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In Conversation with Ken Price of Blake Mill

Blake Mill is a premium men’s fashion designer, based in Manchester, which makes completely unique and high-quality men’s dress shirts. Founded in 2018 by Steve French, Ross French and Ken Price, with a passion to make high quality dress shirts for people who want to express their individuality through clothes. The brand aims to help their customers stand out from the crowd. That may be as simple as sporting an interesting collar and cuff lining on a beautifully made white shirt. Or it may be as bold and brash as a neon impression of real brain waves rendered on the entire body of the shirt.

The three founders collectively have over 50-years in Fintech, and they want to drive even more technology innovation into Blake Mill. From the design concepts and prototyping, to how shirts are made and authenticated - think QR codes that tell the customer exactly where the materials are from, how they were sourced and how the shirt was made. Customers will also be able to register their products on resale markets, allowing shirts to live a longer life.

In a recent episode of the MenswearStyle Podcast we interviewed Ken Price, Co-Founder of high-quality dress shirt brand Blake Mill about the founding story and what differentiates the brand from other men's shirting brands in the market. Our host Peter Brooker and Ken talked about the design process, the Seedrs crowdfunding campaign, harnessing customer feedback, sustainability efforts, and Art licensing.

“What really differentiates us is our original designs, and that's something we put a lot of effort into. Steve and I both come from finance, technology, and data backgrounds but we have a lot of interests in things ranging from music and literature to history and science. And it was those passions and interests that started to result in the creation of some of these designs, which ended up on men's shirts, which started to create a lot of interest in the retail community and ultimately, through to our customers directly. So, we're really all about original design, creating those original designs and creating an environment for generating those designs.”

This is a shortened transcribed edit of episode 187 of the MenswearStyle Podcast with Ken Price, Co-Founder of blakemill.co.uk. You can listen to the full version on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favourite podcast player.

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