Arthur had worked previously as a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym before being made redundant. Needing to retrain he learned how to sew – something that, as a child, he had often seen his mother do. He started by doing garment alterations at home, building up to making trousers and waistcoats. Wishing to develop his skills as a designer as well as his technical skills, he applied for the National Diploma in Fashion and Clothing – his first ever fashion course.

He also studied Functional Skills English in conjunction with the National Diploma in Fashion and is now looking forward to studying BA Bespoke Tailoring at the London College of Fashion. Arthur hopes to make his own mark on the industry with his very own fashion label.

“The college, teachers and students are all great! It has helped me to be more creative, to use my time doing creative things. If it wasn’t for the college, I wouldn’t be where I am today. The college has improved my life a lot.”