Trained in London between 1979 and 1982 at Chelsea School of Art and Central Saint Martins, Ike went on to work with Gian Marco Venturi in Milan, Claude Montana in Paris and Calvin Klein in New York. He moved to San Francisco in 1995 to develop new BFA and MFA curricula at the Academy of Art University and returned to London in 1998 as head of the now celebrated menswear course at the Royal College of Art.
In January 2016 he moved to Westminster University to start his own MA Menswear Course.
A design academic with experience of developing international fashion brands and instigating the most influential curricula at the top universities of art and design. Ike is renowned for teaching the most innovative and professional design thinkers including James Long, Katie Eary, Aitor Throup, Mason Jung, Astrid Andersen, Matthew Miller, Feng Chen Wang, and Alex Mullins and in tandem with Westminster Fashion, Liam Hodges.
The MA Menswear course has a unique garment archive that will form the basis of both practical and theoretical research with a particular emphasis on exploring the links between ideas of masculinity, aggression, criminality, and style.
Previous research, for which he has been awarded three fellowships, include four written projects that explore perceptions of student learning, employer engagement and the relationship between academia and industry, and a film that contributes to the documentation, dissemination and archiving of the design process as it existed in the distinctive workshop method of art and design education in the School of Fashion & Textiles at the Royal College of Art.
He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal College of Art.