'For me, the starting point of designing is an existing clothing piece,' Artist / Designer / Upcycler Duran Lantink tells Writer / Editor / Broadcaster Lara Johnson-Wheeler. 'It's really important to upcyle luxury brands,' he continues.
Based in Amsterdam, Duran Lantink aims to produce collections that are sustainable, ethical and innovative. His work shot to the fore of the cultural conversation with a pair of pink 'Pussy Power' pants for Janelle Monáe's PYNK music video in 2018. Dubbed 'instantly iconic' by Dazed, the design was one Duran thought he'd never see again. He has since managed to shake the spectre of the design, working with diverse communities such as the homeless community in Amsterdam and transgender sex workers in Cape Town. Duran also won a special award in 2019 at the International Fashion Showcase as selected by the British Fashion Council and the British Council and was shortlisted for the prestigious LVMH Prize. Duran and Lara chat about his commitment to upcycling in spite of teachers attempting to dissuade him and working to create celebrity commissions for the likes of Billie Eilish and more.
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