Brighton-based Canadian designer Paul Harnden is pretty obscure: he never showed his designs on a catwalk, he doesn’t sell online, preferring only few super selected stores, and he never accords interviews. Nevertheless he can count on a little crowd of loyal fans, including designer John Galliano, who described him as “very Greta Garbo”. He started as a shoemaker – his handmade shoes are quite cult items – adding a clothing collection in 2000. Paul Harnden’s anti-fashion garments are unmistakable: think of slightly revisited American Civil War costumes made up of heavy cotton, linen and rough tweed, with an Amish touch.

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