Darren Scott from Winson Green area of Birmingham has recently won the ‘Emerging Designer Award’ by Midlands Fashion Awards. He caught up with his old college, South and City College Birmingham, to reflect on his success.
Darren’s working career did not start with fashion. After leaving school, he became a barber for 8 years and even owned his own shop, but his passion has always been fashion. Darren was 33 years old when he enrolled on a HND Fashion and Textiles in 2013 at the Digbeth based campus.
He reflected: “When I left school at 16, I wanted to get into fashion. I tried doing it, but I don’t think I was mature enough to handle the pace, so I went off and did many other things and ended up doing barbering. But when you have a passion, a real passion, it comes out somewhere along the line. As I got older, my craving for doing fashion got much stronger and I became more assertive in taking the necessary steps to making my dream a reality.”
Darren juggled a young family with the demand of his studies and managed to successfully complete his college course, progressing on to a BA degree at De Montfort University. During his final year at university in 2017, he set up his own clothing brand My Real Cover, which specialises in bespoke, luxury outerwear and clothes. Wearers of his brand include grime artists and even the American rapper 50 Cent.
Darren has excellent things to say about his time at South and City College:
“My time at the college really helped me set myself up for success in my career. The course is very practical and I’ve always been really good with my hands, but I didn’t have a clue about Computer Aided Design (CAD), sewing or pattern cutting when I started. It was a big deal for me to learn how to make garments. All these skills have become a massive benefit to me in establishing my own brand, I didn’t learn this at university; I learnt it at college.”
When asked what advice he would give to his younger self, Darren said, “When you’re going through your journey, you really question yourself, because you don’t get any accolades or see the benefits of what you are doing straight away, so you need self-belief. Now I am seeing the fruits of my hard-work, it all makes sense. Stick at it, be strong, stay focussed and don’t be half-hearted, jump in with both feet. The college has a lot to offer, if you want to shine, they will support you. Even though I have left quite a while ago, my tutors are still supporting me. My only regret is that I didn’t follow my passion earlier, as it wasn’t really as hard as my younger self thought.”
If you would like to follow in Darren’s footsteps, check out the HND in Fashion and Textiles. (https://www.sccb.ac.uk/courses/university-level/837-level-5/7166-hnd-fashion-textiles)