Biography"Carolyn Massey is a great new talent that I feel will become established in the London menswear movement, that has been growing over the last couple of years." - Matthew Murphy B STORE.
Carolyn Massey, a London-based British menswear designer, completed her MA at the Royal College of Art in June 2005. Due to 'frustation, boredom, and demand', Massey launched her eponymous label in June 2006 in Paris, having completed her MA just twelve months before.
Continuing to evolve apace over several seasons, Massey's sizeable strides within the industry have been recognised and rewarded by the British Fashion Council, who selected the designer as a recipient of its inaugural NEWGEN MEN award - sponsored by Topman - supplying showcase funding and the opportunity to present on the official London Fashion Week schedule. Massey was recently announced a third-time recipient of this award and will present her Spring Summer 2011 collection on Wednesday 22nd September 2010 at London's Somerset House.
Having garnered positive reviews from press and collaborated with numerous other brands, Carolyn Massey has proved both a critical and commercial success. The list of brands she has worked with to date is comprehensive, ranging from renowned British brands Topman and Slazenger to Japanese brands at the forefront of the industry, Tabio and Orihica.
In recognition of her design prowess, Vogue Italia Editor-in-chief, Franca Sozzani, and Chairman of Milano Unica, Pier Luigi Loro Piana, have selected Massey as one of the ten designers to present at the On Stage project 2010. Launched in 2009 to support new fashion talent, the On Stage project provides designers with an opportunity to collaborate with some of the most significant Italian textile companies. Through this project, Carolyn Massey will participate in a collective fashion show to showcase the designs created as part of this initiative. The show will take place on September 8th 2010 at the Milano Unica textile fair with styling from the team at prestigious publication, L'Uomo Vogue.
A detail obsessive, Massey is known for her quintessentially elegant English cuts and sartorial nuances. Her work investigates what it takes to be a gentleman, and how this concept of masculinity has been appropriated during times of civil or social unrest.