Alex Mattsson is a menswear designer with his own label based in London. Alex’s inspiration is derived from a variety of sources ranging from technology, science fiction, ancient civilisations and the differences in cultures. His experimental and contemporary approach to menswear design is a rejuvenating change. Alex gives his perspective on what he has learnt since graduating and why university was so important to him.
What do you regard as the most important thing that you learnt at university?
How to make clothes. The technical side of my work is incredibly important and my time at UCA Rochester sparked that flame, whilst laying the foundations for my pattern cutting, construction and design skills. With regards to whether I feel that UCA Rochester prepared me for the real world, then yes, I definitely think it did. I turned up to university wide eyed and naïve, but my time at UCA Rochester saw me come out battle-hardened and aware of what the industry is like. The projects are ‘realistic’ and prepare you for a career in the creative industries. I still use all the skills I learned during my time in university such as pattern cutting, sewing and designing on a daily basis. I also work on commissioned projects alongside my own label where project management skills are key.
What did you do after university?
Since leaving university I have undertaken a range of different projects. My label is an ongoing venture that has attracted other exciting projects. I would probably describe my brand as having three main focal points: future, retro and nostalgia. My menswear style is driven towards innovation and experimentation. I would say the highlight is being selected for the Selfridges ‘Bright Young Things’ where I designed and set up a window display as well as stocked my garments in store. Another fun project was designing a capsule collection for Nylon magazine pop up shop in Tokyo. I am currently also designing a new Scandinavian sportswear brand and working on a project with i-D magazine. Mostly though I am working on my own label and developing everything as the brand moves onwards and upwards. I am a firm believer in working hard and going with the flow. The rest sorts itself out. The theory seems to be working so far and who can tell what the future brings?