ArtEZ University teachers, Hanka van der Voet and Chet Bugter, discuss their recent open source paper: A Fruiting Body Of Collective Labour: Working Towards A De-Hierarchised System For Fashion Education.
Muse co-founder, Sarah Kourim, reflects on her and her mother’s independent journeys, nurturing a market stall into a growing e-commerce business, and the under-representation of modest voices in fashion.
Co-founders of Delhi-based NorBlack NorWhite, discuss how India's rich textile heritage instantly caught their attention, why the trade show format didn’t work for their brand, and how they grew NorBlack NorWhite to being a cultural platform and creative studio.
TT CoLLECTIVE allows founder Thalia Tserevegou the freedom to share her strategic vision with value-aligned brands. She talks about her learnings on building modern, conscious fashion companies in today’s ever-changing market.
With precisely engineered handbags made using state-of-the-art Italian craftsmanship, Advene has grown steadily since launch thanks to close relationships with its customers and mentors. We speak to the brand's founders, Yijia Wang and Zi Xuan.
St Rose founder, Belinda Smith, saw a space in the fragrance market for a conscious, luxurious and long-wearing fragrance brand rooted in the art of nature, and set out to steer the industry towards a transparent and gentler future.
Artisanal soap brand Orris is rooted in holistic plant-based practices and artistic collaborations. Lani Le Berre and Kenneth Koo address tradition and purpose whilst diligently challenging the short-comings of the beauty industry.
Arnsdorf is a robust womenswear label comprised of an atelier, online store and bricks and mortar boutique. Founder, Jade Sarita Arnott talks about the importance of designing new processes and not being afraid to cross industry barriers.
Claudia and Isabella del Olmo and long-time collaborator Cécile Denis imagined a modern European guest house and artist residency in Casa Balandra. We discuss multiculturalism, creativity, relationships and moments of indulgence.
Austin Austin is a British line of organic body care products crafted by the father and daughter duo Richard and Bessie Austin. We discuss integrity, longevity, and the value of social media in growing a thoughtful brand.
Badaam is the embodiment of its founder Priyanka Kaul’s multi-faceted character and her wide-reaching interests. We talk about juggling two careers, the long-awaited rise of multi-cultural fashion designers and India's unmatched knowledge of natural fabrics.
Rachel Jones-Jones and Hannah Cawley reflect on their residency at Grymsdyke Farm and how we can shift fashion's focus from aesthetics and function to meaningful values through knowledge of plants and colours.
Fashion designer and multi-disciplinary artist Adriana Meunie talks about rejecting commercial fashion to start Odeminui, her dedication to preserving local cultures and how raw materials inspire consciousness.
UN Women representative, Marie Sophie Pettersson, shares her experience of Bangladesh's nuanced garment manufacturing industry. She explains how different production facilities can generate income without disturbing local communities and little celebrated talents of Bangladeshi people.
I decided to comb through Advance Copy’s archive to compile a list of six values that drive our guests, brands like Cecilie Bahnsen, Holly Ryan, Aeron, Suku and Neous to continuously challenge old systems, and envision a new era of fashion.
Los Angeles-based womenswear designer Shaina Mote talks about the importance of partnerships in creating positive change, daily benefits of local garment manufacturing and her dreams for the future of fashion.
Interview with Founder of Hungarian womenswear brand Aeron. Established in 2012, Aeron is an exploration of contemporary elegance and quality with a personal touch. We talk about Eszter’s day-to-day approach to sustainability and embracing new dawn of creativity in fashion.
German fashion photographer, Alina Asmus shares how intuition played a vital role in helping her forge a unique career path working with renowned brands and magazines including Vogue, Matches and Interview Germany.
Conversation with Vanissa Antonious, Founder & Creative Director of women's footwear brand, NEOUS. London based Antonious reflects on her principles for creating artisanal Italian shoes that resonate with modern-day women.
Conversation with Chantal Spaas, business partner of the greatly admired Belgian designer Sofie D'Hoore. Chantal reflects on the brand's quiet approach to quality relationships and uncompromising garment engineering.
P.A.M. (Perks and Mini) is a Paris-based fashion and lifestyle label originally established in Melbourne by Misha Hollenbach and Shauna Toohey. The company is respected in the world of fashion and art, a unique position earned by their unfaltering commitment to solid creative values and bypassing of industry standards.
Advance Copy meets Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA/AMO) to ask if the Office’s work with Manifesta Biennial on Palermo Atlas could hold useful lessons for fashion. As long-term collaborators of Prada and masterminds behind Fondazione Prada, Fondation Galeries Lafayette and Kadewe, our conversation expands to customer engagement, brand experience and retail architecture.
Melbourne-based brand SUKU Home specialises in bedding and leisurely ready to wear. Capsule collections are ethically made in Bali using natural materials and released gradually, keeping customers eagerly anticipating. Find out what factors make Christine Lafian's independent brand so unique and respected by its clientele.
Companies just want to please customers and buyers, but they don’t want to state their values clearly, in case these end up putting some clients off. I feel like we are living in a world where we need to stand for something.
Meet Joon Lee, Founder of Berlin-based knitwear label PLYS and winner of Samsung's 13th Fashion Design Fund. Joon explains how frustration with newness in fashion and early experience with video games led him to create PLYS.
I underestimated working for other people and then starting to work for myself, the pressure that is on you when you start your own brand, to run a business and be creative, that’s when independence becomes a real thing.