Designer Bios / Information

Designers and labels available at Suspension Point.

Bless (Germany / France)

Bless, created by Desiree Heiss and Ines Kaag, is a multi-disciplinary label that sits at the intersection of art, fashion, and product design. Since launching their first collection in 1996 the Bless team and collaborators have created a world uniquely their own. The finished designs are conceptual, modern, and always showcase an irreverent sense of humour.

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Christian L’Enfant Roi (Canada)

Montreal based designer Christian Deslauriers founded his label in 2010. He quickly gained acclaim for his collections that blend a boyish attitude with thoroughly grown-up tailoring and detailing. The silhouette is generally loose, yet the cut is modern and the fabrics create a feeling of youthful luxury.

Suspension Point worked with Christian L’Enfant Roi on an exclusive collaboration.

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Christophe Lemaire (France)

The Parisian designer, Christophe Lemaire, designs clothing that he would like to wear himself. He launched his eponymous label in 1991 after having worked alongside such luminaries as Yves Saint Laurent, Thierry Mugler, and Christian Lacroix. While continuing to expand his independent company, in 2010 Christophe Lemaire took on the position of artistic director at Hermes women’s ready-to-wear. The collections he produces are imbued with an elegant, quiet sense of luxury that allows one to mix and match according to the mood and moment. The wearer’s wardrobe is timeless yet wholly personal at the same time.

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Guidi (Italy)

Since being founded in 1896 as “Conceria Guidi E Rosellini”, this company has been a leading leather tannery and shoemaker. Today, Guidi balances respect for the past with the use of modern technology to provide hides of the highest quality while also producing their own line of leather footwear and accessories.  Eschewing mass production, all products are made in small quantities by skilled craftspeople.

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Gustavolins (France)

Gustavo Lins studied architecture until a realization that he’d rather work with fabric instead of glass and steel. In 2003 his namesake label was founded. He is a member of the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture. This architectural vision and haute couture craftsmanship inform his ready-to-wear from the cut and construction to signature details such as the upside down T stitch that helps shape the shoulders, spiral seams, and leather piping. Gustavolins menswear is based on the idea of quiet luxury.

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Jan-Jan Van Essche (Belgium)

Jan-Jan Van Essche is a menswear designer from Antwerp, Belgium. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 2003, winning several grand prizes including the prestigious Dries Van Noten award. Jan-Jan’s work blends western and ethnic fashion traditions through the use of fluid silhouettes and loose forms. Unlike most designers, he designs one full collection a year that is then complemented by seasonal projects in the form of individual capsule collections. He proposes annual wardrobes to be worn throughout the year by layering up and down, encouraging universal freedom to the wearer of his garments.

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Matthew Miller (United Kingdom)

Matthew Miller, a London based menswear designer, graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2009. Since then he has risen to the forefront of British design, collaborating with the likes of Brioni and Umbro while continuing to develop his namesake label. Matthew’s aesthetic combines sportswear influence with unexpected graphical and textile details. The resulting garments present a clean, comfortable twist on modern menswear.

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Peir Wu (United Kingdom)

Peir Wu is a London based designer who creates clean, considered, and progressive clothing that both respects and revitalizes menswear tailoring and materials. Originally from Singapore, Peir graduated from the rigorous M.A. program at Central Saint Martins. She also interned with Raf Simons and then founded her namesake label in 2011. Working within a futuristic ethos, her collections combine sportswear and classic tailoring with new fabrics and techniques resulting in garments with a distinct, focused viewpoint.

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Petar Petrov (Austria)

Based in Vienna, designer Petar Petrov studied under Raf Simons. He creates clean, elegant collections that combine and contrast focused tailoring with casual sportswear influences. These modern, yet easy to wear garments are all prepared in his family’s own factory.

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Siki Im (United States)

Born and raised in Cologne, Germany, Siki Im studied architecture at Oxford. After working as an architect throughout the world, he made the switch to fashion and was a senior designer at both Karl Lagerfeld and Helmut Lang. Siki Im founded his namesake label in 2009 in New York and won the esteemed Ecco Domani Award for Best Men's Wear.

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Stephan Schneider (Belgium)

Stephan Schneider established his label in 1994. Since then, he has become renowned for clean, classic garments bolstered by intelligently designed detailing and superlative fabrics. For each collection, Schneider spends half his time with the fabric and the other half with the silhouette. The fabrics are custom made in the designer’s own facilities in Belgian factories. This understanding of the interplay between the textile and the cut is what sets Stephan Schneider apart.

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Ute Ploier (Austria)

Ute Ploier founded her label in 2003 after being awarded the prestigious Hyeres fashion festival prize for best menswear collection. Before designing under her own name, she was mentored by Raf Simons. She creates progressive, precise garments designed to have a wide-ranging appeal while retaining a defined aesthetic vision.

Ute Ploier is exclusive to Suspension Point (in North America).

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Walter Van Beirendonck (Belgium)

Walter Van Beirendonck, part of the influential Antwerp Six, designs garments with a distinctive joyful and humorous approach and bold, thoughtful use of color, cut, and pattern. His fall-winter 2012 collection, Lust Never Sleeps, focuses on Walter’s tailoring expertise while still presenting his sense of fun and an ingenious mix of color and texture.

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