Musician - ID
Anton Wirjono has been dubbed as one of the forefathers of Indonesiaʼs music scene and urban street culture. He is a seasoned disc jockey, music producer and entrepreneur who also runs a fashion store, a diner and café and an events agency. He has won several awards including Ravelexʼs House DJ of the Year 2005, Paranoia's Milestone award in 2007 and Redmaʼs Lifetime Achievement award in 2008. Wijorno also runs Future10 Productions, an events production agency, which was awarded Redmaʼs Best promoter/ Event Organiser in 2007.
Creative Company - SG
Asylum is a creative company that comprises of a design studio, a retail store, workshop and a record label. Since its inception in 1999, Asylum has worked on cross disciplinary projects that include interactive design, product development, environmental & interior design, packaging, apparel design, branding and graphic design. Their work has been recognised in the industry with more than 100 international awards and has been featured in more than 40 international magazines.
Floral Artist - JP
Azuma Makoto is owner of the haute-couture floral shop, "JARDINS des FLEURS" in Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo. Makoto has been in the flower business since 2002, beginning his career as a flower artist in 2005. From April 2007 to March 2009, he ran private gallery "AMPG" in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa, Tokyo, to exhibit his works. Later in 2009, he founded an experimental laboratory "Azuma Makoto Kajyu Kenkyusho" (abbr. AMKK; meaning Azuma Makoto Botanical Research Institute) and ever since then, has been expanding art activities pursuing the infinitive potential of plants. Every activity of Azuma Makoto focuses on elevating the value of flowers and plants by finding unique and mysterious forms that they possess. Respecting the existence of nature and keeping its dignity, he converts and expresses these beautiful elements to aesthetic level of artwork.
Retail - JP
Founded in 1976, BEAMS was created with the goal of changing the culture and customs of Japan's youth. Throughout the years, the range of products selected by BEAMS has been chosen with a clear vision of the customer in mind. BEAMS are known for taking hold of an infant idea, and developing it into a fully-fledged concept. Describing themselves as a "Happy Life Solution Company", BEAMS aim to provide small items of happiness that bring dreams to life; items that bring us together in our personal, everyday space and time. The company strives to lay a new set of rules that transcends outdated traditions for those that want to enjoy quality in their daily lives.
Creative Agency - MY
Bombshelter Studios is a multi-disciplinary creative agency made up of designers, idea generators and writers who strive to give clients fresh and arresting marketing and creative solutions; thus creating a stronger experiential bond between a brand and their customers.
Fashion Designer - UK
London based Turkish designer Bora Aksu received his first accolades when he graduated from Central St Martin's MA in 2002. Hailed as "the star of the show" by The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent, Bora's collection also attracted the eye of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabanna who purchased pieces to use as inspiration. A resounding success, his debut at London Fashion Week '03 was named "one of the top five shows" by The Guardian and subsequently led Aksu to receive a NEWGEN award, placing him on the official LFW schedule the very next season. Four consecutive NEWGEN awards were given to Bora in total; who remains on the official LFW schedule. Always happier in the background and rarely giving interviews, Bora prefers to let his designs do the talking. Through his career he has developed a very distinct signature. Romantic but always with a dark twist, his demi-couture pieces are full of elegance, intrigue and seduction.
Cyclist - UK
Champion British cyclist Bradley Wiggins has become firmly rooted in the Fred Perry family, launching the first instalment of a six-season collaborative collection in spring 2012. Shortly after the release, the sportsman enjoyed the most prolific summer of his career, becoming the first British man to win the Tour de France followed by gold medals at the London Olympics. Bradley's Mod credentials and noted style have earned him legendary status both on and off the bike, with a legion of loyal fans leading him to the title of BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Fashion Designer - UK
Christopher Raeburn was the first designer ever to be awarded both NEWGEN Men's and Women's sponsorship in the same season. In 2008 he launched the Christopher Raeburn label, inspired by the challenge of creating ethically-aware men's and womenswear. He has become known for "up-cycling" (the utilisation of re-appropriated military fabrics) to create garments that are functional, intelligent and meticulously crafted. Raeburn's collections are highlighted for their intelligent design, high quality and extreme attention to detail. Staunchly British, all Raeburn garments are proudly "Remade in England" and produced in East London.
Retailer - FR
Colette first opened its doors in March 1997 and aimed at reinventing the concept of retail. Spanning three levels, customers are invited to encounter the Colette experience, which comprises a never ending assortment of fashion, high-tech goods, art, streetwear, beauty and waters. New products and new brands are constantly arriving, including previews, limited editions, high-quality, hip and retro products. Colette is a place that surprises us, likes us and brings us together.
Musician - SE
Covenant are an electronic band formed in 1986 in Helsingborg, Sweden. Entertaining the underground industrial scene, the band has performed live in over 40 countries. The group consists of Eskil Simonsson, Joakim Montelius and Daniel Jonasson. Releasing music since the early 1990s, their sound is a mixture between synthpop and electronic body music. The band is currently working on their 8th full length album.
Musician - UK
Damon Albarn is a singer, musician and songwriter with Blur and Gorillaz. During his career, the musician has received four Brit awards, two Ivor Novello Awards and a Grammy Award. Outside of Blur and Gorillaz, Albarn has worked on a number of unique projects, including Mali Music (2002), The Good The Bad and The Queen (2006), Monkey: Journey to the West (2007), Kinshasa One Two (2011), Rocket Juice & The Moon (2012) and most recently Dr Dee (2012).
Print Design - UK
Print label David David are best known for their bold, geometric prints, shown at London Fashion Week as part of the British Fashion Council's New Generation Foundation. Creative Director David Saunders came to fashion via fine art, having worked with prominent British artists Tracey Emin and Mat Colishaw.
Dazed and Confused
Magazine - UK
For 20 years, Dazed & Confused Magazine has been at the forefront of youth culture. Defining the times, each issue showcases agenda-setting editorial and pioneering fashion photography. Based in London but created by an international collective of writers, image-makers and stylists, Dazed and its accompanying website dazeddigital.com is read in print and online by over 500,000 style leaders, making it one of the most influential and successful independent magazine title on the planet.
Novelist - CA
Douglas Coupland is a Canadian novelist, visual artist and designer. His first novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture was released in 1991. He has since published thirteen novels, a collection of short stories, seven nonfiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. Coupland's novels and visual work synthesize high and low culture, web technology, religion, and changes in human existence caused by modern technologies.
Douglas J. McCarthy
Musician - UK
Douglas John McCarthy (born 1 September 1966) is the vocalist of Chelmsford, Essex-based EBM band Nitzer Ebb. Aside from writing and performing with Nitzer Ebb, McCarthy has also appeared on recordings by Recoil and has released material in collaboration with DJ Terence Fixmer as Fixmer/ McCarthy. He has also contributed vocals to tracks by Die Krupps, Motor, Kloq and Client. Pylon released his first solo full length album in November 2012, called Kill Your Friends.
Jewellery Designer - UK
With a first class degree in silver and goldsmithing, ten years working with antiques and an eye for beautiful objects; Duffy creates a line worthy of the esteem it has already received. Like works of art, each item stands as a sculpture, capable of holding it's own on a plinth as much as on the wearer's body. Having collaborated with designers and franchises including PPQ, Katie Eary, Carhartt and Nike, Duffy has proven his credentials as a first class designer with far-reaching appeal. His fanbase lists the likes of Erin O'Connor, Daisy Lowe and Dinos Chapman to name but a few, and a series of awards and press features make testament to the lasting impact this young designer has already made.
Artist - JP
Born in Hiroshima in 1966, illustrator, art director and artist Ed Tsuwaki started work in the 1980s. A versatile creator; Tsuwaki specialises in drawing, painting, illustration, art direction, graphic design, photography, dress-making, fine arts and writing. Known for his characteristic female figures, Ed came up with the idea that the famous Fred Perry Laurel Wreath could be re-interpreted as horns. The featured girl then tells of the brand's founder and its 60 year history, as shown on the shirt.
Artist - ID
Eko Nugroho is one of the most acclaimed members of the current generation of Indonesian contemporary artists. He is deeply engaged with the culture of his time and is committed to making socio-political commentary in his work. His works are grounded in both local traditions and global popular culture. In particular, he has cited the influence of traditional batik and embroidery styles, alongside a powerful inspiration gained from contemporary street art, graffiti and comics.
Artists - NL
Photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek have worked together since October 1994. Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, they have systematically documented numerous identities over the last 16 years. Rotterdam's heterogeneous, multicultural street scene remains a major source of inspiration for Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek, although they have also worked in many cities around the world since 1998. They call their series Exactitudes: a contraction of exact and attitude. By registering their subjects in an identical framework, with similar poses and a strictly observed dress code, Versluis and Uyttenbroek provide an almost scientific, anthropological record of people's attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity.
Artist - DE
The new band from Hamburg/Germany called Der König tanzt (The King Dances) falls somewhere between the Kitsuné kosmos and the DFA domain, with one foot in Manchester's Hacienda circa 1990. (König Boris (main band: Fettes Brot) is digging out his disco punk roots here with his 5-piece rave and roll band).
Artist - US
Geoff McFetridge is a Canadian born artist, based in Los Angeles. He attended the Alberta College of Art, followed by training at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts. Instinctively ignoring creative boundaries, McFetridge is a multidisciplinary artist and "an all-round visual auteur". From poetry to animation, graphics to 3D work, McFetridge has complete control over these widely divergent disciplines. His work featured in the highly successful Beautiful Losers Exhibition. His solo exhibitions have been received globally from Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, London, the Netherlands and Japan.
Musician - BE
Goose are a Belgian electro rock band consisting of members Mickael Karkousse, Dave Martijn, Tom Coghe, and Bert Libeert. They are currently signed to !K7 Records. The band formed in the summer of 2000 in Kortrijk, Belgium. Although they first starting out as an AC/DC-style covers group; the band quickly turned to writing and recording their own songs, heavily incorporating synthesizers and electronic sounds.
Artist - JP
In 2006 Hiroko founded the company HIROCOLEDGE Co Ltd, and by 2008 the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music bestowed upon her the title Dr. of Fine Arts. Her work is usually noted for its unique combinations of circles and straight lines, considered to be hallmarks of her expression. Breaking boundaries and provoking new ways of thinking, Takahashi is working on various projects such as "HIROCOLEDGE" - an experiment involving collaboration with craftsmen of many different disciplines.
Artist - UK
Although Horace is better known as the bassist in one of Britain's most iconic bands, The Specials, he graduated in 1975 with a degree in Fine Art from Coventry's Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University). Most of his career has been defined by music, but art has always been in the frame, so to speak! When The Specials reformed in 2008, thus ending a 10 year stint as the Head of Art at a local secondary school, he found he had a lot more time to concentrate on his own art practice. In November 2011, Horace had his first art exhibition at The Strand Gallery in London and his art is now available in various galleries throughout the UK as well as Singapore.
Magazine - UK
Launched in 1980 with a firm belief in "innovation not imitation", i-D has embarked on a journey that revolutionised not only the world of fashion publishing, but fashion itself. A bible for contemporary culture, i-D continues to produce a product that is refreshingly different and consistently relevant, with every issue becoming an instant collectible and a valuable reference tool for all involved in the creative industries. With a wink and smile on each front cover - a graphical representation of the magazine's logo - today i-D is recognised as being the most original and established style magazine in the world. i-D online offers a creative platform for emerging and established talent, showcasing even more of the unpredictable, influential, ground-breaking and experimental energy that the brand is celebrated for.
Inez & Vinoodh
Photographers - NL
In the early 1990s, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin were among the first practitioners to show the possibilities of digital-imaging technology as a creative and meaningful medium. They developed a signature style of visual seduction paired with provocative narratives, which infused new ideas into photography. From the outset, the duo has created groundbreaking editorials for such publications as American, French, Japanese and Italian Vogue, V Magazine, Visionaire, The New York Times Magazine, and W Magazine. Their innovative approach can also be seen in campaigns for fashion houses including Balenciaga, Balmain, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Dior Homme, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Valentino and Yohji Yamamoto.
Magazine - FR
Created in 1998, Jalouse is a french fashion Premium Women newspaper with a cheeky tone. It belongs to the famous Editions Jalou group. Columns : fashion, beauty, art, decoration & report. Jennifer Eymere is the editor in chief of Jalouse and the fashion director of the l'Optimum.
Artist - UK
Jamie Reid is a British artist and anarchist with connections to revolutionary group the Situationists, and is infamous for his acerbic brand of visual anarchy. Jamie Reid's signature newspaper-cutting graphics have become synonymous with the spirit of British punk rock music, having appeared on seminal Sex Pistols' punk records of the 1970s including Never Mind the Bollocks, Anarchy in the UK, Union Jack, God Save the Queen and Pretty Vacant. He is represented by Isis Gallery.
Magazine - SG
Since its launch in 1998, JUICE has been covering aspects of both local and international music, fashion and nightlife. Irreverent, edgy and credible, JUICE is the tangible manifestation of street culture in Singapore – the free monthly magazine is distributed at selected retailers around the island.
Fashion Designer - NZ
Fashion designer Karen Walker is known for her effortless and unpretentious style. A reoccurring theme in Walker's work is juxtaposition: the teaming of masculine and feminine, tailored and street, luxury and non-luxury, dark and whimsical. Karen Walker shows each season as part of New York Fashion Week. She lives in New Zealand with her husband Mikhail and her daughter Valentina.
Musician - NO
Lars Vaular, 28, is a rapper and songwriter hailing from Bergen, Norway. He writes in Norwegian and has released four solo albums through his own imprint NMG/G-huset, receiving the prestigious Norwegian Spellemann award three times; two for best Hip-hop and one for best lyricist in any genre. He is currently working on his fifth album.
Le Mont St. Michel
Clothing Brand - FR
Dating back to 1913, French brand Le Mont St. Michel have been able to mix tradition with a modern sensibility to produce alluring feminine clothes with edge. At the helm of the brand is Alexandre Milan who counts Britain as an influence for its culture of knitted fabrics, as well as Japan for its modernity and easy style. It is through these observations - places, eras, and genres of music that Alexandre Milan has created a brand whose look embodies both its traditional background and French style in a modern way.
Magazine - FR
Les Inrockuptibles is a French cultural magazine. Starting life as a monthly magazine in 1986, the title became weekly in 1995. The name is a play on "Les Incorruptibles", the French translation of the American television series The Untouchables. Les Inrockuptibles is routinely nicknamed "Les Inrocks". In the beginning, rock music was the magazine's primary focus, though every issue included articles on other artistic domains. Today, many other topics are tackled including cinema, literature and society. Les Inrockuptibles has been instrumental in popularising indie rock music, with bands such as the Smiths and The House of Love in France and Francophone countries. The magazine has produced several tribute records, including the influential I'm Your Fan to Leonard Cohen in 1991, The Smiths is dead in 1996 and Monsieur Gainsbourg revisited in 2006.
Artist - DE
Multimedia artist Marc Brandenburg was born in 1965 in Berlin, where he currently lives and works. Brandenburg is known for his graphite-on-paper drawings that adopt the look of photographic negatives. Interested in scenes of power and excess; Brandenburg's drawings are made from original and found photographs, and depict scenes such as crowds at soccer games and political protests, as well as celebrities and consumer objects appropriated from mass media.
Author - UK
Mark Baxter is a South East London native, and in his time has been a Camden market stall holder, a DJ, the owner/ buyer of a clothes shop, a music event promoter and a publicist for well-known companies and individuals. In the last ten years, he has also made his mark in the world of publishing. His first book, The Fashion of Football (Mainstream, 2004), which he co-wrote with Paolo Hewitt, was voted as one of just fifty top football books of all time by the magazine 442. His second book, The Mumper, also co-written with Paolo, (Orion) was the inspiration for the film Outside Bet starring Bob Hoskins with a soundtrack by Paul Weller. Mark and Paolo collaborated again on The A-Z Mod (Prestel). He has had two books published on the area of Walworth, SE17. A supporter of Millwall FC, Mark lives in London and is a life-long advocate of the jazz musician Tubby Hayes.
Toy Company - JP
Established in 1996. Planning and manufacturing a wide range of character figures appearing in movies, TV programs, comic books, games and others under the concept of "developing and making what we want, not based on a marketing research". In 2001, released "BE@RBRICK", a bear-shaped, block-type figure, to pursue the concept of "making a digital Teddy Bear". Under the collaboration between many artists, brands, companies and characters, various kinds of collaboration items have been introduced into the market to obtain a big population of fans worldwide.
BE@RBRICK TM & (C) 2001-2013 MEDICOM TOY CORPORATION. All rights reserved.
Artist - HK
Michael is an artist from Hong Kong who is known for his illustration and vinyl toy figures design. His art combines fashion, music, pop culture and lifestyle, which has a significant influence towards the toy manufacturers and street art culture around the globe. Over the years, he has collaborated with many renowned brands including Nike, Sony, Casio and MINDstyle, making vinyl toys which are highly collectible by adults.
Advertising Agency - US
Founded around a London kitchen table in 1996 by Mark Waites, Stef Calcraft, Libby Brockhoff, and Robert Saville. Mother now has over 400 employees in three continents after Mother New York was founded in 2003, and Madre, based in Buenos Aires launched in 2005. The agency is known for breakthrough advertising campaigns from the early Levi's Odyssey spoof for Lilt, its celebrity fronted "Goldspot" cinema adverts for Orange, "Here Come The Girls" for Boots and the PG Tips campaign featuring Al and Monkey. The agency has a reputation for campaigns beyond traditional advertising. Mother has pioneered a creative culture where all employees work directly with clients, including the creative teams.
Graphic Designer - UK
Over the last three decades, Neville Brody has established himself as one of the most prolific, innovative and influential graphic designers in the world. He has consistently produced inspirational work, admired by a diverse international audience. A renowned designer, typographer, art director and brand strategist, Brody is a hands-on practitioner working with a diverse roster of clients from global corporations to local businesses. Alongside his studio work he is also a passionate voice in the design community, an educator and a spokesman for counter culture in the creative industries.
Musician - UK
Initially formed in Chelmsford, Essex by school friends Douglas McCarthy, Vaughn "Bon" Harris and David Gooday in the mid 1980's, Nitzer Ebb were influenced by the harder sounds of the early electro pop scene, but also distilled elements from several other genres. The band created their own identifiable sound characterized by powerful rhythms, minimal sequencer bass and hooklines and fierce, chanted vocals. Signing to Mute Records (the UK's biggest electronic record label) in late 1986, they released the brutal beats of Murderous (1986) and international funk aggression of Let Your Body Learn (1987).
The Other Shop
Retail/ Design - UK
OTHER founders Matthew Murphy and Kirk Beattie began their partnership in 2001. OTHER is London's premier space for contemporary design, art and fashion. Nestled away on Kingly Street in the heart of Soho, the OTHER shop provides a refreshing breath of air and an antidote to the surrounding corporate mainstays of Regent and Oxford Streets.
Musician - DK
Danish trio Panamah make electronic and minimalistic pop songs. Their sources of inspiration include both contemporary artists like Junior Boys, Booka Shade and Bat for Lashes, and classic icons such as Kate Bush and Simon & Garfunkel, but the tone is unmistakably theirs: cool, controlled and experimental, yet melodic, catchy and present. The band consists of experienced electronic DJ and producer Anders Christensen, guitarist Peter Lützen and singer Amalie Stender, whose airy vocals add a spherical and stoic tone to their electronic compositions.
Fashion Designer - UK
After graduating with a Distinction from London's prestigious Central St Martins in 1999, Danish designer Peter Jensen immediately launched his eponymous menswear line. Still based in the British capital, Jensen has maintained his reputation for inspired and original creations by incorporating his earlier training in various disciplines of graphic design, embroidery and tailoring. Following his debut menswear show in Paris, 2000, Jensen later unveiled a womenswear line. Both collections have since been shown to much acclaim each season at London Fashion Week.
Design - SG
Phunk Studio is a Singapore-based contemporary art and design collective formed by four local artists and designers: Alvin Tan, Melvin Chee, Jackson Tan, and William Chan. Phunk began life in 1994 when the members were fellow design students at LASALLE College of the Arts. The collective blend and reinterpret influences, such as traditional Chinese mythology, craft and philosophy, alongside folklore, Hong Kong wuxia, Japanese manga and otaku subculture. Their creations aim to reflect their multicultural identity, background and environment.
Photographer - BE
Belgian director, photographer and curator Pierre Debusschere utilises innovative technologies to create high impact visuals. In 2009, he founded 254FOREST, a visionary creative studio working in the realms of film, art, photography and music. Debusschere has created striking campaign films for Lane Crawford and Raf Simons, where he was appointed online art director in 2009. He currently curates Simons' online content and has taken the lead on their brand development. In 2010 Debusschere had a solo film exhibition at Colette; and most recently directed a film for the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Musician - RU
Pompeya are an up-and-coming indie pop band from Russia, made-up of members: Daniil Brod, Denis Agafonav, Nairi Simonian and Alexander Lipsky. The band have released two albums and quickly gained popularity and recognition after being named the best Russian band in 2011 by results of user voting in the portal Look At Me.
Fashion Label - UK
In London, 1992, Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker launched fashion label PPQ creating the inimitable style that continues to set the beat for London's fashion drum today. From the early days there were zeitgeist design moves; PPQ spearheaded the drainpipe jean revolution dressing music maker's including Amy Winehouse and Peter Doherty. The label's signature smocks and modern cocktail dresses soon became fashion insider staples. Fashion’s best kept secret inevitably rolled off tongues and on to London Fashion Week's official show calendar to continued success. Today, the design duo craft cutting-edge collections in strong shapes and bold prints incorporating elaborate fabrics in a spectrum of directional colours.
Artist - UK
London based street artist Pure Evil has been heavily influenced by West Coast skateboard culture and graffiti artists such as Twist and Reminisce, following a ten-year stay in California. His passion for urban art culture led him to pick up a spray can and start painting strange fanged rabbits wherever he could. The artist has developed a distinctive style, with his artistic vision of "darkness on an unsuspecting world" continuing to aid the creation of new works.
Fashion Designer - BE
Raf Simons is a Belgium born fashion designer. Graduating in 1991 in Industrial Design and Furniture Design he began work as an interior designer for both residential and gallery spaces. In a radical change of profession he became a self-trained menswear designer in 1995 and launched the Raf Simons label. Often viewed as one of the most influential contemporary fashion designers, Simons is famed for his faultless tailoring, clean lines, innovative quirks and bold use of pattern and colour. There are notable references to Simons industrial design background and affiliation to music throughout his collections. A lifelong fan of Fred Perry, Simons has collaborated on six capsule men's collections with the brand, his most recent launching in March 2013. Raf Simons was appointed as the creative director at Christian Dior in 2012.
Artist - IE
Rasher (Mark Kavanagh) was born in 1977 in the seaside town of Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. A self-taught artist; Rasher works in his preferred medium of oil paints. After attracting interest with several self-mounted shows, he held successful solo exhibitions in Dublin and Los Angeles, gaining international publicity and appearances on the Late Late Show. He has firmly established himself as one of the most interesting painters of his generation, continually striving for more challenging ideas and techniques in painting.
Artist - UK
Irish born Rob Whoriskey is an illustrator, printer, painter and visual collaborator living and working in London. He has worked with Oki-Ni, Art Wednesday, Jaguar Shoes and i-D online and designed prints for menswear designer Christopher Shannon. His personal work is fed by a desire to find common visual ground to encourage acceptance and integration, it's also fed by a desire to make your eyes feel a wee bit happy.
Sister by Sibling
Fashion Designer - UK
A collaboration between Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery, SIBLING is all for one and one for all; the trio sharing a strong heritage of experience with top-level designers. SIBLING launched on May 29th, 2008 born from a desire to give knitwear for men a shake-up with cartoon ka-pows of colour and bams of very English humour. The first collection included bright and playful subversions of classic knitwear styles, such as cashmere twinsets in sequin, leopard, and sparkling Bretons.
Artist - UK
The Specials are a British 2 Tone ska revival band, formed in 1977 in Coventry, England. The group has gained a global following not only for their music, but for the informed political and social stance that stands behind their lyrics. Described as having a "danceable ska and rocksteady beat, with punk's energy and attitude". Between 1979 and 1981 the ska revival outfit achieved Top 10 chart success, with singles including Too Much Too Young and Ghost Town. After a 27 year hiatus, the band reformed in 2008 with several festival appearances and a successful tour. The band shares a long-standing relationship with Fred Perry, creating two collaborative collections and co-hosting a series of after-show parties during their 2011 European Tour. In August 2012, The Specials released a brand new live album called More...Or Less The Specials Live on CD, featuring performances from their 2011 European tour.
Brand - US
Shawn Stussy started selling hand screened t-shirts and surf boards in the 1980's around California's Laguna Beach area. Working alongside an international group of musicians, skaters, DJs and artists known as the "tribe", Shawn has built his scrawled signature logo into an internationally recognised streetwear label.
Artist - UK
Terry is the lead singer of The Specials, and formerly of Fun Boy Three, The Colourfield, Terry, Blair & Anouchka and Vegas. He has released two solo albums and has also collaborated with many artists including David A. Stewart, Bananarama, The Lightning Seeds, Sinéad O'Connor, Stephen Duffy, Dub Pistols, Gorillaz, Damon Albarn, Tricky, Junkie XL, Leila Arab, Lily Allen, Shakespears Sister and Nouvelle Vague.
Graphic Designer - BE
Tom Tosseyn is a graphic designer from Leuven, Belgium. He graduated from the Graphic Design Department at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts in 1998. During his studies, Tom designed t-shirt graphics, logos, invitations and branding for a number of clothing stores and claimed the streets of Antwerp with his guerilla art. Tom Tosseyn has worked for several international clothing brands and high fashion labels, including Capara, Tim Coppens, Adidas, Hugo Boss, Diesel, Raf Simons and Jil Sander. Since 2010 Tom Tosseyn has taught at KASK in Ghent, as part of the Fashion and Textile department.
Walter van Beirendonck
Fashion Designer - BE
Walter van Beirendonck is a Belgium based fashion designer, who was part of the famous "Antwerp Six" that showed as part of the British Designer Show in 1987. Since his early collections, Walter has been inspired by art, music and literature, his work combining these elements with ethnic and nature influences. Van Beirendonck has regularly participated in art exhibitions and has designed costumes for ballet, theatre and film. Currently Van Beirendonck is the Head of the Fashion Department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Artesis Hogeschool Antwerpen).
Brand - DK
Wood Wood is a Danish fashion label created by Karl-Oskar Olsen, Magnus Carstensen and Brian Jensen. The concept started in a basement shop in 2002, with a collection consisting solely of t-shirts with self-designed graphics. Today, Wood Wood have 5 stores: one in Aarhus, one in Berlin, one in Vienna and two located in their native Copenhagen.
Musician - JP
Takahashi joined the Sadistic Mika Band in 1972. And formed Yellow Magic Orchestra (Y.M.O.). Currently a solo-musician, while being a member of "The Beatniks" and "Pupa". Since "Saravah!" in 1978 until "Page by Page" in 2009, he has published 22 albums and had a long career as a fashion designer. "I think Fred Perry's most appealing point is its minimal design, which could be rather called 'beauty of function'. And the design would be the reason why the brand which originally sportswear brand founded by a great Tennis player was adopted as fashion brand especially supported by 60s Mods". "I was born in 1952, same year as Fred Perry. There is a thought in Japan that 60 years is one term of human's life. New life (history) begins here for both of us".