach out and start a miniature dialog, to get a little more detail of the inner workings. I spoke with Paul at SEHK, who is simultaneously half of the organization, and a stand-up fellow.

Where do you hail from?

The brand is from London — our workshop is on Boundary Street in Shoreditch — but Sara is originally from Tenby in Wales and I’m from Macclesfield in Cheshire.

How did you find yourself in your current pursuit?

S.E.H Kelly began in 2009 because Sara, who worked for a few tailoring houses on Savile Row in London, found herself with nothing to do. So, armed with a black book of contacts of the best mills and factories in the British Isles, she started her own business. I (me, Paul) was also twiddling my thumbs at the time, so came aboard. Together we design, make, and sell the garments, both at our workshop and in a few stores in Japan.

What do you find most inspiring to your work?

We’re quite self-motivated, and are both perfectionists of a sort, so what pushes us forward is improvement. Almost all of the garments in our workshop today evolved from the first three or four garments we started out with. We’re inspired a lot by function, and daily life; how to position pockets and design garments that on the face of it are quite simple, but have been designed with practical needs very much in mind.

What’s your personal “cant live without it” garment staple?

A grey shirt of some description. Preferably one of ours and preferably in a brushed cotton or some other soft cloth.

What’s your opinion of the recent, somewhat opposing trends of Work-wear and Prep styles in menswear?

Fashion trends tend to evolve in that way, don’t they? One trend will grow and then evolve over the course of several months or years, and then change into something else. Usually when the first trend is pushed to breaking point, and people are bored or starting to look a bit silly, that’s when a seemingly diametrically opposing trend flips into being. I don’t favour one trend or the other. Usually if a trend has a name you’re already on dodgy territory.

It’s always quite fascinating to see behind the creative curtain with heritage /artisan brands, and this is no exception. Now to return to drooling over SEHK’s Donegal tweed 3 button blazer.