MM: Had you also wanted to be a menswear designer?
RH: To be honest I did not imagine myself as a menswear designer at all when I came out of college but I really enjoy the contrainsts of menswear. With womenswear there are endless possibilites when it comes to shape, fabrics and trimmings but with the kind of menswear I make, you need to be very precise and quite minimal which I enjoy from a design perspective.
MM: What’s your professional background? Did you study fashion?
RH: Yes, I studied fashion in Adelaide, South Australia at Marleston Tafe College. It was a fantastic course and it was very practical which I think is very important. Some people can leave college without being able to sew properly which I think is a shame. I moved to Ireland in 2004 and began working with the Angry clothing label which was a part of the Studio AAD company. My first role involved some design and the production of the men’s and women’s collection in Portugal. Angry clothing had been running for several seasons before I joined them so it was a great opportunity to join a small label and be involved in every element of the business. Arms is now a partnership with the 2 owners of Studio AAD and myself.
MM:How would you describe the aesthetic of ARMS as a label?
RH: Arms create simple, beautiful clothing for lovers of detail and subtlety.
^ The exquisite Arms studio
MM:What was your inspiration for the AW10 collection?
RH: The inspiration for the collection was, again, the creative studio environment. I focused on what kind of clothing people that work in this environment look for in their garments. My friends are always an inspiration too. They all want something comfortable, unique with attention to detail.