20-year-old aspiring designer travels across the pond to study fashion
A young fashion enthusiast sees Sunderland as the perfect place to create some new threads.
Tall, dark and handsome. Well maybe average height, but nonetheless dark and handsome. He emanates confidence and humility at the same time, who knew it was possible to be so much of both. His charm is undeniable, his interactions polite and playful, he is easy to talk with, an approachable personality and is passionate about his dreams. Dressed in a navy blue mock turtle accompanied by a gold thin necklace to match the accents in his pant’s drawstrings Robert (Rob) Tavory Robinson is dressing like he already has the job he wants.
Rob is the definition of a dreamer. Honestly, I think if you told him he had a pipe dream he would say “good thing my friend’s a plumber” and find a way to make the pipe lead to his goal. Perhaps the big city taught him to stand out in a crowd and not just stand in it.
Born and raised in the famous American big-city of Chicago, Rob is making a name for himself and putting his name on labels for others to wear. Proud founder, designer and owner of his own clothing brand.
Rob’s “if you can think it, it can happen” mentality is what has gotten him almost 4,000 miles from home in Sunderland, working hard to learn as much as he can abroad.
He is truly taking advantage of the international connections he is making studying abroad for a semester here in Sunderland. Rob knew he could not “get where I want sitting in one place.” Especially since his small college in the States did not offer the kind of fashion classes he needs to truly prepare himself for the field. Sunderland’s Fashion Product and Promotion and Fashion Journalism degree impressed him so he packed his bags and came across the pond to study at the University of Sunderland.
Rob describes the design class he takes here as “one of the hardest classes but it is challenging me and I am truly learning how to be a designer by creating look books and portfolios and learning new techniques.”
Though university is only one part of his learning experience. He believes “trial and error has been my biggest teacher.” In addition, he attributes loads to his mentors who have “given me jewels to cherish.”
However, it does not stop there. For Rob, it goes beyond planning patterns and brainstorming designs for his next collection. He believes clothing has the potential to affect people.
Rob wears determination on his stylish sleeves and uses it to pursue his dreams and make them a reality. The more you talk to him the more you realise the shine in his eyes when he talks is not because of some pretty girl (though I am sure pretty girls can have the same effect) but from his passion to do something he loves and make it mean something to people.