An international fashion research project exploring the 'craft of use'


The link between a person and a garment can never be planned for, but has lasting impact when a garment becomes a life-long companion. It reveals the potential for change in each individual and often marks that in the associations with a piece, for single, small actions can have big effects.

Feel at home

“So my shirt is a Ralph Lauren men’s shirt. It used to be my Dad’s. I have no idea when he bought if but I think it must be over fifteen years now. And I found it in my brother’s wardrobe so I presume my brother took it from my Dad at some point and then I decided to steal it from my brother. And I think the reason why I relate to it so much is because I feel at home when I wear it… the pattern… checked, red with shades of red and green. It kind of has a Canadian feel to it, which is where I’m from. And so yeah when I wear it just makes me think of my brother and my dad and the strong relationship that we have together and back home. And I mean I think also another aspect of what I love about it is the fact that it’s big. I can kind of play with it a lot and add accessories and use it not only as a shirt but as a nice tank top or playing with the sleeves and adding a belt or yeah…”

London - December 2012
Photograph by Tim Mitchell