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Fashion Accessory Design Course Leader takes his innovative accessories brand to The London Artisan

Lee Mattocks launched his brand MATTOX in 2016 and will showcase new designs at the East London curated marketplace this autumn

A selection of MATTOX products
A selection of MATTOX products

The Course Leader of our BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design course is taking his ethical accessories brand MATTOX to The London Artisan, an annual curated marketplace bringing together 50 of the UK’s most exciting contemporary designers. Taking place at Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane in September and again in December, Lee Mattocks will present a selection of his leather bags and purses, crafted using innovative cutting technology which ensures unique designs with minimal waste.

With a strong background in designing luxury leather products, Lee challenged himself to develop an approach to construction free from the traditional factory manufacture processes linked to ‘fast fashion’. He developed a revolutionary interlocking seam design using the latest CNC knife cutting technology, enabling him to craft unique and intricate products capable of being customised and repaired easily. MATTOX bags and purses are produced in small quantities in Nottingham using responsibly sourced leather, thus offering an alternative to other brands in the market place; they are gaining a large fan base.

Lee Mattocks
Fashion Accessory Design Course Leader Lee Mattocks

Lee told us: “I wanted to create accessories that were desirable, felt luxurious and featured a strong design element. I did not want my accessories made in factories overseas, so I slept on this problem for some time and managed to remove factories from the chain through an alternative design process.”

He continued: “I have created a business that stands for great craftsmanship and products that are ethically made with a transparent supply chain, working alongside likeminded and responsible suppliers. I wanted my bags to be loved and owned by people who appreciate luxurious materials but who cared where and how they were made.”

It is with this reputation for contemporary design, innovation and support for British manufacturing that Lee leads our Fashion Accessory Design course. His expertise and knowledge of the industry have enabled him to develop the design facilities, together with a wide range of teaching and learning activities on the course. As a specialist in luxury leather goods, fashion illustration, CAD design and mass customisation, students on the course truly benefit from his diverse and in-depth knowledge.

Catch MATTOX at The London Artisan from 29 – 30 September and 15 – 16 December.

Published on 3 September 2018
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Culture; School of Art & Design