EP015 (Full Episode): Wayne Hemingway | Placemaking and Fashion Design

The High Point podcast - Atelier Crescendo's podcast

18-12-2023 • 44 mins

Wayne Hemingway, renowned designer and co-founder of fashion label Red or Dead, embarked on a fascinating journey from the world of fashion to becoming a pioneering figure in the realm of placemaking.

Wayne's initial success with Red or Dead catapulted him into the limelight of the fashion industry. However, his passion for design extended beyond clothing; it encompassed a deep-rooted interest in shaping spaces and communities.

The shift from fashion to placemaking was propelled by a desire to create meaningful and impactful change in urban landscapes. He recognised the power of design in shaping human experiences and sought to channel his creative energy into projects that would transform communities. Collaborating closely with locals, he created sustainable environments that celebrated the area's identity.

In this episode, we delve into Wayne’s career, exploring how his design prowess transcended fashion. From reimagining the uniforms for Transport for London to revolutionising urban spaces in Gateshead, join us as we unravel the fusion of creativity and community in Hemingway’s transformative projects.


00:01:24 Intro to Wayne and Red or Dead

00:05:40 Passion for 2nd Hand Clothing

00:12:51 Designing the Transport for London uniforms

00:14:27 Transition from fashion to placemaking

00:22:17 Current issues with house building

00:27:58 Other house building projects

00:29:10 Media City

00:36:54 How do you successfully regenerate a place?

00:38:38 Supporting the Burnely Empire Trust

00:41:26 Working with Portsmouth Guildhall

00:42:08 Festival of Love

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