Each collection of Toogood Unisexwear is, first of all, an independent manifesto, and not at all a tribute to the voracious cycle of fashion seasons and rules.
With her current Collection 006, Erica Toogood and her team clear the way for a new aesthetic rooted in personality and sincerity, a liberating mode that is available to all, male and female, old and young. Toogood celebrates the craft and the toil of the workers — not anonymous serfs running up
disposable fads in far-flung sweatshops but named artisans with pride in their labor. Erica, a true narrator, delivers gorgeous handcrafted, hand-painted, hand-stiched and hand-embroidered pieces, each carrying a story behind – The Editor Jacket, The Explorer Coat, The Painter Top, The Shepherd Tunic...
"Whereas for too long we have witnessed the honest clothing of working people being stolen and arrogated in the name of so-called utility wear and industrial chic; Whereas in an age of digital reproduction the individual is beset on all sides by the bastions of mercantilism and commerce, those false profiteers who prescribe with one hand and prescribe with the other while forcing all newcomers into constructive sartorial templates... We shall harness the techniques and forms of this mechanized age and return them to the people. The inherent worth of any object lies not in the pronouncements of the self-appointed arbiters of collective taste, but in provenance and the
craftsmanship of manufacture,"- Erica Toogood.