Q&A with Nick Wakeman, Creative Director & Founder of Studio Nicholson

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What was the original inspiration behind Studio Nicholson?

To create an advanced contemporary womenswear brand based on a menswear silhouette.

Describe your typical working day.

Before lunch I devote my time to business matters, after lunch is all about the design and development.

Who or what couldn't you work without?

Beth Hackett, my Global Brand Director and Japanese Brown Rice Tea.

What do you like most about what you do?

Selecting fabric - it's at the core of everything I do.

Who or what inspires you?

Japan. I visit at least once a year and it also happens to be our biggest single market.

Who would you most like to see wearing a Studio Nicholson design?

Sofia Coppola.

Which pieces from the AW14 collection have made their way into your wardrobe?

The Flynn pant - a great pleat-front cropped wool and cashmere trouser - and the Irving Skirt - the simplest silk slip skirt that works with everything.

What has been your proudest Studio Nicholson moment to date?

Being called a 'Womenswear Hero' in Monocle.

What has been the most important lesson learned?

Patience gets you everywhere and to expect nothing.

What would you like to do in the future?

Open our first bricks and mortar store in London and launch menswear.

And finally, what is team Studio Nicholson's guilty pleasure?

Novelty stationery from Japan!

The Studio Nicholson Pre SS15 collection is now available in store.