amsterdam / netherlands
Born in Amsterdam in 1976 Erik Frenken graduated cum laude with a BA Hons in Fashion Design from The Royal Academy of Art The Hague and in 2004 he completed an MA with distinction from Central Saint Martins in London. After an experience at the Alberta Ferretti’s atelier, he joined Viktor & Rolf and covered the position of Head Designer of Women’s wear for 4 years, marking the collections with his seemingly innate eye for creativity. In 2008 Frenken started as Design Director for Avelon and in 2010 he took over the brand to develop and extend the Women’s and Men’s collections. Erik Frenken was also the winner of prestigious international Awards such as the Elle Style Award for best young designer in the Netherlands; the Central Saint Martins/Lancôme Innovation Award in London and the Its-One Award in Trieste Italy.
Avelon believes in beautiful different. We see beautiful where others do not. We like to surprise by being counter-intuitive, to take things out of context. Avelon likes to be subtle, but we are strong when we need to be. You will see Avelon when high fashion meets reality, when effortless meets directional. You will find Avelon when sophisticated luxury meets raw edge. Avelon likes to be smart without being boring, to be casual with flair. We do not like to shout, we prefer to whisper.
Avelon leads by following itself. Beautiful different, driven by raw edge luxury.