The Selection Process 2011 – judge Stuart Stockdale
28 June 2011 by TexSelect in Sponsors, Judges & Champions
Stuart Stockdale: international man of luxury
Jaeger’s design director Stuart Stockdale is making a habit of reinvigorating brands for luxury success. Before taking up his current post in 2008, he was a key part of the creative team that reworked Pringle’s image to launch the label onto the luxe, international platform it inhabits today. Stuart will soon be bringing his keen eye for elevated quality to the Texprint judging panel on July 13, 2011.
Since leaving university, Stuart has harnessed and honed his textile design skills and sites it as an important facet of his current designs. “Textile design has played a big part in my work since attending Central St Martins and the RCA,” says Stuart. “As design director of Jaeger — a company born out of textile innovation over 127 years ago — the design team and I continue to recognise the importance of print, weave and knit which feature across all our collections, further reinforcing Jaeger's brand heritage.”
Stuart boasts an impressive, international post-graduate CV which includes J.Crew (New York), Romeo Gigli (Milan) and Jean-Paul Gaultier (Paris). He has had his hand in many a sartorial cookie jar including the Savile Row brand Holliday & Brown. Renowned for innovative textile design, the brand flourished following his launch of the first luxury menswear brand under the label. His extrapolations of house’s iconic prints took shape in three impressive collections; winning praise and acclaim from industry press and buyers.
Through all of his global posts, Stuart maintains that the UK offers something special when it comes to textile design. “The UK offers a great variety of textile courses and it's vital to support young talent; enabling them to create innovative and commercial designs,” he says. Maintaining and employing home-grown talent remains part of Jaeger’s ethos and Stuart is looking forward to seeing what this year’s new designers have to offer.