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Forty clothing now on remixd

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Scottish DJ quit his job and turned toddler's monster doodle into Forty clothing empire

Harry Miller launched his business after printing his three-year-old son's striking drawing onto a t-shirt and wearing it to a club night.

When DJ Harry Miller was looking for a new challenge, he came up with a monster of an idea – thanks to his young son.

The dad of two, who had spent more than 20 years working in the  fashion industry, fell in love with a doodle three-year-old Bryce had drawn of a beady-eyed, pointy-eared beast.

With the encouragement and help of a graphic designer friend, he had the image emblazoned on a T-shirt, which he wore while spinning discs at a local club.

It proved such a hit that Harry started a pop-up shop selling Bryce’s design on T-shirts, hoodies, polo tops and caps.

Five years on, the monster image has become the signature design of Harry’s successful fashion label, Forty Clothing – and he will always be grateful for his son’s artistic talent.

The 45-year-old, who opened his flagship Forty store in Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, said: “I’ll never forget coming home late from work one night and lying on the floor was this drawing Bryce had done of the most amazing monster.

“He was only three at the time and I just couldn’t believe the detail he had put in – such precision.

“Most kids at that age would have been drawing stickmen, if you were lucky, and scribbles.

“I was so blown away, I took a picture and posted it on social media.

“One of my friends, Peter Love, who is a graphic designer, said, ‘That would make a good T-shirt’, and so the seed was planted.”

At the time, Harry juggled his performances as one of Scotland’s top DJs with his day job as part of the menswear buying team at fashion chain Cruise.

Approaching 40, he was at a turning point in his life and was looking for a career change.

Harry, who regularly performed at T in the Park, said: “I loved working in fashion but I’d been with Cruise for 19 years, the company had changed ownership and I was at a point in my life where I was thinking, ‘Is this who I am?’

“My friend Peter’s comment about making a T-shirt with Bryce’s drawing stuck in my head.

“I didn’t do anything about it for a while, then one day I was getting ready for DJ-ing that night and started to think about what I would wear. There was a wee place in Hamilton I knew of that printed T-shirts, so I asked if they could put Bryce’s drawing on a T-shirt for me.

“The image was exactly as Bryce had drawn it. I didn’t change a thing.

“That night, it felt like every single person asked me about my T-shirt, who designed it and where they could get one.

“I don’t believe in coincidences – I’d started looking for a new job and then this opportunity had presented itself.

“I spoke to Peter, who knew all the technical side of things about what font would work best and things like that. Everything just felt right and fell into place.”

Harry quickly placed an order for more T-shirts to be made. As his venture grew, he was given an ultimatum by his bosses that he should either work for them or run his own business.

He said: “I remember going home to my wife Kelly in December 2013 and asking her if she had bought everything we needed for Christmas because I had just given up my job. It was scary, but I have no regrets.”

With the support of his family, including Bryce, now nine, and daughter Blaire, six, Harry officially launched Forty Clothing.

They started a pop-up shop in the basement of a hairdressers in Glasgow.

Harry said: “It had no heating and I had to set up disco lights. But by that time we had put the design on maybe 20 different garments, and there had been so much interest from people we knew and on social media that by the end of our run we had nearly sold out all our products.

“That’s when I realised this dream could really happen.”

 

 

 

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