Meet the Maker: James Hackett of Lush Kingdom

DEC 19, 2016 updated Apr 27, 2021

Meet the Maker: James Hackett

Hazy winter days are upon us in North Carolina, but our latest featured maker has us dreaming of tropical destinations. James Hackett, a fashion designer and small business owner, hails from the island of Trinidad and Tobago, just north of Venezuela in the Caribbean. His fresh and colorful designs turn Spoonflower fabrics into wearable art as dresses, leggings, bags and more. Get to know James and his business Lush Kingdom below.

My day starts with: “Work to be honest. I like to get up and go early, so I tend to leave anything I have to get done for the morning. This would be working in Illustrator or drawings mostly.”

James Hackett studio desk space

I fell in love with making things when: “I switched to studying Fashion Design. I was part of the first graduating fashion design class from my country and just loved the idea of creating articles of clothing.”

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When Iā€™m in my studio: “I feel at peace! I like tinkering, coming up with ideas and researching new ways to use prints and patterns. Spoonflower became my aid when I decided I wanted unique textiles for my collections.”

Pretty blue and white dress on display

Who or what influences or inspires your work and why? “I have a hefty list, because I am always looking at great work around the world, Japan is a major part of that from manga to their cities and creativity. I love the Caribbean and Carnival, it is home. But I am just a fan of good design and try to splice that in with my love for fashion/comics and pop culture!”

Woman wearing brightly colored dress

What’s in your toolbox? “A large assortment of pencils and my favourite Black covered sketchbooks. My soon-to-be favourite water brush pens and my Cintiq because I work digital a lot.”

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My proudest accomplishment: “Over the last year saw me taking charge of my design space and just going hard focusing on print design and development.”

Woman wearing blue and white dress

My go-to outfit is “White shirt, black pants, comfortable shoes.”

James Hackett portrait

Before starting a small business, I wish someone had told me: “How isolating it can be at times.”

My favorite Spoonflower textile to work with is: Poly Crepe De Chine because of how light the fabric is and how rich the colours are when I get the fabric!”

Woman walking through pool with lightweight dress


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We’re swooning over James’s dramatic, vibrant prints and flattering silhouettes. From this tropical abstract dress to this mug, you’ll find  these textiles and products channel the warmth and personality of the islands. Follow Lush Kingdom on Facebook, and look out for James as he grows his fashion design business.

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  • Risha K.Ramgahan

    I am Currently A form 5 Student doing art and Graphics and you inspire me and I your work is amazing. Trully,Some good work you’ve done .Love All the prints and graphics are really,really Interesting.

  • Everything that you do is amazing! I love all of your designs and prints. You inspire me James Hackett

  • I am ‘proud’,….to know that there’s a user of Spoonflower…that’s an African American!

    I feel…that African Americans ought to shine…when it comes to Art, and fashion!

  • Anthony Dinally

    What is so interesting about Lush Kingdom is how alive the pieces are. The vibrancy, the density of the prints and the general movement of these pieces. Which collectively, gives an idea of what Caribbean fashion is about. Also, the Designer has managed to infuse his personality into his pieces which is quintessential to design and how one can easily distinguish themselves in such a saturated industry (something most Caribbean designers tend to omit). His pieces can be transitional with just a little tweak and most importantly for me…they are very modern! As a Fashionista and design student Lush Kingdom is truly inspiring and proves that quality products can be produced right here in the Caribbean.