Who are you/what do you do?
My name is Rory Hutton, I am an accessories and print designer.
Is there a story behind the name (if it's not your own?)
You would have to ask my parents.
How old is the business and how did you get started?
I've been in business since 2016. I started with men's accessories: Bow ties, socks and pocket squares. The business has evolved many times in that short time, I now combine my love of history with my love of print to create a much broader range of accessories. In the last year I have designed everything from stationery to silk shawls.
Do you have a style? What are you known for?
I illustrate through linocuts and woodblock, this has become my signature.
Who/what/where inspires you?
History is my passion and I have been fortunate enough to collaborate with numerous heritage institutions over the last year including The British Museum, The Royal Opera House, The Wallace Collection and The Royal Ballet, using my illustration to create prints inspired by their exhibitions, collections and performances. Nothing inspires me as much as great stories and deadlines!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be an artist ever since I can remember!
What advice would you give your younger self?
Everything that's happened to bring me to this point needed to happen, everyone's path is made up of a series of accidents or unexpected encounters so I don't believe in shortcuts!
How did you learn your craft?
I have a degree in fashion design and an MA in Design History, I spent a lot of time in London working freelance and as an intern for big brands such as Vivienne Westwood and Hardy Amies of Savile Row. Learning business has been a much steaper curve but I am fortunate to have a number of mentors and friends in similar positions!
What do you do on your days off?
As an artist/designer I don't believe you ever really switch off, I'm always looking for inspiration and most of my day's off could be classed as research trips! I go to lots of exhibitions, visit country houses and gardens, anywhere with history!
Biggest highlight or achievement to date?
This changes all the time, at the moment it would be my collaboration with the Royal Ballet who commissioned me to design a collection of silk scarves marking the centenary of Dame Margot Fonteyn's birth. Margot Fonteyn is such an icon and the epitome of elegance, it was really exciting to be part of this celebration.
What sparks joy in what you do?
The marvellous people I get to meet along the way!
Dream stockists/brand to collaborate with?
I would like to collaborate with some American museums and institutions in the next year.
Any lessons you'd pass on?
Perseverance is key also you have to enjoy all the challenges otherwise it shows in the work.
What's next for you and your business?
For the next year or so I will be spending more time in London. I have a number of projects there which you will hear all about in the fullness of time!