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Graduate ellesse X GFF Designs Made By the Fashion Studio


Rounding off a hectic Graduate Fashion Week (10th – 13th June) the final day featured the ‘Best Of’ catwalk show presenting an edit of this year’s award winners. This included the three winners of the Graduate Fashion Foundation x ellesse Tailors Programme, an initiative dedicated to nurturing and celebrating the next wave of global design talent.

The three winners: Lucrezia Gaspa – Accademia Costume & Moda, Shaojing Zhu – University of Derby and Thomas Bradford – University of the Creative Arts, had their three-piece capsule collection produced at FEL’s Fashion Studio in Haringey, along with a placement with a regional design partner, as a part of their prize.

The winning designs were inspired by ellesse’s iconic “SARTORIA” range born on the slopes in the 1960s by ellesse founder Leonardo Servadio. The brand has since evolved from ski to street, bridging the gap between sport and luxury. Adhering to the brand’s iconic elements – the chevron, the print, the jet stripe, and the Rimini stripe – students are also tasked with integrating at least one tracksuit, an ellesse bestseller and wardrobe staple.

The Fashion Studio team were thrilled to support the final year students in bringing their designs to life and the quality and fit was exceptional. 

Jack Richardson, the Director of the global Italian sportswear brand, ellesse said: “Ellesse was founded 65 years ago inspired by tailoring and attention to detail to bring fashionable products to sportswear and fashion lifestyle. As we celebrate our 65th year, we’re delighted to partner with Graduate Fashion Foundation and give students future opportunities that look back, and commemorate our founding principles of tailoring technical products for the sports-minded consumer.”

FEL’s Social Media Producer, Leah Martin, attended the GFW Best Of show she commented: “It was fantastic to hear Fashion-Enter credited as the manufacturer of these luxurious sportswear inspired designs. The atmosphere at the show was electric, all the pieces looked fantastic and retail ready.”

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