Straight out of art school, Oliver Spencer was making a living selling second hand clothes on Portobello Road when he was given the opportunity to raid the seconds rolls of Stephen Walters' silk mill. Full of ideas, he jumped at the chance to turn the leftover ecclesiastical fabrics he found into waistcoats. With the opening of the Piccadilly Arcade store, the Favourbrook brand was born – making formalwear for people with a passion for textiles. An exciting new development for the Favourbrook brand is a store opening in the near future at 16 Clifford Street.
The Oliver Spencer label was founded in 2002. Oliver Spencer the brand is the vision of Oliver Spencer the man. Oli wanted to create something new: a range of clothing with all the quality and craft of premium tailoring, but with a relaxed modern style. The philosophy? Quality needn't mean formality; casual needn't mean careless. That philosophy found plenty of adherents. And from a single shop on London's Lambs Conduit Street, Oliver Spencer has gone on to open four more shops, and an international online business — as well as being stocked in many of the world's leading department stores, from Selfridges to Liberty of London to Mr Porter. The brand was the winner of Menswear Designer at the WGSN Global Fashion Award 2013 and has been nominated for British Menswear Designer at the British Fashion Awards.
Alongside his distinctive design style, Oli is uncompromising in the standards he sets for production and provenance. That means the company seeks out the finest fabrics and yarns from artisanal British and Italian mills, and makes every garment in only the best European factories and workshops. Around 40% of the collection is made in England.
Spencer has developed a sophisticated and intelligent design approach and continues to design a complete, contemporary wardrobe for the modern, fashion-conscious man. He draws inspiration from the world of art and architecture and London's ever-evolving subcultures. Oli is an active member of the British fashion community, and lectures on the Menswear course at the University of the Arts Central Saint Martins school.