Photo courtesy James Long
Interview

JAMES LONG

10.24.11

Based in London, James Long is a menswear and accessories designer, known for his leather pieces and textured knits. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and launched his line in 2007.

Interview

How was the transition from designing menswear to womenswear? In what way do the two relate?

The process of inspiration, design, and fit is the same process for me, just on a different shape. There’s anĀ essential essence to the brand that translates between my mensĀ and womens collections.

How many years have you been showing with Fashion East in the UK?

This was my second Fashion East collection.

What’s in store for the SS12 collection?

Gold lurex knits, printed leather, and incredible sequin techniques

Your debut collection will be stocked at Opening Ceremony in the United States. Which retailers are next on your list?

I would really love Harvey Nichols in London, as my menswear collection is there already.

Who are some your favorite designers?

Louise Gray, Nicholas Kirkwood, Simone Rocha.

Have they influenced your aesthetic in any way?

Not really but I love what they do.