The Piers Thomas story…
From an early age I had two seemingly disparate passions of sailing and sewing that led me along a path that included a fashion degree course at Kingston University, London, working as a designers assistant deep within the fashion world at Workers for Freedom and a transatlantic sailing crossing on a Swan 48.
A 6 year stay in Ventura, California, with Patagonia exposed me to the heart of the technical sportswear industry and allowed me to develop my design + management skills within many different outdoor sports and cultures under the umbrella of sustainable development.
12 months on the south island of New Zealand was spent learning the skills of a Graphic designer whilst both monitoring and participating in the fledgling years of the sport of kite boarding (Groundswell, Redbull, Underground).
I returned to Europe to design a house on the Isle of Wight while also renovating the Helly Hansen watersports collection and shifting the sailing industry with the invigoration of my outdoor marketplace experience along with my passion for the sports. This then lead to further work introducing new lifestyle product ranges for both Patagonia and Gill utilizing my experience of working in different industries and continents.
I have a holistic approach to the clothing industry, not only focusing on designing the correct product mix and/or systems, but also solving business situations, re-launching brands (Zero Restriction, JG4B) and launching new product categories (Filson, Simms).
In the last few years I have shifted from designing and managing remote Design and Development teams in order to resurrect brands (Cloudveil, Atlantis Weather Gear) into researching and designing from within the professional cycling peloton (Rapha, Team Sky). I’ve created/worked in various workshops around the world and I have now built a new custom laboratory with digital 2D patterning and mixed media 3D construction tools and machines. I am now focusing on research, design and prototype construction within the two main fields of wearable technologies and elite athletes… creating bespoke performance items for both training and competition (English Cricket Board, British Cycling, English Institute of Sport) and garments where textiles and technology combine (Seismic and Valkyrie Industries).
I bring all these experiences together to design emotional, innovative, environmentally harmless, cutting edge and directional products that last both physically and aesthetically through blending technology with emotions and cultures for life, living and performance.