One of the few female designers on the British Menswear scene, Lou Dalton has fast become a figurehead for home-grown talent at London Collections Men. Her USP is having an innate & all-encompassing understanding of what men want from their clothes: practicality, a dash of adventure and above all else, something that makes the wearer look damn good.
In short, it’s masterful menswear with as the designer herself would say, “Charm, Charm, Charm”.
Lou left school at 16 to take up an apprenticeship in bespoke tailoring. After which Lou returned to education, culminating in graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1998.Upon graduation, Dalton cut her tailoring teeth at a variety of international brands – notably as a consultant for United Arrows Japan, Iceberg and Stone Island in Italy – before founding her eponymous label in 2008.
Dalton’s collections have often been inspired by the men in her life: her father and her partner. Coupled with her Shropshire roots, this ensures Dalton’s collections continually remain grounded in wearable menswear, while pulling on a variety of intriguing curveball influences, from Apollo missions to caravan dwelling farmhands to Texas oil barons to Scorcese’s “Taxi Driver”.
However, whether it’s bleached – denim, Peptobismol pink cotton or brown corduroy that’s her showcase fabric for the season, you can guarantee that every item is cut to perfection with the skilled hand of a designer who knows their craft. It’s this talent that has led Lou Dalton to becoming one of the most in-demand designers in the fashion industry right now. Having produced capsule collections for Dover Street Market, Grenson, Liberty and Opening Ceremony, demand for Dalton’s line is growing every year with the collection now available internationally and through her e-store.”