London, 13th July 2016: Alcantara S.p.A, the maker of the premium and innovative high-tech luxury material worldwide, and NOT JUST A LABEL (NJAL), the pioneering force cultivating design talent from around the world, present the Made in Italy | Designed in Britain exhibition at Protein Studios, London EC2, which runs from 13th – 20th July 2016. The exhibition is a fantastic display of Britain’s creativity at its best, with one-of-a-kind artworks that include futuristic fashion and contemporary accessories, as well as design installations.
Curated by NJAL, the exhibition will feature creations from the UK-based studios of Sadie Clayton, Per Hansson, Martine Jarlgaard, Kay Kwok, Lazerian, Mai-Gidah, Cat Potter, Qi, Fannie Schiavoni and Jule Waibel.
Celebrated for their contributions to the design, fashion, and automotive industries, Alcantara® and NJAL’s collaboration brings together cutting-edge Italian manufacturing and excellence with modern British design.
Ten of the UK’s top emerging designers were invited by NJAL’s CEO and Founder Stefan Siegel to collaborate with Alcantara® and create original, bespoke designs while pushing the boundaries using this high-tech luxury material. Each designer was chosen for their outstanding ability to work with different materials to create a show-stopping contemporary design.
The talented group started the project this spring, immersing themselves in the world of Alcantara®, and visiting the production plant in Italy’s Umbria region and the Alcantara HQ in Milan. During the visit, they were challenged to take inspiration from the company's extensive portfolio. The material’s distinctive qualities and infinite customisation possibilities proved to be a great stimulus, motivating the designers to construct some of their most ground-breaking pieces to date.
Andrea Boragno, CEO of Alcantara® said “Britain has long been a prominent source of high creativity and so we were keen to team with Not Just a Label for this exercise. Alcantara® is known the world over, for being exceptionally versatile. Our excitement in working with these ten designers was to see how the material could be skilfully adapted and reinterpreted to give each design its own distinctive look and feel.”
“This collaboration celebrates the strong relationship Alcantara has enjoyed for many years with the design community giving us the opportunity to work first hand with talented designers at the forefront of new trends with their cutting-edge collections. The material inspired the designers to experiment with style, techniques and applications when creating their bespoke pieces for this exhibition.”
Stefan Siegel, CEO of NJAL added “As the world’s leading network of contemporary designers, NJAL aims to educate young designers through projects and events around the globe. The collaboration with Alcantara® has been a valuable opportunity for the ten designers to work with this innovative material throughout the duration of the project.”
In addition to the creative display of the ten creations made by the London-based designers, the exhibition also includes a two-day programme of events, workshops and a private preview for industry experts and influencers.
For further information about the exhibition schedule and programming, please visit the Made in Italy | Designed in Britain event page here:
Made in Italy | Designed in Britain – exhibition open to the public
Date:13th – 20th July 2016
Location: Protein Gallery, 31 New Inn Yard, London EC2R 3EY
Time: 8:30am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday
10:00am – 6:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Sadie Clayton is a luxury sculptural womenswear label which has shown at the Royal Academy, exhibited as part of the Nick Waplington / Alexander McQueen at Tate Britain and Artisanal Intelligence at AltaRoma. Copper is Sadie’s signature material in her clothes and sculptural pieces. Collaborations include Swarovski, Nixon, United Nude, Andrew Logan and Mark Lebon.
Per Hansson is a Swedish designer based in London, currently studying a Master degree in Fashion Menswear at Royal College of Art. His work aims to develop new expressions in contemporary menswear through experimentations with braiding techniques, in order to re-define the notion of traditional handicraft in fashion.
Lasting quality, sustainability and timelessness are paramount for sculptural, minimalist luxury brand Martine Jarlgaard London. The label has been shown in the British Fashion Council's Emerging Designer Showroom and will present its debut on-schedule, digital presentation during London Fashion Week in September 2016.
Kay Kwok is known for his futuristic and contemporary menswear. His label incorporates youth, style and technology. With recognition from the British Fashion Council upon his graduation in 2012, KAY KWOK has since shown his collections to critical acclaim at London Fashion Week and London Collections: Men.
Lazerian is a contemporary design studio that manipulates established design concepts, digital technology and functional materials to create radical solutions in architectural decoration, exhibitions, lighting, furniture, jewellery and sculpture. British designer Liam Hopkins has seen Lazerian grow in capability and reputation since its inception in 2006.
Mai-Gidah is the London-based contemporary menswear brand by Ali (Alec) Abdul-Rahim. Each collection reflects the designer's personal path through life. Ali’s aesthetic has been heavily influenced by his exposure to a range of cultures and traditions. European customs and codes in art, fashion and architecture are fused together with traditional African dress & culture.
Swiss born Cat Potter is an award winning London-based maker and designer, specialising in exquisite, elegant accessories. A graduate from Central Saint Martins, her collections fuse classic style, quality and craftsmanship, built on a forward thinking and contemporary design approach.
Qi is a Bejing-born, London-based accessories and jewellery designer/artist. After he completed his BA degree in Jewellery design, he worked in the industry for a few years, before undertaking the MA Fashion Artefact course at the London College of Fashion.
Fannie Schiavoni is a London based fashion label. The use of traditional methods of handcraft has helped develop a unique approach to the design of her chain metal accessories. She launched her first collection just before graduating from LCF in 2009 and has also received the prestigious New Gen award from the British Fashion Council.
Jule Waibel wants to unfold the universe. She is obsessed with pleated patterns and transforming structures. Jule playfully combines objects, fashion, and performance with a strong focus on geometric shapes, transformation and aesthetics. Her work is influenced by the geometry and simplicity of the Bauhaus. It adds emotion, surprise and humour, all sensations beyond the expected and predictable.