House of Dz - binging real urban street style to the public without watering it down or exaggerating it for the catwalk.
House of Dz is a south London based urban contemporary luxury fashion house created by fashion graduate Sammie Dz Olawuyi. He had his first taste of the industry through modeling and was inspired to go on and study it at the university of East London, where he produced his first unisex collection dubbed “Area Boys”; made up by the concoction of two cultures dear to him; London street culture & Nigerian Luxury.
The son of a Nigerian Tailor; HODZ founder Sammie Dz was influenced by the many cultures exposed to him growing up in the boiling pot that is London; always reflecting on his own street/gang culture experiences; house of Dz creates instantly recognizable pieces that feel familiar and nostalgic yet contemporary with the characteristic roadman edge.
A$AP Rocky said, “ I have a voice that speaks for a whole other market- not just black people, but high fashion urban people. I mix streetwear with high fashion. It’s never been seen before”, House of Dz (pronounced Dee zee) epitomizes just this, mixing high fashion with real streetwear, not simply copying or having influences. By tapping into this other market, titled “Urban Luxury”, HODZ has been able to expose a real urban street style to the public without watering it down or exaggerating it for the catwalk.
Visit the Website: www.hodz.co.uk
The most important message SADAK wants to communicate is: pride in individuality
The clothing is innovative and unique, while still incorporating distinctive elements from a variety of preceding periods and ethnic cultures.The various inspirations for the collections are essentially what makes them so superior in character. It’s not only the collection as a whole that comes with a motive, it’s the individual works themselves.
Always at the core of his universe (and as essential as the clothes themselves) are attitudes, moods and statements about individuality and independence. Equally important in SADAK’ s approach is the constant quest for innovation. The key elements stay the same: modern proportions, a constant research for fabrics and textures and above all the interplay of pure construction and new shapes with the body and psyche of the contemporary fashion and art.
Sasa Kovacevic is a Serbian-born fashion and stage/costume designer. He graduated in Fashion Design from Kunsthochschule Weißensee Berlin,Germany; he also studied Stage and Costume Design at the Academy of Art, Belgrade. In addition to designing for his own Fashion Label- SADAK, Sasa has also designed costumes and set design for several dance projects.
Recently, Sasa’s costumes and designs have been featured at MADE Berlin in the work of visual artist Ebony Heat (Tipographic Ballet) and in the MADE Symposium organized by Marvel Comic Illustrator Marko Durdjevic. He has also been nominated for various European Fashion awards including Designer for Tomorrow, European Design Award, Baltic Fashion Award (Best Male Collection). Sasa continues to expand his label, SADAK, while working in collaborative theater, film and dance projects throughout Europe ,Asia and the US.
Visit the Website: www.sadak.de
David Laport - a brand aesthetic is one of modern classic silhouettes, which contemporize the female form.
Graduating from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 2012, David Laport (1986) showcased his wind-blown collection. Taken by his ingenuity in technique and strength of concept, he gained extensive media coverage, which kickstarted his career.
The David Laport brand aesthetic is one of modern classic silhouettes, which contemporize the female form. This means that the cut and fit of a garment takes centre stage and this form-following approach lends itself very well to bespoke tailoring.Specializing in women’s wear, Laport draws inspiration from experimental female silhouettes. These are often sculptural in shape, yet light and prone to movement. A brightly accented colour palette keeps the overall image fresh.
The Volkskrant of 2015 selected Laport as one of the year’s upcoming fashion designers and the following year he was chosen as the Stimuleringsfonds talent of 2016.
Laport has expanded his horizons by doing a variety of freelance collaborations such as with The Dutch National Ballet and with Foam during the Helmut Newton Exhibition.Having done several Amsterdam Fashion Week shows, this experience prepared Laport for his biggest show to date, which took place in September’s Paris Fashion Week 2015 in collaboration with Dutch Vogue. This led to a number of exceptional collaborations with institutions like Foam and the Aquarium of Artis.
Recent red carpet creations on artists like Solange Knowles for the MET Gala 2016, as well as Sia and Jessie J, have placed the label in international limelight. The canal-side studio in Amsterdam has consequently enjoyed an influx of fresh collaborations. David and his team are currently focusing on a ready-to-wear line in collaboration with a high-end multibrand showroom in Paris.
Visit the Website: www.davidlaport.com
Amarenak means mother's in Basque.
This is how the story begun. Our coats and jackets are all based in traditional clothes from the Basque Country, the ones that our grandparents wore. We adapt the original designs to the current fashion trends, using also new colours and patterns.
Locally produced with love.
We collaborate with local artisans and sewers to produce our clothes, in a slow way and with loads of love, just as our grandmas would do.
But we do not want the story to end up here. The fabrics and components we use are all made in Spain or Europe, and we avoid any synthetics.
Visit the Website: www.amarenak.com
Manitobah is a true Canadian success story. At a time where Canadian manufacturing expertise is on the decline, we are expanding our Canadian production. We are also growing our partnerships with ethical manufacturing partners overseas to ensure there is no limit to the growth of the brand and the impact we can make in our community. This dual production model also offers more choice for consumers.
Occasionally, however, I am asked whether a Canadian Indigenous-owned company should be working with partners overseas. To me, the answer couldn’t be more clear: I believe our expansion in production leads to a bigger local impact.
As an Indigenous Canadian, AUTHENTIC to me means being engaged in and contributing to my community. It also means respecting our history while creating positive change for the future. And the best way for me to bring about that change for Indigenous Canadians is to get as many people wearing Manitobah Mukluks as possible.
Our success allows us to work with more local artists, showcase successful Indigenous role models and bring our culture to the world. We also invest in education and employment through our partnership with the Centre for Indigenous Human Resource Development, and I’m particularly proud of our Storyboot project, which helps revive traditional arts in our communities through business-building partnerships with elders and artisans who fashion mukluks and moccasins the traditional way.
Our Walk With Us program is also making a difference by allowing our customers to share in our vision and direct a portion of their sale to the Manitobah program of their choice. It’s simple. For every pair of Manitobah Mukluks sold, we make a bigger impact in our community.
We are proud of our success on the world stage and we welcome the opportunity to compete against all fashion brands. We will continue to make Manitobah more accessible to more people, and we will continue to make footwear using the same high-quality materials and thousand year-old designs that define us — whether it’s a handcrafted Storyboot, Canadian-made item or a mukluk or moccasin produced outside of Canada. I believe that our success as an Indigenous business has been due to our willingness to walk forward while honouring our past.
Thank you for walking with us.
Visit the Website: www.manitobah.com
Born between the cosmopolitan environment of the Moroccan protectorate and formed in Barcelona, Guillermina Baeza has managed to combine the colors, aromas and flavors of the Mediterranean with the aesthetic needs of women, making each piece of swimwear a unique and exceptional piece.
Sensations. Dream, let your imagination fly and move to a world of new sensations accompanied by these delicate garments that will accompany your skin and make you feel feminine, sensual, ethereal ...
Visit the Website: www.guillerminabaeza.es
N’Damus London - emphasis on quality craftsmanship and the production of classic leather goods for women and men.
N’Damus London is a British accessories brand with an emphasis on quality craftsmanship and the production of classic leather goods for women and men.
The N’Damus London brand was founded by our designer in 2006. Her previous career in the biomedical science industry fueled her decision to passionately engage in learning the skills to develop practical and stylish accessory designs.
From her London home, she began creating bags to match her vast collection of shoes. Overtime, the brand has built a following of UK and international clients impressed by the brand’s range of styles and colour palette.
Our classic pieces are given names such as ‘Victoria’, ‘Regency’ and ‘Moorgate’ in reference to London’s heritage and infrastructure.
We focus on selecting quality materials for our elegant and enduring designs.
All leathers used are sourced from well respected Italian and Spanish tanneries.
All of our designs are produced in London. We continue to champion & support the handcrafting skills of our family run factory, who consistently maintain impeccable construction and precision with their work.
N’Damus London press coverage includes, GQ, Vogue, The Guardian, The Times, Elle, Harpers Bazaar and Marie-Claire.
Visit the Website: www.ndamus.com
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LISA JAYNE DANN is an established and highly praised Independent fashion designer. Supplying Independent fashion Boutiques in and around Yorkshire and the UK.
Lisa's journey in fashion was realised when she studied Fashion Design at Dewsbury College of Art and Design where met and was presented a design award by top American fashion designer Ben de Lisi, now mentor and judge on the television series 'PROJECT CATWALK' . While working part time as a dressmaker for a local corset designer she formed a friendship with the team at Aqua Couture, who at that time were launching a new shopping outlet at the Corn Exchange in Leeds. Quickly gaining recognition for her killer pieces Lisa went on to win "Leeds Independent Retail Awards" Designer of the Year award.
Described as the "Queen of Leeds independent Fashion" Lisa's designs certainly pack a punch in the style stakes which has gained her a huge celebrity fan base, Lucy Jo Hudson, Sara Cox, Kerry Katona, Zoe Salmon, Colleen Rooney to name a few. Lisa's designs are now frequently photographed on the back of many a celebrity, and feature in top glossy fashion magazines. Her celebrity followers love Lisa's impeccably stylish designs and often commission Lisa to create pieces exclusively designed just for them. Lucy Jo Hudson ('Out the Wild' star) commissioned Lisa to design her four bridesmaid's dresses and Lisa's twin sister NICOLA DANN an Independent Handbag designer, created exclusive handbags for each of the four girls to hold, replacing traditional bouquets, for her recent wedding to actor Alan Halsall. This appeared on the front cover of OK magazine and a full length feature inside. Kerry Katona hand picked Lisa Jayne Dann to help update her style for her relaunch, and has been papped wearing the signature Lisa Jayne Dann Victorian Trench coat and gorgeous Rainbow Maxi dress (OK Mag). Just last week, Big brother star Chantelle Houghten wore Lisa's Red Grecian Mini dress and looked simply stunning!....its goes to show that stepping out in Lisa Jayne Dann guarantee's to turn the right heads!
So what inspires Lisa within her designs? "I want women of all ages to feel the best they can. I use influences from past, current and future trends on the catwalk to create a unique and obtainable style. Sumptuous colours and vintage references inspire me within my work and I love to mix them with classic touches. I hope to provide the wearer with not only an eye catching, quality well cut garment, but also give them that special something extra that will keep them reaching for it over and over again....a timeless classic, and a much loved and cherished 'best friend'.
Visit the Website: www.lisajaynedann.co.uk
João Branco and Luis Sanchez created Storytailors in 2001 after finishing their Fashion Design studies at the Architecture College of Lisbon’s Technical University. They met during 1996 while attending the same classes; during the course they realised that their aesthetic universes had a lot in common and that their ideas and opinions about fashion were complementary.
They joined forces, matured ideas and decided to create a project with a name-concept that would reflect internationally their way of seeing and working fashion. Passion for History, fables and stories along with their fascination with garment construction, tailoring and fashion gathered two words into one, and thus story and tailors became Storytailors. From their researches and inspirations they craft stories for the future in a liberating way, revealing them as chapters in every collection. The metaphorical language implicit in each garment is their way of communicating. Their work mixes History, contemporaneity and future in timeless design. Each Storytailors garment survives the season in which it was designed, and can be reproduced at any time, on demand or in special editions.
Every year the Storytailors present their collections during the Portugal Fashion week – one of the leading national fashion events. Promptly they also take their work across borders, showing in other cities like Paris. Consequently, Storytailors garments have regular presence in the editorials of the most prestigious national and international publications.
In 2006 they installed themselves in the Centre of Lisbon, Chiado, with a store and atelier in Calçada do Ferragial 8. In a pre-eighteenth century building divided into three floors, where once were stored spices, fabrics and precious stones, one can breath today other aromas and find other treasures ...
Their creations extend also to other artistic areas. They Develop costumes for theatre and dance - highlighting the work undertaken for the Nationals Theatres, D. Maria II in Lisbon and S. João in Oporto, Municipal Theatre of S. Luiz and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.
They also design stage costumes for music artists such as: The Gift, Amalia Hoje, Misia and Yolanda Soares.
Visit the Website: www.storytailors.pt
Indonesian-born product designer Alvin Tjitrowirjo has built a solid and respectable career over the last couple of years. He has distinguished himself from the rest by remaining truthful to the place from whence he came. His choice of materials and his involvement in the preservation of local heritage reflect his love and respect toward the Indonesian tradition. Beyond that, his breadth of work shows that design is more than mere ornamentation; that it can be an integral, interactive part of people's lives.
Initially graduating from RMIT University in Australia, Alvin Tjitrowirjo has always had a penchant for art and design, stretching back to his primary school years, when he was a budding car enthusiast.
Placing a strong importance on creating a distinct brand of Indonesian design that draws from the country's centuries old love of art and by utilizing local artisans and craftsmen, Alvin has since continued to spread his influence on the local design scene. Alvin is now firmly based in Jakarta, continuously building and expanding his furniture brand alvinT and leading his design firm alvinT Studio.
Visit the Website: www.alvin-t.com
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MYKITA - a constant search for innovation, the visionary use of materials and a wealth of experience in eyewear design.
A constant search for innovation, the visionary use of materials and a wealth of experience in eyewear design are the defining elements behind MYKITA’s collections. A key factor in the company’s success is its holistic business philosophy, which brings together expertise from all disciplines under a single roof, the MYKITA HAUS. It thrives on the power of a self-contained network that enables interdisciplinary research and the transfer of technologies. This all-encompassing mentality is also reflected in the MYKITA Shops; the unique retail concept unites the firm’s own design principles with optical precision made in Germany.
MYKITA’s eyewear collections are available at the firm’s own shops in Berlin, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Copenhagen, Monterrey, Cartagena, Zurich, Zermatt, Vienna and Tokyo as well as at selected opticians and fashion outlets in over 80 countries.
Visit the Website: www.mykita.com
Our belief is that the recipe for success in not the excessive, but the harmonious coexistence of neutral elements surrounded by a freshly tapped idea. Our goal is to combine modern with timeless, and elegant with comfortable.
Papadatos S.A. is a design and manufacturing group that began in 1990 by George & Nasos Papadatos. Along with his staff, Papadatos designs and oversees production of an extensive line of furnishings. Our philosophy balances simplicity and honesty so that the designs may continue to grow in today's ever changing world.
Authenticity: Papadatos relies on first class materials, and its well skilled staff for the manufacture of its products. This is what makes them so unique.
Visit the Website: www.papadatos.gr
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