Meet the Designers

Fashion Open Studio highlights designers who are actively working to find solutions to the key challenges facing them, from tackling studio waste to responsible production and sourcing, or finding ways to integrate their businesses with social enterprise initiatives for a mindful, more purposeful industry.

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  • #Damur

    Moving from Brussels to Berlin in 2012, Damur (Shih Shun) Huang has found his ideal environment for his controversy mindset. The designer started his entrepreneurial career in 2015 by launching #DAMUR GmbH in Berlin. As a millennial, he feels the duty to question the fragile system of the present world, doesn’t matter if it’s about fashion, politics or social issues. In 2020, Damur decided to take a different path to provide a scalable and measurable solution for upcycled fashion.

  • 11.11

    eleven eleven

    Craftsmanship lies at the heart of 11.11 / eleven eleven. Each season the brand dissolves distinctions between geographic and gender boundaries - the looks are safe for the skin and transitions seamlessly between cultures from day to evening wear. Expect to see relaxed silhouettes with a sartorial touch that echo the brand’s ‘seed to stitch’ philosophy. The brand was founded in 2009 and is led by Mia Morikawa and Shani Himanshu.

  • Alice

    Potts

    Alice Potts is a bio-material developer with seven years experience developing a combination of sustainable materials for use within the fashion industry.
    She is known for her “Sweat Crystallization”, a process that has allows her to take human sweat into a bio-crystal. She will be discussing her recent collaboration with Matthew Needham during his event ØYEBLIKK.

  • Anekdot

    Designed in Berlin. Manufactured with care. Anekdot transform exceptional surplus materials into zero-waste lingerie, swimwear and
    loungewear.
    Challenging the industry standard of mass production, each piece is dreamed up with social and environmental purpose. The production takes place in Berlin and Poland; ensuring fair wages, supporting local talent and female makers while dramatically reducing the carbon footprint.

  • Awa

    Meite

    Awa Meite is a Malian fashion designer, filmmaker, painter, jeweller and director who creates handmade clothes, and decor using local materials and cotton from Mali.

  • Azadeh

    Yasaman

    Azadeh Yasaman is a design collective including Azadeh Yasaman Nabizaeh and her partner Ali Khatibi.The brand's approach s notably research-based. They have decided to revive traditional cloth-weaving networks all around Iran.

  • Bethany

    Williams

    Bethany Williams is a UK-based designer committed to creating social change by collaborating with charities and embedding social enterprise into her business model.

  • Bianca

    Saunders

    Born and based in London, Bianca Saunders launched her eponymous label in 2017, following her graduation from The Royal College of Art ‘Masters of Arts’ in Menswear. Since then she has shown four seasons with London Fashion week men’s.

  • Bodice

    Bodice values an authentic approach to creation where the Indian inspiration is thoughtful and subtle. By refining authentic craft techniques the resulting clothes are locally rooted yet globally relevant.

  • Buki

    Akomolafe

    Buki Akomolafe is the founder of the Berlin based clothing label BUKI AKOMOLAFE.
    She studied fashion design at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin (HTW Berlin) and founded the Label in 2016.
    Her German and Nigerian heritage bring a diverse background of tradition, handcraft, design experience and aesthetic vision. The designer spent her early childhood with her family at the side of her father, who manages an agricultural project in Nigeria (VPP Nigeria). During this time she experienced a conscious use of resources.
    Buki’s mission is to build bridges between two worlds, to facilitate a fair exchange between two contrasting worlds and connecting cultural contrasts through her designs.

  • CHOL

    X Shama Kun

    Chol X Shama Kun is challenging designers and artisans to think beyond the constraints of the capitalist market of mass fast fashion. Chol X Shama Kun is sustainable and hand-made. Chol X Shama Kun collaborates with bold designers and talented artisans of Bangladesh to create beautiful products. Chol X Shama Kun pushes design boundaries.

  • CRUBA

    For the past years CRUBA‘s founder and head designer Mira von der Osten has
    been part of the great New Berlin journey, where creative industries have a pivotal role in the world’s need to build more wholesome urban environments. After
    studying at Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris she worked for different brands such as Issey Miyake, Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan and ZERO Maria Cornejo. Mira’s designs combine subtle interventions, intricate cuts, an architectural approach, and perfection when it comes to quality and durability.

  • Caralarga

    Caralarga is a design and production studio in Mexico City which transforms waste materials from pre and post production into luxurious handmade accessories.

  • Cecily

    Ophelia

    Cecily Cracroft-Eley prizes craftsmanship and sustainability, and primarily works with recycled and natural materials. Cecily values a sense of process which serves as both therapy and as protest against the insatiable fashion industry. Selected by Nick Knight in 2016, Cecily was awarded a Sarabande scholarship to study Fashion Design at CSM. She continues the work she started in her placement year with the Kangoya Mums, a group of craftswomen based in Kampala, Uganda using hand crochet, embroidery and metalwork.

  • Church Of

    The Hand

    Skill and power. Action and purpose. Welcome to the void of self-entitlement, where ability is flirting with enlightenment, passing through the rooms of multi-sensory experience and beloved participation.
    The Quest: Believe in your own strength.
    COTH has been manifesting creation since 2015.
    Many small parts make up our unity. If you are looking for truthful yet minimal substance come and meet CHURCH OF THE HAND in one of our services.
    Ora et labora.

  • Congregation

    Congregation is an anonymous art and design collective who experiment and play outside of regular roles to challenge Fashion convention and deliver collections that are about collaboration support and community.

  • E.L.V. Denim

    Denim

    Founded by Anna Foster in 2017, E.L.V. Denim is manufactured in East London using discarded jeans as raw material to minimise waste, water and and local production to lower the carbon footprint of her brand.

  • Elliss

    Elliss uses rigorously sourced fabrics, minimal waste and a specialist printer using only GOTS certified non-toxic dyes. Elliss has a surrealist, playful collage approach to her signature prints.

  • Elvis &

    Kresse

    Since 2005 Elvis & Kresse have been rescuing raw materials from fire hoses to Burberry's leather scraps and transforming them into luxury accessories.

  • Emeka

    Emeka is a black and green lifestyle enterprise. Black, because it is black owned, black made and created to empower African industries. Green, because it is using upcycled materials, aiming for a waste free production chain and exploring new ideas of sustainability.

  • Emmy

    Kasbit

    Emmy Kasbit was founded by Okoro Emmanuel in January 2014. The Nigerian brand works with local artisans and indigenous fabrics to re-interpret traditional staples into modern silhouettes.

  • Estelle

    Krattinger

    Estelle is a graduate of HEAD (Geneva University of Arts and Design). She works largely with upcycling and her graduate collection titled 'Who said beach clean up's can't be stylish?' reworked plastic waste alongside other materials.

  • Fade Out

    Label

    FADE OUT Label was born without a specific plan nor much fuss in Berlin at the beginning of 2015. Andrea Bonfini (with Nicola Gomiero who later left the brand) created a small collection of ethical fashion, investing very little money but a lot of time. Vintage jeans were ripped up and reassembled like pieces of a mosaic. The result was a mini collection of 5 pieces in patchwork denim that immediately aroused great interest. People loved the concept and so we decided to build up a collection of total looks and to launch a brand.

  • Fly

    By Night

    As Fly By Night NYC, Harrington concepts, designs and creates every unique piece by hand. She sources her fabrics from near and far, far and wide. Her fabrics to date, have been sourced from famous movie sets, to vintage shops and deadstock designer collections.

  • Foje

    Fooziye Foroudnia trained as a graphic designer before establishing her brand Foje in Tehran in 2012. She believes that building an emotional connection with clothes makes them last longer. She focuses on small and slow production.

  • Guyllelujah

    Guyllelujah is an eclectic contemporary dress making studio based in Zimbabwe. Head of design Julian Tamuka uses locally sourced fabrics that are deadstock, salvaged or woven by local artisans.

  • Haus of

    Stone

    Zimbabwe based ready-to-wear fashion brand driven by the philosophies of surrealism, harmony, and Afro-minimalism. The brand's fluid apparel is ethically and locally manufactured.

  • Helen

    Kirkum

    Helen Kirkum is an artist and designer based in east London. She founded her studio in 2017 to create wearable collages made from discarded single trainers, challenging our visions of materiality and newness.

  • INDOI

    Indoi, founded by Mallika Chaudhuri is an ancient name given to the people of the Indus Valley. Indoi celebrates the rich heritage of this region and is an expression of the local artisans, their traditional craft and a rich cultural heritage that we strive to celebrate and preserve in each of our designs. Our garments tell the story of the people, their legacy, and a family of Indoi women, whose strength, grace and individuality set them apart.

  • Iamisigo

    I A M I S I G O is a fashion label based between Nigeria and Ghana. It's versatile and fashion forward DNA is achieved through the use of visually textured textiles and patterns sourced in collaboration with artisans in communities across West and East Africa.

  • Iro

    Iro

    IRO IRO was formed, to bring happiness back to the planet, and to those who inhabit it. They use remnant fabric which would otherwise have been sent to landfill to create handwoven fabrics which are 100% recycled, woven with love and care by weavers from a village near Jaipur, India.

  • Jo

    Miller

    Jo Miller studied MA Millinery at RCA graduating in 2014. Today her studio focuses on concept and process led millinery. Project based rather than producing seasonal collections, she takes an experimental approach which often incorporates trash. She will talk about her recent collaboration with Matthew Needham.

  • Joshua

    Small

    Joshua James Small is a designer, stylist and model. Small focuses on a sustainable and conscious approach to design, having featured in titles including Schon!, Dear Boy, and FY! He works regularly with the Instagram-led platform CULTED, and previously worked at Richard Quinn and Gareth Pugh.

  • Ka-Sha

    Ka-Sha focuses on clothing as a medium for storytelling to celebrate multi-layered cultures and ever-changing social conversations. They endeavour to celebrate handcraft in all its glory, hinged on modern functionality.

  • Karen

    Jessen

    Karen Jessen is a designer, utilizing textile in the fields of fashion and interior.
    She focuses on craftsmanship techniques, transforming streetwear material into elevated, well-constructed pieces.
    Awards: The International Award at Graduate Fashion Week in London, Prix de Createur at ESMOD Berlin, React Fashion Award in Poland, Eco Chic Design Award in Hong Kong.
    2015 she was selected to present her collection in Vogue Salon at Berlin Fashion Week
    2017 she was awarded by the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises and the Fashion Council Germany as part of the mentoring program for sustainable fashion.

  • Katie

    Jones

    Katie Jones is an inspirational knitwear designer who teams playful aesthetics with serious ethics. She launched her brand after finishing her MA at Central Saint Martins and she won Selfridges Bright New Things Award in 2016.The brand focuses on sustainable practice embracing Katie’s Granny's vision of making something beautiful from nothing and consciously addressing issues of over-consumerism.

  • Kevin

    Germanier

    Kevin Germanier draws inspiration from a futuristic utopia for his super luxe upcycled collections that have reimagined the 'sustainable' fashion aesthetic. The CSM graduate won the 2015 Redress Fashion Awards in Hong Kong and set up his own label in 2018. He is based between Geneva and Paris.

  • Kirsty

    McDougall

    Kirsty McDougall has worked in woven textile design and development for clients including Givenchy Couture, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Matty Bovan, developing new types of faux fur for Fendi, the re-weaving of waste fabrics for Westwood Couture and the hand making of many lengths of fabric for many catwalk shows.

  • Kow

    Tow

    Founded by Gosia Piatek, Kowtow has been making collections from organic, renewable, biodegradable and regenerated fibres since our inception in 2006. Kowtow is entirely committed to ethical production and is Fairtrade certified.

  • Leo

    Carlton

  • Marques'

    Almeida

    Marques ‘ Almeida was created in 2011 by Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida who, both trained in womenswear, subscribe to the Helmut Lang school of thought where “fashion is about attitude not hemlines.” While their aesthetic evokes raw effortlessness, the pair’s technical sensibilities are revealed in the construction of each piece. As part of their ongoing evolution, they have launched reM’Ade which is a space for unlearning, for experiment and for putting responsible fashion into practice.

  • Matthew

    Needham

    Part of a new generation of design talent challenging the British fashion industry on issues of ethics and sustainability, Needham saw first-hand the enormity of waste being produced by the fashion industry and works to reimagine how we perceive and make use of our waste.

  • Michelle

    Lowe-Holder

    Michelle Lowe-Holder is a designer and maker specialising in sustainable accessories, designing collections to create unique pieces that combine heritage hand making techniques and material innovation.

  • Mohsin

    Sajid

  • Moi-Dien

    Moi Dien (meaning outspoken in Vietnamese) is a fashion brand created on the principle that clothes can give its wearer a voice. Since its first collection in 2016, Moi Dien has been using primarily deadstock fabric from local markets and donated fabrics from local brands.

  • Odivi

    ODIVI is a ready-to-wear brand based in Prague. ODIVI is now over 10 years old and our collection 0+ is a symbolic restart. Year 0, after which we try to produce fashion that is as sustainable as possible. Zero symbolizes the circular economy. It’s also a new beginning, where we take a breath for new hope.

  • Paolo

    Carzana

  • Patrick

    McDowell

  • People

    Berlin

    People Berlin is a social fashion project based in Berlin. Together with a team of kids who struggle with drug addiction, mental illness or homelessness fashion designers create annual editions of design objects and sartorial pieces that capture the essence of a universal desire: inclusivity. In a society that they are usually excluded from, People gives them a voice in Design.

  • Phoebe

    English

    PHOEBE ENGLISH is a clothing label entirely made in England and pieces are created with close
    attention to detail and quality, rejecting mass made or ‘fast’ fashion. A bedrock sense of producer responsibility and sustainability
    underlies all decisions from design to business. Phoebe English actively pursues change within the
    fashion industry, such as working alongside the UK Environmental Audit Committee to highlight potential new legislation to the UK
    government, to improve sustainability within the UK fashion industry.

  • QWSTION

    The story of QWSTION started in 2008, when Sebastian Kruit, industrial designers Christian Kaegi and Fabrice Aeberhard, graphic designer Matthias Graf and Hannes Schoenegger founded QWSTION in Zürich, Switzerland. We sought to create products that do just as well on the daily bicycle commute as when things get more formal in a business meeting. Our approach to development and focus on sustainable solutions draw on the Swiss modernist design tradition.

  • Raeburn

    Together with a team of kids who struggle with drug addiction, mental illness or homelessness fashion designers create annual editions of design objects and sartorial pieces that capture the essence of a universal desire: inclusivity. In a society that they are usually excluded from, People gives them a voice in Design.

  • Rafael

    Kouto

    Rafael Kouto is an avant-garde, experimental and conceptual fashion brand with integrity and purpose established in 2017. The brand is characterised by a distinctive, visionary aesthetic merging the African and Western culture.

  • Roberts

    Wood

    The brand is cultivating an uncompromised approach to sustainability as it exclusively uses the technique of pre- and post- consumer upcycling to create new clothes and accessories.

  • Sanaz

    Nattaj

  • Sona

    Asemani

    Rafael Kouto is a brand that aims to move the textile industry forward towards greater impact in environmental sustainability.

  • Sophie

    Hawkins

    Sophie Hawkins utilises Japanese craftsmanship to create sustainable workwear, while uniting her local community through the art of making and mending.

  • Soup

    Archive

    Soup Archive is a Berlin-based brand, with an emphasis on deconstructing found items, sublimation printing and one-off detailing. Their clothes reflect their humour and our love of finding things spontaneously.

  • Ssone

    Ssōne is committed to working towards a zero-waste future. Re-Ssōne is a series of evolving initiatives which repurpose offcuts from the production process, dead stock and vintage materials to create unique pieces. By minimising waste through circularity, Ssōne seeks to reduce its impact on our environment.

  • Sustainable

    Angle

    The Sustainable Angle is a not-for-profit organisation and founder of #FutureFabricsExpo. They initiate and support projects with a focus on sustainability in fashion and textiles and related industries such as food and agriculture.

  • Tamay

    & Me

    Tamay & Me is a Vietnamese-British brand. They aim to celebrate the Mien, Hmong, Tay and Thai ethnic minority community's rich textile heritage and to provide reliable and flexible employment that will promote their skills now - and for the future.

  • Thao Vu

    Kilomet109

    Thao Vu is the founder and artistic visionary of one of Asia’s leading sustainable fashion brands:
    KILOMET109. Thao is a leader among the pioneering group of young designers who have made
    Hanoi an emerging creative hub of the fashion world. Thao creates fashion-forward pieces from the ground up: home-grown fibers & natural dyes, hand-made, hand-stitched by working directly with local artisans on every element that goes into them. And since these practical, affordable garments are made by human artisans rather than mass produced by machines. This has provided a valuable source of extra income for makers, communities and has helped incentivize the preservation of fading traditions. Photo by @dvoraphoto

  • WED

    WED is a bridal and evening wear brand that draws inspiration from the spirit of surrealism and imaginative drape of early couture to subvert elements of ready-to-wear practicality in order to challenge the notion that a Bridal dress is a one-day occasion piece. Recent press on WED includes Vogue and Business of Fashion and a custom gown was worn by Celeste for her performance at the Brit Awards 2020.

  • XYZ EXCHANGE

    X TECHSTYLER

    Techstyler is a publishing platform and communications agency that uncovers the latest innovations in sustainability and fashion tech. Launched this year, the XYZ EXCHANGE is an early-stage B2B fashion technology venture which has evolved out of SWIM XYZ, the east London-based multi-brand retail concept that has centered around trans-seasonality, transparency and sustainability since its inception in 2016.

  • [RESET]

    Monika Dugar spent eight long years in finance before finally joining London College of Fashion for a degree in Fashion design.
    For someone who was always enamoured with the glossy pages of magazines, she couldn’t deal with the lack of artistry in the corporate world. The big switch worked in her favour because not only was she able to realise her true potential, it also aided her in dealing with personal suffering. As her father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, she realised something as mundane as changing clothes was a task due to the tremors, stiffness and slow movement. She explains, ‘I was at crossroads to explore fashion and adaptive clothing during my course at London College of Fashion. It is a market that sits at the niche of the transformation of the fashion in the ageing generation and disabled, which motivated me to work on [R E S E T]. I found that when someone with Parkinson’s looks at certain patterns, it could improve their mobility through visual cues. This ignited me to design the collection, which not only is influential but features patterns which could aid mobility in people with Parkinson’s.’

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