Harry Duley makes her total, bespoke assortment of jersey, wardrobe necessities within the UK. Some objects are handmade in her dwelling studio in Dorset (the place Harry cuts all of the patterns and makes all of the samples) and bigger orders are handled by a family-run producer in Nottingham. With sustainability in thoughts, Harry makes small batches to order, doesn’t carry a great deal of inventory and by no means goes into sale. Our new TNMA mid-rise pants can be found in 5 new colourways: vintage pink, previous rose, teal, terracotta and khaki inexperienced. To supply prospects a wider vary of colors and brighten up your knicker drawer, the material has been up to date and is now 68% bamboo, 28% cotton and 4% Elastane.
As with our first collaboration that is an unique mid-rise type, ending just under the stomach button, with a low leg form and cross over end (on the surface leg) – Harry’s signature element. One single pair of premium mid-rise pants is £22 (out there HERE). The five-pack of premium mid-rise pants is £95 (15% off) and is available in a present field (out there HERE).
After we had a ‘enterprise espresso’ just lately to debate the brand new huge pants, I realised that I didn’t know a lot about Harry (we met via TNMA sweatshirt designer, Charlotte Day) – so, I requested the way it all started. ‘I used to be in search of a easy black t-shirt in a high quality cotton material with reduce and no logos! Surprisingly onerous to seek out, so I made one myself,’ she says, ‘I like simplicity and timeless design. I’ve at all times beloved dance, so my collections have at all times been designed to maneuver with you, so you’ll be able to transfer from a category to a restaurant or work, or wherever.’
After leaving college at 16, Harry studied Style at artwork faculty and labored in retail earlier than transferring to London (from Somerset). With a mortgage from The Prince’s Belief, Harry Duley the enterprise formally launched in 1998, ‘This quickly developed right into a small assortment – all in black jersey.’ Initially promoting to mates and thru home events, information of her super-soft layers quickly unfold by phrase of mouth. Twenty 5 years later, on the age of 52, she has prolonged her vary to incorporate yoga put on, collaborated with People Clothes on a sell-out assortment and change into the Queen of Huge Pants.
Harry Duley photograph by James McMillan
Starting the day nicely is necessary to Harry, ‘ You begin your day with the muse layers. In the event that they’re good high quality and good to maneuver in, it makes an enormous distinction. I contemplate my underwear very fastidiously.’ Very sensible. Subsequent up, a morning yoga routine: ‘I found yoga about 5 years in the past and beloved it from the get go. Vinyasa Yoga is now a vital a part of my every day life, I begin every day with a dynamic practise (after espresso!). It’s a every day check-in that leaves me feeling energised and powerful.’
What I hadn’t realised is that Harry’s Base Layer (underwear) assortment is comparatively current. In the beginning of the primary lockdown, she took the chance to overview her enterprise, ‘I discovered myself with extra time to consider my work. The place it was and the place I needed to go. Being disheartened with my knicker drawer, it grew to become apparent…I might make my very own huge pants!’ Going via her archive she discovered a bikini sample and tailored the form of the already-quite-big pants, ‘ I used the archive sample as a draft. I knew precisely the type I needed. So it solely took a number of tweaks to get it proper. And, I gather material samples, so I knew I already had the proper material. All of it got here collectively simply.’
Whereas Harry admits that she’s nonetheless a monochrome-lover at coronary heart, her designs have taken a multi-coloured flip, ‘There’s one thing about underwear that lends itself to color. I’m wanting ahead to seeing how this new vary is obtained!’