Giles Deacon (UK). Born in 1969 in County Durham, designer Giles Deacon trained at Central Saint Martins in the early 1990s. Deacon first made a marked impression in debuting his own label Giles with an Autumn/Winter collection for 2004. His 'Giles' collection is a closer reflection of his own tastes, being less confrontational in style, though his partnership with Katie Grand remains. Giles also works closely with illustrator and textile designer Rory Crichton, and with British weavers Stephen Walters and Sons.