Rubber Soul - by Nick Wakeman
For me, factory visits almost always kickstart the imagination. It's the so-called 'back end' of the industry that interests me, rather than the catwalks of Paris – I've had some of my best ideas under blaring strip lights, walking amongst the tinnitus inducing chorus of hundreds of sewing machines. Sometimes I think the nature of how things are made is almost as important as the finished product, which is why I felt compelled to photograph the inner workings of the Moonstar plant, which was a haven of brilliance, pride and calm.
On arrival I was handed a washed, worn, navy blue worker's cap bearing the company logo, which is part of the standard daily uniform for every employee. Attentive gestures like this (along with the raising of the Union Jack as I approached the entrance) made me feel like I was already a valued part of the Moonstar family – until it was time to leave and I felt more like a delinquent teenager when I was asked to hand back my temporary worker's cap. I'd surreptitiously stuffed it in my bag, ready to be reimagined for a future season of SNJP. Seems like the dynamism of the factory floor had worked its future-season-moodboard-magic again.
Nick Wakeman is The Founder & Creative Director at Studio Nicholson
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