Along my journey within the realms of menswear I have discovered that there are three ways to build a collection. This I call the " TAO " of The Sparkyman. This " TAO " can be appllied to all aspects of design, whether it be fashion, industrial, graphics or architecture.
This " TAO " consists of " True " meaning " True Inspiration ". Whether you are stranded in the Jungles of Thailand or under the hood of a vintage Corvette. Being inspired from the source. A spark of an idea generated from a completely foreign place unrelated to your field of design. Then translated into a form or another idea.
This is T for " True ".
The next is " Archive " meaning historical reference. Looking back and being inspired by medieval armour or by a pair of denim dug up from a mine shaft in Colorado. Using the archival literally or to ignite another idea. Mastering the historical and learning how to translate these messages from the past is an art in itself.
This is A for " Archive ".
The last is " Opportunity " meaning to identify opportunities in the market place. This is the third building block most closely associated with business. Constantly looking and investigating the area of design of your choice. Identifying what you perceive to be opportunities that you can use for your own ends and like a magpie swooping down and picking it up. A successful magpie knows how to keep his eyes wide open and how to not miss an opportunity.
This is O for " Opportunity ".