Successful fashion photographer Guy Hills launched British brand Dashing Tweeds in 2006 with the talented head of Woven Textiles at the Royal College of Art, Kirsty McDougall. Using the best mills in the country, they set up their weave design studio to create high luxury woven designs. With the cloth’s instant success amongst Savile Row tailors, the Dashing Tweeds Flagship store opened in 2014 in Mayfair, London. Today, Dashing Tweeds produce two seasonal fabric collections a year alongside their newly launched ready to wear menswear line, first seen at London Collections Men for AW16.
Graduated with a degree in Biology from Bristol University in 1990 before working as a fashion photographer in London. His photography career encompassed shooting portraits and fashion whilst working for publishing houses such as Conde Nast, Ipc and Hearst Magazines. He became photography director on Quintessentially magazine and shot lifestyle images for brands including Cartier, Aston Martin and Jaguar. Guy was asked to be the image maker for the newly formed Savile Row Bespoke association in 2008. His life long love of clothes and textiles was catapulted into the highest level when he acquired his first Savile Row suit. However, the archive cloths he saw whilst working in the Row out shone anything currently available and these led him to seeking out Kirsty and setting up Dashing Tweeds.
Born on the Isle of Lewis and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design followed by an MA at the Royal College of Art. Her work encompasses unusual material combinations, bold use of colour and a fascination for woven structure. Kirsty worked extensively for the fashion industry on fabric development and design before Co-Founding Dashing Tweeds with Guy Hills. When Kirsty is not designing new collections for Dashing she now divides her time between her role as Senior Tutor in Weave at The Royal College of Art and Director of Rare Thread.