We’ve asked members of the Fashion in Leeds network to tell us more about who they are. This week, we spoke to Anthony Caton, Creative Director and Designer at Caton Manifesto.
Who are you, and what do you do?
I am Anthony Caton, Creative Director and Designer at Caton Manifesto. Having lived in the Middle East for 2 years and servicing a UAE client base, Caton Manifesto now has a studio in both Dubai and Leeds. The entity first began in 2013 as a platform to create one-off contemporary bespoke pieces for my discerning client base. With designs driven by instinct, silhouette experimentation, function and engineering of luxury cloths, the first capsule collections were integral in establishing the DNA and philosophy of Caton Manifesto which focuses on the wearer, like a leading character.
Who, or what, inspires you?
Realising big ideas inspires me, hence the name of my latest collection, ‘Manifestations of grandeur’. The term pertains to the freedom and empowerment that I aim to instil within my protagonist (wearer). You would have heard the phrase ‘Delusions of Grandeur’. I flipped that term on it’s head to allow for a new perspective to emerge, where individuals are thinking of intentions to manifest their ideas and desires on unprecedented scales, free from fear, obstacles and procrastination.
Ideas are just like waves and have as much potential as a tsunami or atomic bomb, for these reasons I pay homage to both mysterious and formidable forces, with applications of blue in the connection, which feeds back to the power and potential of ideas.
Favourite shops or brands?
Favourite brands include Nepthenes, T-Michael, Adrien Sauvage, Paul Smith, Matthew Miller.
Who would you love to collaborate with?
I’d love to collaborate with Frankie Boateng, an Amsterdam based leather expert, Moleskine the legendary notebook company and Montiere watches.