Meet the Designer: Thomas Puttick

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1. Describe your brand in one sentence.

Relaxed silhouettes through a classical sensibility.

2. What inspires your designs?

I focus mostly on Art when I research - it lets me have a reference point that is separate from garments and I find it a little more freeing when I design.

3. What type of woman is a Thomas Puttick customer?

She carries herself with conviction and has a strong sense of self – she’s intelligent, capable and empowering, and in my imagination she wears pooling silk dresses to the grocery store.

4. How long have you been designing and what inspired you to get started?

I always gravitated towards fashion, so about seven years ago I decided to start interning and seeing if it was something I liked and I haven’t really looked back.

5. What was the first ever item of clothing you designed – and do you still have it?

It was a range of bags when I was about 10 years old, haha. I have no idea what happened to them!

6. What kind of designers did you intern with, and why did you choose them?

I interned with a couple designers in the luxury sphere and since worked mostly in that part of the industry. Generally speaking -  I like the luxury womenswear industry because it focuses on quality which is important to me as a designer.

I think our struggle of being so geographically removed is also our savior

7. Australia isn’t the first place that comes to mind as a haven for talented fashion designers - yet there is a wealth of talent coming from this country. Why do you think this is?

I think our struggle of being so geographically removed is also our savior. It means that we’re somewhat removed and we design in an incredibly beautiful and unique landscape that seems to inform the core sensibility of a lot of Australian designers, myself included.

8. You undertook a traineeship at Alexander McQueen. Was he a big influence on your work? And would you consider moving to London for the long-run?

I was there under Sarah Burton - and yes, McQueen has had a huge influence on my work. I think the commitment to craft, work ethic and the pursuit of perfection in their work has stayed with me.  

Being able to travel has been a really wonderful aspect of the roles I’ve had in the past.

9. Who inspires you, both from fashion and other spheres?

So many different people: my family, my friends and the incredibly remarkable women that we engage with as a brand. I have a focus on broadening our representation of fashion and so we’ve recently launched a Remarkable Women campaign that’s been quite exciting.

9. Who are your fashion idols and why?

I love what Helmut Lang pioneered in the late 90s and also really love what Raf did at Jil Sander. Those are two key moments I admire a lot.

10. What are your main goals for your fashion label?

The key goals are to establish ourselves more as a brand and to have a positive effect on the industry while we connect our audience with quality pieces from the collections.

11. What has been the best part of your fashion journey so far?

There have been so many great moments! I think just generally being able to travel has been a really wonderful aspect of the roles I’ve had in the past. They’ve allowed me to live in different places and I’ve been able to use them as a springboard to see and do more.

12. Any advice for someone just getting started in fashion design?

Work hard, challenge yourself and be authentic in your opinions.

Marc Cameron