Paula Gerbase is one of my latest discoveries and fits perfectly into the kind of style I’ve been feeling lately, which are really tailored and masculine cuts that still manage to retain femininity. (Think Cos)
Gerbase studied womenswear at Central St Martins and later took up a Savile Row apprenticeship at Hardy Amies where she learnt the art of fine British tailoring. After this, Gerbase spent five years as head designer at Savile Row giant Kilgour before launching her own brand, 1205 in 2010. 1205 is named after her date of birth. On her website, Gerbase herself picks up on the fine blurred lines of femininity and masculinity in her work. The quality of fabrics used is central to the vision of 1205 as a brand. 1205 seems to have gathered quite the following in Japan but, much to my amazement, seems to be quite a secret elsewhere in the world.
I’ve selected some of my favourite pieces from her AW12 collection below, all images from the 1205 website: