Melbourne-based designer Warren Harrison is the antithesis of fast fashion. He has just released his debut collection.
The Scott Benedictine label (the name is taken from Harrison’s middle and confirmation names respectively) features a range of unisex, handmade clothing that transcends seasonal trends.
The collection consists of ready-to-wear tees and made-to-order shirting that, while aesthetically conceptual, is crafted using traditional tailoring methods. It’s a juxtaposition that reflects Harrison’s history in the fashion industry.
“I was always interested in fashion, but in particular the craft of tailoring. I had this feeling that in order to truly understand the product you had to know everything about it,” says Harrison.
After a doing a course in experimental fashion at St Martins, he returned to Melbourne and began working part time with master tailor Adriano Carbone. Then he worked for two years as a pattern maker and cutter at Hemden Master Tailors, which is where he became interested in fit as a relative concept.
The result is a line of monochromatic garments designed almost in direct opposition to a traditional tailoring ideology. Shirting is elongated with details such as the tails exaggerated; tees are one size fits all but come with a feature that allows the wearer to adjust according to taste.
In line with the slow-fashion philosophy of minimising waste by eliminating excess, shirts and accessories are all made to order by hand on site at the Maison de Benedictine in Melbourne, and can take between 14 to 21 days to complete. The tees are all made overseas at ethically operated studios according to W.R.A.P (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) standards.