In the wake of a post-pandemic fashion flurry, we’re seeing an abundance of South Asian fashion labels moulding the sartorial landscape for the better. Label Amesh, a Sri Lankan designer label is breaking through the fashion scene with an impressive showcase of contemporary design and South Asian representation.
The label is deemed to be the brainchild of London born and based, Sri Lankan designer Amesh Wijesekera, a graduate of the Academy of Design, Sri Lanka.
Wijesekera’s modern take on artisan handloom fabric that has given Sri Lankan heritage craft international recognition stands out to be commendable. Blending these rich heritage craft techniques with modern silhouettes is his signature style that reflects in the shape of his loose form coats, jackets, and trousers. Label Amesh garments are designed with the sole motive of promoting sustainable and gender-inclusive fashion.
Amesh was shortlisted for the International Fashion Showcase 2019 in London, an integral part of London Fashion week which as reported by Vogue, ‘...gives 16 of the world’s best emerging fashion designers the opportunity to showcase their work in partnership with the British Fashion Council, British Council, London College of Fashion, and Somerset House.’
The designer’s love for organic textiles and bright hues is a staple of his collections. Amesh collaborates with skilled artisans and women across Sri Lanka including those that specialize in knitwear, crochet, and handloom techniques.
‘The shared knowledge of fine craftsmanship and design innovation is vital for such industries to move forward and to enable socially sustainable growth.’— Amesh Wijesekera
Breaking beyond the boundaries and stereotypes of conventional dressing, the designer aims to explore possibilities and unorthodoxies beyond conventional dressing. The label constantly seeks to inspire and indulge the wearer with the freedom to define their own sartorial interpretations.
The brand is about celebrating diversity, cultural fusion, individuality and a sense of freedom. His work has attracted many rising stars in the art and music industries including poppy Ajudha, Connie Constance, Kwaye, and the Visionist.
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