History / Bio
A little bit about the designer & the story of the label so far.
Firstly that weird name : Philmore was born Philip Moore- Clague & the nickname arose from kids misunderstanding his name when starting at a new school.
" What's your name ?"
" Phil Moore-Clague "
" Philmore Clague ? "
Philmore was much travelled as a youngster, with a Manx Dad & an Aussie Mum he grew up in the Isle of Man as a child before moving to Sydney, Australia for his high school years . He first took an interest in design after joining a Sydney theatre company . When without a performing role Philmore would make himself useful working on costume .
After returning to the UK at 17 Philmore drifted through some wild years of adventure & misadventure in projects that took in music, performance art & more before settling in Portobello road in West London and going to work for Souled Out, one of the labels that was influential & pioneering not just in the rise of vintage in the '90s but also the deconstructing and recycling of old garments into new.
Dressing all of the celebs of the era, attracting a lot of press coverage & being called upon for many a TV show , there was plenty of scope for Philmore to experiment & exercise his imagination within Souled Out but ultimately the label disbanded when the founder, Frank. moved on to focus on his work as a stylist.
In 1999 Philmore took on the former Souled Out shop premises & started the project SCC ( shape cloth & colour ) which involved himself. in collaboration with others, creating ever changing ranges for the store. This also afforded him the time & space in which to do all the learning & training to go it entirely alone & start the Philmore Clague label proper in 2003.
Once the Philmore Clague label began ( late in 2003 ) it was an instant hit. The early collections which involved adjustable dresses in rough dyed broderie anglaise, deconstructed cycling tops & heavily jewelled & embroidered bomber jackets drew immediate press attention & very soon the word was out.
Since those early days Philmore Clague has grown into the archetypal 'cult' label with many women becoming extremely devoted to it & taking it on as a key ingredient in their own personal style. There is a distinctive look to the designs which incorporate experimental tailoring into very wearable pieces with fascinating twists to them.
Over time certain pieces have taken on life of their own and become 'classics' such as the balloon sleeved shirt, the shadow dresses & the sculptable shirts. Variations of these pieces recur regularly, whereas some ranges are one season only and others can even be strictly limited to no more than a few dozen ever made. This keeps the label consistent in it's over all look yet fluid & constantly evolving all the time rather than adhering strictly to an industry schedule. It also means that even if someone were to visit the shop as often as every 3 weeks there would always be new things to see.
All the clothes are produced in the UK to high ethical standards & fall into a mid-price range with items generally from £35 up to £200 . 4 or 5 sizes are generally carried in stock, however, most pieces can also be made to measure if required at no addditional charge and turned around fairly quickly meaning almost any sizing is possible.