Confidence is the brainchild of up and coming UK designer Stuart Grant.
Stuart was born in Scotland where he was raised by his mother and two older siblings. His mother worked several jobs to put food on the table and keep them in the family house. In 2008, after years of battling, the family lost all help from Stuart's father due to his redundancy, his support was withdrawn and this resulted in them having to move to a smaller dwelling in a different area. Shortly after moving Stuart was diagnosed with clinical depression. His life, friends and confidence were shattered.
Throughout these times Stuart stepped up to the challenge of academia, as he was diagnosed with dyslexia at a very young age. Stuart came into his element when he took part in Art & Design and anything creative. The ability for him to escape into his own world to create paintings and drawings, and also costume, graphic, and product designs.
Even with the odds stacked against him his potential still shone through with his school, sending him to a children’s camp as a leader, his life changed from the very first day. From then Stuart found new energy and motivation to achieve all he knew he was capable of. He studied Art & Design at his local college where he relished the opportunity to design a variety of products including fragrance. He was unconditionally accepted to study Product Design at Staffordshire University; he could finally prove to himself his new self–confidence. He set himself the goal of creating an iconic design.
In 2012 when Stuart was in his second year, Longshawe Packaging collaborated with the university to find a uniquely talented young person who could design a new bottle, packaging and fragrance. After four months of work Stuart knew that this presentation could be the biggest thing to happen to him. He pushed hard and produced a model of the design, along with a TV advert to promote his idea. He was then employed by Longshawe Packaging who were so impressed they decided to take this exciting new brand to market.
The precious glass bottle encircled with protective rings represents the fragility of man that is encompassed by a shell. The fragrance gives confidence and belief in oneself, the foundation of drive, desire and success. This is Confidence by Stuart Grant.