Designer profile: PPQ
Cult designer/record label PPQ is ’hitting all the right notes’ at the moment – this biography gives details of how they began…
Originally founded in 1992 PPQ began as a co-operative of friends performing in the world of art, music and fashion. Its consequential evolution into a cult status clothing and record label business is an admirable accolade of their success to its coordinators, Percy Parker and Amy Molyneaux.
Previously the art side of things included several exhibitions of PPQ work at HQ along with other artists such as Gary Hume and Sam Taylor Wood. This culminated at the 1995 Dering St. show Beauty is Fluid exhibiting with the likes of Gavin Turk, which resulted in PPQ work becoming part of the Sacchi private collection.
Club night success
The first PPQ club night Yes Jude! in 1993 proved to be an instant success and was a major factor in the revival of all things 60s in the capital around the time, prompting the return of the phrase Swinging London. These nights progressed over the years, under different guises, until its last incarnation, Happiness Stans, a four-roomed affair which was declared the second greatest club of the nineties by Time Out magazine.
PPQ HQ has now evolved from the Art/Club scene into a fully equipped recording studio and record label base. The initial CD release Now That’s What I Call Stan’s led to an immediate deal with the UK’s largest independent music distributor, Pinnacle. Signed acts include Hairy Diamond, Cosmetique and Sweden’s Soulking.
Chic and sharp designs
Born of the requisite for basic yet beautifully tailored clothing, the unprecedented success of the original, appealing yet inherently wearable collections designed by Molyneax and Parker, led to the purchase of a factory in Nottingham last year.
From the essential hipster pants with wide belt loops to the silk habotai print dresses with intricate detailing PPQ clothing provide the public with chic and sharp pieces. The duo’s heady concoction of instinctive inspiration sprinkled with their futuristic vision and cheeky take on glamour culminates in deliriously diverse collections.
The first full PPQ Clothing range was launched for Spring/Summer 2000 incorporating the original trouser and shirt styles for men and women. The label is now a regular on the off-schedule London Fashion Week event and they are involved with a number of hush-hush collaborations with high profile industry players.
With sales increasing every season and a stockist list that reads like an international who’s who to the best boutiques in the town, PPQ Clothing have proved that you can combine commerciality with desirability and conquer the market. Their AW2002 collection is currently available from Souvenir / Shop / Wink – London, Henri Bendel – New York, Shine – Paris, D-Mop – Hong Kong and Grapevine / Park, Cher and Adelaide, Tokyo amongst others.