British menswear designer Alex Devol has worked with Vans, Converse, Nike amongst other indie brands over the last decade, but he found his calling when he started focusing on his woodwork and pottery housed on his perfectly curated shop, Wooden & Woven. The
While working as a menswear designer he created hundreds of garments of which hundreds of thousands would be produced and sold, but none would provide the same satisfaction or pride from either its creation or its use as any hand made goods.
We owe a lot to mass production, but machine made things are children of the brain, while hand made things are children of the heart. Assembly lines bring cheaper, more consistent and quicker results, but there is beauty which can only be achieved through making each piece one at a time.