Emily Adams Bode began her career selling one-of-a-kind pieces primarily to private clients and Japanese accounts. Today, the graduate of Parsons and winner of the CFDA Award for Emerging Designer of the Year 2019 stands out for her use of rare, vintage textiles and hand-cut patterns to construct a garment. This approach stems from her interest in antiques and other objects from bygone eras, and a desire to weave in a sense of warmth and intimacy into each piece. Each season, Bode presents a collection that is semi-autobiographical, inspired by stories shared by her loved ones or memories of her own.
There’s a familiarity and effortlessness to Little Liffner’s bags that have caused it to become a favourite since its debut in 2012. Founded by Paulina Liffner von Sydow, the label’s line of handbags are reminiscent of what one might see in a flea market, or perhaps in their mother’s closet. But the lines, curves and exaggerated geometry employed — inspired by modern art and nature — offer a break from its more traditional and vintage counterpart. Available in exotic prints and colours which range from neutral to soft to vivid.
Tokyo-based label Nana Nana offers accessories that bridge the gap between aesthetics and utility. Their glossy, minimal fluorescent PVC bags come in standard, paper-sized dimensions (A3 to A6). Its waterproof material withdraws any fear of getting caught in the rain or spilling any liquids in or over their bag.
Born and raised in Budapest, Sandra Sandor graduated from the London College of Fashion in 2005. Soon after that, in 2006 she launched her own label Nanushka — after Sandor’s long standing nickname. A signature style of confident ease and subtle femininity was evident from her first collection. Where East meets West, the brand draws inspiration from the spiritual journey through cultures and time, effortlessly combining function with flair. Nanushka delivers a modern, versatile, day to night wardrobe for the modern human with the aim of creating a new informal form of beauty.
Anyone that remains convinced of the divide between fashion, pop culture, politics and commercialism might find themselves feeling unconvinced by Reilly. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, his tongue-in-cheek T-shirts include wordplay (i.e. transmuting CELINE DION to CELINE DIOR) and a combination of various brand logos into one. The label’s ethos is best understood through its Instagram page (@hey_reilly), which features collages that are a singular blend of pop, political and commercial imagery — reflecting culture’s current state of rampant commercialism, and the growing lack of distinction between reality and entertainment — all with a positive attitude and a light sense of humour.
Growing up in Texas, then Korea, Rok Hwang moved to London as a result of his interest in music, having listened to everything from heavy metal to ska to reggae, but fell into fashion after his foundation year at Central Saint Martins. Since the launch of his label in 2016, Rokh has steadily built its reputation as a brand which focuses on building new sartorial languages. Its ascension can be attributed to having a designer who values the construction of a garment, the importance of a strong team and the passion behind creating over many of the industry’s protocols. His belief that no individual stands for merely one thing, especially in our digital age, is reflected in his garments — each of which combine tropes from his upbringing, his personal interests and culture at large.
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