a child of the 70's, a teen in the 80's,
a raver in the 90's,..............
fast forward to the 2020's; fashion designer for the pAST 15 years,
musician, stylist, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, envrionmental & human rights activist.
TRANSFIXED BY THE JUXTAPOSITION OF BRITISH PUNK AND THE TRASHY GLAMOUR OF AMERICAN COP SHOWS AS A CHILD.
MOVING ON TO THE DIY ETHICS OF THE 80S, the NEW ROMANTIC MOVEMENT AND HIGH GLOSS SOAP OPERAS IN his TEENS.
IT WAS ALWAYS GOING TO BE MUSIC OR FASHION.....
DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL AND SECURED his FIRST RECORD DEAL AT 19 - MAKING his OWN CLOTHES AND LATCHING ON TO THE 2ND SUMMER OF LOVE, UNDERGROUND CLUBS AND ARTHOUSES.
NIGHTLIFE AND ALL THE FREAKS THAT FREQUENTED IT WAs HOME.
THEN SOMETHING HAPPENED;
FROM THE LATE 90S FASHION AND MUSIC BECAME MORE AND MORE GENERIC AND BLAND.
CORPORATE IDENTITY WAS HAILED AS 'SUCCESS' WITH THE LAZY GREED OF CONSUMERS RIPPING HOLES IN THE PLANET'S FINITE RESOURCES.
INDIVIDUALITY BECAME CIRCUMSPECT AND A WALK THROUGH ANY CITY NOW IS LIKE WATCHING A POPULATION OF DYSTOPIAN CLONES.
BURBO SAYS 'NO'.
SELF TAUGHT AND SELF EDUCATED IN GARMENT CONSTRUCTION, UPCYCLING, AND STYLING.
DESIGNING FOR A GROWING ARMY OF BURBO DEVOTEES AND STYLING FOR PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES WHO WANT A UNIQUE TAKE ON THIER OWN INDIVIDUALITY.
"i dont consider myself a fashion designer - I'm a creative who works in the medium of fabric.
i DESPISE CONFORMITY AND WILL ALWAYS SEARCH OUT THE DIFFERENT, THE UNUSUAL, THE UNCONVENTIONAL."
MY WORDS ARE 'WHY? WHERE? HOW?'
EVERYONE ELSE IS ALREADY TAKEN."
- oscar Wilde
'Burbo is the most innovative designer working in Birmingham today'
- Patti Bell, Legendary Punk/New wave Designer.
'We love this designer @BURBOKture so talented.'
-MODERN MAGAZINE UK
'As the saying goes; "You either know Fashion or you don't." There's no doubt that Designer, Stylist and Fashion Director, Burbo, knows Fashion.'
Chris Brown - QUARTER LIFE MAGAZINE
'Disorder Boutique is a multi award winning store and brand; For a number of years, Burbo has been a key part of the Disorder team, co-managing the store. Burbo K'ture is also stocked in Disorder Boutique and it has become an important label in the store brand mix. It is always a pleasure to have such an original label and talented communicator become part of the Disorder family.'
- Mark Howard, Designer, Artist and Director at Disorder Boutique.
'His range is broad – We’ve been able to style everyone from comedian Jasper Carrott, multi-award winning milliner Monique Lee to local don & Soul Food entrepreneur Carl Finn. He also helped us to create ‘Anna Karenina’ & ’Bane’ character inspired looks for the aforementioned ‘Modern Icons’ shoot, proving the strap line ‘Men, Women, Whatever’ is a perfect summation of the brand.'
- Sy-Anne Taylor, Stylist of The Year;
Midland Fashion Awards.
'We've used Burbo on all our creative shoots and his work is impeccable. A true professional with an original creative vision which has helped us to take our shoots to another level.'
-Dean & Dean, Sixth Sense Salon.
'As well as making made-to-measure designs, he sells items off the peg; it’s his unique products that are proving a hit with shoppers from across the country.'
- Birmingham Mail.
Photographers included on the site:
Elementz of Couture