“..FOR MY PORTFOLIO, I REALLY DIDN’T WANT TO FAKE ANYTHING. I TREAT IT JUST AS WORK AND MY PROCESS, BUT MAYBE MAKE IT LOOK A BIT PRETTIER.” – CONNER IVES
What brought you to London, where were you before?
Margaux Lavevre: Before coming to Folio, I studied in Paris. Now, since being here, everybody asks me why I left Paris. I think that London is the best place to study fashion, because people take a crazier approach to fashion design. I feel a kind of freedom that can sometimes be lost in Paris.
Conner Ives: I come from upstate New York and grew up in a rural farming town called Bedford. It’s about an hour from the city, so I really grew up having the best of both. I preferred the farm, however. London always seemed like something really exciting, a big city thousands of miles away. People will always ask why I left New York and will romantically describe their vision of the city to me. However, their description never matched my experience in New York. I realized that we’ll always want something that we don’t know much about, and that I probably felt the same way about London as they did about New York. I think I felt that it was too close to home. I wanted to escape.
Davide Carrano: I have lived in London since I was 18. I wanted to escape from my village in Italy and expand my experiences. It feels good to be working in an open-minded environment. I come from a little village above Cinque Terre, with only 200 people living there. My parents have a family-run hotel. I grew up inside the hotel, in one of the rooms. I ate in the restaurant every day alongside a group of strangers. It certainly helped me to open myself. Just before coming here, I lived in Berlin. I originally went for a 6 month exchange program as part of my B.A. in Fashion Studies, but I ended up staying for 4 years. I guess I needed it.
Irina Tsoy: I was born and grew up in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. I finished Fine Art at the local art school and suddenly realized that I prefered fashion and creating clothes, especially tailoring.
Irina Tsoy’s portfolio