Martin Storey was born in Hull was taught to knit as a small child by an inspirational primary school teacher who saw nothing unusual in teaching needlecrafts to boys and girls alike.
After leaving school Martin was unsure of his career path so spent time helping out on the farm and had a short stint at a firm of auctioneers. Martin then went to study fashion at Middlesex University which allowed him to cultivate his interest in hand knitting once more.
After graduating Martin began working for a knitwear design company, known as Artwork – which became renowned for its use of denim yarn. Martin was involved in creating these sought after signature denim knits which sold all over the world and liked nothing better than designing quirky 3D stitches which would show the yarn to its best advantage.
After 15 years Martin left Artwork to become chief designer for the Jaeger brand which was taken under Rowan’s wing in 1995. In 2005 he was chosen as the designer to spearhead the new brand of Rowan Classic. A role he is still responsible for today, pulling together several brochures a year under the Rowan Classic banner which has become the hall mark for Classic style with a modern twist.
Martin is, without a doubt, a very influential designer, his understanding of what knitters want, together with a fantastic eye for texture and embellishment make his garments a joy to look at and wear.