Titled Brave Old World, New Ideas, the collection’s name simultaneously plays on the title of Aldous Huxley’s 1932 dystopian novel and questions fashion’s fetishisation of newness. To take a moment to reflect on the reality of the environmental impacts of consumerism, with an extraordinary focus on craft. Crochet features heavily and manifests in statement jumpers and hand-embroidered cardigans as well as the decorative patches on jackets, sweatshirts and trousers – all made using yarn made from recycled factory offcuts. And a show-stopping shaggy coat is the product of 106 shredded  D-grade flannel shirt, then rugged into a woven base, which evokes childhood memories of braided rag rugs.


Hodges’ eco-consciousness was pervasive, flowing through the entire collection. Past season stock was used to make vests and hoodies; joggers were created as patchworks of overprinted thrifted collegiate t-shirts. Shearling offcuts that embellished the garments were sourced from a network of London leather manufacturers. The bags were the product of a collaboration with Barcelona-based brand Nukak – oversized totes crafted from reconstructed truck tyres and backpacks morphed out of a pastiche of bygone advertise banners. Using unwanted pieces from the past, Hodges is creating streetwear to consciously combat the present.

Photographs by Ellis Scott.



(Own Photographs) Including; Fashion Scout London, Westminster MA Menswear Fashion Show, Graduate Fashion Week, London Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week

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