Alistair James is the eponymously named label of design duo Nicholas Alistair Walsh and David James Wise. Since launching in 2016, the duo specialise in dressmaking and event wear pieces.
From their South London studio, the brand is focused on fable and whimsy with a signature of streamlined heritage. The designers have a love of British craft, romance, fanciful British textiles and dreamy silhouettes.
This made them an instant hit with retailers such as Liberty and The Shop at Bluebird and garnered them sponsorship from Swarovski. In 2018, Alistair James was included in the BFC future British initiative, not to mention support from Vogue and WWD.
Nicholas is a womenswear designer, born and raised in West Yorkshire. His world has been encompassed around textiles from a young age through his family links with theatre drapery. Alongside graduating BA womenswear in 2014, he has worked at both Gareth Pugh and Alexander McQueen, making avante-garde pieces for shows and clients.
David is a London born textiles designer and has been working for some of the worlds leading fashion houses, notably Alexander McQueen since 2010. During this time he has been honing his craft; working with a broad range of styles and methods of textile manipulation.
“We are so grateful to be chosen as part of this programme. We are looking forward to working with the CFE team and hope they can be a shepherd for us to grow and develop our business, as they have managed to do for so many others.” – David Wise