Faces of Fashion - Matthew O’Brien
Matthew O’Brien - Owner of Fashion Label Matthew O’Brien
Chester’s multi award-winning fashion designer offers clients a ready to wear collection, bespoke womenswear and menswear and a bridal collection at his flagship store in Chester.
What inspired you to get into fashion?
I have always been interested in electronics and robotics from a really young age and was interested in the manufacturing of fashion. My transition in to fashion design came about later. As I learnt more about manufacturing I started to get really inspired by the fashion design itself and this passion grew.
Which designers do you admire?
I have always admired and been inspired by Hussein Chalayan. His work manages to use wearable technology and unconventional materials. I also admire Gareth Pugh who is futuristic and combines strong silhouettes and strong colour palettes.
What are your top career highlights so far?
Being named UK Young Fashion Designer of the Year in 2016
Working in the Philippines as judge and mentor on the television programme Design Genius
Working with Rihanna on Style to Rock for Living TV
My most recent highlight has to be opening our flagship showroom in November, in Chester on the famous Row
What does the future have in store for you?
I have some very exciting plans for my brand but at the moment I’m focusing on my annual fashion show on 7th June which will be the biggest and best yet.