The Rodnik Band

...designed by artist Philip Colbert

Philip’s designs walk a satirical line between art and fashion, and play on the idea of wearable art. Each design is hand made using intense hand-sewn and embroidery techniques. Each piece is part of a limited edition collection. The current collection was represented by 20 Hoxton Square Gallery. The brand is presented as an Ironic pop band, with Philip performing a vocal wrap, accompanied by models wearing the collection and playing in the band. Often referred to as a fashion version of the Velvet Underground, the label represents a unique amalgamation of music, art and fashion. By associating these three genres, The Rodnik Band creates a modern fashion concept. Philip has a distinct approach to the industry and has carved out an individual position, mixing these media to create a different and meaningful brand identity. The label has gained a celebrity following such as Lily Cole, Sienna Miller and Liv Tyler. Philip has been supported by leading industry figures such as Andre Leon Talley, Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Piaggi.

Nothing inspires me like…
Thinking from a different perspective. I believe the idea that when you look at something differently, the thing you look at changes. For me the first challenge in design I am inspired by is seeing things differently. People often overlook this and push technical boundaries too far.

I hope…
That fashion, art and music can help unite humanity and reduce conflict. Like a uniform, clothing unites people in look and ideology. The role of the global brand can be to spread a positive brand lifestyle message that brings people together with a shared understanding and value of humanity.

Cultural influences…
Are an important aspect of modern design and marketing. I think it is vital in today’s world to think and present collections with universal appeal that can inspire people from multi-cultural backgrounds.

I got where I am...
With a bit of luck, and a lot of knocking. I always liked the quote "making lucky things happen". I was always inspired by the unusual approach, and as I had studied philosophy before starting the label, I set about creating a global super brand with no experience whatsoever

Fashion can sometimes...
Be absurd, but that’s what makes it an art. I am always inspired when I think of Peggy Guggenheim turning up to an art show wearing a giant Alexander Calder Mobile as a hat. I'm not sure if this ever happened, but I like the idea that fashion can represent a new dimension of artistic expression for the narrative of visual art, and the ability to walk, talk and wear the art, and even to conceptualise one's self as the art.

Did you know…
Why Flamingos are pink? It's because of the pink dye that’s in the shrimp they eat.

Love now because…
You have to live in the moment, and not take the future for granted, live every day as if it were your last.

I dance like…
Mr. Bean, on a boat in the Andaman Islands during Christmas and kept falling off. Kept everyone laughing.

Faith in...
Yourself seems to be one of the most useful qualities. People who believe in themselves keep marching, and get there in the end. Sometimes it seems to take an irrational and strong belief in the self, against all the odds and opinions. The need to create is often an irrational process.

Creativity comes from…
The desire to identify the self in an overwhelming sea of the other.

My dreams are…
Something I like to think about. It's amazing that when you sleep, you have the freedom to go anywhere or do anything. I am very inspired by the two dimensions of life, being awake and being asleep, and the way they relate. I like the idea that you can often read meaning in your dreams and how that might affect your life.

My vice is...
That I like to daydream. This is also much easier when it's sunny.

NYC/London/Milan/Paris is…
A bonus of working in the fashion industry. They are all great cities and I am lucky that I get to travel to all a few times a year.

Studios make me…
Happy. I like being in the studio. I have been lucky enough to have my studio next to two artist friends Henry Hudson and Hugo Wilson, lots of smoking and hanging.

The earliest memory...
Was being in the hospital bed when I was born, in the smallish town of Perth in Scotland, but guess I made this up in my head, as been told my memory would not have developed at that stage, who knows.