Rafael Kouto

Black Sheep


zürich / switzerland


Sandberg Instituut

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Swiss fashion, textile and research designer Rafael Kouto winner of the Diesel and lotto SPORT International talents support 2019 and Swiss design award in the category fashion & Textile in 2018 and 2019.
graduated in 2017 with an MA in Fashion Matters at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Previously graduated from the Institute of Fashion Design - Academy of Arts and Design - FHNW in Basel, Switzerland. With a professional background in Couture (Alexander McQueen, London 2013, and Maison Margiela, Paris 2015) and Ethical Fashion (Ethical Fashion Initiative, United Nations - International Trade Center, Geneva 2015) and ready-to-wear (Carven, Paris 2018).
Kouto’s aim is to continue researching and promoting the use of upcycling of waste garments and materials in the creative process and into a larger scale production for his own brand and in collaboration with brands and manufacturies interested in upycling, sustainability, ethical fashion and textiles.

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