Turkey has a lot to offer in terms of design, both in apparel and accessories. We present some of the best up-and-coming designers you need to know about. Discover our edit of womenswear, footwear and handbag designers from Turkey who are taking over the world, one design at a time. Turkey is the birth place of many important international designers, including Bora Aksu, and it is also home to many up-coming designers who are creating fashion-forward and inspiring styles for the modern woman. Here we present the leading Turkish designers for spring/summer 2018.
The footwear and handbag brand offers handmade embroidered pieces for the fashion-forward individual. The label was founded by Serena Uziyel and Enis Karavil in 2015, and every piece is handmade made by skilled artisans, taking around 100 hours. Uziyel studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and worked for various international brands, including Moschino and Alberta Ferretti, before teaming up with interior architect Karavil. For their spring/summer 2018 collection the designers are inspired by their travels in the Mediterranean, from the seaside to anchors, seahorses and seashells, as seen on their classic mule styles. The brand has also expanded its handbag line, with three new shapes and woven details. The concept store, opened in 2015 in the north-east of Istanbul, is a must-visit space that merges fashion, food and architecture.
Sanayi 313, Maslak Mahallesi, 10 Sokak 313, Maslak, İstanbul, +90 (0)212 286 3857
Sisters Beste and Merve Manastir founded Manu Atelier in 2014 to promote leather handicrafts with modern designs. Their father is a renowned leather goods craftsman and the sisters’ bags pay tribute to him and support the long history of the family business, with styles in a variety of colours that are perfect for the modern woman. This season sees the launch of the new rectangular Microbold model – the perfect day-to-night accessory. It is available in baby pink and canary yellow, as well as options that feature combinations of smooth and suede leather in three colours, such as this yellow tweed mustard and black version with gold chain.
Vakko, Zorlu Center AVM, Beşiktaş, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 708 3333
With a focus on excellent quality and design, industrial designer Meb Rure founded her brand in 2015 in Turkey and now splits her time between her home country and the US. Mlouye (pronounced muh-loy) creates sculptural styles and its newest key model is the Lantern bag. Inspired by a classic and traditional lampshade, it is made out of sturdy and smooth Italian leather, and features a suede insert to protect your belongings. The Pandora is a boxy bag that opens on the side and features a leather insert. These sculptural designs are definitely connected to Rure’s industrial design background – the bags are works of art and playfully fit together. The Lantern bag is available in warm green, pastel pink and cognac. The brand offers something for everyone and, with monthly drops, we predict these bags will be everywhere very soon.
Mlouye, Sahkulu Sokak 1/2, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, +90 (0)530 260 9792, by appointment only
Günes Mutlu founded her handbag brand in 2009 and it has gained a large international following. Her brand is characterised by boxy, sculptural bags, often featuring wicker and woven details or velvet and embroideries. Mutlu included the now very fashionable woven basket styles in her collections and the brand was born out of her love of fabrics. Eastern design is very much part of the Mehry Mu style, as well as destinations full of colour and textiles such as Istanbul and Morocco. Functional design with beautiful and effortless style is the number one point for Mutlu. The latest collection focuses on boxy shapes with doctor’s bags redesigned in suede and rattan with pom-pom details. Other fabrics such as marbled satin in blue and orange add an extra playful touch.
Mehry Mu, Küçük Bebek Caddesi, Cınar Apartmanı 16 D3, Bebek, +90 (0)212 257 5022
Gül Hurgel’s collections offers pieces for the modern woman’s wardrobe, with classic cuts and styles inspired by the past. The midi-length options are very feminine and feature beautiful prints and colour combinations. Hurgel studied at Parsons School of Art and Design in Paris and New York and her constant inspiration is her native country of Turkey and the Mediterranean, which is obvious in her use of lightweight fabrics such as cotton and linen. This season, choose between items embellished with hand-embroidered strawberries or lemons, multicoloured candy stripes and her signature wide sleeves and belted styles.
Beymen, Zorlu Center AVM, Beşiktaş, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 306 3300