Recent winner of the British Leg of the International Woolmark Prize 2017/2018, Samantha McCoach founded Le Kilt in 2014.
Her 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.
British subcultures are key to the brand DNA of Le Kilt and a distinct sixties and influence runs through this collection, seen in the distinct colour palette and subtle design details such as the large round buttons used on fastenings and seams.
ONAR PRE SS19
ONAR pre-spring collection is a wardrobe for individuals in constant change. Designer Irene Kostas has imagined a selection of leather jackets, pants and bags that transcendent seasons, lifestyle changes – even generations.
The new collection is inspired by the photography of Eoin McLoughlin and the music of Ryuichi Sakamoto, by urban green and mist-covered city views. The key material is European nappa leather, the most prestigious material in the market for everyday pieces. The silhouettes are form-fitting apart from two oversized styles. The colour palette is a mix of Black, Foggy Grey, Smoggy Green and Phantom Green with a splash of Solar Yellow.
Each ONAR piece is crafted by hand from ethically sourced natural materials. The high- quality finish is a result of vegetable tanning. ONAR collections are made by some of the most skilled hands in the industry.
ONAR is based in Helsinki, in the hometown of its artistic director and founder Irene Kostas. Irene Kostas is a fashion designer and a DJ, who hosts her own weekly radio show at the prestigious Radio Helsinki channel. Kostas comes from a family of artisans, and in her work, she translates the family tradition into progressive fashion pieces. ONAR was selected as a Vogue Talents Finalist in 2016, and its collections have been featured in several fashion museum exhibitions. ONAR also collaborates with Artek.
cancellato is a knitwear-couture brand based in Milan, Italy. It is knitwear as the technique with infinite creative potential, one of the oldest and yet the most future-oriented.
cancellato is a place where craft and technology learn from each other and the hands knowledge collaborate with digital programming to turn tradition into innovation. cancellatois sculptural softness, the elegance of experimentation and the poetry of the ordinary life. Made in Italy.
London based designer SUSIE COWIE has modernised the traditional aspects of embroidery to create luxurious, contemporary shirts that as wearable over a swimsuit as they are with a favourite pair of jeans. Central to the brand is the
concept of travel and reverie, captured in delicate hand embroidery with the finest raw materials and highest levels of craftsmanship. Silhouettes are based on the timeless, relaxed fit that is normally reserved for menswear, but with specific enhancements to flatter the female form.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'
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.
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.