OLIVER THORNTON, AKA THE BYGONE BRIT, HAS CALLED THE STAGE HIS HOME FOR OVER 17 YEARS AND CONTINUES TO PERFORM WHEN THE SPOTLIGHT BECKONS. HE FOUNDED HIS UNIQUELY BRITISH DESIGN BOUTIQUE IN 2018 AFTER GRADUATING FROM THE NEW YORK SCHOOL OF DESIGN, WITH THE BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE, A GROUP OF BOHEMIAN ARISTOCRATS, AS HIS MULTIPLE MUSES.
Oliver Thornton, aka The Bygone Brit, has spent more than seventeen years working, predominantly, as an actor in London's West End, having appeared in such musicals as Les Miserables, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert and Rent. Inspired by a burgeoning social media movement, Oliver began writing a design blog in 2009, with an eye to growing this embryo of an idea into a fully fledged lifestyle brand.
After eight more years on the stage, and a move across the Atlantic, he re-entered the collegiate system to study Fashion at the New York School Of Design, seeking the knowledge and practical skills needed to bring this dream to fruition. His uniquely British design boutique was founded soon after graduation, with The Bright Young People, a group of bohemian aristocrats, as his multiple muses.
In addition to designing apparel and performing, Oliver also works as an interior designer. With a special emphasis on the heart of the home, the kitchen, Oliver Thornton delivers a contemporary take on the English Manor House Style. As a dreamer who is often lost in a romantic sense of nostalgia, Oliver's personal style and design aesthetic is most heavily influenced by the music, culture and artistic movements of the 1920's -1950's.
"The modern gentleman doesn’t consider himself a dandy. Dressing well is fundamental. Of course, there are days where nothing but a well worn old riding jacket and wellies will do but one can style it with a killer neck tie and waistcoat, just in case the neighbours appear at the door asking for sugar. After all, the village is a mile away. It's a tour of the house and a cocktail they're after. Everybody's heard about them and everybody's welcome."
THE BYGONE BRIT