It takes a nation of mini-ones to hold him back....NWA's a fiercely independent company and the only baby & kids wear label to experience 'legal problems' over a design with both Nike and the Hells Angels. It’s a profane labour of love for one man:
After art school and a short stint as a graphic designer Ian spent many years working for the UK's largest independent record company; and when we say 'work' we mean listen to demos all day and hang about in scummy venues all night. The party was over in 2000 after he had a 6am pun epiphany with the name Nippaz With Attitude. Clearly the only sane thing to do was leave the shallow money trench of the music business and begin designing baby wear.
Before starting at pre-hipster Spitalfields Market in early 2001 he went over his extensive pre-launch checklist ...Wing? Check ...Prayer?? Check. Later that day there was much frivolous pointing and laughing (the good kind) from both the public and celebrity loiterers alike - and being a man who needs very little encouragement he’s carried on this whole impecunious charade ever since.
He combines his design alter-ego McNaja with his role as NWA's Chief Cultural Shoplifter, and naively considers his work to be a subversive weapon in a lifelong battle against bunnies, bears, and growing the hell up. He has an unhealthy obsession with typography, sarcasm, irony and bad puns. And an irritating tendency to write about himself in the third person.
*CAUTION - wild trumpet blowing* Celebrity supporters over the years have included Stella McCartney, Chuck D, David Beckham, Noel Gallagher, Fearne Cotton, Damon Albarn, Madonna, Russell Crowe, Jaime Winston and Reese Witherspoon. Oh, and there was also a time Jay Z signed a bestselling 'I Got 99 Problems But A Bib Ain't One' bib and was kind enough not to call his lawyers.