How 3 Designers Got Their Start

How 3 Designers Got Their Start

Started from the bottom and now they're here. No, really: These three designers have come a long way from their design school days to create envelope–pushing collections that everyone wants to get their hands on. Get inspired by their starting–out stories here.

David Koma
"I launched David Koma right after my graduation MA show at Central St. Martins. The collection was a success—I won the Harrods Design Award and soon after Harrods and Topshop approached me for collaborations. Our first show at London Fashion Week was held at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout showcase and the next season I won the NewGen Award and was supported by British Fashion Council for years after, showing my collections in London and having showrooms in Paris. I am still very proud that I was chosen amongst others by BFC; it was a huge support on all counts."
David Koma

Dion Lee
"I started my brand after studying fashion design in Sydney. I think the lifestyle and environment have really influenced how I design; I connect with the athleticism, beach culture and the relaxed sophisticateion. I really love being so close to nature and have a strong connection to the water. In college, I really loved being able to develop my own style and experiment with fabric and silhouette without limitations. I have always really loved tailoring and undersatnding the construction process that goes into each product.

"I started my brand after finishing college, when I was invited to show my graduate collection at Australian Fashion Week and from that point I started to produce the collections. A few years later I started to show internationally at London Fashion Week and have since moved to New York, where I will continue to show in September."
Dion Lee

Cushnie et Ochs
"We met while studying at Parsons and always had a very similar aesthetic even though we had never collaborated before. We have always been good friends and had worked side by side, but it wasn't until we graduated that we decided to come together.

"We just knew that there was niche in the market for clothes that were minimal and modern, but feminine at the same time. We were somewhat naive in what we were undertaking, but it has been the most rewarding thing we have ever done."
Carly Cushnie of Cushnie et Ochs