Illustration by Boreal artist Chris Valentine, Johannesburg.
I am an illustrator from the Gateshead, UK. Whilst studying art at university I found myself frustrated with the lack of variety in the fashion industry for men and trying to think of ways of getting people to take notice of my work. I was always on the lookout for something a little bit unique. It was from this lack and gap in the market that the inspiration for Boreal came about.
Initially I wanted to design wallets to fill this gap in the market, but also as a means to promote my own artwork. I teamed up with 2 fellow art friends and now, 3 years on Boreal has become a much larger network collaborating with numerous artists on an international scale.
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