Sustainability, love letters and shooting kites inspire designers on the NEW K!D Directory

NEW K!D loves designers with fresh ideas, an innovative approach to design and a story to tell. We are pleased to announce four designers new to our Designer Directory.

 Lisa Liu collection 'Shooting Kites. Photo credit:  @stepfordwife101

Lisa Liu collection 'Shooting Kites. Photo credit: @stepfordwife101

Lisa Liu hails from Sydney. A graduate of UTS Lisa was a finalist at this year's iD International Emerging Designer Awards and took home second prize for her collection, Shooting Kites.

“My work is hyper-feminine and embraces the optimism of fashion,” Lisa says.

Lisa’s design aesthetic is characterized by oversized silhouettes, bold colour, utilitarian elements and a play on the idea of ‘transformability.’ 

Shooting Kites is a response to the highly gendered militarised uniform, which represents the heroic ‘masculine ideal’ that is often sexualised.

 OUT OF COMFORT is all about going against the grain, says designer Shannon Thompson.

OUT OF COMFORT is all about going against the grain, says designer Shannon Thompson.

Christchurch-based designer Shannon Thompson's extensive international menswear experience feeds into her new high-end unisex, street wear label OUT OF COMFORT.

Born in the mountains of the South Island, Shannon’s grandmother taught her how to sew from a very young age, planting the creative seed that has continued to inform her path in design.

Auckland-based, Hamilton-born Taiwanese designer, Wilbur Hsu is a graduate of AUT majoring in Fashion Design and Experimental Textiles. His collection ((pictured above left) featured this year at the iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2018 in Dunedin.

Wilbur's introduction to the world of fashion started when he discovered fashion editorial images on Tumblr: "It became my gateway into a new world," says Wilbur.

Find out more about Wilbur's design ethos and his collection, 'To...." inspired by the love letters exchanged between his parents.

Mikayla Hammond is Maori European of Ngapuhi descent.  Born and raised in Whangarei, Mikayla studied at Massey University graduating with first class honours in design and is based out of Wellington where she runs her label, Mikayla Lakin.

Her collection 'House on the Hill(pictured bottom right) speaks to the Maori concept, Turangawaewae – a place to stand and encapsulates Mikayla's memories of growing up on a farm. Inspired by the gatherer within, fabric from some of her garments have been naturally dyed and imprinted with plants and rusted objects located on site. Find out more about Mikayla's collection and images of her graduate collection here.