Prince’s Trust and T.M.Lewin launch new line
Quite fittingly, in the same week the charity celebrates the 30th birthday of its Enterprise programme, the Prince’s Trust help a young man launch himself onto the high street.
Anthony Aitman is the latest young person to benefit from the Prince’s Trust Tomorrow Campaign, which aims to champion young people and inspire the next generation.
Since 2011, Anthony, with the guidance and support of T.M.Lewin, designer Wayne Hemingway and the Prince’s Trust, has been working on a new range of mens accessories.
Launch day at T.M.Lewin Jermyn Street location
I was fortunate enough to be extended an invitation to the launch at T.M.Lewin’s Jermyn Street store, giving me the chance to chat briefly with Anthony (not surprisingly, everyone wanted his attention) and get first glance at the new collection.
Anthony graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a degree in 3D Animation, only to find himself unable to gain permanent employment. Six months down the line and numerous part-time jobs later, a magazine feature Anthony came across got him thinking about applying his design talents to clothing.
The Tomorrow campaign provided Anthony the advice and resources he needed to help him develop his idea into something tangible and long-lasting. As well as working on the collection for T.M.Lewin, Anthony has also started his own clothing line, Musket Wear. While very different from T.M.Lewin, Musket Wear focuses on street wear items, the quality remains the same.
Speaking at the launch on Wednesday, both T.M.Lewin CEO Geoff Quinn and Wayne Hemingway praised Anthony for his achievements under the programme, noting his development as a person as the biggest success for them.
Items from the Prince’s Trust Tomorrow range; including ties, handkerchiefs and cufflinks, are now available to buy in T.M.Lewin stores and online.