London Fire Brigade

Chelsea firefighter setting world of men's fashion alight

12 August 2015

A Chelsea firefighter has put his best foot forward and taken a giant step into the world of men's fashion.
 
Tomiwa Adeosun, who is on the white watch, graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Fashion Menswear Footwear in June. He previously studied at the London College of Fashion where he got a foundation degree in Cordwainers Footwear Design in 2013.
 
As part of their Masters, Tomiwa's course were asked to come up with their own designs of Adidas Forum Trainers and Tomiwa's concept was one of five selected to be produced and exhibited at the sports brand giant's headquarters in Germany.


 
He said: "It was cool to see the trainers, it was a childhood dream of mine at one time. When I was younger - about 11 years old, I used to design trainers with my friends. I loved being able to draw and design things from your imagination, but life took me on a different path."
 
Tomiwa joined the Brigade in May 2011 and was first stationed at Clerkenwell before moving to Chelsea. His final collection for his MA was partly inspired by his time in the Brigade so far.
 
The project saw him produce workwear he describes as "masculine and gritty" and the design featured old firefighter buckles. Tomiwa's previous collection for his foundation degree included shoes made from leather and old fire hoses.


 
He said: "I was inspired by the idea of ‘workwear’ and the work of photographer Irvin Penn, but I was also heavily and naturally inspired by my environment and role as a firefighter and in particular the technical aspects of our workwear, PPE, equipment and of course the personalities. 
 
"I named the shoes after different personalities on the watch. It was my way of bringing them into my world and to show them what I'd been doing and using my leave and exchange of duty to do. The designs might not have been to their taste but they could appreciate what I’d put into it."
 
He added: "My ultimate goal is to have my own brand and see my designs in the shops and people wearing them in the street, but I want to continue being a firefighter. I enjoy the job and the people I work with. Becoming a firefighter is one of the proudest things that I have done."