13 April 2015EssayThe Future of Fashion ForecastingFollowing NJAL’s conversation with trend watching icon Li Edelkoort, NJAL taps a trend forecaster at work to analyse the future of forecasting and scrutinise both its relevance and future in today’s
13 April 2015Designer FocusOmturaMeet Anton Edelshtein of OMTURA whose industrial textured bags fuse underrated artistry with innovative, geometric shapes. The Tel-Aviv based label crafts leather accessories defined by industrialist
11 April 2015NJAL ProjectsLogo-A-Go-GoNJAL embraces the single eye of symbolism with a considered curation of The NJAL Shop. The last few seasons have seen the epic return of monogrammed madness in high fashion, and consumer’s
10 April 2015NJAL ProjectsEditor's Picks: The Menswear Recommendations NJAL’s Online Editor offers some sage sartorial advice this spring with menswear recommendations from The NJAL Shop. From ambitious diversions from convention and genre, to decorous items every man
10 April 2015The ConversationTalking Trends With Li EdelkoortThe trend forecasting industry remains a relatively new phenomenon and the now unloveable terms ‘trendsetter’ and ‘trendy’ were not even coined until 1960 and 1962 respectively. Despite its infancy,
9 April 2015EssayOne Last Look: NJAL Meets d3Today, NJAL reflects on its defining moment in Dubai this past week, where the digital fashion platform made its physical debut in the Middle East with an immersive-experience pavilion at Meet d3–the
8 April 2015NJAL ProjectsThe NJAL Mixtape: April 2015The auditory faculty demands just as much stimulation as the visual senses, so let NJAL provide the aural inspiration this month. NJAL draws on its power for deft curation and pays homage to the
7 April 2015NJAL ProjectsNJAL's April Culture EditNJAL becomes your cultural compass this April, and springs into step to bring you a carefully curated cultural guide. Fill your diary and let your calendar bloom with NJAL’s edit of everything to
2 April 2015The ConversationBradley ZeroNJAL waxes lyrical with Bradley Zero–host of the iconic Boiler Room and founder of Rhythm Section on the stratospheric shifts within musical culture catalysed by the internet, a fervent love for the
3 April 2015NJAL ProjectsNJAL's Opening Night at Meet d3Last night, NJAL made its physical debut in the Middle East with the opening of its immersive-experience sensorium at Dubai Design District's Meet d3 event. With over 2,500 guests pouring into
2 April 2015The ConversationTala SammanMeet the Middle-Eastern fashion impresario whose personal style diary exploded into a global lifestyle destination celebrating beauty, style, food, culture and travel overnight. To celebrates NJAL’s
1 April 2015Designer FocusMorphing Design with Bint ThaniA body-centric approach to 3D printing is advocated by Bint Thani, as the esteemed Dubai-based designer gears up to unveil the first ever 3D-printed dress to be made in Dubai at NJAL's multi-
27 March 2015EssayEyes on Ukraine As conflict in Ukraine peaked last year, fashion was weaponised and designers bravely translated their political motivations to the catwalk. When the rest of the world’s fashion press avoided the war
23 March 2015A Letter FromDoing Fashion Paper No.5 – Editors LetterTo celebrate NJAL’s exclusive live-stream of The Institute of Fashion Design Basel’s Doing Fashion’s 2015 Graduate show on Saturday 28th March at 19.30 GMT/20.30 CET–Andrea Sommer, Editor in Chief of
20 March 2015Designer FocusWuethrichfuerstNJAL will be exclusively live-streaming Doing Fashion’s 2015 Graduate show on Saturday 28th March at 19.30 GMT/20.30 CET. To celebrate Basel’s centre for deeply committed fashion, some of its
20 March 2015Designer FocusMarcoZwickNJAL will be exclusively live-streaming Doing Fashion’s 2015 Graduate show on Saturday 28th March at 19.30 GMT/20.30 CET. To celebrate Basel’s centre for deeply committed fashion, some of its
20 March 2015NJAL ProjectsNJAL Meets d3NOT JUST A LABEL is set to launch an immersive, fashion hub at Dubai Design District's specially commissioned launch event titled 'Meet d3'. In celebration of Dubai’s rich array of
19 March 2015Designer FocusLuca Xavier TannerNJAL will be exclusively live-streaming Doing Fashion’s 2015 Graduate show on Saturday 28th March at 19.30 GMT/20.30 CET. To celebrate Basel’s centre for deeply committed fashion, some of its
18 March 2015NJAL ProjectsA Matter of Morphology Both fashion and architecture express ideas of personal, social and cultural identity, reflecting the concerns of the human body and the ambition of the age. Both disciplines serve the body–to
16 March 2015HorizonA Printed Matter #2Reports on the death of print seem to be greatly exaggerated when you're constantly flummoxed by a wall of obscure art and fashion publications on every newsstand. The indie print resurgence is
17 March 2015The ConversationNJAL Meets MISS Mag MISS is the global platform that celebrates amazing women across the creative industries, and is founded by Mary Wang and Vere van Gool. It’s about promoting female talent, in a world where
11 March 2015NJAL ProjectsA Cinematic ExpressionNJAL applies this week's thematic focus of cinematic style to the NJAL Shop. From boundless extravagance to sumptuous, adoring details—every look is silver screen worthy and a far cry from the
9 March 2015NJAL ProjectsThe Best of NJAL's Fashion FilmsNJAL has long believed in the power of showing the entire creative process–from conception to completion, and pioneering the medium of fashion film is a way to combine these elements, and bring
5 March 2015Designer FocusMoodboard Monday: Cres. E Dim.NJAL continues a focus on inspired mood boards to chart the winding journey of creative process. Today, it’s an examination of the special relationship between music and fashion, to question how
4 March 2015NJAL ProjectsA Sonic EdgeMusic and fashion have long cross-pollinated to cultivate and push forward some of the most enduring icons of contemporary pop-culture. Think of yesteryear’s Michael Jackson, Debbie Harry and David
2 March 2015Designer FocusSound of the Studio: Homo ConsommatusThis week, NJAL pays homage to the enduring love between the worlds of fashion and music. In the second instalment of NJAL’s latest editorial feature ‘Sound of the Studio’—Homo Consommatus draws
2 March 2015The ConversationFive Minutes with BEAT Magazine's Hanna HanraThis week, NJAL is treading the fine line between music and fashion, and it's an apt moment to catch up with Editor/DJ/Journalist and all-round musical maestro Hanna Hanra. She’s DJed around the
27 February 2015Designer FocusKlekkoDistilling the details of a mathematical mythology realises clothing with a focus on structure. Coherency, consistency and continuity sits at the crux of Klekko's aesthetic, trimmed with a
26 February 2015Designer FocusMoodboard Monday: Fien PloegerBorn in 1988 in Alkamar, Fien Ploeger is a graduate in Fashion Design from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Fien’s graduate collection ‘Full-Blown’ explores the concept of hyper-reality in
25 February 2015NJAL ProjectsNJAL Shop Guest Edit: Ivania Carpio of Love AestheticsIn an ongoing focus on all things intelligently clean and simple, NJAL pays homage to ice-white hues and monochromatic minimalism in an extra special curation of the NJAL Shop by none other than
19 February 2015NJAL ProjectsNJAL's White Week X Ivania CarpioAmidst the noise of the global fashion week calendar, it’s an apt moment for a palette cleanser. This week, NJAL pays homage to ice-white hues and monochromatic minimalism in an extra special
24 February 2015Designer FocusA Moodboard Moment with JSThis week, NJAL turns to spotlighting designers shaking up monochromatic minimalism by finding the liberating qualities of aesthetic restriction. Meet Julia Skergeth, the multi-talented visual artist
20 February 2015CompetitionsNJAL Reveals the Shortlist for the 2015 LVMH PrizeNJAL is pleased to announce the next stage in finding the 2015 LVMH Prize Winner. Six of NJAL's designers have made the shortlist for the second annual LVMH Prize, the winner of which will
16 February 2015Designer FocusScottacus AnthonyAhead of tonight's LCF MA15 Womenswear live-stream (19.30 GMT), NJAL catch-up with Scottacus Anthony—one of the showcased designers in the catwalk show and delve deep into his research-heavy
17 February 2015Designer FocusChromat at New York Fashion WeekFor their Autumn Winter 2015 collection, Chromat present a futurist vision of femininity, anchored by daringly diverse dominatrixes, and complete with 3D printed chokers, lashings of latex and and
11 February 2015NJAL ProjectsTactile, Textured Textiles Today’s fashion forecast juxtaposes all things rough with smooth. Real life textures are those that we can touch and feel, and most viscerally when applied to fashion garments. From sumptuous
10 September 2012A Letter FromN.Y. Fashion Week Below the CenterWith New York Fashion Autumn Winter 2015 in full-swing, NJAL revisit a critical analysis of the revered platform.
9 February 2015Designer FocusSound of the Studio: OnarIn NJAL’s ‘Sound of the Studio’, designers curate a mixtape of music that bolster the design process. Today, Irene Kostas of ONAR stimulates the auditory faculty with a predictably scattershot
5 February 2015NJAL ProjectsA Material Methodology In NJAL’s continued focus on all things artefactual, fashion is considered as a reflection of social behaviour. To define an artefact in the context of fashion is to consider a post-modern metaphor,
4 February 2015The ConversationLe Creative SweatshopLCS is a creative studio based in Paris exploring the interplay between the physical and digital. Founded by Julien Morin and Mathieu Missiaen in 2009, the pair is committed to creativity from
29 January 2015Designer FocusMonday Moodboard: OmturaEvery Monday, NJAL will look at what designers have been referring to these past few months with a selection of inspired mood boards, to unravel the winding journey of creative process. Today, delve
29 January 2015NJAL ProjectsThe Monochrome MovementNJAL take on the staying power of the latest media-perpetuated style phenomenon that is ‘Health Goth’ with a playful curation of the NJAL shop. It's everything that falls into the sartorial
22 January 2015EssayBody of ExpressionSass Brown considers the body as an extraordinary site of artistic exploration, spotlighting the work of Eliza Bennett, David Cata, and Casey Jenkins, all artists pouring blood, sweat and tears into
28 January 2015The ConversationMatthew Linde: Centre for StyleMeet Matthew Linde–curator, maximalist, bonafide fashion connoisseur of a networked digital age and the driving force behind Centre for Style–a digital platform for fashion practitioners with a
26 January 2015Designer FocusOnarIrene Kostas is the design force behind Onar–the Helsinki-based, sustainable fashion label reanimating ethical fur, leather and knitwear with one finger on the cultural pulse and every other
26 January 2015A Letter FromNJAL Travel Diary: A Postcard from ParisIn NJAL Travels, the team share moments from their latest global jaunts. This time around, NJAL's Rob shares snaps from the fashion behemoth that is Paris, where he explored Tranoi–the
21 January 2015IndustryRoyal College of Art's Work In Progress ShowRoyal College of Art opens the doors to its studios for The School of Material’s Work in Progress show, on view until 25th January 2015. NJAL reflects on an opening evening that inspired and
19 January 2015EssayA Techno-Fashion FutureMake no mistake, wearable tech is ready to break free from the genre of ugly that's held it captive for far too long. More recently, there's been a holistic morphing of technology and
15 January 2015CompetitionsThe Abury Design ExperienceNJAL have teamed up with Harper’s Bazaar Germany to present a unique open call for emerging design talent to preserve world crafts and culture. The Abury Design Experience calls on designers to
15 January 2015Designer FocusLitkovskayaNJAL's stable of Ukrainian designers includes Lilia Litkovskaya who launched her namesake label Litkovskaya in 2009 and has since risen to dizzying global acclaim. Her brand focuses on “
15 January 2015NJAL ProjectsThe NJAL Menswear EditFollowing a boundary-breaking London Collections:Men and the fearlessly Florentine Pitti Uomo, the menswear fashion relay continues on to Milan. To celebrate menswear's mammoth moment on the
7 January 2015CompetitionsRingstrassen-Galerien Designer Award 2015NJAL announce the return of the Ringstrassen-Galerien Designer Award for 2015. Now in its 12th year, Austria's most celebrated fashion award is accepting submissions from emerging design talent
13 January 2015HorizonGuy Bourdin: Image MakerDelve into the scintillating visual world of fashion provocateur Guy Bourdin where subversion, surrealism and sex interplay. NJAL review ‘Image Maker’–the blockbuster show currently on view at London
12 January 2015Designer FocusSadie ClaytonSadie Clayton’s penchant for copper has become an enduring aesthetic signature. It’s a metallic melting pot of industrial details and sculpturally inspired elements that transcends avant-garde to
9 January 2015HorizonMake Do and Mend In NJAL's latest editorial collaboration, Sass Brown, the Acting Associate Dean for the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, returns to her regular ethical
7 January 2015NJAL ProjectsNew Year, New StyleWith success in mind, we tapped a few of our favourite designers to offer up their mission for self-improvement this year. Read through the list below to find out what resolutions our designers are
5 January 2015Designer FocusSarah HellenAhead of her debut showcase at London Collections: Men Designer Showrooms this week, Sarah Hellen–the breakout star of last year's MA Fashion cohort from Kingston University–lifts the lid on her
12 December 2014NJAL ProjectsThe NJAL WishlistDear Santa, the team here at NJAL have been working incredibly hard this year in supporting exciting, new design talent. While we’ve been busy helping you find all the perfect gifts to give this
10 December 2014NJAL ProjectsThe NJAL Jewellery BoxJewellery is a failsafe way to make a serious impression this Christmas. Stay a hand, neck and arm ahead of the game with NJAL’s Top 10 Jewellery edit; from elegant, statement-making pieces to
14 August 2013EssayThe Status of Fashion Film Fashion is a visual medium that is forever seeking out new channels in which to communicate its message — some may say that it is even becoming a tool to be recognised as equal to fashion photography
2 December 2014The ConversationAdriano GoldschmiedOften dubbed the “God-father of denim” and billed as the architect behind the rise of premium denim, Adriano Goldschmied has carved out a 35 year career as overlord of all things jean
2 December 2014Designer FocusRobert KalinkinLithuanian designer Robert Kalinkin has travelled an illustrious journey; from set design for a whole host of films and styling celebrities through to commanding his own fashion house. The results of
25 November 2014IndustryFashion Weeks: A moving showNJAL's Louisa McKenzie explores the moving show that is Fashion. Markets appear to be drawing events from their obvious bases, with countries no longer rigidly dictating the location of fashion
20 November 2014HorizonBeauty Beyond ColoursFashion and beauty; notions forever intertwined, scrutinised and complicated. With fresh faces challenging the norm, NJAL's Ophelia Wu explores the current tipping point in fashion and the media
11 November 2014IndustryFashion and Instagram: Best of Friends?Instagram is loved by millions; it offers accessibility, interaction, and a sense of instant creativity. But in the world of fashion, does it risk exposing too much? Are we becoming desensitised to
10 November 2014Designer FocusJacob BirgeNJAL speaks exclusively to polymath designer and Project Runway Poland 2014 winnerJacob Birge, delving into his design ethos, scientific education and unexpected inspirations.
4 November 2014CompetitionsOrigin Passion & Beliefs: Calling all Designers 2015Harnessing the momentum of 2014's Origin Passion and Beliefs project, NJAL will build upon the incredible experiences, insights and connections made. We are calling our designers to again take
30 October 2014Designer FocusRichard MaloneExciting new name Richard Malone speaks exclusively to NJAL, discussing his inherent appetite for hard-graft.
21 October 2014IndustryThe Future is NowWould you wear a dress made from cellulose grown from a sustainable-fashion lab? You might just get the chance to. Contributing Editor Tania Rufus discusses the exciting prospects for future fashion
23 October 2014HorizonAnthropomorphic Fashion Images of pint-sized pets paraded around by pampered, platinum-blonde heiresses were a staple sight in the early two-thousands...
17 September 2014IndustryAn Open Letter from an Emerging DesignerIn a candid open letter, Artsi Ifrach, the Marrakech-based designer behind NJAL label Art/C shares his experiences, opinions and thoughts on the fashion industry
20 October 2014Designer Focus5:AM ShoesNJAL speaks to Laura Basterra of 5AM Shoes, discussing Mediterranean inspiration, sustainability and much more...
3 October 2014A Letter FromA Creative Renaissance in MedellínFounder Stefan Siegel travels across the world to help emerging designers in the Colombian capital of Medellín. From visiting local universities to experiencing the diverse rural and urban landscape
2 September 2014Designer FocusAntti PeltoniemiThis year Finnish designer Antti Peltoniemi drew the world’s eyes towards the fashion scene in his home country
14 August 2014Designer FocusSade EnglishSade English creates clothing that lets its wearer show their inner self on the outside
25 September 2014CompetitionsEmerging Designers Competition 2015L&Co., an industry-wide known brand engagement company, and the Accessories Council, the only non-profit organization dedicated to serving the accessories industry, have joined forces to launch
19 August 2014Designer FocusMichelle Lowe-HolderAccessories designer Michelle Lowe-Holder translates heritage handicrafts into modern statement accessories infused with the mystery of historical costume
13 August 2014IndustryInherited Heritage: What Makes a Brand ‘British’?In France, the term ‘haute couture’ is protected by law, and designers must earn their right to title their goods as such. Should the same be true for brands claiming to be ‘British’? NJAL speaks to
18 September 2014CompetitionsSaul Bell Design Award Competition 2015Recognizing distinction in jewelry design through the Saul Bell Design Award, Rio Grande has opened the call for entries for its 2015 competition
7 May 2011EssayThe Slow Fashion MovementSlow Fashion is not your typical seasonal fashion trend, it is a movement that is steadily gaining momentum and is likely here to stay.
4 August 2014Designer FocusMorpheBased in New Delhi, Morphe is a design house whose art-inspired textural designs form a recognisable patchwork of modern patterns and feminine silhouettes, carefully constructed in delicate organza
31 July 2014NJAL ProjectsThe New NOT JUST A LABEL WebsiteNOT JUST A LABEL is excited to launch a new state of the art website, using responsive web design to deliver a seamless experience on all devices
8 July 2014Designer FocusBlank EtiquetteTosca Wyss, the designer behind Blank Etiquette, tells us why in her eyes, fashion needs to become more collaborative, and how, in her graphic prints and exaggerated tailoring, “the aim is to make
17 June 2014IndustrySpinning a New YarnIn the early twentieth century, West Yorkshire was the textile manufacturing portal to the world, and the city of Bradford, the global capital for wool
11 June 2014Designer FocusEugenia AlejosGrowing up in humble surroundings, Eugenia Alejos studied fashion on a scholarship, and hasn’t stopped looking straight ahead.
19 May 2014NJAL ProjectsNJAL Reports on Origin Passion & BeliefsOn 8-11th May, in Vicenza, Italy, NOT JUST A LABEL staged ORIGIN PASSION & BELIEFS a new trade show concept, launched in partnership with Fiera di Vicenza, the organisers of international fine
28 May 2014Designer FocusHowl by Maria GlückWhere do Berlin-based designer Maria Glück’s designs come from? “Sometimes the forest, and sometimes the future.”
24 February 2014IndustryParaffection: A Labour of LoveSince 1997, Chanel has operated the ‘Paraffection’ scheme, which sees the brand give financial investment to ten small specialist firms.
6 December 2013IndustryThe True Price of Cheap FashionToday fashion consumers expect retailers to produce garments that are in tune with what’s happening on the catwalks, the red carpet and the street.
30 May 2014The ConversationThomas JacobPietà is a design label run by inmates of Lima’s prisons. The project’s founder, Thomas, left a career in luxury French fashion to pursue the more 'human' side of art.
23 April 2014NJAL ProjectsRestart Fashion in Five Easy StepsOne year ago, on April 24th 2013, the Rana Plaza clothing factory in Bangladesh became the site of the worst tragedy in the history of the fashion industry.
5 March 2014EssayThe Gender AgendaThe fashion industry’s products are worn, read and bought by an overwhelmingly female body of consumers. Yet for an industry whose principal consumer is the woman, fashion has an illogical tendency
21 August 2014EssayAnti-FashionFrom punk to grunge, from wearable pieces of art to conceptual fashion and crazy body adornments, ‘Anti-Fashion’ describes the ways in which designers and the fashion-aware express their opposition
31 March 2014The ConversationJosé FortezaBorn in Havana to Spanish and Cuban parents, José Forteza has worked at Condé Nast Publications for 15 years, where he currently is Senior Editor of Vogue Mexico and Latin America.
19 March 2014A Letter FromBelow the BorderNow the host to a major Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Mexico is fast emerging from its solid status as a clothing manufacturing hotspot to become a destination for high-end fashion.
17 March 2014A Letter FromParisParis is globally renowned for its fashion weeks, where the finest fashion powerhouses showcase their artistic visions.
27 March 2014Designer FocusMariella PilatoMariella Pilato is a jeweller who works using semi-precious metals and precious stones, born and raised in Sorrento, and now based in Bali.
23 March 2014HorizonThe Sari StoryWith the arrival of global brands, the ubiquity of the internet and our rapidly-changing urban lifestyles, the sari has been relegated to the bottom of our cupboards.
14 February 2014Designer FocusPetra PtáčkováPetra brings a fairytale ethos into her fashion. She uses the term “magic realism” to define her clothes as a piece of art in accordance with wearability. Through her clothes, Petra leaves space for
6 March 2014A Letter FromDallasDallas, Texas. The ninth largest city in the United States of America and made infamous in the 80s by the iconic TV show, JFK’s untimely death and cowboys.
4 April 2014EssayWorlds Apart?British fashion is possibly more innovative than it has ever been - but is it reaching the masses? Or, is there an undeniable gulf growing between the worlds of the High End and the High Street?
27 June 2014CompetitionsEuropean Fashion Award FASH 2015The European Fashion Award FASH 2015 on the topic of “Freedom” is searching for fashion as an expression of attitude: social utopia, poetic symbol of protest, or escape from the everyday routine.
24 February 2014A Letter FromMiddle Eastern InvestmentThe Middle East’s love of high end fashion is no secret, and on the walkways of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Louboutins and Mulberrys peep out from the hems and sleeves of Abayas.
17 February 2014IndustryInternational Designers in LondonTo the fashion designer, London is a fickle friend. Last July, Nicole Farhi’s London-based brand collapsed into administration with debts of almost £20m.
12 February 2014IndustryRethinking British ManufacturingWith London Fashion Week currently capturing the imagination of the world, designers based in Britain are proving to the global fashion set that once again the UK is a powerful force within the
5 March 2014Designer FocusHerscheAhead of the Basel Institute of Fashion Design’s 2014 show this Saturday, we bring you a double designer focus of two of the school's most promising talents. HERSCHE is a Basel-based label by
10 February 2014A Letter FromLondonThe capital city of this small island has influences that reach far across the globe, which are evermore amplified by its multicultural residents.
13 February 2012The ConversationParsons The New School for DesignA forerunner in arts education since its inception in 1896, Parsons in New York has cultivated an outstanding alumni of artists, designers, scholars and community leaders for more than a century.
7 February 2014Designer FocusKrystofAfter studying at Central Saint Martins College of Art, Krystof Strozyna immediately got invited to display his collection in Harrods as one of winners of the Harrods Design Award.
25 January 2014A Letter FromSwedenAs a discerning traveller, you want to ensure that you experience the true essence of a country, but with an overwhelming amount of information for the tourist, that tends to point to one place, how
16 January 2014Designer FocusYojiro KakeYojiro Kake was born in Hyogo Japan in February 1983. After finishing high school he went to study at the Ueda Yasuko school of Fashion in Osaka Japan.
9 January 2014EssayEco Fashion Comes of AgeEco fashion has emerged as a counterculture force, confronting flaws in the current system and consolidating change. Born in tangent with the human rights movement of the 1960s, eco fashion has
9 January 2014EssayThe Importance of Set DesignTwice a year, every year, everyone from the most admired magazine editors to influential bloggers attend the most coveted events in the fashion calendar. New York, London, Milan and Paris to be
9 January 2014Designer FocusKrikor JabotianLebanese designer Krikor Jabotian began his career at Elie Saab’s creative department, an all-encompassing and enriching introduction to the industry.
8 January 2014Designer FocusAnnissAnna Syczewska is the woman behind Polish label Anniss. A multimedia artist engaged in performance art, video, installation and absurd design, in fashion Anna has found her true means of expression.
8 January 2014EssayFashion Trends’ Impact on SocietyDefining trends nowadays is not an easy task. Trends are in essence very complex mechanisms that mirror changes in the economic and political landscapes.
13 July 2014CompetitionsEcho Chic Design Awards 2014The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition inspiring emerging fashion designers and students to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste.
7 January 2014EssayChavvy ChicFor years, the British population has been crossing the road to avoid that ominous gang of hooded youths, buying into the media fuelled fear surrounding that figure that will supposedly terrorise and
6 January 2014Designer FocusJames Pilcher Labeling himself as bold and brash, James Pilcher is a breath of fresh air in the static world of menswear.
6 January 2014EssayBorrowed from the BoysIt is a truth universally acknowledged that women own more pairs of shoes than their male counterparts.
17 December 2013EssayEditor's Letter 2013Dear designers, supporters and readers of NOT JUST A LABEL; this is the fifth editor’s letter I have written, so we must be doing something right… we are still here.
6 December 2013EssayThe Expertise Behind the ArtistIt's no secret that behind every designer's collection, there is more than just the designer. The pattern cutters, print makers and seamstresses are no less proficient in their field than
4 December 2013EssayBehind the Curtain of Fashion’s MakersAnna Wintour, Carine Roitfield, Donatella Versace, Frida Giannini, Yves Saint Laurent… many are now familiar with these names, known to those beyond the fashion world.
21 November 2013Designer FocusOlgafacesRokSlovenian jewellery designer Olga Košica and graphic designer Rok Marinšek are the creative pair behind the Ljubljana based jewellery label, OlgafacesRok.
21 November 2013EssayEnclothed Cognition — Fashion's Unheard VoiceWhat we choose to wear can reveal more about us than we would ever expect. In fact, you could describe clothing as a language we use to express ourselves to others.
14 November 2013EssayIsabella Blow | Fashion GaloreTransforming the industry’s visual vocabulary to make the eye think, stylists use their idiosyncratic visions to teach us about things we never knew existed on a creative level.
12 November 2013NJAL ProjectsHaute Carture | Ferrari Tailor MadeAt NJAL, our designers sell unique, one-of-a-kind products, aware that for today’s consumer the true meaning of luxury is the bespoke item.
11 November 2013Designer FocusHellen Van ReesIt's not so easy to find beautiful design, but it is still more difficult to find responsible design which is also beautiful. That's the case: Hellen Van Rees, a designer and a thinker.
6 November 2013Designer FocusJade ChiuFinding herself with a new graphic design degree and a “dot com” job in Silicon Valley, Jade Chiu soon understood that ignoring her fashion design instincts wouldn’t do.
4 November 2013Designer FocusDamien RavnComing to the Royal Academy Of Fine Arts in Antwerp from the icy magnificence of his home in Norway, Damien Ravn hails from a winter wonderland.
28 October 2013Designer FocusPaskalShe could have been a physician or an architect but this young Ukrainian girl after her degree, decided to do the impossible and she did it.
24 October 2013A Letter FromHappy Birthday Dear AcademieInnovative design, extraordinary craftsmanship and fascinating visions. These may not be the phrases that automatically spring into the conscious when musing over the Belgian City of Antwerp.
21 October 2013Designer FocusSopopularSopopular is the realization of Daniel’s own style which was and still is, influenced by his two main stages; London and Berlin.
2 April 2014The ConversationFashion Institute of TechnologyJoanne Arbuckle is Dean of the Fashion Institute of Technology; better known as FIT and one of New York’s most important Design schools. Arbuckle is an industry professional with more than 30 years
12 October 2013A Letter FromNew Zealand: A World of Wearable ArtIf you follow NOT JUST A LABEL (NJAL) on Twitter or Instagram, you may have seen the spectacular pictures that NJAL’s founder Stefan Siegel was teasing us with all the way from New Zealand.
11 October 2013A Letter FromRe-positioning DubaiDubai, a city of sweeping wide highways, fast cars and tall glass buildings. What would Dubai want with small and creative businesses?
9 October 2013A Letter FromUnderstanding Kiwi FashionBronwyn Williams has produced features for many linchpins of the fashion world. NJAL called in the writer, stylist and New Zealander to give a unique insight into Kiwi fashion.
2 October 2013IndustryThe Power of a NameThere is no denying that celebrity fashion lines have become a vast trend in today’s fashion world.
2 October 2013EssayThe SketchbookThe tradition of using sketchbooks in art related practices has spanned centuries. The perseverance of such traditions in the creative education of modern days calls for a deeper study behind its
25 September 2013Designer FocusNorwegian RainFounded by designer Alexander Helle and T-Michael, menswear brand Norwegian Rain is fast becoming renowned across the world for its striking sartorial elegance.
25 September 2013Designer FocusCuliettaJulia Dias founded Culietta after graduating from the Glasgow School of Art. Her background in sculpture and fine art led her into undertaking a career in set design and art direction.
11 September 2013Designer FocusArjan BArjan B's London based head designer Geetu Tulsiani is taking breathtaking elegance to the next level with her take on luxury womenswear.
25 September 2013Designer FocusMatija CopBefore embarking on a career in fashion design, Croatian womenswear designer Matija Cop pursued both Philology and interior design.
17 September 2013EssayThe Age of Fashion MassclusivityThe industry of fashion seems to undoubtedly captivate us from all its angles. From breath taking garments to business strategies, fashion often causes perplexity among fashion specialists and
17 September 2013IndustryOpen Source Now!2013 will be marked as a year when disclosures about mass surveillance revealed operational details about the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and its international partners of foreign nationals
17 September 2013EssayA Taste for Alternative Fabrics The strange, the unconventional, the surprising, the never-before-seen — isn’t that what we’re hunting for, season by season?
11 September 2013Designer FocusRachel EntwistleBritish jewellery designer Rachel Entwistle unlocked her passion for design upon her travels to Mexico.
31 May 2012Designer FocusNoemi KleinThe nature of Noemi's jewellery practice is a constant union of the expressive and impressive.
26 January 2012Designer FocusMal-AimeeLéonie and Marius met in the workshops of the Haute École d’Art et de Design in Geneva, Switzerland and started out together in the Paris fashion world when they joined the Nina Ricci fashion house.
29 February 2012Designer FocusLittle ShilpaDrawing from local influences and observations, the “Little Shilpa” label is a collection that takes a vintage thought and tranforms it into a modern product through the use of varied raw materials.
21 November 2012HorizonScents of Art Few people acknowledge scent throughout their daily lives unless it is at the extremes.
23 May 2012NJAL ProjectsMango Fashion AwardsThis evening signifies the culmination of a fantastic collaboration between MANGO and NJAL.
17 February 2012EssayThe Super EliteIt has been hard to miss the nineties’ resurgence creeping through our youth culture like a kid sister stealing your cherry chapstick.
21 December 2011The ConversationJosé Teunissen Professor José Teunissen has always been a multitasker; a necessary thing when you are a freelance curator, publicist and lecturer.
6 May 2011The ConversationAmanda LeporeNOT JUST A LABEL.com’s revolutionary shopping experience has taken the industry by storm, and Amanda Lepore, the LaChapelle muse and fashion fraterniser, takes the stage as the shop’s curator.
6 May 2011Designer FocusGemma SlackBorn and raised in Sheffield, Gemma Slack had an innate sense for art and moved to London to cultivate her creativity. She enrolled at the Chelsea College of Art & Design in Fine Arts and was
6 May 2011EssayC’est la Mode FrancaiseThe French have been quintessentially elegant and fashionable since, well, forever. I’m sure even Joan of Arc had the most delicate lace stockings underneath her armour (I’m being a little over-
6 May 2011EssayThe Style Autopsy of the King of PopMoving millions and sparking media frenzy, the late Michael Jackson was the undeniable master of mixing timeless music, moon walking, and style into a single identifiable image.
2 April 2014The ConversationRaffles College of Design and CommerceRaffles College of Design and Commerce in Sydney has a rich 33 year heritage specialising in design, visual communication and business.
6 May 2011The ConversationDiane PernetIn its second month NJAL's online shop was hosted and curated by Diane Pernet, the editor of cult-favourite blog, A Shaded View On Fashion and talent scout for the Festival D’ Hyeres.
6 May 2011Designer FocusSchipper/ArquesSchipper/Arques are a Dutch/Spanish duo living and working in Belgium. Boris studied art, and later fashion, at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, however dropped out to start travelling and
6 May 2011EssayParis, Paris...Being chatted up in Tesco is never a pleasurable experience, however when an employee chose to interrupt my morning dash with friendly banter, I felt rude not to humour him.
6 May 2011Designer FocusHusam El OdehMy background? Since I always get this question, I might as well answer it unprompted: My mother is Lebanese, my dad is Palestinian (Westbank), I am German and have lived in London for the last ten
6 May 2011IndustryJoin Forces, or Stand Alone?In the blue corner, we have the Independent graduate show. Five big wins this year with strong candidates like Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion.
7 May 2011Designer FocusHowitzweissbachPolite. A little reserved. Unmistakably German. With “GUTEN TAG” the label howitzweissbach introduces its first ready-to-wear collection at Paris Fashion Week.
6 May 2011Designer FocusSpon DiogoMia Lisa Spon and Rui Andersen Rodrigues Diogo have worked together as a design team for more than four years.
6 May 2011Designer FocusTomasz DonocikGrowing up in Vienna, Tomasz Donocik moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins, where he specialised in jewellery. Receiving his MA from the Royal College of Art, he went to work with Stephen
6 May 2011Designer FocusAnna Aichinger"I make fashion for women with ambitions, who are not afraid to take their lives into their own hands and conquer the world – with talent, commitment and style." This is how the young
6 May 2011The ConversationRobin SchuliéIn its first month the online shop was hosted and curated by Robin Schulié, head buyer of the iconic Maria Luisa store in Paris. We asked him about his past, present and future in the fashion
6 May 2011NJAL ProjectsThe 9 Festival in ViennaFor years now, Unit F büro für mode has been pursuing a committed support strategy that has successfully accompanied many Austrian fashion designers along their way towards internationalisation.
6 May 2011Designer FocusSerguei PovaguinSerguei Povaguin was born in 1980 in Klintsky, Russia. As a teenager he moved to Spain and later studied at the ESDI (Escuela Superior de Diseño de Sabadell) where he graduated as a fashion and
6 May 2011Designer FocusNeda NiquieI don’t see “fashion” as a cliché, but rather as a unique form of art: It’s a way to translate my feelings, vision and idea of beauty. It is a dream that I try to achieve, live and share.
6 May 2011Designer FocusJulia ValleBrazilian born and raised, Julia Valle studied visual communications at UFMG and started working as an art director for fashion communication at Alphorria before her graduation.
6 May 2011Designer FocusPedro PedroThe PedroPedro brand is the love child of the award-winning Portuguese designer, ironically named Pedro Pedro.
6 May 2011Designer FocusAfshin FeizBritish designer Afshin Feiz attended the avant-garde fashion school, Studio Berçot, in Paris. He grew up in England where he attended Cranleigh School in Surrey, and then in Vancouver BC, Canada.
6 May 2011NJAL ProjectsNew Faces of London Fashion WeekNOT JUST A LABEL designers hit the catwalk during LFW, underlining the importance of emerging talent to the design industry.
6 May 2011Designer FocusErin LewisErin Lewis is a British designer currently working in Mexico City. Her previous collection was a fusion of the history and future of fashion, with an apocalyptic edge questioning the outlook of
6 May 2011The ConversationDesign, Fashion and TechnologyI interviewed Despina Papadopoulos in her Brooklyn, NY studio in 2008. Papadopoulos is the head interaction designer at Studio 5050 in New York City.
6 May 2011Designer FocusLara TorresI am currently living and working in Lisbon and Berlin, where I have been developing a continuous project on the relationship between fashion and memory.
6 May 2011Designer FocusAnd_IAndreas Eberharter was born in Schwaz / Austria in 1971 and has worked as a freelance goldsmith since 1994.
6 May 2011IndustryThe Environment for Young DesignersAs I approach my 58th Paris collection, NJAL has asked me to write something about fashion today: the environment of smaller labels and young designers, the hurdles they face.
6 May 2011Designer FocusLouise SimmondsLouise Simmonds is a designer with the highest quality of clothing on her mind.
9 January 2012Designer FocusLara Khoury Lara Khoury is a 26 year old Lebanese designer based in Beirut.
6 May 2011NJAL ProjectsNjal Launches Fashion Week VideoNOT JUST A LABEL joined forces with video artist Richard Warwick to create this season's short film, which was presented during London Fashion Week.
6 May 2011Designer FocusTchibiMy name is Mariana, I’m Brazilian and I discovered fashion during my childhood. I used to watch my mother and grandmother knitting scarves and sweaters in winter, and I always wanted to learn some
6 May 2011Designer FocusMarina MilosevskaGrowing up in a tiny village in the south of Sweden, I first came to London to do a Foundation Year in Art and Design at London College of Fashion.
6 May 2011Designer FocusMinna PalmqvistMinna Palmqvist is a Finnish designer based in Stockholm.
6 May 2011Designer FocusRavishing MadRavishing Mad is a new Swedish brand, founded in 2007 by designer Anna Österlund.
6 May 2011Designer FocusJosé DuránFashion designer José Durán is one of New York’s most distinctive young artists. The designs from Durán’s collections are inspired by a church massacre in the designer’s hometown during the Haitian
6 May 2011Designer FocusOrschel-ReadMy name is Stefán Orschel-Read. I design couture menswear under the label Orschel-Read. I was born in India in a tiny town above the cloud line. I spent most of my childhood in rural Scotland.
6 May 2011Designer FocusAger ForsbergI was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, and have always enjoyed drawing and making clothes – but never thought of becoming a fashion designer when I was younger.
6 May 2011Designer FocusVibe JohanssonVibe Johansson received her fashion education at the Polimoda Fashion Institute in Florence, Italy, followed by intensive training in design technology at BEC Design in Copenhagen, Denmark.
6 May 2011EssayDesigners Against AidsI have always had my doubts when it comes to non-profit organisations, and have always questioned whether the money that we donate actually goes to the people who need it.
6 May 2011Designer FocusAnna HolvikWhen Anna Holvik in 2002 decided to apply for an Industrial Fashion Design & Pattern-Cutting Diploma in her native country of Sweden, it was only to enhance her experience of working as a stylist
6 May 2011Designer FocusSophie HulmeSophie Hulme met the team at NJAL for a one to one appointment to discuss her unusual marriage of military clothing with luxury.
6 May 2011Designer FocusJennifer JarvisJennifer Jarvis was never far from the creative inspirations of London, as she was born and raised in Kent.
6 May 2011Designer FocusTugce OzocakTugce Ozocak was born in Turkey, Istanbul, and grew up with a vibe of a big cosmopolitan city. In 2003 she did an exchange year, moved to west Belgium and attended a technical school for fashion
6 May 2011Designer FocusLenka PadysakovaFrom an early age, Lenka Padysakova always stood by her vision with a passion for art, classical music, fashion, film and theatre.
6 May 2011Designer FocusRödel LaRödel LA was created in 2007 by people who saw in their way to dress (more than just fashion) a space for self-fulfilment, exceeding every limit, searching for beauty alone, the unquestionable and
6 May 2011EssayPia StanchinaWould Galliano and McQueen, who are amongst Central Saint Martins most exciting British designers, receive such great success if it wasn’t for their graduate show?
6 May 2011Designer FocusChristina BergerChristina Berger is a student of the Modeklasse at the University for Applied Arts Vienna, where she received the 2006 Adlmueller Scholarship for her collection "Du Hochlandwilde Scheue Maid
6 May 2011Designer FocusRed By WolvesLondon shoe label honours the past and embraces the future with an exceptional collection of hand crafted shoes.
6 May 2011Designer FocusHanako NarahiraUnlike many fashion designers, from a young age I was never interested in drawing or design. Born in Japan, my teenage years involved fencing and not much more – I was far from conscious about what I
6 May 2011EssayThe Art Of ConstructionA retrospective featuring the come back of Space Invaders and old school 80’s game toys, where we look at the various ways in which it has influenced, fashion, food and design.
6 May 2011Designer FocusLuise And FranckIn 2005, when they met on the benches of a Parisian fashion school, Luise & Franck already imagined the concept of their own clothing line for men.
6 May 2011Designer FocusSimon WallerElements of puppetry, gothica and 18th century aristocracy underpin this, my first menswear collection.
6 May 2011Designer FocusJain PainJane Pain was shaped as a label and concept for lingerie in the Mayan Riviera during holidays.
6 May 2011Designer FocusHampus BernhoffI graduated with an MA in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. My graduate collection consisted of 10 outfits with shoes, inspired by the artists Christo & Jeanne
6 May 2011Designer FocusDonna SgroThe Donna Sgro label is based in Sydney, Australia and launched in 2007. Having a strong interest in creativity and individual expression, I launched the label knowing I needed to create a journey
6 May 2011Designer FocusLaura FavelThe collection which I exhibited at Graduate Fashion Week 2008 was called “The Circular Motion of Life”.
6 May 2011Designer FocusAnuschka HoevenerAnuschka Hoevener is a fashion designer living and working in Berlin.
6 May 2011Designer FocusNeuroticaNeurotica is a London-based label specializing in hand printed pieces designed by Victoria McGrane. Originally from Lancashire, England, I grew up in the sunny Northern Beaches of Sydney.
6 May 2011Designer FocusCarianne MooreGraduating from London College of Fashion over ten years ago, I have worked around the world with a number of well-known fashion designers such as Dai Rees, Ksubi and Kirrily Johnston.
6 May 2011Designer FocusMint SirenSwedish by birth, American by choice and British by residence. In a way that sums up who I am quite well. I’m definitely a “wherever I lay my hat” kind of person.
3 June 2011Designer FocusAngela BangBased in Barcelona, young womenswear designer Angela Bang grew up in the Canary Islands and studied her craft at the prestigious Hong-Ik Univeristy.
6 May 2011Designer FocusJasper GarvidaThe clothes that I design are beautifully crafted pieces with intricate fabric manipulation and a whimsical fantasy-like quality. My work is often described as bold and dramatic and sometimes avant-
7 May 2011NJAL ProjectsNJAL wins Drapers Etail Awards 2011January 27 2011, saw the announcement of the winners of this year's Drapers Etail Awards, at a ceremony at London's Altitude 360.
11 May 2011NJAL ProjectsNJAL Launches New SiteAfter three years spent at the forefront of digital fashion, NOT JUST A LABEL, the leading global resource for discovering and supporting pioneers in contemporary design, announces the re-launch of
6 May 2011Designer FocusJamie Bruski TetsillI originally grew up on the west coast of Scotland in a small village called Skermorlie.
I then moved to Australia where I lived and went to school for a year.
6 May 2011Designer FocusSeth PrattSeth Pratt will impress you, it’s that simple. Born in Paragould Arkansas, I don’t think anyone could’ve guessed he’d end up here, in LA. But he has arrived, thankfully.
24 May 2011Designer FocusAndy LifschutzNow an esteemed jeweller, Lifschutz's exploration into metalwork began in Brooklyn with renowned designer Kristin Hanson, where his natural inclination for design and bursting expression finally
20 January 2012HorizonMusic and FashionMusic and fashion. Like love and marriage, if Sinatra is to be believed, they are inseparable. And, like any creative industry, they find innovative ways of surviving, and thriving, through
6 May 2011Designer FocusMangelwareMangelware is a Vienna-based fashion label working in the field of high quality womenswear.
13 April 2015EssayGeneration AnonymousTo live today requires a constant negotiation with sophisticated online algorithms and the
4 April 2015The ConversationMeet Marriam MossalliAmidst NJAL’s physical debut in Dubai, it’s time to spotlight the women redefining style in the
6 May 2011Designer FocusBlushless"I ain't born typical," says Liv Lundelius. Daughter of a punk-disco-club owner
6 May 2011Designer FocusFannie SchiavoniBorn in Sweden, Fannie Schiavoni moved to London when she was 18 to study tailoring.
6 May 2011EssayAlice DellalAlice Dellal – model and London style icon – fell in love with the unique embroidered leggings
6 May 2011EssayShoulder it upShoulder pads, peaked shoulders, boned shoulders. Do these phrases instil you with panic? Fear?
6 May 2011Designer FocusAsia WysoczynskaAsia Wysoczynska is about to start her last year at the International Costume and Fashion Design
6 May 2011Designer FocusRad HouraniI started imagining clothes the same way I started creating images: with a sense of curiosity and
6 May 2011Designer FocusMinne MuztuccariMy collection is based on the idea of being a spy, as well as on “The Lost Man”, which explores the
6 May 2011Designer FocusVolutio by Anna KleihuesThe label Volutio stands for a man of modern thought and emancipation dressed in eloquent yet
6 May 2011A Letter FromI Heart NYCRecently (well, for a long time really), I have been talking to a lot of people about travel,
6 May 2011EssayCool BritanniaLondon is a city so unique it should really be its own island.
6 May 2011Designer FocusKoji HorigomeShoe label Koji Horigome is based in London, UK, and launched in 2008. Koji graduated from
6 May 2011Designer FocusJaiden Rva JamesJaiden rVa James was born when the minds of two young creatives, Rasharn de Vera Agyemang &
6 May 2011Designer FocusBernice MillerMy inspiration for this collection (my first) came about from my analysis of the mind under a state
6 May 2011Designer FocusJulia and BenJulia And Ben was founded in 2007 after the two designers met at ESMOD fashion school in Berlin.
6 May 2011Designer FocusJessica HarrisJessica Harris is an American fashion designer living and working in Rome, Italy. Her designs are
18 May 2011Designer FocusMaria Francesca PepeStuds, spikes and sweeping fabrics define Maria Francesca Pepe’s latest ‘Fortuna’ collection and
13 April 2015HorizonHermès presents WanderlandThe Saatchi Gallery in London has opened its doors to host Hermès' new exhibition Wanderland. The surreal showcase draws on flânerie, or
8 April 2015NJAL ProjectsThe NJAL Shop Edit: Marriam MossalliThe success of NJAL’s multi-sensory fashion pavilion at Dubai Design District last week has cemented its presence within the region, and today’s NJAL
2 April 2015EssayThe Aesthetics of AccelerationismWhile tracing Dubai’s explosive expansion and cultural renaissance, NJAL spotlights Arab artists making work that’s both inspired by and directly
1 April 2015NJAL ProjectsThe Enigma of EnterpriseThis week’s edit of the NJAL Shop pays homage to Dubai, with the unveiling of NJAL’s multi-sensory fashion hub at d3 today. NJAL’s trip to the Middle
31 March 2015Designer FocusHOOKED | HKD MoodboardFarah Nasri is the design-force behind HOOKED | HKD – the Dubai-based brand set to showcase fantasy-inspired jewellery at NJAL’s immersive-experience
20 March 2015Designer FocusDé LiaNJAL will be exclusively live-streaming Doing Fashion’s 2015 Graduate show on Saturday 28th March at 19.30 GMT/20.30 CET. To celebrate Basel’s centre
19 March 2015The ConversationKurt and BartDesign duo Kurt and Bart are famed for their aesthetic archaeology of silver screen style, lending their skills to blockbusters including Hunger
18 March 2015EssayFashion Presentations: Catwalk 2.0?As more and more designers turn to presentations to display their collections, the reputation of the catwalk is in a state of transition. Social
16 March 2015NJAL ProjectsEditor's PicksLook to NJAL's Editor's Picks for the low-down on the latest trend-topping pieces in The NJAL Shop. Today's expert edit singles out
16 March 2015Designer FocusValentim QuaresmaLisbon-based designer Valentim Quaresma has persistently blurred the lines dividing fashion and art practice for over 20-years. After working
13 March 2015Designer FocusJumpFromPaperFor those with fingers firmly on the fashion pulse, you’ll know the Internet has been animated (quite literally) with a very particular obsession as
4 March 2015HorizonFashion DramaturgyThis week, NJAL is celebrating the enduring love between the worlds of music and fashion, and today’s investigation wanders to the underbelly of
24 February 2015The ConversationIvania CarpioNJAL has long been enchanted with Love Aesthetics' Ivania Carpio, the Dutch blogger whose penchant for monochromatic minimalism has made her a
23 February 2015Designer FocusArantxa Morcillo's 'Splintered' MoodboardNJAL continues a focus on inspired mood boards to chart the winding journey of creative process. To commemorate a special curation of all things
18 February 2015Designer FocusNicolas Martin Garcia: The Lolito MoodboardNJAL continues a focus on inspired mood boards to chart the winding journey of creative process. Today, Nicholas Martin Garcia steals the spotlight,
16 February 2015Designer FocusDiani DiazNJAL spotlights Diani Diaz, a showcasing designer in LCF’s MA15 Womenswear show, which NJAL will be live-streaming on Thursday 19th February at 19.30
13 February 2015EssayThe Artist as BrandConsider art as the ultimate benchmark of connoisseurial consumerism through a chronological conflation of art historical moments such as Warhol
10 February 2015HorizonPrinted MatterReports on the death of print seem to be greatly exaggerated when you're constantly flummoxed by a wall of obscure art and fashion publications
5 February 2015Designer FocusArtifactual Luxury with Úna Burke In NJAL’s continued focus on all things artifactual, fashion is considered as a reflection of social behaviour. To define an artefact in the context
26 January 2015CompetitionsMediterranean Fashion Prize 2015NJAL announce the return of the Mediterranean Fashion Prize to reveal, perfect and train tomorrow’s talents of the Mediterranean Basin. It offers 10
26 January 2015CompetitionsWOW's Wearable Technology Award 2015NJAL join forces with World of WearableArt™ to present a new prize in 2015: The Wearable Technology Award. The award celebrates and encourages
30 December 2014EssayA New Fashion LandscapeEurope’s fashion industry continues to wear its heritage on its sleeve, and cash in on its cache of tradition, craftsmanship and creativity. London,
16 December 2014EssayFashion Philanthropy In public opinion, "fashion" can often be seen as a cruel world, full of starving models, sweatshop production and heartless individuals,
4 December 2014NJAL ProjectsNJAL's Handpicked Party PiecesWith the party season fast approaching, NJAL has hand-picked 10 of the most coveted pieces to wear this winter...
13 November 2014Designer FocusJames KellyJames Kelly represents a fresh crop of emerging design talent from the Royal College of Art. Finding influences in anything from the senses through
28 November 2014HorizonReimagining Gender Through Fashion NJAL's Bre Cruickshank investigates modern perceptions of gender; propelled through the progressive world of fashion, gender rules are no longer
20 November 2014Designer FocusCassandra Verity GreenNJAL's Cassandra Verity Green discusses everything from 1970's Barbarella, psychedelic colours, and her grandmother's influence. The
28 October 2014IndustryThe Changing Space of Retail Contributing editor Ophelia Wu offers a valuable exploration into the current landscape of retail; how has the internet age affected our shopping
5 October 2014A Letter FromBeneath the Veil Blessed with a myriad of talented designers already producing for the global landscape, we turn away from Dubai's Western fashion scene and
26 September 2014HorizonHow Wearable Can Technology Really Be?Wearable technology. In 2014, the term became less perplexing, acquiring greater gravitas than its early-noughties association with neon flickering
8 July 2014EssayWaste Not, Want NotChristina Dean, Founder and CEO of the EcoChic Design Award advises young designers on the paths to follow to create fashion that promises to ‘waste
2 July 2014Designer FocusNatalia SushchenkoNatalia was born in small town in the middle of Siberia in the late eighties, where she helped her mother sew her family’s clothes, and created her
5 August 2014CompetitionsYour Graduation MasterpieceOwn Label is inviting all graduating students to submit their designs to Your Graduation Masterpiece 2014.
26 June 2014EssayFailure in FashionSuccess stories are the lens through which we see the global fashion industry, so much so that emerging fashion designers are left feeling downbeat
5 March 2014Designer FocusChrista BöschAhead of the Basel Institute of Fashion Design’s 2014 show this Saturday, we bring you a double designer focus of two of the school's most
18 June 2014Designer FocusIoana CiolacuIoana Ciolacu grew up in Romania, and didn’t eat chocolate until she was six.
4 June 2014EssayDrawing to a Close?It was the medium that laid the foundations for fashion imagery, but we've come a long way since fashion illustrations graced the front cover of
4 June 2014Designer FocusChiara ScarpittiChiara Scarpitti is an Italian designer and researcher specialising in contemporary jewellery. Her jewellery designs hybridise technology with a
23 May 2014Designer FocusHensonAndy Henson and Brent Gold began working together in 2009. With Andy drawing on his film background, and Brent referencing his childhood on a farm in
21 May 2014EssayThe Evolution of Product PlacementNebraska director Alexander Payne calls it “perverse and corrupt”. David Lynch says “bullshit”. The product placement phenomenon has always been a
19 May 2014Designer FocusKrjstHigh-end ready-to-wear label Krjst is the joint design efforts of Justine de Moriamé and Erika Schillebeeckx, two designers that met while studying
10 March 2014EssaySynchrodogsThis week at NOT JUST A LABEL, we are showing our support for Ukraine. Right now in Kiev, Ukrainian Fashion Week is happening in the midst of the
7 May 2014NJAL ProjectsThe NJAL Diary: Origin Passion & BeliefsORIGIN PASSION & BELIEFS will bring together 100 of the most ground-breaking independent designers, to meet with Italy’s most distinguished
16 July 2014CompetitionsNYC Fashion Production Fund 2014The NYC Fashion Production Fund is one of a suite of city initiatives to maintain and enhance New York City’s position as the global leader in
25 April 2014EssayHyères 2014This weekend once more, fashion’s most creative minds will congregate in the French Riviera’s.
12 April 2014EssayFashion’s Surrealist AccessoryFrom a bag shaped like a cereal packet to a hat in the form of a banana, fashion items designed to look like other objects are a big trend for Autumn
30 January 2014Designer FocusHarem RoyalHarem Royal is a completely independent jewellery line inspired by female sexuality and opulence. Based in Serbia, Srdjan Matijasevic is the
30 January 2014EssayAspirational DressingOpulence is back in fashion. On the catwalk, that is. Most followers of fashion don’t get the chance to head out dripping with jewels, or weighed
29 January 2014HorizonScandinavia's Dark SideSweden, Denmark and Norway share a history of fashion, architecture and design that is clean, minimalist and avoids excess.
25 January 2014A Letter FromThe Scandinavian Niche and the Global MarketThe NJAL team have just got back from Copenhagen and Stockholm fashion weeks, and our founder Stefan Siegel was part of the jury at the coveted award
7 February 2014CompetitionsFASHIONCLASH Festival 2014The International and Interdisciplinary Fashion Festival, FASHIONCLASH, is calling for all artists, designers, photographers and performers to take
12 October 2012EssayMainstreaming Advanced StyleProviding a constant inspiration for fashion followers and industry outsiders are a diverse celebrated group of seasoned individuals who continue to
11 October 2012Designer FocusMinna ParikkaThis Helsinki based designer first fell in love with footwear design at the tender age of 15! She quickly acted on her dreams, and moved to London
18 October 2012A Letter FromNJAL In Eastern EuropeWe here at NOT JUST A LABEL relentlessly try and remind ourselves of the ethos behind our tag line – discovering and supporting pioneers in
1 October 2012Designer FocusNatalie Anne MoranAfter working placements with Christopher Kane and Louise Gray, Natalie is out to make a name for herself.
1 October 2012IndustryThe Real Value of 'Made in'…How well do you know your own clothes? Do you usually read the tag before purchasing to see the country of origin? More often than not, we as
25 September 2012Designer FocusBernard DelettrezBernard Delettrez is something of an enigma. A quiet, well travelled man who prefers to let his jewellery speak for itself. After 30 years of
11 September 2012Designer FocusMyrza de Muynck After completing her Masters at Central St. Martins College in 2011, this, now London based label, has garnered attention for her highly detailed
10 September 2012Designer FocusClaudia Ligari Italian born designer Claudia Ligari graduated from Istituto Marangoni in Milan in 2004. Soon after, she turned down various internships for brands
3 September 2012EssayDeath of the Fashion EditorialJuly 2012 marked an important ‘first’ for Elle UK magazine. It announced that it was publishing its first solo male fashion editorial, starring David
28 August 2012IndustryAn Introduction to PricingYou’re selling online and perhaps you also sell via a few shops or galleries and directly to a set of private customers. Here are some things you
23 August 2012EssayThe Pattern CutterThe term “designer” seems to be more and more a fluid name given to anyone with a bright idea, rather than the skills and technical expertise needed
22 August 2012IndustryDo I Really Need a Master's?Today fashion start-ups are de-rigour, and not all of these businesses have been started by fashion college graduates.
20 August 2012Designer FocusRachel BostonRachel Boston is a London born and based jewellery designer and maker. Rachel graduated in Jewellery Design from Central Saint Martin’s College of
20 August 2012EssayThe Underdog UnisThere is no doubt that degrees from institutions such as Central Saint Martins or Parsons carry considerable weight in the mainstream fashion
28 August 2012Designer FocusMinna PalmqvistWith a Master of Fine Arts in Textile from Kontfack College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Finnish born Minna Palmqvist started her self-entitled brand
14 August 2012IndustryThe Creative DirectorFashion houses have had a whirlwind few years playing musical chairs with creative directors: The recent dismissal of the entire womenswear team at
9 August 2012Designer FocusHuman PotentialYk is based in Seoul, South Korea. She studied at Parsons The New School For Design. Her collections are produced in South Korea. As a student she
8 August 2012Designer FocusChichia LondonLondon-based designer Christine Mhando graduated from Kent University with an honours degree, in 2002.
8 August 2012Designer FocusHaizhen WangHaizhen Wang’s namesake label began the journey of entering fashion n a small studio off Portobello Rd. in 2010.
7 August 2012Designer FocusDivkaThe word “pattern” has multiple meanings: Sewing patterns for jackets, design patterns, not to mention people’s behavioral patterns.
6 August 2012Designer FocusFriends With BenefitsFRIENDS with BENEFITS is the creation of Design Director Clark Sabbat and Creative Director Lynn Levoy. Together they bring a combined 20 years of
2 August 2012Designer FocusChristian BlankenChristian Blanken is a UK based designer who was born in the Netherlands and grew up in the Far East and later the UK.
2 August 2012Designer Focus PasionaeBorn and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and of Italian descent, Candela Turco began her artistic career, at the young age of nine, studying
2 August 2012A Letter FromParis: Nothing Good Ever Came EasilyI remember sitting at Charles de Gaulle airport, Terminal 2B. It was a sunny Saturday morning, early in September: “I hate airports”, I found myself
25 July 2012EssayPunk BritanniaFor a fashion subculture based on an ethos of anti-establishment, anti-materialism and ‘breaking the rules’, the idea of producing a ‘style guide’
25 July 2012A Letter FromBulgariaTucked in at the most eastern point of Eastern Europe with a population the size of London’s, it’s little wonder that few associate Bulgaria with
24 July 2012EssayOlympic StyleThe Olympics seem a surprisingly corporate bandwagon for the fashion industry to jump aboard.
24 July 2012Designer FocusGeorge BezhanishviliIn the realm of human silhouette construction, George Bezhanishvili crafts and proposes a wardrobe as a subsequent skin to inhabit.
24 July 2012CompetitionsInternational Talent Support 2012International Talent Support 2012 (ITS), an annual competition for young designers now in its eleventh edition, culminated in a spectacular weekend
24 July 2012Designer FocusDelikatessen x Michael KampeOne evening Andrzej Lisowski saw Michael Kampe’s work on NJAL. He had an impulse to write to Michael and ask if he would like to design a capsule
20 July 2012Designer FocusAda ZanditonAda Zanditon, born and based in London, is a first class graduate of the London College of Fashion.
20 July 2012Designer FocusDori TomcsanyiDori Tomcsanyi is a Budapest based fashion designer studying MA fashion at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest.
18 July 2012The ConversationQuentin JonesQuentin Jones is an illustrator, animator, filmmaker, model and a philosophy graduate. Her mix of influences and experiences has resulted in a fun,
13 July 2012Designer FocusFannie SchiavoniFannie Schiavoni has led an unexpected life. She moved to London at 18, married at 20 and chose a career path she hadn’t previously dreamed of.
12 July 2012A Letter FromAbu DhabiAbu Dhabi is a place full of seduction, you feel it from the moment you walk off the plane. The air is heavy with heat and it hits you as you
11 July 2012The ConversationMariette HoitinkMariette Hoitink is the founder of HTNK, the Dutch fashion recruitment and consultancy agency. Since 1997 she and her team have been building a
10 July 2012Designer FocusAmerican PerezBringing their new and refreshing collection entitled 'Sunday Morning' to NJAL, we catch up with this design duo to see how their
10 July 2012EssayKnitwear LuxeUnlike any other element of today’s fashion landscape, knitwear spans a heritage almost as long as we do.
10 July 2012Designer FocusSaid MahroufSaid Mahrouf obtained his degree in fashion design from the Amsterdam Rietveld Academy and Pratt Institute in New York.
10 July 2012HorizonThe Moroccan KaftanMorocco, a vast territory, is full of nuance and complexity. Kingdom of juxtaposed relationships, land of ancestry, inspiring with its legendary
10 July 2012A Letter FromThe Arab MarketWhat a month! Beirut, Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh, Bela Rechka, Sofia. This variety has shown me just how different the markets are for young and emerging
9 July 2012Designer FocusJosé Maria Garcia-PlanasArtextil S.A. is one of Spain’s textile legacies. After the Spanish Civil War, the factory was Spain’s largest producer of worsted wool.
9 July 2012Designer FocusArt/cART/C, the brand, was born from Israeli and Moroccan designer Artsi who lives, works and creates in Marrakech.
9 July 2012IndustryNew Technologies in SustainabilityThe textile industry is quickly changing to accommodate for pro-activity in fashion. Many new fabrics are being developed to reduce the detrimental
24 May 2012The ConversationKathryn FergusonBelfast born filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson is best known for her experimental work in Fashion Film.
23 May 2012A Letter FromDublinHow does a city form a creative identity when it’s forced to live in the shadow of a bigger metropolis?
22 May 2012Designer FocusHemycaHEMYCA is a luxury womenswear label based in Chelsea, London.
21 May 2012IndustryBack to BasicsWith the advent of the industrial revolution, a whole new world was born.
15 May 2012Designer FocusDreams Of NorwayDreams of Norway consists of designer duo Nina Einarsen and Iselin Strømsvåg. Iselin was born in Kristiansand, Norway in 1981.
15 May 2012NJAL ProjectsWGSN x NJALNJAL has partnered with WGSN, the world’s leading online trend-analysis and research service to offer beautiful, authoritative, cutting-edge and
10 May 2012The Conversation Jacqui Ma Jacqui Ma, is Senior Trend Editor at WGSN. Her degrees in business and industrial design respectively from University of Canberra in Australia and
8 May 2012HorizonBetween the CoastsIt all started when former White House social secretary, Desiree Rogers, walked into the NY Public Library for the centennial gala in Summer 2011, a
7 May 2012NJAL ProjectsDesigner for Tomorrow FinalistsIn February 2012, NJAL was pleased to offer NJAL designers an exciting opportunity to have Marc Jacobs take talented emerging designers under his
3 May 2012EssayThe Real British Women of the FutureThe term ‘Britishness’ is enjoying a cultural renaissance and seems to have clawed its way back from the outlying regions of what’s socially
6 May 2011Designer FocusJoão PimentaJoão Pimenta was born in São Sebastião do Paraíso, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The label has been around since 2003, presenting fashion shows since 2004
2 May 2012The ConversationFashion Institute of TechnologyJoanne Arbuckle is Dean of the Fashion Institute of Technology; better known as FIT and one of New York’s most important Design schools. Arbuckle is
2 May 2012Designer FocusMargot BowmanMargot Bowman studied Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins, graduating in 2011. Since then she has worked as an Illustrator and Art Director for
27 April 2012HorizonLuchino Visconti's The LeopardWhen Hollywood calls on European milieux for ideas, the filmic result is often a gaudy caricature of an idealised history.
24 April 2012Designer FocusNa'ama RiettiNa’ama Rietti is an artist, sculptor, craftsperson and designer. Specialising in leather and knitwear she creates unique, exclusive, one-off and
19 April 2012EssayTrans-Seasonal EvolutionNot too long ago, Spring/Summer meant colour, joy-de-vivre and ebullience. Autumn/Winter meant muted shades, dense outerwear and multiple layers;
16 April 2012Designer FocusAmy GlennGender neutral silhouettes are accented with a line of minimalist accessories. Hand-dipped triple dyed fabrics are dried by the sun, leather is
12 April 2012The ConversationErin DixonErin Dixon is Managing Editor at Dossier Journal, New York City’s transcendent arts and culture go-to, printed bi-annually.
5 April 2012IndustryThe Next Generation Prominent for its vibrant fashion scene as one destination of the big four Fashion Weeks, London is constantly spotlighted for its abundance of young
5 April 2012A Letter FromBelgium: A Design Love AffairTo the majority of people, the words ‘fashion’ and ‘couture’ tend to conjure up very specific geographic locations; Paris, Milan, London and New York
30 March 2012Designer FocusJonathan CohenJonathan Cohen was born and raised in San Diego, California by Mexican Parents. He developed his technique and eye whilst attending Parsons School
29 March 2012A Letter FromIndonesiaIn the Western hemisphere, Indonesia is more often associated with gap years, honeymoons and cheap labor, rather than glamour and designer labels.
28 March 2012Designer FocusMademoiselle BorcherMademoiselle Borcher is a creative mind who will wrap you up in dark fairy tales.
26 March 2012A Letter FromOut of AfricaDuring the Spring/Summer 2005 shows French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier sent his signature bridal gown onto the runway sporting a tulle veil
14 March 2012EssayThe Art of FashionIncreasingly, in recent years and worldwide, fashion has been given a platform in spaces where art is traditionally showcased. Museums now display
14 March 2012The ConversationSitting Down with Priska Morger Priska Morger ‘does fashion’; she has a hands-on approach to everything she touches. This ‘can do’ attitude has meant she has had an incredibly
12 March 2012A Letter FromBig in Kuwait"The Gulf", the hyper-rich, media-scrutinized region of the Middle East, is often associated in Western countries to excess and newness;
7 March 2012Designer FocusSorapolSorapol was born in Bangkok, Thailand. After completing a course in Fashion Design & Illustration he left for London, where he enrolled at the
1 March 2012A Letter FromNJAL in IndiaNOT JUST A LABEL (NJAL) has embarked on a journey to discover new talents, connect east and west, and explore India’s rich offerings.
28 February 2012Designer FocusNora RenaudNora Renaud studied at École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture in Paris before working for a number of couture houses, including Christian Dior,