Lee Klabin -Grant
Lee is the Founder & Creative Director of the London- based fashion house L E E K L A B I N. Having graduated in 2006 from London College of Fashion, her creations have been worn by Sarah Jessica Parker, Lily Cole, and Dita Von Teese alongside many other fashion icons & was previously lauded in the fashion press as the "couture corset queen".
But she felt there was "something missing and I couldn't define exactly what". She then decided to take a seven year hiatus from the world of high-fashion to design her greatest creations to date: her three young children. She knew that when she returned to her beloved industry, it would have to be in a way that gave back as much as it took. Preserving the finite resources we have on our planet, and addressing the gross social imbalances within its manufacturing.
Now, with the renewed practical perspective of a wife and mother, she has left behind the impossible glamour of "Sex and the City" and 'fashion over function' attitude and put her creative energies into reopening her former label. However this time, designing a new and much better way for women to celebrate their own aesthetic, environment and ethics with garments that are made to be circular, fairly and ethically sourced and produced. Lee also stresses the importance of showing her collections in a way that allows women to view her clothing as enhancing components to their existing lives- not as unhealthy promoters of fictitious realities.
Starting from bridal dresses that go beyond and recently introducing a small womens wear capsule collection- Lee is adamant that her clothing first serve the improvement of our environment & society, and then the varied lives of the wonderful women who wear them with pride.
Our wardrobe should grow slowly and steadily, same as we do. Safely casting away components that no longer serve us to either their next homes or broken down to forge the materials for new ones. And when we do rent or buy new pieces, they should mean something deeper to us. I want to reignite what fashion and craftsmanship really stands for for my customers. Our garments should speak to our ethos, our ethics and our own personalities too.