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Doncaster fashion designer is the man with nine lives

Doncaster fashion designer is theman with nine lives

Richard Gair 

Doncaster fashion designer is the man with nine lives. Despite a debilitating illness he has set his sights on Hollywood and is taking is designs to Los Angeles next week.

Diagnosed with type one diabetes at 17, Richard Gair, developed kidney failure two decades later.  Now with a new kidney and pancreas following a double organ transplant in 2017; his diabetes is cured but he faces a daily concoction of 20 drugs and two injections just to stay alive. His current ailments include strong opiates to relieve the pain from an abdominal hernia that protrudes fifteen inches and causes him movement difficulties with extreme pain in prolonged sitting while working. In addition he has a broken foot and crushed bones in his left ankle and he is on a waiting list for a bonus fusion operation to correct his ankle. In the meantime he has to wear a boot cast and walk with a stick.

Battling with chronic pain and depression, this hasn't deterred him from fulfilling his dream of seeing his designers on the runway in Los Angeles ahead of LA Fashion Week this month.

His unique hand painted jackets with his brand Gogairy, are being sent to the USA this week ahead of the Los Angeles Lifestyle Fashion Showcase, a fringe show set up by UK fashion PR expert Amanda Moss who is taking UK designers with her. Already the show has caught the attention of LA fashion Week, who have taken the show under their wing.

Richard Gair, 47, started his fashion design career as a way of coping with his illness, he used painting as a therapy to cope with his debilitating depression following his operation. In addition to his own health he is the sole carer of his elderly father and uncle who has learning difficulties.

Richard said, " It's always been my dream to go to Hollywood and if I can't make it then at least my jackets can," I've already commissioned some pieces for rock band Iron Maiden and now a fan has asked for a Lost Boys jacket to be signed by Keifer Sutherland. Gogairy is going places even if  I can't. Hollywood better be ready for my jackets!"

Richard is currently working on a new 3D collection for his Horrorcon festival. These jackets have latex rubber images actually attached to them. He describes his latest collection as wearable art pieces depicting aspects of his journey from severe depression and suicidal thoughts, through his relationships and his being a victim of bullying, to his ongoing recovery and hopefully fulfilling at least part of a dream of seeing his designs on the high street.

Richard added. "I do my best thinking alone but it's only with the help of others in my team of incredible artists and friends that has allowed myself and GoGairy to come so far in such a short time. I'm so very fortunate and count my blessings daily."


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