What have you been up to since leaving your brand?
I was already working with Tommy Hilfiger, consulting on men's runway. But then my contract with them was up, so I took six months off and started some furniture, sculpture, engineering projects, which are still in the works. But now I'm back in the fashion world, designing for Kent & Curwen. It's a British heritage label, but the head office is now here in New York.
When I was presented with the idea of going into a heritage brand, I knew that I would approach it differently. Very few men's heritage brands have gone the route of a Celine or Balenciaga, where they've completely modernized, or re-invented the brand. If I were to design period costumes, and draw solely upon the brand's cricket sweater heritage, it wouldn't be relevant - it's not going to sell. The tricky part for me to is to extract the DNA of the brand, but to make it current.