Industria Collective Showcase
The Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers (CAAFD) is a non-profit organization founded through a collaborative effort by a few key pioneers in the fashion industry with the ambitious goal of backing designers who aspire to do business in the United States. CAAFD unlocks the velvet rope and leads showcased emerging talent into close-knit circles of the fashion industry.
Helena Bajaj Larsen
Half-Indian, Half-Norwegian yet Parisian born and bred, 23-year old designer Helena Bajaj Larsen is a recent graduate of Parsons School of Design and launched her label just six months ago. She specializes in hand-painted textiles which she creates herself - works of abstract art on fabric, blending her love of textile craftsmanship with her training in fashion design. She draws inspiration from her nomadic lifestyle across various countries and cultures to form breathtaking collections using her one-of-a-kind fabrics as well as stunning sculptural jewelry pieces.
Starting her label in 2016 after graduating the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Patricia Wijaya quickly took to the fashion world. Her label first released a Prêt-A-Couture line in Jakarta, which focused on telling a story and showcasing innovation throughout. For this collection, Through her designs, Wijaya creates designs that have been described as an exquisite combination of a modern day sensibilities with fairytale elements.
Pakistani designer Sania Maskatiya crafts ornate and regal inspirations into every Sania Studio design, which masterfully highlight feminine silhouettes. Her designs are inspired by the beauty of nature and the environment while still being modern and classic, which are touted as some of the best craftsmanship in Pakistan, coming from generations of artisans who have specialized and perfected their craft.
Estonian-born founder and designer Kadri Klampe created Yufash as a unique and forward-thinking brand made for the confident and powerful women of the world, with all garments fabricated exclusively in England. Founded in 2015, Klampe and Yufash have since experience skyrocketing popularity, including having designs featured on the hit television series Scream Queens.
Peruvian-based design duo Ayni design their collections by honoring ancient traditions, utilizing local materials and altering the production model to promote environmental sustainability. Ayni, which is a Peruvian turn of phrase “today for you, tomorrow for me,” showcases their drive for both ethics as well as aesthetics.
Japanese-born and trained in France, designer Hakuyo Miya blends together his various influences into an entirely unique creation with Mouton Blanc. Utilizing fantastical style elements with real world influences, Miya crafts fiery designs that combine color, texture and culture into beautiful and elegant pieces.
Thunyatorn Ng, born in Thailand, discovered her love and talent for fashion once moving to New York City. After making a career out of bridal makeup and hairstyling, Thunyatorn noticed the demand for traditional Thai clothing that was left unfulfilled in North America. Taking things into her own hands, Thunyatorn is among the first Thai designers to present at NYFW.
Zabetta Couture designer Ruth Zabetta was raised in both Spain as well as the Dominican Republic, which imparts a unique cultural influence on her designs. Known for modern lines and cuts which still maintain a feminine presence, Zabetta Couture strives to create beautiful silhouettes that are consistent through all the pieces.