FIFO worker now a fash­ion de­signer

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

Pil­bara fly-in, fly-out worker, Wil­liam Cleggett, is trad­ing “high vis” gear for his own range of de­signer street wear, af­ter suc­cess­fully launch­ing a fash­ion la­bel in Perth.

Af­ter more than a year of de­sign­ing, the 22-year-old me­chanic from Col­lie launched Mid­night Cul­ture Cloth­ing at Matisse Beach Club on Fri­day night, mod­elled by West Coast Ea­gles player El­liot Yeo.

Mr Cleggett said af­ter two years of FIFO through­out the Pil­bara, his pas­sion for fash­ion was his “FIFO exit strat­egy”.

“When you’re up north do­ing long swings of four to six weeks, it re­ally gets to you and I wanted to find a way out,” he said.

“I no­ticed around my area in the south-west there isn’t the best qual­ity cloth­ing for men any­more, so I de­cided I wanted to make my own qual­ity, mod­ern street wear.

“I’ve been work­ing on this pro­ject for a year now.

“There isn’t much time af­ter a 13-hour day to squeeze in time for the busi­ness.”

Mr Cleggett en­cour­aged other FIFO work­ers who were un­happy with the lifestyle to pur­sue their dreams.

“It’s def­i­nitely not un­com­mon for work­ers to want to get out of FIFO, but many of the guys are here be­cause they feel trapped,” he said.

“The lifestyle is ter­ri­ble, but I have no re­grets about do­ing FIFO, be­cause it re­ally got me think­ing about what I wanted to do with my life.

“Mid­night Cul­ture Cloth­ing has been the end re­sult of that ... I guess I have kind of gone from rags to rags.”

Mr Cleggett said af­ter the suc­cess­ful launch last week he hoped to pur­sue his busi­ness full-time in the com­ing months.

“When I first told the boys about my idea, I got a few odd looks, but they have been pretty sup­port­ive of try­ing to pur­sue my pas­sion and get out of FIFO work,” he said.

“It has been an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and I’ve got to meet some of my idols from the West Coast Ea­gles along the way.

“Cal Sin­clair even wore my clothes to the grand fi­nal, which is pretty cool.”

To see the Mid­night Cul­ture Cloth­ing range, visit www.mid­night­cul­ture­cloth­ or fol­low Mid­night Cul­ture Cloth­ing on Face­book and In­sta­gram.

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