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Sarah Williams unique handmade luggage

The art and functionality mix sounds like an abstract, unidentifiable notion but it is given a lively representation through Sarah Williams’ debut collection of surreal luggage. The young British designer, a recent graduate from London College of Fashion designed for her 2010 MA thesis project a collection of unique fashion artifacts by transforming traditional craftsmanship through the vision of Salvador Dali’s art.

Williams British Handmade luggage

Minna spring/summer 2009 collection

The British Fashion Council ethical fashion show/exhibition at London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009, Estethica, now in its 5th season, turned into the very epicenter of the eco-sustainable fashion industry in UK.

One of the best newcomers in this community of fair-trade, eco and ethical fashion design is young fashion label Minna, an example of edgy design and eco passion mix.

 

Next It Designer discovered online

The Internet has proven to be a rewarding medium for young fashion labels and independent designers. In proving that, MyItThings, online magazine of user-generated content, announced the launch of the "It" Designer Contest, the ultimate opportunity for aspiring designers.

I checked the 25 semifinalists and these three young designers got my attention with their innovative ideas. First one, I mean my favorite and hopeful the final winner, is mysterious Kimba from New York, only 23 years old.

Kimba designs

Kimba designs

Lara Miller Bamboo Clothing

Here it is another proof of how stylish, sophisticated and innovative eco-friendly clothing can be. Young designer Lara Miller (Chicago) creates beautiful clothes from handmade bamboo soft jerseys and unique wovens.
Lara Miller spring 2008 collection

Like Wearing a Love Letter: Colleen Baran jewelry

I adore handmade designs; they send out so much of the creator's personality. As I laid my eyes on these gorgeous rings from Colleen Baran I just knew I had to have one. Colleen is a Canadian artist working in jewelry, photography and book-works, with a creating philosophy "based on a love of language, pattern and form".

You see me; ring by Colleen Baran

 

"You See Me" ring by Colleen Baran

Unique and Stylish: Erika Hendrix

I was looking for independent labels in the Fashion Design Community when I stumbled upon Erika Hendrix, a Lawton, Oklahoma based label founded in 2005 by Erika Bates. The portfolio can also be found on talent database and flickr. Born in Giessen, Germany, in 1984, Erika began designing and sewing shirts in 2002 during an internship in interior design.

Erika Hendrix Clothing

Erika Hendrix Clothing

Megan Park's works of art

I was looking at some of the shows from L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2008 and I came across the wonderful collection of Megan Park. Every item, garment or accessory, is created by hand with beading and embroidery made by highly skilled artisans in India. Even the prints and dyes are produced using old handcraft techniques.

Megan Park autumn/winter 2008

Megan Park autumn/winter 2008