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MEET: Tom Hayden of Iron & Pin
Today, UK Handmade catches up with young British fashion designer Tom Hayden, the name behind fashion brand Iron & Pin, an independent apparel company founded in Norwich.
Iron & Pin specialises in authentic handmade, tailored trousers, adding a unique edge to the current fashion community. With a multitude of original designs ranging from shorts and full length trousers to handmade vests, the hard work behind the company is evident in the care and attention given to every detail of each garment. Inspired by his childhood and the path his life has taken, Tom produces contemporary and stylish ready to wear lines for men and women. He tells us what inspires his designs and also the idea behind his great company name.
What do you do and how did you start?
I’m a young fashion designer rooted in my home-town of Norwich, specialising in handmade, tailored trousers with a personal touch, but also experience in a wider range of areas, for example, handmade vests, screen printed t-shirts etc. I discovered my affinity for this trade last September; I am mainly self taught now but received indispensable guidance from my late mother initially.
What jobs did you have before this?
I was a full time carer, looking after my mother and helping her with her café business, alongside learning about sewing from her.
What has been inspiring you lately?
I have always been inspired by my origins in Britain and my family background. I find a lot of encouragement in reflecting on both my past and present situations and the colours which I can link to them. For example, a best-selling pair of my shorts was inspired by the red wine which I used to drink with my family at Christmas.
What are your tools of the trade, which is your favourite?
I use a Brother sewing machine and multiple pairs of scissors and I find that keeping the tools to a minimum allows me to better affiliate myself with the work I do, particularly as my designs have such a unique edge.
How do you get the word out about your work?
Internet blogging, word of mouth and the unwavering support of my friends in the same line of work as me. I have products featured in other online collectives too, which allows a wider target market to view my products.
Who are some of your favourite artists/designers/makers?
I don’t tend to aspire to any other artists as I want to develop my own style and technique, without being subconsciously influenced by any other design already in circulation.
How did you come up with your company name?
Through the production process which I prefer to use in my trade. I use the iron and pin method as opposed to tacking.
Is "handmade" a lifestyle choice for you and if so why?
Yes, I feel that hand-making my products allows me to give the appropriate care and attention to each garment, which I feel both the product and the consumer deserve.