My Story

Growing up I was always creative and I had a love of all things fashion.

My Aunties were always sewing and my father was originally a tailor in Jamaica before travelling to the UK and becoming a Lorry driver.

He never forgot his trade and had a Singer his trusty sewing machine having pride of place in our kitchen; which he used to sew uniforms, trousers and boxer shorts (before they were fashionable) amongst other things for himself family and friends. He sadly passed away in 1999 and I felt an urge to do something to keep his legacy alive. 

My Mother and father on their Wedding Day 1964.

I attended the World renowned Contour Degree at De Montfort University in Leicester.

The course specialises in teaching the fundamentals of making garments that are contoured to the body including underwear, swimwear and corsetry.

After University I began my career as a successful designer with my own lingerie label Louise Ferdinand and gained a great following.

Since 2016 I have refocused my business and re-branded as 1st Man 1st Woman and have take great pleasure in following my love of swimwear.

"I wanted to create swimwear garments that I would love to wear myself and menswear that i knew were both quality, design and fit".

I make garments by sourcing the best fabrics and trims which are sewn by amazing British Ateliers.

The 1st Man and 1st Woman Brand is dedicated to producing well made Men's and Women's lifestyle Brand.

Made with high quality fabrics with a keen eye for attention to detail. My garments combine, quality, design and fit without compromising on comfort!