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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Congregation

    Design

    CONGREGATIONdesign is an innovative and forward thinking laboratory.
    Under the shape of an anonymous collective, CONGREGATIONdesign gathers designers and makers of all horizons around one brief, the team is fluid and changes from one project to another.
    Sustainability is core to the project, valorising social and natural resources at every stage.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Georgia

    Hardigne

    Georgia Hardinge is inspired by new technologies and innovation. The brand incorporates a strong sculptural style bringing a 3dimentional approach to wearable pieces. This was recognized by the British Fashion Council when she was awarded BFC Contemporary Sponsorship for her unique work.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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! works regularly with Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio, 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.

  • 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 and sells on Matches Fashion.

  • Kirsty

    McDougall

    Kirsty McDougall is a woven textile designer developing fabrics for clients including Givenchy Couture, Valentino, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, and Matty Bovan. McDougall has worked with many brands including developing new types of faux fur for Fendi, and reweaving waste into fabrics for Westwood Couture.

  • Kowtow

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

  • Leo

    Carlton

    Leo Carlton is a London-based headwear and fashion artefact designer who makes headpieces using a 3D printed PLA (polyactic acid) filament, made from biodegradable fermented plant starches. Each headpiece was developed in virtual reality using Oculus Rift. Graduating from Cordwainers, London College of Fashion in 2014, Leo has since collaborated with many other creatives, including Charles Jeffrey and Tim Walker.

  • Mallika

    Chaudhuri

    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.

  • 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 trash.

  • 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

    Mohsin Sajid, a British Fashion Designer and graduate of Westminster University (2002), is a highly accomplished denim specialist, denim lecturer, acclaimed pattern cutter and ergonomic tailor. He has worked for some of the best denim and apparel companies in the global industry for the last 16 years.

  • Moi-Dien

    Moi Dien (meaning 'outspoken' in Vietnamese) is a fashion brand based in Hanoi, created on the principle that clothes can give their 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 their collection 0+ is a symbolic restart to try to produce fashion that is as sustainable as possible. Zero symbolises the circular economy. It’s also a new beginning, where they take a breath for new hope.

  • Paolo

    Carzana

    Paolo Carzana is a menswear designer based in Wales, recently graduated from the MA Fashion programme at Central Saint Martins with his collection titled “THE BOY WHO CAME BACK TO LIFE”. Exploring themes of healing and being mindful of his roots in South Wales and Northern Italy, Paolo works with natural materials such as Welsh Wool and Piñatex Pineapple Leather, along with hand crafted processes involving creating natural dyes with therapeutic plant oils. Raising funds for LGBTQ+ charities alongside his work, Paolo is developing ways to connect creative thinking and design with healing and support for the community.

  • Patrick

    McDowell

    Patrick McDowell, Liverpool born designer, is captivating the fashion industry just months after finishing his degree. Since graduating from Central Saint Martins with a BA in Womenswear earlier this year, Patrick has been turning heads ever since. He is a strong advocate for reducing fashion's global impact through designing with moral practice.

  • 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.

  • QWSTION

    Swiss backpack brand QWSTION is known for combining design and functionality with sustainability. Since 2008 the design studio has been developing versatile carry solutions for everyday use – with an understated look and a low environmental footprint.

  • Raeburn

    Championing Innovative & Responsible Fashion Design since 2009. RÆBURN is a collaborative, creative fashion studio where daily design meets responsible production, alongside monthly events, discussions and workshops

  • Rafael

    Kouto

    Founded in 2017, Rafael Kouto has a unique sustainable approach to fashion design and products. At the brand's core is customization and upcycling of an individual curated selection of old textiles and garments from Texaid for the realisation of both couture and commercial collections, 100% remade in Switzerland.

  • Roberts

    Wood

    ROBERTS | WOOD was founded by Katie Roberts-Wood following her graduation from the Royal College of Art. It is a design studio focusing on an innovative approach to textiles and construction. They are committed to developing sustainable, flexible production methods, valuing a hybrid of technology and artisanal making.

  • S.Hawkins

    Ethically produced, using only 100% natural cloth, S.Hawkins creates useful clothing made to endure. The products are designed to come to life through wear, through repair and eventually through bequeathment to others.

  • Sanaz

    Nataj

    Sanaz Nataj Couture was founded in Tehran in 2009. Sanaz introduces lost fragments of traditional culture and tradition that once thrived in Iran. She received the medal for the 'quality of handicrafts' in 2017 for reviving the hand woven Roudouzi.

  • Sona

    Asemani

    Sona Asemani is a self taught artist. Her interest in embroidery and textile design has its roots in her hometown Hormozgan in Iran. She combines line drawings and embroidery to create portraits designed to look out at the audience.

  • Sophia

    Scott

    Sophia Scott spent 15 years making documentary films in some of the harshest places on earth. This work, often within difficult situations and with people from diverse backgrounds, has reinforced her belief that collaboration and dialogue can effect meaningful global change.

  • 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 quirky sense of humour and love of finding things and responding spontaneously.

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