Calum sets the fashion in upcycling

Calum Harvey at Sweet Ginger

Calum Harvey at Sweet Ginger

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A collection by Manx fashion designer Calum Harvey has been exclusively designed for Sweet Ginger Emporium, in Ramsey.

Calum, aged 25, has previously designed for Burberry and is now based in a studio in Laxey.

The Restart collection, which features a range of upcycled pieces – recycling garments – is now on sale after a review at the vintage and retro haberdashery last week.

Calum explained the inspiration behind the collection: ‘I was referencing a lot of 1970s summer dresses, matching belts and bold patterns.

‘My grandma used to wear dresses all year round, I wanted simple designs that could slot into any woman’s wardrobe to be worn at any time of the year.’

It includes lots of lightweight shirt dresses in easy shapes, and skirts and tops that can be layered depending on the season.

He said: ‘I’ve always enjoyed upcycling. Deconstructing and draping garments is a process I always use when I’m designing.

‘It can give you so many ideas.’

Speaking about the launch, Julie James, of Sweet Ginger, in Parliament Street, said: ‘It really was a lovely evening at Sweet Ginger Emporium in Ramsey, with lots of interest in the clothes which are so different form anything else available yet really wearable.

‘All the clothing has been created exclusively by recycling garments to create something new and exciting.

‘Local designer Calum Harvey from Laxey has created a wide choice of sizes and styles in dresses, tops and skirts which means that there is an original, unique piece of upcycled clothing for everyone.’

The former St Ninian’s High School student has always been focused on a career in fashion, specifically design.

After GCSEs he completed a two-year National Diploma in Art and Design at the Isle of Man College.

He went on to study a degree in fashion design at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design in London, graduating in 2009. After Ravensbourne he went on to specialise in menswear design, at the Royal College of Art in London, a two-year masters programme which ended with a catwalk show.

After living, studying and working for Burberry in London, Calum moved back to the island to be closer to his family.

Calum is currently working freelance for companies on and off the island which he said was keeping him busy.

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