SPOTLIGHT ON FASHION DESIGNER JACK ROCHE
Jack Roche is quickly making a name for himself in the Irish fashion industry. At only 23 years of age and going into his final year of Fashion Design in Limerick School of Art and Design, Jack has been awarded the Future Makers Student of the Year Award 2016, has interned with Charlie May and Bobby Abley in London, is stocked in 2nd Space Dublin and Om Diva, and has been nominated for Dublin Fashion Festival’s Young Designer of the Year 2016. Jack has had his work shown at Kerry Fashion Week, and both the Hunt Museum and Milk Market in Limerick. His SS16 collection is currently stocked at 2nd Space Dublin (http://www.2ndspacedublin.com).
Jack’s collections incorporate a personal quality which makes his work stand out. For example, his SS16 Collection took inspiration from the process of growing into and out of a school uniform; and his Mini Collection took inspiration from mixing Irish and Cypriot cultures. Jack keeps his collections simple, but his unique designs and contemporary outlook make him one to watch within the fashion industry.
You can see more of Jack’s work on his website http://www.jackrochedesign.com
We got in touch with Jack to chat about his first fashion memory, the philosophy behind his fashion, and his future plans.
Have you always been passionate about the fashion industry? If you weren't a fashion designer, what would you be doing instead?
I actually only become interested in the fashion industry about five years ago. I always knew I wanted to do some form of design. I studied for two years on a ceramic design course first before I realised I wanted to study fashion design. If I was not a fashion designer, I would probably want to be either a graphic designer or an architect.
How would you describe your core philosophy behind your collections? What keeps you motivated to keep moving forward?
My work is very personal to me, I first come up with a story to inspire from. My inspiration usually comes from my family, my culture and my surroundings.
I think by keeping my work personal it becomes more unique and special to me therefore keeping me motivated.
Is there anywhere in the world you haven't been but would like to visit from a professional perspective?
After spending the last three months interning in London and seeing the British fashion industry, I hope to see the American and Asian next.
How has your brand evolved over time? If you had to start over from scratch, is there anything you would do differently?
At the moment I do not think I have a brand, I am just having fun and trying out new things. I am still studying so I am constantly learning new things about the industry. I think my time at LSAD has really helped develop my style and interests. Because I am still a student, I do not think I would do anything differently. I make a lot of mistakes, but I learn from them. I think being self-critical and knowing when your wrong is a good quality to have.
What is your first fashion memory?
St. Patrick’s Day 1995, my brother and I wearing matching Mickey Mouse denim jeans and jacket.
In 10-20 years-time, what would make you feel like you've "made it" in the industry?
If I am still in the fashion industry either as a designer or working for someone else, happy and enjoy what I do then I will have "Made It"
We look forward to seeing what's in store for Jack, he's definitely a designer we'll be keeping an eye on!