Look Like Love have been working with graduate and emerging designers for the last three years, and this September sees the launch of their new online store. To celebrate, founders Kate Brewer and Eden Asfaha will be hosting an exhibition on Tuesday 16th September, showcasing some of the UK’s most talented emerging designers.
Look Like Love specialise in supporting and promoting graduate and emerging designers, providing an initial platform to sell their work. Set up by Kate Brewer and Eden Asfaha in 2011, its aim is to highlight the creative talent that exists across the UK, helping them set up on their own in the most challenging stage of their creative careers.
On the 16th September Look Like Love celebrates the launch of their new online store dedicated to graduate and emerging designers with an exhibition coinciding with London Design Festival.
As part of Shoreditch Design Triangle, Look Like Love have hand-picked 12 graduate and emerging designers with work ranging from illustration and textiles, to homeware and fashion that will be on show over two days at 5th Base Gallery in East London.
Over the last three years, founders Kate Brewer and Eden Asfaha have been working closely with graduates to craft a service that offers new designers the opportunity to not only gain important exposure, but also provide a platform to sell their work without the prohibitive costs involved in setting up on their own from scratch.
“It’s important for us to provide a launchpad for new designers. It’s hard to get a foot on the ladder and we want to make the transition from graduate to emerging designer as easy as possible.
There is so much talent in the UK and the idea of setting up your own business is a daunting one for a lot of graduates. By providing initial support, we hope to encourage more graduates to follow their passion, and offer the essential tools to make it a viable career path.” - Look Like Love
Designers taking part:
Having spent a year as an apprentice of renowned woodsman and permaculture pioneer Ben Law. Max is now working as a product designer based in Clapton, East London.
His aesthetic demonstrates the use of coppiced sweet chestnut, typically a traditional craft material, in its natural guise but with contemporary influences.
He is passionate about the use of locally and responsibly sourced materials to create high-quality, well engineered products which are designed and built in the UK.
Lucinda is a 25 year old graphic designer and illustrator based in London, with a huge passion for typography and a little obsession with owls.
In 2011, she graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a First Class Honours in Graphic Design. She went on to exhibit at both D&AD New Blood and New Designers in London, and won New Designer of the Year for Hallmark with her stand-out graduate collection.
She has since worked with KentLyons as well as on her own freelance projects for Made.com, Dan Le Sac and Sunday Best to name a few.
Lisa McConniffe is a 23-year-old emerging fashion designer and illustrator. She earned her Bachelor of Art in Fashion from the Manchester School of Art in 2013; her collection was named runner up of the British fashion council & warehouse competition and was also selected to showcase at Earls Court during the annual Graduate fashion week.
She has also continued to collaborate with design creative on various freelance projects and recently accepted a place on the MA Womenswear Accessories at The Royal College of Art, starting in September 2014. Her accessories combine tradition methods of tassel making combined with a playful vibrancy through layers of texture, which is best described as unique, vibrant and inspirational.
Sophie graduated from Central St Martins 2013 in BA Ceramic Design. Her designs have a significant sense of sentimentality that enrich and enhance everyday living, and are designed first and foremost with function in mind. Sophie creates handmade and unique ceramics. Mass production is not used. Bearing the marks of production, they do not strive for perfection; their beauty is in their individuality.