“It’s my love for travel that fuels my spirit and influences my work and style “
After finishing a degree in fashion and textiles NCAD Dublin, Irish designer Debbie Millington worked her way through the costume departments of Hollywood. For the past eighteen years, she has worked on various feature films including Star Wars and Moulin Rouge before starting her own design company.
“ Movie-making opened many doors and opportunities for me, learning new skills and working alongside great talents and celebrities from stage and screen. The costume department is always an exciting place to be, especially interesting in the early stages of preparation, researching various costume genres and fashion eras for the script and its characters. I love the initial weeks of " hunt and gathering ", trawling market bazaars and shops for intriguing fabrics and haberdashery braids and trims. Filling notebooks with inspiring colours, textures and ideas. The variety and diversity is certainly what keeps my work so stimulating with a constant stream of inspiration.
Working in both film and fashion allows me to combine my two loves, work and travel, offering me the opportunity to broaden my horizons and feed my desire to see the world. Travel allows me to experience first hand things that are exciting and new. Be it the extravagant traditional costumes of the Japanese Kabuki theatre, the extraordinary architecture of the hanging temples in China, or the intricate mosaic floors of the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Hence why all my designs are inspired by personal travel stories and experiences from around the world. I would always have my camera at the ready to snap anything that caught my eye.
My lust for travel has taken me to every corner of the globe from the yoga Ashrams of Rishikesh, the lush backwaters of Kerala, visiting the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, camel trekking across the Rajasthan desert India. Cycling the world most dangerous road in La Paz, Bolivia, visiting the grandiose peaks of the Himalayas, remote Buddhist temples and Everest basecamp in Tibet. Trekking in the Annapurna mountain range and swimming with elephants in the Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Witnessing the enormity of the Perito Moreno Glacier, hiking Torres Del Paine in Patagonia, Argentina. Climbing the lofty steps of the Inca temples in Mexico and Guatemala and the ancient civilisations of Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
From gold panning in the most northerly Arctic town of Tuktoyaktuk, to the most southerly city in the world, Ushuaia. The wonderful red lakes of the Atacama Desert, Chile, to the powerful Iguazú Falls in Brazil. Unforgettable sunsets in Bali, scuba diving the coral reefs of Tobago, sitting at the highest lake in the world Namtso lake in Tibet, to the lowest Huaraz valleys and Colca Canyon in Peru. The Great Wall, the hanging monastery and the terracotta warriors in China. The parched petrified forests of the Deadvlei desert and climbing the Big Daddy sand dune in the Sossusvlei, Namibia.
The silk scarf is such a versatile accessory and for me acts as a blank square canvas to which I can let my artistic ideas flow. As an emerging label, a major part of the brand ethos, is that the label is non season led. The collection is made up of well-designed ‘Hero Classics’ with new designs added twice a year. This allows me to keep the collection fresh, interesting and ever-changing, leaving me more time to focus on what is really important - the brand, quality of design and craftsmanship. All designs in the collection are timeless heirloom pieces that can be worn season after season, year after year. The brand reinforces the importance of the “considered purchase” and buying a product that offers longevity in your wardrobe.
As brand designer and consumer, I have always supported efforts in developing positive change in the fashion industry and one of the main concerns in the development of the brand, was the sustainability of the product and its impact on the environment and “safe” fashion. There are no tiny hands exploited at any stage in production of this product. The scarves are made by a highly reputable UK based company and not mass produced in China or India. Scarves are digitally printed onto silk using non toxic “Azo Free” dyes, biodegradable inks, recycled water and less energy and our designer gift packaging is made from 100% recycled card and paper using soy based dyes”.