We are excited to announce the LVMH Prize have narrowed down its shortlist, announcing Cecilie Bahnsen as one of the eight finalists.
After an impressive runway show during AW17, Copenhagen-based Cecilie Bahnsen is the first Danish designer to ever reach this level in the competition.
With an MA in Womenswear Design from the prestigious Royal College of Art in London, and with many years experience within companies such as ERDEM, Cecilie has developed a strong understanding of creating high quality garments with unique techniques.
The designers Albert Escribano and Jose Luis Bartolomé reinterpret and update tradition, making it relevant now and expressing its contribution to the culture of our time.
Their work represents newness, innovation and artistic vision in modern craftsmanship. All products are made in Spain with local components by uniquely talented artisans, celebrating excellence in craftsmanship.
Samantha McCoach founded Le Kilt in 2014 with a vision of adding a dash of modernity to her family’s kilt-making heritage.
Samantha's grandmother has been a traditional kilt maker in Scotland for over 40 years and through Samantha's teenage years she would observe her grandmother expertly tailoring Kilts, trousers and other traditional staples from fine Scottish tartan. Samantha has continued the tradition and re-appropriated the style into her modern wardrobe.
This love of tartan inspired the creation of Samantha’s brand Le Kilt. The name being both a playful homage to the legendary Soho club of the 80’s and a wink towards the untapped, chic potential of the kilt.
Central to the Le Kilt philosophy is a preservation of traditional techniques, underscored with modernity. Le Kilt plans to complement its ‘kiltie’ core with key garments and accessories in the coming season, all with nod and a wink to Samantha's, wistfully nostalgic Scots background.
Sho Nagata's first collection expresses the sprit and exchange between different subcultures, as well as how a piece of clothing and the idea of a man wearing it changes when the clothes interacted with different cultures and environments.
The design of this collection started after being inspired by the identity (rebellion and resistance against existing ideas and discrimination) expressed by a group called West Coast Pachuco in early 1940s. The group expressed rebellion by fashion, and their distinctive suit style became the group’s symbol and uniform (expression of resistance and formation of identity).
The collection introduces a fictional character. This person goes on a trip, ends up in London, and meets punk culture which has a different rebel / resistant sprit from pachuco. How the cultural exchange there influenced the person’s style and sensibility, and their chemical reaction are expressed.
Tailored/suit style became a uniform, and it is the foundation of the collection.
GABRIELA COLL GARMENTS
Gabriela Coll Garments focuses on the way of dressing and the value of garments, while working through Series. Each Series is the result of concrete imagery, they do not follow any season or have a fixed number of pieces and are always permanently available.
With a fine arts background, Coll bets on the consistency of garments, and her aim is to create a contemporary wardrobe that stands by itself.
Serie No.1 is composed of 15 pieces: garments for men and women, bags, accessories and footwear, marked by the transcendence of time, the way they sit on the body and the nobility of the materials. Using materials and techniques such as, hand-lacquered leather and cotton, Coll creates depth within a minimal colour palette.
Maria Black launched her eponymous brand in 2012 in London - founded from a passion for precious metal with a fashion-forward approach to conceptual jewellery design. As a Goldsmith (Honours Graduate), Maria blends her Nordic roots with classical, understated, sleek lines combined with edgy, sexy, dramatic shapes and elements of ornaments.
The concept is founded on a pure, uncluttered idea of creating precious metal pieces. Each collection is initiated with designed “fabrics” of precious metals deﬁning and linking the collections. The signature concept of Maria Black is the creation of interchangeable pieces that can be mixed, allowing a synergy between the various collections to create unique expressions.
Maria Black is represented in more than 35 countries with retailers counting Net-a-porter.com, Colette, Luisa Via Roma, Barney's, Liberty and Browns.
Maria Black has been featured in some of the world’s most prominent fashion magazines as Vogue, Elle, Harpers’ Bazaar and L’Officiel.
Dreamland Syndicate is a collaborative project covering all aspects of counter-culture. "We make things to make you think" - zines, record covers, cassettes and more.
All inspired by punk DIY, which has always been a big part of Michal & Pawel (co-founders) lives growing up in the city of Warsaw, Poland in the 90’s.
"We do love a good t-shirt, so at the moment this is our main focus." The collection is minimal in scope, focusing almost exclusively on T-shirts with a long-sleeve and a coach jacket thrown in for good measure.
After one season, they received rapid followign, featuring on HYPEBEAST, and many other platforms, for their witty graphics and practical design.
This line is introducing classic tailoring in a contemporary, stripped back fashion. Papermen clothes embrace form and function, playfully challenging perceptions of the self. This collection of eleven shirts is the start of any wardrobe. Papermen began life on Savile Row with eight formative years of classical training, during which the ideas and identity of Papermen evolved to create clothes with a unique and subtle attention to detail.
The making of every shirt is overseen by the designer, James Weir, through cut-to-finish in London. The origin and construction of the garments is key to the identity of Papermen, and its relationship with the men and women who wear them.
James Weir, finalist in the Golden Shears Awards, believes "Savile Row cannot survive on its own history, there has to be young people that move it forward."
J JS LEE, Jackie Lee, started the brand in London after studying a graduate pattern course at Central Saint Martin’s in 2007.
Following two years developing as a pattern cutter at Kisa London, Jackie returned to continue studying at Central Saint Martin’s where she graduated with a MA in Fashion Design. The 2010 MA Graduation Collection was rewarded the revered Harrods Award and received critical acclaim with International fashion press and a surge of buyer attention.
In March 2010, the eponymous label, J JS LEE launched, championing sleek, chic, androgynous tailoring.
Her vision epitomises the ethos of the J JS LEE aesthetic; to create a label which defines a modern woman who dresses in a sharp, chic yet uniquely feminine way.
Onar – “dream” in ancient Greek – is a Helsinki-based fashion label created by Irene Kostas, a fashion designer of Finnish and Greek origin. ONAR is a way to combine her family heritage with contemporary influences. Her design is a homage to club music and modern art, two worlds she is deeply influenced and inspired by.
In the collections, richness of texture meets minimalism, organic meets plastic, tradition meets futurism and the stark Scandinavian lines meet the mystical. Onar specializes in leather and shearling garments, accessories and bags.
The items are handcrafted in Finland and Greece from prestigious Italian leathers and high-quality shearling. All materials are ethically sourced, vegetable tanned and 100 % chrome-free. In four seasons, the collections have been featured in publications like i-D and The New York Times.
In 2015, Onar made its museum debut at the Finnish Design Museum. The first Onar store will be launched in March 2016.
Kayoung Kim, designer of BEAUTON, majored in Sculpture and had been working as a fashion buyer in Seoul for many years now. Combining her eye for tactile, sculptural objects, and knowledge of the wholesale/buying industry, she has just successfully launched her first Jewellery collection.
BEAUTON's inspiration stems from objects found in daily life, catching and matching sculptural elements with a beautiful tone. Each piece is handcrafted with Sterling Silver, emphasizing witty structures that derive from the human silhouette.
The NOMA t.d. collection is designed by Masko Noguchi and Takuma Sasaki. Noguchi graduated with a BA in theory of design at Musashino Art university in Tokyo. She then moved to the UK where she was awarded a BA in textile design by Chelsea College.
Sasaki, who ran his own boutique in Tokyo, has travelled extensively, visiting Paris and New York in search of talented young designers.
Noguchi and Sasaki established their collaborative label "NOMA t.d."combining their talents, experiences, and knowledge of design, they produce their own textiles by handcrafting unique graphics used in the creation of their garments.
HERESY are from Peckham, South London and make clothes. Their design is driven by the exploration of mysticism and folklore. They aim to enable collaboration and to walk the paths that run between music, art and fashion.
Graphic led content through research and experimentation. 'A sense of wonderment and horror with young and old'
Collaborating with Navajo artisans to create handmade jewelry using the highest quality materials and stones. Each piece is unique and reflects traditional techniques with a modern vision.
S A M A N T H A P L A T E R O
Born into a family with a long tradition of silversmithing that goes back to Samantha’s great-great grandfather Pablo Platero, who was a well-known silversmith with great talent. This craft was then passed down to her late grandfather Ramon Platero (son of Pablo) who continued making handcrafted jewelry with his wife Louise Platero.
Both of Samantha’s grandparents were both well respected silversmiths and known for their unique trademark; the holly leaf. The leaf later influenced other silversmith’s to incorporate the leaf design in Native American jewelry. Both of her grandparents made jewelry and tended to their farm as a way of life.
Samantha found it inevitable to continue the family tradition and carry on the values and craft that her grandparents embodied and lived. Inspired by the highest quality and hand made techniques of her grandparents Samantha collaborates with Navajo Silversmith’s to create well crafted pieces that translate Native American traditional jewelry with a modern vision.
Liah is a fashion brand for women specialized in knitwear. It directs its efforts in the constant pursuit of the beauty of simplicity, elegance and authenticity. Liah’s aim is to follow the textile tradition and to capture the essence of the place where it is produced: Barcelona.
The origin of Liah is located in a weaving factory owned by the second generation of the Puig Romeu family. With a recognized history in the textile sector, they have been producing for decades for world class fashion companies.
Liah joins references from the creative fields of fashion, design & architecture, along with new technologies and knowledge of natural fibers & fabrics, with an environmentally friendly conscience.
ALL AT SEA
All At Sea is the result of two friends with a mission to make silkwear for the modern gentleman.
Silk is a natural fabric and for centuries it has been famous for its high quality and luxurious feel. It will keep you warm in winter and cool in the bright Scandinavian summer nights. These qualities are essential in both their knitted silk-cashmere, printed silk shirts & daytime pyjamas. The designs honour the Danish design tradition and reflect the minimalistic aesthetics of life in Denmark.
All At Sea is a Copenhagen based brand established in 2014. With backgrounds in design and economics we have embarked on our adventure to bring back the appreciation for fine silkwear.
The core philosophy of QUILP Artisnal craftmanship and classic style. Breaking down the masculine form, using relaxed cloths, Masao uses more traditional English and Japanese fabrics in contrast, to create a contemporary yet classic wardrobe.
QUILP collaborates with the traditional shoe maker Trickers, Northampton, along with Hat accessories in collaboration with Lock & Co. hatters.
J KOO is duo designer brand. Both trained in Menswear at Central Saint Martins. J KOO's sensibilities are inspired by tailored feminism and street culture.
Their academic and professional background purely influence on our overall design process from toil to finished garment. Jinwoo,Choi has an experience at Savile Row whilst YeonJoo,Koo was at Peter Jensen in London.
The intersection between two designers make unique J KOO style : Tailored Feminism + Street Culture.
J KOO has launched in April 2012. In 2015, J KOO were awarded Emerging Designer of the Year by Council of Fashion Designers of Korea. Spring Summer 2016 collection has exhibited at Vogue Talent Italy after selected by Sara Maino.
In 2016, J KOO was International Woolmark Prize finalist after won Asia region.
Husam El Odeh
German born Husam El Odeh studied fine art at the renowned UDK in Berlin and worked successfully as an artist in Berlin until he relocated to London in 1999. There he exchanged the canvas for the body and started to make jewellery.
Husam El Odeh received awards by respected talent finders such as, Fashioneast and the British Fashion Council. He has received the international award for cutting edge accessories design; the "so fresh award" given out by Pierre Lang and unit F in Austria in 2009. In 2010 he was awarded a British Fashion Award as Emerging Accessories designer of the year. This SS18, we will be showing new styles, along with featuring some of the main line classics.