MEET THE DESIGNERS - FEB 2018

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Zeynep launched the Zeynep Kartal brand beginning of 2013, following more than twenty years of experience in the fashion industry in a variety of areas including textile, design, production and marketing.

Zeynep Kartal has now made a splash in the celebrity-filled red carpets of the UK, and wowing the catwalks of London’s Fashion Week with her elegant silhouettes and modern lines sought after by a growing number of American & British celebrities including Whitney Port, Coleen Rooney, Pixie Lott, Amanda Holden, Marina and The Diamonds, Michelle Keegan, Cheryl Cole and Lady Gaga.

Last November, Native Youth was named Drapers’ Young Fashion Brand of the Year for the second year running. Founder & Creative Director Ash Kumor has turned the “Manchester-born-and-bred” brand into a bestseller.Praised for its international growth, strong brand identity and “amazing” marketing, Native Youth has 325 wholesale accounts worldwide, and has been worn by celebrities such as models Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner, and singer Zayn Malik – and all before its fifth birthday which they celebrate this year.”

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The story of the rise of Private White really shows how Manchester has progressed from its industrial days where Jack White was a World War I hero and, on his return, later became the founding father of the Manchester factory which now manufactures clothing in his name. Private White V.C. still operates from Cottenham House in Salford 100 years after the factory first began making clothes. Run by Jack White’s grandson, James Eden, they launched an accompanying menswear line back in 2010. The contemporary menswear collection is designed by Creative Director Nick Ashley, who has notably worked for Kenzo, Tod’s of Italy and Dunhill Menswear, amongst others. The label is stocked in Selfridges, Harrods and its own store in Mayfair, serving customers including actors Tom Hardy, Eddie Redmayne and Kevin Spacey.

Kiki Minchin is a Luxury, edgy jewellery and lifestyle brand. Inspired by the beautiful and the unique, Kiki Minchin jewellery is haute couture meets rock’n’roll.

Elegant and timeless but always with an edge,  made for the risk takers and the trendsetters who know how the right accessories build a look.

Excusively designed by owner Kim Minchin Dunn, Kim’s wanderlust led her on a road trip across the West Coast of America in 2013. Inspired by what she saw around her, she decided to realise her dream of designing her own jewellery a reality.

Since her first collection made its debut onto the fashion scene, Kim has evolved Kiki Minchin into the go-to brand for covetable, edgy statement jewellery that will never go out of style.

Doherty Evans & Stott is an independent menswear store offering bespoke tailoring and exclusive brands in Manchester.

Whilst tailoring is the foundation of their business, they are also passionate about sourcing the best of contemporary Italian style.

Between them they have more than 50 years of retail experience most notably at GIeves & Hawkes where they met around 2005. After they made them redundant in 2010, they started on their own.

Their store on Bridge Street is now well established as a menswear destination.

OBD Clothing founder and owner Natalie Fisher, launched her casual clothing range of fun and empowering t-shirts, hoodies & jumpers. As well as a range of fun and comfortable gym range which has been incredibly popular.

OBD has recently collaborated with Leanne Brown to create a range of clothes that will support the charity One Women at a time, a charity that aims to assist women in gaining education and training – and to have choices about their lives which are often taken away from them.

30% of each sale from this Clothing goes directly to the charity and a lot of thought was put into the slogans used in this range. Leanne added: “It’s all about empowering statements, empowering women.”