British designer Neil Barrett has achieved that rare thing, of building his own – internationally renowned – fashion brand from the ground up. Following celebrated stints at both Gucci and Prada, Barrett went on to establish himself in Milan and has been based in the city ever since.
Known for his pared-down, minimalist menswear and street-inspired styling, Barrett was the first fashion designer to dress a national football team, kitting out Team Italia in 2003. Recent collections have seen the designer experiment extensively with leather, using the material in unexpected ways – bonding it with cotton and refining it to its softest ebb.
It seemed fitting then, for Barrett to apply his sartorial skills to the redesign of Maurice Lacroix’s Pontos Décentrique GMT. Taking the brief to its farthest parameters, Barrett’s redesign presents a challenge to watch making convention.
Neil Barrett plans to donate the proceeds of this summer’s auction, to world aid charity, Oxfam.