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Royal College of Art graduate Alex Mattsson’s sophisticated vision of menswear marked him as one of the standout designers of the 2009 graduate shows. Unusual techniques and textures combined with artisan experimental techniques have secured Alex Mattsson’s place amongst the new breed of young menswear designers gouging alternative directions for the future of men’s fashion.
Danish menswear designer Astrid Andersen graduated from The Royal College of Art in 2010 and went on to win the Brioni Creativity and Innovation Award as well as the River Island MA Student Bursary Award designing 3 looks for the high street retailer. Her unmistakable sports-luxe style has headlined at Copenhagen Fashion Week as well as earning a sought for place at The FashionEast Menswear Installations and won her notable supporters across the industry.
Bazar-14 is a new British independent men’s casual wear brand inspired by suburban Russian youth and the ad-hoc approach the collecting and sourcing eclectic and often decade old international sportswear brand pieces within a closed market environment. Defying convention and launching as a new-to-market brand in the wake of the current British trend for following the “young-designer” model it has innovative distribution, intelligent range-planning and a contemporary aesthetic cleverly suited to the modern male customer at it’s heart.
Bernhard Willhelm is renowned for his love of mixing absurdity with high fashion. After studying at Antwerp's Royal Academy and establishing his own label he almost instantly started showing womenswear at Paris Fashion Week and in the following year launched a menswear line. Willhelm has received wide acclaim for his brave approaches to fashion, winning the Moet & Chandon Fashion Award first prize from the Association Nationale pour le Developpement des Arts et de la Mode, showed a retrospective of his work at The Fashion Museum in Antwerp, designed the Misericordia uniform for a Peruvian school and designing the wardrobe for R.W. Fassbinder's screenplay 'The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant' in Berlin and Bjork's 2007 World Tour.
British born and based Bobby Abley graduated from Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in 2010 before going on to work with McQueen and Jeremy Scott in L.A, Paris and London and establishing his namesake label. This exceptional emerging talent’s blend of graphic detailing, nostalgic and often whimsical print and luxury contemporary design with a commercial edge give his brand relatability and point-of-difference amongst the competitive men’s fashion marketplace.
Textile design consultant Edward Crutchley has previously worked with Kanye West and Pringle of Scotland alongside ongoing work with Louis Vuitton Homme, Richard Nicholl and Chinese menswear brand Jevoni. His own brand label combines contemporary menswear with an innate knowledge of artisanal textiles, re-writing the standard for high end sportswear through a unique approach firmly rooted within the luxury industry.
Established in 2007, the Joyrich brand came to life through the hands of founder Tom Hirota in the heart of Los Angeles. With creative direction by Taka Okude and design by David Melgar, the brand developed from an international perspective. The team’s mix of influences culminates with a “retro-future” flair inspired by iconic items from the past to create the brand’s unique and characteristic Joyrich colour pop textiles. Drawing on a variety of design sources, Joyrich blends the essence of several styles to create balanced pieces that are always fun to wear and that suggest as aura of both casualness and richness. Layered upon this are pop art graphics that have become the trademark of Joyrich, attracting musicians and celebrities around the world since arriving on the market.
Royal College of Art MA Textile graduate Kitty Joseph’s work explores color and it’s application on the body through print and other textile applications, drawing on a wealth of experience gained from work as a color consultant for countless international fashion brands, color trend analysis for leading trend prediction agencies and her permanent position as a university course leader on fashion textile and print design.
New York-based menswear brand Luar Zepol has founded by designer Raul Lopez in 2011 after co-founding menswear label Hood By Air. Deiving his time and drawing inspiration between New York and the Dominican Republic, the designer seeks the communicate a state of mind that honours the past whilst expressing a vision of future possibilities.
British based Filipino milliner Mich Dulce creates light-hearted contemporary collections for wholly sustainable, socially enterprising and ethical Filipino raw materials combined with European millinery traditions and techniques. Her inimitable style and innovative handmade couture with whimsical touches have earned her a steady and influential presence in the Philippines fashion industry.
Nicola Formichetti’s Nicopanda is described by Formichetti as “Harajuku meets downtown New York” - epitomising the infectious energy and high-kitsch-cum-downtown-grit approach to styling that has been his trademark for over a decade. Specifically referencing Formchetti’s Japanese-Italian heritage, plus his live-work bases in New York and London the collection is a true cross-cultural fusion.
O Thongthai launched her namesake brand after graduating from Central Saint Martin’s with a degree in Graphic Design and Moving Image before embarking on studies of gemology leading her into the field of Jewellery design. In October 2013 the brand was invited to participate in ELLE Bangkok Fashion Week and Seoul Fashion Week marking this emerging designer as a rising start amongst South East Asian contemporary fashion talent. Each piece is designed and made in Thailand, hand-crafted from wax before being re-cast in brass and plated in Rose Gold, Silver, Gold, Black Ruthenium and Silver925.
Piers Atkinson hats and headpieces are known for their wit, unexpected materials and themes and Piers’ own signature storytelling and tongue-in-cheek humor. His collections appear regularly across the board in the world’s leading publications and news journals, with an ever growing list of high profile clients including artists, editors, private collectors and celebrities.
U Clothing creates an everyday wardrobe of modern desirable pieces considered at all levels: From design to execution, from sourcing to manufacturing. The collections consist of effortlessly cool pieces in gorgeous fabrics made in Europe as sustainably of possible. U is your everyday unique style: unisex, utilitarian, universal.
Xander Zhou launched his eponymous label in 2010 to critical acclaim with GQ China supporting the designer in showing at the inaugural London Collections: Men where he has continued to show ever since. This Beijing-based designer has previously been referred to as a poster boy for the emergence of luxury Chinese menswear designers.