David Longshaw, St Martin’s BA (Hons), RCA (MA). Winner of the inaugural BFC/ELLE Talent Launch Pad
After graduating in 2007 David received a flurry of press attention and nominations for International Awards (ITS6, Trieste, Le Vif Weekend, Belgium, Cove Park, Scotland) and had secured a position at Alberta Ferretti before his final graduate collection was even shown. Although very keen to launch his own label he felt it was important to gain more internationally commercial experience, so went on to work for Max Mara.
David is now concentrating on his own label which he launched during February LFW 2010 (when he was selected for the ‘Ones To Watch’ catwalk show, Vauxhall Fashion Scout and to exhibit with the BFC).
David has been shortlisted for a wealth of awards, including being named as one of the ‘Designers To Watch 2011’ by vogue.com and one of ‘The Rising Stars of 2011’ by ELLE.With not only a natural talent for fashion, but also for illustration (winner of the Colin Barnes Drawing Prize 2005) he has contributed to a number of publications (including vogue.com, the LFW newspaper and Fashion156.com) and uses his illustrations and story writing as a starting point for his collections.Maude is the fabric fashion mouse made originally by David Longshaw whilst at St Martin’s. Made of 100% cashmere, the finest available, given to David by the Savile Row tailor Richard James, Maude has been described by British Vogue (September 2011) as ‘Longshaw’s long standing cult creation.’ Maude has become a Fashion icon in her own right.
He has also created ‘Francesca & Arthur’ a weekly comic strip for Vogue Italia (vogue.it)
“I love David’s ability to illustrate and design, and his lateral thinking on pattern and print. His designs have the potential for you to say, ‘That’s a David Longshaw dress’,” Lorraine Candy, ELLE Editor-in-Chief.
‘Romantic, determined and with a fervid imagination. The young designer David Longshaw is all these things and more, and his qualities come through in his clothes.’ Vogue Italia
David Longshaw’s collections including garments, bags, scarves, jewellery and illustrations are sold worldwide including Britain, USA, Japan, Dubai, Ryhad, Amsterdam, Hong Kong amongst others.