Structural, cleverly crafted pieces with a gender-defying twist, Hangjun Jo is a South Korean fashion designer who studied at the Glasgow School of Art. The latest collection is inspired by 1920’s sportswear and features innovative prints, structural silhouettes and randomised pattern cutting referencing cubism.
Slovak designer Anita Nemkyoza, a graduate of the University of Glamorgan in Cardiff, creates unique and empowering leather accessories that accentuate the strong female form. She aims to celebrate traditional craftsmanship and heritage while creating futuristic, alien structures, combining Italian leather with laser-cut perspex that she designs straight onto a 3D form.
I actually first found out about this London-based designer in 2012 when I took part in a Fashion Styling course at Central St Martins and the class were taken to visit Charlie May in her studio to see the designs behind the scenes. I was immediately taken by the rich textures juxtaposed with origami-style structural silhouettes. May now creates regular collections for both women and men with a contemporary minimalist feel.
Who are your designers to watch this year? Let me know in the comments!
Ruth @ Urbanity xxx
Those Gucci loafers everyone is wearing this season? Kangaroo fur. They even operate their own python farms for snakeskin handbags. Yup. Gucci is just one of many examples of brands that extensively exploit animals so that they can position their products at a high-end, exclusive, luxury price point.
Dyeing and finishing, at any stage from fibre to end garment, is an extremely thirsty process, with one pair of denim jeans taking around 7,000 litres of water to produce.The way mass-produced textiles are dyed regularly pollutes large bodies of water, threatening the safety of the drinking water, and even endangering marine species. The finishing used to create an anti-crease shirt, formaldehyde, is a toxic carcinogen that if exposed to human skin can cause severe blistering and burns.
In the freezing cold Barrowlands we had an absolute ball taking pictures with the gorgeous bags and scarves, which of course ended up being a prosecco party back at the office. I can’t wait to see the results, but for now I thought I’d post a little bit of the conversation I had with Rebecca Flory and Andrew Vincent, founders of Nu Blvck, focussing on their sustainable business model, and their plans to change the fashion industry for good.
What does sustainability in fashion mean to you?
AV We see ourselves as sustainable because we use only the highest possible quality of materials to produce products that people actually have demand for, made by skilled artisans who are paid a fair wage. Fast fashion in its current state is basically just enslaving working and killing craft, so we are trying to help bring it back to life, while building a community with connections between people in the industry, eventually worldwide. The world’s biggest resource is people at the end of the day, and I think thats lost a lot in other so-called sustainable brands. In Bangladesh the average garment worker is being paid about a quarter of a reasonable living wage, theres a real issue there. We want to operate as sustainably as we can but by creating collections that people want to buy, not because its sustainable but because of its great design; bridging that gap. Thats how you change the world!