All About IV embraces the philosophy of the free-spirited modern woman. Inspired by her travels, particularly in Asia, creative director, Thilini Punzi sought to create colourful pieces that express a sense of freedom and compliment the female spirit. All About IV is vibrant and colourful, daring yet comfortable and, above all, a celebration of what it means to be a woman. Each garment is proudly handmade in Sri-Lanka and is 100% one of a kind. 'Zubha', meaning bright and beautiful, is a collection inspired by patterns and colours from Indonesia, Mexico and India. It is Thilini's first collection at The Design Collective.
Amilani Perera's eponymous brand is famous for its lux chic aesthetic and signature Sri Lankan motifs. The designer’s aim is to provide women with unique ready to wear and, at the same time, contribute to the long-term protection of wildlife through the exclusive use of cruelty free methods and premium vegan materials. Amilani Perera has showcased at Colombo Fashion Week for the past four years, as well as at USA/Sri Lanka Fashion Week in New York earlier this year. Further, she was honoured as the only Sri Lankan brand to be featured at the Asian Designer Week in India in 2016. Amilani is a graduate from the renowned Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore.
Buddhi Batiks is an ethical fashion business, where the batik craft is practiced by women, some of whom have been with the workshop since the company’s inception in 1970. The batik workshop, located in the village of Koswadiya on the north-west coast of Sri Lanka, in turn plays an integral role in the economy of the village. The workshop makes a concerted effort to hire from and around the village. This enables the artisans, women with families to look after, to remain close to home. Each piece that is produced at Buddhi Batiks is hand-painted in wax by these talented artisans, and hand-dyed by experienced dye masters in a seemingly unlimited variety of colours, ranging from the most vibrant of hues to the subtlest, softest pastels and creams.
Yathra is a new concept in design collaboration. For each new collection a guest designer will be invited to collaborate with The Design Collective in producing a one-off range of exciting new pieces. Colomboho aims to provide modern women with cool, functional, resort wear solutions. It’s chic, beachy and relaxed with a focus on kaftans, light fabrics and statement prints. The current collaboration is with one of the Design Collective’s very own designers, Yathra J, whose signature influence runs throughout the collection.
Creating artisan, unique and comfortable clothes, Dimitra, is the culmination of different personas; an edgy hipster, an ethnic rebel and a modern-day goddess. Dimitra makes clothes that celebrate what it means to be a woman; to feel strong, liberated and beautiful. All fabrics are sourced through ethical and sustainable local practices. The brand places importance on promoting and sustaining social justice and equality. It pays a fair wage and works only with partner companies that do the same. It enables talented local artisans to do what they love whilst following their dreams and being self-sufficient.
Crafted Clothing is the brainchild of artist and nature lover, Duleekha Ratnayake, who is a graduate of the University of Moratuwa’s School of Design. In 2011, her artistic passions got the best of her when she decided to embark on her own to design a range of exquisite hand-woven biralu saris. Biralu is an ornamental openwork fabric imported by the Dutch in the mid-17th century to Sri Lanka, where it remains alive but as an underdeveloped cottage industry. Duleekha experiments with pure silk and cotton to produce beautiful one-off biralu saris.
HOUSE OF LONALI
Lonali believes that consumption should be approached thoughtfully, and that where possible materials should be recycled, or in Lonali's case, upcycled in order to limit fashion’s environmental footprint. Lonali also believes that style doesn't necessarily have to cost the earth. High quality textile cutoffs that would otherwise end up as landfill are reclaimed from the factories of large manufacturers, and given a new lease of life. Lonali works closely with the cottage industries in Sri Lanka to hand-make one-off pieces, which provides fair and sustainable income for local artisans.
ISLAND LUSH is the brainchild of Irushi Ratnaweera Perera. Launched in 2015, ISLAND LUSH is a tropical shoe brand famed for its funky chic aesthetic, which produces intricately designed footwear using vibrant colours and varied materials. The brand has successfully maintained a sense of exclusivity by producing each design in limited numbers and making them accessible to customers only via selected outlets in Colombo and online through there very own website. The brand epitomises Sri Lanka's island spirit while maintaining high quality and attention to detail.
JAI BY AASHKII
Aashkii resonates a sensual union of Western glamour with heritage splendor. Handmade in Sri Lanka, Aashkii products are woven using a unique combination of traditional techniques such as batik and tie-dye with modern day digital print. Aashkii has two labels; Jai by Aashkii and a new range of linen-wear; SeaSand by Aashkii. Jai finds inspiration at every turn. From the reflections of the sunrise over the Angkor Wat to the natural beauty of the wildlife of the great Sri Lankan outdoors. Immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of colour that explodes into wearable pieces of art.
LOVI is on a mission to bring the thrill of sarongs to people around the world. Born in San Francisco and made in Sri Lanka by a band of creative collaborators, LOVI sarongs are designed for being active and outdoors. They have pockets for your cash and phone, a belt to keep it tied securely, and lining to keep you dry. They can be dressed up with a shirt, jacket and shoes or dressed down with a tee and flip-flops. Simply put, LOVI is reimagining sarongs as designer wear.
Nimansé offers a wide range of jewelry and accessories that are intended for every day use. New and exciting designs are the cornerstone of Nimansé, which holds innovative design and careful material selection as paramount. At Nimansé you will find beautiful high quality products at affordable prices.
RUKSHANI/NIKA BY RUKSHANI
Nika by Rukshani is a ready to wear label characterised by unique pieces that exude modernism, for women who want to express themselves by the clothes that they wear, embodying an effortless approach to dressing with a feminine sensibility. Rukshani is an experienced and successful designer who has worked for world famous designers, including Jonathan Saunders and Preen's Thornton Bregazzi. She was chosen to take part in the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia in 2014. Nika by Rukshani is a brand new collection, being launched for the first time at The Design Collective.
Nithiesha Jayasekera's brand 'Nithiesha' will be showcasing a line of cottons suited for the island chic lifestyle. This collection is inspired by nature and scenery in Sri Lanka. This collection is for those who prefer a subtle sophistication and casual chic, carefully designed and crafted for finer details.
Nithya combines the techniques of Sri Lanka’s artisan communities with global trends to create cutting-edge ethical fashion that empowers the island's rural artisan communities and sustains our heritage handloom industry. Nithya aims to give new life to Sri Lanka’s ancient craft of handloom by bringing it to new markets in new ways. Launched by Nithya Lamahewa in 2012, the label uses the skill of a generations-old handloom community and combines it with cutting-edge design knowledge to create unique collections. Nithya pushes the conventional boundaries of the handloom craft, creating new concepts like handloom denim saris and recombining established design styles like the Tartan check into cool, comfortable clothing for modern women.
Founded by Rukshika & Binara Seneviratne, RUMPUNCH is a brand of swimwear that is inspired by the vibrant tropical hues and island lifestyle of Sri Lanka. The brand’s hip and stylish designs, infused with bold colours and prints cater to the chic, discerning and adventurous young women of today. High tides, sunny skies and good vibes - Discover your island spirit with RUMPUNCH!
Gemologist Ruwini Jayarathne's eponymous brand specialises in hand-made jewelry made with locally sourced natural gemstones. The brand is always on the look out for new and rare stones to be used in its jewelry, in order to offer the wearer off-one jewelry solutions for all occasions.
THE THREE BY TPV
THE THREE BY TPV is what happens when South Asian design, Scandinavian thinking and Western standards for quality unite in perfect harmony. At THE THREE by TPV you can find everything you need to make your home so beautiful that you might never want to leave it. Their stores offer stylish interior designed details, as well as beautiful jewelry and exquisite clothes. All items are designed and handpicked by the brand's Swedish/Latvian owners, Thomas, Patrick and Vadim - hence the name TPV.
Is a graduate in Apparel Design from the National Institute of Design in India and holds a Masters from the UK, for which he was awarded the Charles Wallice India trust scholarship in 2002. Anuj Sharma has created a unique method to construct clothes without any machine, tools or stitch technique called Button Masala. The method has led to the Button Masala collection, which has been showcased all over the world. He was awarded the Most Innova- tive Collection of the Year Award for his Button Masala collection at the Marie Claire ‘Made in India’ Fashion Awards.
SHRADDHA NIGAM & MAYANK ANAND
Is a well known actor. Having worked across media like films, theatre and television and after having established herself in the performing arts, she has now segued into design. Mayank Anand is an artist with manifold aptitudes. He is an actor, an author, a newspaper columnist, an artist and now, a clothes designer. Together they are known for their unique, refined and relaxed sense of style.
KARISHMA SHAHANI KHAN
Is a Fashion Design and Technology graduate from the London College of Fashion whose style is influenced by multi-layered cultures and the ever-changing social landscapes of modern India. She has worked on various projects and initiatives that focus on design, sustainability and education in the field of fashion, spanning projects on employment generation, women empowerment, skill development, garment production and retail. Karishma was featured in the 30-Under-30’s Forbes India 2016 list and a finalist in the Vogue India Fashion Fund 2014
Pedals is a handcrafted footwear brand that brings together the century old hand-loom cottage industry and the creative talent of today's millennials to present something quintessentially Sri Lankan to the global footwear scene.
Amberry focuses on locally sourced fine wood men’s accessories; it is a brand that envisions to streamline handpicked local resources to produce unique handmade products.
Halo specializes in gold plated fashion jewellery. The brand’s signature collection consists of handcrafted pieces embellished with natural coloured gemstones decorated with their very own unique and specialized cut to add sophistication at an affordable price.