Watch this designer: James Greig

In my search for the new and exciting, I stumbled upon Graduate Fashion Week and its participants. Eager to know more about these young minds whom will soon shape the future of fashion, I had the pleasure to interview designer-to-watch James Greig as he was about to showcase his pieces. Read the interview after the break.

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Hi James, could you give us a really quick overview of your life, as an introduction?
I was born and grew up in Lytham St Annes and attended Ansdel primary school then to Lytham St Annes high school. I began boxing during high school, thinking that this was what I wanted to do in the future. I enrolled onto an art and design course after high school and carried on with my boxing heavily but which soon stopped due to an injury. So I began to knuckle down with art and design and enjoyed it considerably. After finishing college I spontaneously chose fashion design as the next step and made it into The university of Salford with little experience. Over the past three years I have learnt so much and feel like I have progressed allot achieving top grades, to eventually showcasing my final outfit collection on the 31-05-2012 at Media City and also winning the Boris Trambusti design award.

What is your dream job, where would you like to work?
My dream job would be to own my own business/brand and be able to eventually have the freedom to further design and develop my fashion identity, style and firmly stamp my name into the fashion industry.

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What is your style, your inspiration, what clothes do you love to make?
My inspiration has previously come from very harsh, vivid subjects such as russian criminals, samurai warriors and the parisian street riots. Recently I have been inspired by similar subjects but with a more current, up to date and brighter feel aspect, as I want to look for the ‘new’ and be innovative in every design I do. I like to treat fashion as a journalist would and cover every area being diverse in my making,covering lots of different garment types, but i especially like to make jackets and am recently making tailored sportswear.

What does the Graduate Fashion Week represent to you?
Graduate Fashion Week represents to me a great starting point to my career, an opportunity to showcase my work in the best way I can. It feels amazing to be among great, creative talented people and to also compete with the best.

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Graduate Fashion Week takes place every year in London at the end of spring, and I would strongly advise to anyone with an interest in fashion to visit it if the opportunity presents itself, as many of the designers showcasing might be unknown, but are often borderline pure genius.

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A student at the University of Exeter, Adrien is one of the most rigourous menswear appraisors out there. He is also the Creative Director of the University of Exeter's fashion society (exeterfashionsociety.com) which organises shows, photoshoots and regular events. For any comments, feed-backs, feed-forwards and questions, do not hesitate to tweet at him via @AdrienBook or email him at adrienbook@hotmail.com.