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29/01/2016

Letchworth designer sew ready to launch fashion collection

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A young designer with a passion for fashion will launch his new collection after receiving donations online.

Luke Archer, of Letchworth GC, raised £3,500 to design, make and launch a 16- to 20-piece fashion collection, which he will unveil at a catwalk event in Notting Hill, London.

The 26-year-old told the Mercury: "It's going really well, I'm working away designing and making to get the collection ready. It's looking good.

"I'm really shocked by the amount of support I've received. I'm so grateful to everyone that donated."

Luke specialises in luxury womenswear. He studied fashion textiles at North Hertfordshire College, before attending Middlesex University to study a BA in fashion. He graduated in 2010.

Since then, Luke's work has featured in Tatler magazine and The Sun.

In 2014, he was approached by Scottish singer Sandi Thom and was asked to make two garments for her world tour.

Luke hopes this fashion show will result in his work being noticed by industry professionals.

He said: "We've got a big mix of people coming to the event and the pressure is on now.

"It's going to be different to my first show in Brick Lane. It's a completely different ball game in a different area, with different people.

"I've got to make sure everything is perfect. I've still got a lot to do."

Luke is working on the collection at his workshop, which is based in the Fenners Building, Letchworth GC.

He lives with his husband, John Archer, who manages the marketing side of the business.

John, 26, said: "We're so happy people believed in the project before any designs or drawings were made.

"People obviously believed in it so much they donated that much money. It was such a good feeling."

The new collection draws inspiration from snakes and lizards.

John said: "All of Luke's collections, one way or another, are based on living creatures.

"Luke does everything you can think of, he makes, designs, sews and draws. He is involved in every aspect of the process."

Two interns, Emma Green and Rebecca Cork, from the University of Hertfordshire, have also been helping Luke on the project.

The collection will take to the catwalk on Friday, February 19 at St Johns Church, Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill, at 7pm.

Luke added: "I can't reveal any photos of the collection yet as I want it to be a surprise.

"You'll have to just wait and see."Read more at:cocktail dresses

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