We’ll start at the beginning: Steven Stokey-Daley was a working-class boy from Liverpool, who was captivated by British elitism in schools. “I think it’s interesting, you know, looking at codes, which historically belong to Harrow School for example, and figuring out their equivalents of the school culture I’m more familiar with,” says Steven on the site of S.S. Daley. He joined the National Youth Theatre at the age of 16.
Afterward, he studied menswear at Westminster University, where he searched his own angle as a gay young man in that British elitism. Big names like Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford crossed Steven’s path. He crafted his first collection during the first lockdown and created his own identity. Steven’s identity is ecological by working with deadstock and end-of-roll fabrics. The theater still plays a role in his collections, as does the elitism.