‘I’m just set to provide the contemporary styles to the specific market that likes them’
Tisloh Dan is the 17 year old A-level student behind ‘Plastic Studios’. Currently on a break from his studies, he’s found time among dining out with friends and creating, to sit down with us and explain what exactly Plastic Studios is.
How and when did you make the transition to being fashion conscious?
Well, probably when I was 14. That was the era when my music taste changed and I was learning new things. The internet gave me Odd future, Lil Wayne, Drake, A$AP rocky etc. I guess you could say that I was learning from them haha. That Peso video changed my life.
I know that you skate – how long have you been skating for?
I’ve skated since I was 15 but I wouldn’t say that I’m a skater by any label. I just had a cheap Toys-R-Us set up and watched YouTube videos. It was just one of those things you aimlessly do as a kid. Over time, I met more people that were into the same stuff I was in and I kinda stuck with it after spending a long summer at ‘Lowes’ (Cantelowes Skatepark) in Camden.
Does skate culture influence the way you dress?
I wouldn’t say that my style is ‘sk8r’ by any means because I think that’s corny. It currently doesn’t influence my current choice of attire but I must say that it’s definitely lead up to it. Things like oversized tops/outerwear and skinny denim were definitely set in from my experience of skate culture.
You have a brand called Plastic Studio, what exactly is it?
It definitely isn’t something I’d necessarily call a brand but I guess you could say it’s my own little project.
Where did the name come from?
Well I was having a conversation with one of my friends on Facebook. It was a rant about how ‘easily led’ people can be, like sheep, and so ‘plastic’ came about because plasticity defines the quality of being easily shaped or moulded. It was originally called Plastic Clothing but ‘Studio’ sounded cooler.
What’s the idea behind its aesthetic? Can you cite anything outside of fashion that influenced Plastic Studio?
Well, I was kind of frustrated with the over-branding of streetwear. Brands like Palace and Supreme drop a lot of pieces that are stupidly over-branded and it sickens me – like repeating logos on the back, then on the chest then again on the inside for example (no shade tho, to each their own). I’ve never really worn a brand purely for its name or for the hype or price, but because I actually like the clothes hence why my favourite item of clothing is a £7.50 M&S white t-shirt. I just liked minimal styles and so everything is somewhat hovering in that region.
There are obvious similarites between your brand and contemporary brand Vetements – what makes your aesthetic original and unique?
I wouldn’t claim to be unique really. I’m just set to provide the contemporary styles to the specific market that likes them. I make good quality garments for fair prices, that’s all. Of course people will slate me for whatever reason they feel offended by but at the end of the day, I have a small name for myself in the world and a small fortune to fund my desires. Take Zara as an example, they LITERALLY copy other brands but hey, one probably still shops at Zara. Almost every major Zara piece gets slated online for being on-trend and unoriginal, but let’s face it, Amancio Oretga’s $73 billion net worth does the talking.
To assume all fashion is functional is naïve, however oversized sleeves and cropped bodies don’t make for the most functional of hoodies – do you believe that there should be a balance between function and aesthetic in fashion?
Philippe Starck said “form over function”. If it looks good, you buy it. Simple. A lot of fashion is non-functional and absolutely absurd but that doesn’t stop sales. If form always followed function then aesthetics would be pointless, right? IPhones are flat, metallic, rectangular objects; ergonomics and practicality are completely blown out the window but they look good right? Exactly.
What is next for you and your brand?
I’m thinking of doing some outerwear pieces simply because they’re nicer to experiment with. Hoodies and other basic pieces are fairly generic so I guess we’ll see where it takes me. Shouts to everyone who currently supports.
You can check out Plastic Studio here.
Edited by Daniel Hawksworth