Since launching the label that bears his name in 2012, Craig Green has established himself as one of the most innovative and exciting menswear designers of his generation. In just a few years his vocabulary that aligns art sculptures and a wardrobe rooted in the traditions of functionality and workwear, has achieved veritable cult status. From his vast and recently acquired studio, near London City Airport, the British designer and his team of 11 people work daily on developing his brand, which today includes a line of basics, Craig Green Core and a denim line. From Fall-Winter 2017, Moncler started calling on the services of the young prodigy for Moncler x Craig Green capsule collections. Last February during women’s Fashion Week in Milan, the down jacket specialist presented its new Genius project, eight collections designed by a handpicked selection of artistic directors and stylists, destined to be sold at a monthly rhythm. Craig Green was of course one of the lucky ones. Between futuristic astronaut suits and soft samurai armour, his experimental Sci-Fi influenced propositions have delighted the public. The man behind the collection tells us more.
Numéro Homme: Before going into fashion, you were originally doing sculpture and painting. How did this secondary vocation come to you?
Craig Green: At school, I excelled in art lessons. I loved making objects. I think that comes from the fact that various members of my family are artisans: my dad is a plumber, and my uncle a carpenter. At the weekends to earn a bit of money, I would help them out. I spent my childhood surrounded by materials and making objects. So, it felt normal for me to try and get into art school. I thought I’d become a sculptor or painter. At the time, I’d never heard of Central Saint Martins, but a friend of mine told me they offered the best teaching in those fields. The first year is a general course which lets you have a go a lots of different disciplines. So, I had a go at fashion.