August 8, 2016 - Rebecca Cramer
Liverpool, has always been a ship-building town, and when the industry died post-Beatles, in the mid-1980s, what was left was one of the most economically depressed areas of England. Ash Kumar’s introduction into the world of UK fashion began early with his grandmother; who, in order to help support her family, brought then drab Liverpool, a kaleidoscope of textures and fabrics in her clothing shop. Regarded as a “gifted saleswoman with a knack for bringing her customers in for the latest styles,” she surrounded herself and a young Ash, with beautiful fabrics and colors. Though Ash was born and raised in Manchester, some of his fondest memories are of the time spent with his “Gran” at her shop. Ash later found himself dreaming of fashion in college.